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Old January 15, 2009, 10:06 AM   #1
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Inexpensive skeet gun?

I'm looking for a decent semi-auto for skeet/trap shooting...12GA. Is there anything out there under $500 that's worth buying? I don't want to get bored with it in 6 months and wish I'd spent more.

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Old January 15, 2009, 10:18 AM   #2
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Used 1100 with Remchoke barrel on it. I shoot a good deal of skeet mostly with a 20ga wingmaster, but I did pick up a used 1100 Lt-20 with a 28" remchoke barrel last year for about $300. It may take a bit of patience and looking, but good used guns are out there.

The only thing with shooting a semi-auto is that you get to bend over and pick up all 25 hulls. With a pump, I only stoop for 4 of them. Double barrel guys dont bend at all.
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Old January 15, 2009, 10:26 AM   #3
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A hull catcher for an 1100 is les than $20.
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Old January 15, 2009, 10:27 AM   #4
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A pump would be good for trap, but I wouldn't want to try to hit doubles in skeet with a pump.

Actually, I did try to do that. I very shortly thereafter sold the 870 and got a Red Label.
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Old January 15, 2009, 10:28 AM   #5
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Remington 1100 with a 28 Barrel and choke tubes is your best bet. If wanted to go cheaper I had good luck the my Charles Daily.
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Old January 15, 2009, 10:45 AM   #6
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A pump would be good for trap, but I wouldn't want to try to hit doubles in skeet with a pump.

Actually, I did try to do that.
I'm fairly new to shotguns, and believe it or not, I've been shooting skeet with a Mossberg pump...I can cycle the action quick enough for doubles, but it hurts...lol. I've got tendonitis in my left elbow...age sucks. Looking for the semi-auto more for comfort than anything else.

Thanks for the tips guys.
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Old January 15, 2009, 10:51 AM   #7
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Agree on the Remington 1100 as a very good 'candidate'. Lots of 'em available, been around a long time, very reliable. Should be able to find a nice clean used one with choke tubes well within your $500 price range.
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Old January 15, 2009, 11:06 AM   #8
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A hull catcher for an 1100 is les than $20.
I've seen them for the full size 12ga guns but not the smaller LT-20's. Do they make them to fit the smaller framed guns?
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Old January 15, 2009, 11:10 AM   #9
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I use a T&S on my 1100 28 gauge
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Old January 15, 2009, 12:48 PM   #10
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Semi-autos are fine for Skeet or Trap for that matter.

Under $500 is really going to put you in the used gun arena, in my view.

In gas operated guns - Remington 1100, Beretta 391's ( the older version is the 390), Browning, etc . They're really all very similar / probably the best buys are on used Rem 1100's, or Beretta 390 - if you can find a good clean used one. Make sure they have screw in chokes of course -lots of the older Rem's do not. All of the gas guns require more maintenance - and need to be cleaned about every 100 rounds to ensure they will cycle reliably.

Inertia guns - Benelli is my choice. New, you're into $ 1,250 - $2,000 depeding on the model you pick. I like the Super Sport - with the comfort tech system in it - but new in my area it's $ 1,875 / and I did see a used one a couple of months ago for $ 1500. Inertia guns shoot a lot cleaner than the gas guns / still need to be cleaned - but can probably go 1,000 rounds if you had to between thorough cleaning ( but it only takes 10 min to thorougly clean an inertia gun ).

It isn't just the type of action - for Skeet and Trap - you need a gun that fits you and has some adjustability to it / with shims at the receiver / etc. The Benelli Super Sport gives you a lot of adjustability - with optional comb pieces, different recoil pads, and shims - but its more money.
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