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MagicMan
April 6, 2009, 11:55 PM
Looking to pick up a double-barrel shotgun. I'm looking for something inexpensive, but not junk of course. By "inexpensive" I mean sub $200 I would be happy with used as well.

What are my options?

flippycat
April 7, 2009, 12:14 AM
lol your in NJ, for sub $200 used I think is going to be your only option. Check some local pawn shops, gun shops and local ad's in northern nj. Post some "WTB" ad's as well. There is still some good old boys closer to PA who may part with a decent hand me down.

OLNfan
April 7, 2009, 12:56 AM
YOU might have to get one with a missing barrel....aka a sigle shot for that money. I suggest you save up a little more. but YOU could get lucky it happens some guy doesnt know the vaule of the gun sells it cheap to get rid of it, that storys not un common.

Stiofan
April 7, 2009, 01:39 AM
I doubt anything new will go for under $200. I know you might be able to get a Stoeger SxS (http://www.stoegerindustries.com/firearms/stoeger_uplander.php) for around $330 or so, but I don't know of anything much less than that.

darkgael
April 7, 2009, 04:17 AM
Good luck in your search. Your parameters - SXS, under $200, not junk - are for the most part mutually exclusive.
The best deal that I have seen on a used SXS in the last couple of years was a Savage 311 SXS for $265 in Dugan's gun shop in Hughesville, PA. It was there for years, might still be - tight, bright bores, bomb-proof, camo, heavy. That is the least expensive SXS I've seen. Why no one wanted it, I can't say.
Pete

MagicMan
April 7, 2009, 10:14 AM
I never said $200 was in stone. How high am I needing to go? It does not need to be new...

BigJimP
April 7, 2009, 11:08 AM
What's your definition of junk / and we can help you better :

a. At 25 shells a box - how many shells of service should it give you, before you have a problem ? 1,000 / 5,000 / 10,000 / 50,000 ?

b. What is the top end of your price range that you won't go beyond - no matter how nice a gun it is ?

c. What do you want to do with it / how many shells a month will you fire ?

OLNfan
April 7, 2009, 11:43 AM
go up to 700 then you have a big variety to choose from that are new and used! even 500 would be fine to start lookn around with.

darkgael
April 7, 2009, 11:48 AM
I'm looking for something inexpensive, but not junk of course. By "inexpensive" I mean sub $200
That sounds pretty firm.
Depending on where you go, you can find very serviceable SXSs for under $500. The aforementioned Savage 311 is one example. That same store had maybe a half dozen vintage SXSs in good condition for under $500.
In another store - Andrews in Beech Glen, PA ( Just an example - do you no good unless you know someone in PA) - I bought a Parker VH - bright and tight - for $400. I also picked up a nice LeFever for similar money, a tad less even.
The only double that I saw for $200 was a Savage 440 O/U. I bought it.
Pete

Swampghost
April 7, 2009, 12:24 PM
You should be able to find one as mentioned, pawn shops, etc. Don't expect a fine finish and look for an old Stevens, J.C.Higgins...others can add on here.

My old Stevens has been busting birds and small game for almost 50 yrs. and still going strong. Cost $20 at a swap meet back around 1970. Bores are still shiney, outside not so much anymore.

MagnumWill
April 7, 2009, 12:47 PM
I'm not sure if they have Big 5 Sporting Goods stores in NJ, but they've been selling a new JW2000 (?) Chinese side-by-side for $269. They're pretty neat looking, and it's not a bad price for something brand new.

MagicMan
April 7, 2009, 02:53 PM
It doesn't have to look pretty. I was thinking $350 or so give or take a few bucks. It won't be fired much at all, but I'd like to get at least 2,500 or so shells through it

No BIg 5 in NJ

Stiofan
April 7, 2009, 03:30 PM
For $350 you could get one of the Stoegers I linked to above (probably a lot less, that's close to the MSRP). They are fairly common, I know Cabelas carries them. Stoeger is owned by Benelli so they will stand behind their work I think.

PSI357
April 7, 2009, 03:44 PM
I was just looking at the Stoegers. I went in to order one and found a Remington/Spartan spr220 for $350. I'm in MA and have found our prices to be a little higher than elsewhere in the country. It was used and unfired. New ones without the exposed hammers were under $400. Exposed hammers were closer to $600.

Bracsim
April 7, 2009, 06:57 PM
Save a little more and get one remington Spartan, or maybe a Stoeger, but for 200, I dont think sooooooooooooooo.

Bracsim
April 7, 2009, 07:04 PM
Magnumwill I wont trust anything made in communist China, there is nothing good about communism, I mean nothing, everything they make is pure bull_ _ _ _. if you know what I mean. I will spend my money in american made stuff, the best is made in capitalism and the $$$ stay here in great USA.

BigJimP
April 8, 2009, 12:08 PM
For something that will give you trouble free performance in the 2500 shells a year range - for a few years ... I would probably look for a Ruger O/U.

I think in general - the Ruger will be about $300 - $500 less than a comparable Browning or Beretta - new and used - although everybody's prices are up.

There are a lot of problems with Stoeger and the Rem Spartan - that you can read all over this forum ( and while you may get a good one, its hard to know ).

I would concentrate on a used Ruger Red Label / maybe a Browning Citori Lightning if you can find one. The lightning model has been made for over 20 years / and the older ones have the shorter screw in chokes - the invector / vs the newer invector plus. If you find one with a beat up stock - that you could lightly sand and refinish as a project in 20 hours or so - pay a little less up front for it - turn it into a nice serviceable gun. Beretta makes a lot of models - and I'm not a Beretta guy but I believe they've made their field O/U the silver pigeon for a long time as well - and it should be cheaper than a Browning.

MagicMan
April 8, 2009, 12:40 PM
I did not mean 2,500 per year. I won't be shooting watever I get too often...

BigJimP
April 8, 2009, 01:41 PM
Ok - sorry but assume 2,500 shells in 5 years - same issues as far as I'm concerned.

Many of us put 10,000 shells or more thru our primary shotguns in a year...

MagicMan
April 8, 2009, 02:25 PM
My primary is my 870. ;)

PSI357
April 8, 2009, 03:19 PM
There are a lot of problems with Stoeger and the Rem Spartan - that you can read all over this forum ( and while you may get a good one, its hard to know ).

Really? What have you heard? Not doubting you, but I have searched and haven't seen many negative reveiws. I recently picked up a Remington/Spartan and would like to know what to watch for.

.351winchester
April 8, 2009, 10:07 PM
I played with a Stoeger Outback the other day and fell in love with the handling, a 20" O/U (with crisp rifle like sights as well). I've never heard of a shorty O/U, but have always prefered the handling of an O/U to SxS. And here's one meant for folks with dirt under their fingernails, a real multipurpose double. I'd take this over a SxS coachgun any day. The Walnut/blue 12 ga. one I fondled was like 320. new IIRC.
Wish my son was a little older, wanna get him one in 20.
Check it out. Not conventional but IMO the most interesting double barrel out there and within your budget parameters

rem870hunter
April 8, 2009, 10:27 PM
bobs in glassboro had a nice stoeger coach model 12 gauge,3" chambers. $199.00 months ago. i would've bought it right then and there if i had the money :(.

Swampghost
April 8, 2009, 11:08 PM
Can you elaborate on 'coach'? Back in the day a coach gun was used to protect coaches. The common bbl lth. was 16" but many were shorter and smaller ga. (16 is common). These used to be legal to trade as that's the way that they were 'originally manufactured' or 'C&R's.

I haven't moved one in a long time, still have a few French beauties. NFS.

rem870hunter
April 9, 2009, 04:32 AM
this model had 20" barrels. last time i was there he had a stevens model 311H in 12 ga. 3" chambers. 26" or 28" barrels. for $199.00 as well. another of those if i had the money then i would've bought it.