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Old July 31, 2013, 09:36 AM   #26
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Norinco 982 if you're looking for the cheapest. Most 870 accessories will work for it, but it comes pretty much ready to go. At around $200 it's pretty much a disposable gun. I have one and it's not too bad as a beat-around truck gun for the ranch.

But if you're looking for something to actually use for home defense, I'd upgrade to a Mossberg.
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Old August 2, 2013, 06:00 PM   #27
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I like the Mossberg especially due to the location of the safety
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Old August 3, 2013, 12:00 AM   #28
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You can find an 870 used for 200 or so all day long. They last forever as long as you don't abuse them. I Have on that is 20 years old and one that is over 30 years old. Have no idea how many rounds have been through the oldest one. I still take it out once a month or so.
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Old August 3, 2013, 09:56 AM   #29
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I was in my favorite pawn shop the other day, and noticed the long line of pump shotguns, so I asked the fellow about them. Remington and Winchester dominated the line, but there were a few Mossbergs as well. He told me I could have the pick of the litter for $200, and most of them were less than that.
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Old August 3, 2013, 03:25 PM   #30
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New Mossberg 500 platform, whatever the purpose. Reliable, ergonomic, excellent capacity, thriving aftermarket, UNDERPRICED (except the damn resin safety switch)!
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Old August 3, 2013, 04:44 PM   #31
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Another vote for the Maverick 88. tom.
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Old August 3, 2013, 08:53 PM   #32
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My friend has a maverick. Not a bad gun but I'd throw the extra $100 on a Mossberg.


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Old August 3, 2013, 11:41 PM   #33
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I picked up a nice older Remington Wingmaster 12 guage for $200, added an extended mag and I'm good to go. It doesn't chamber 3" shells but if I can't put the treat down with 8 rounds of 00 buckshot I'm in big trouble.


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Old August 10, 2013, 05:05 AM   #34
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What about a Weatherby?

I think all these are great choices but I am sold on the Weatherby PA-08! You can pick up one at about the same price as a Mossberg 500 but you get a much, much better gun. After purchasing mine I actually got rid of my Mossberg 500! The weight and balance are phenomenal and the action is way smoother straight out of the box than any other shotgun I have used. Either way you go just get the gun that feels and functions right for you. Happy shooting!
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Old August 10, 2013, 09:20 AM   #35
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I picked up a beater yesterday. It's an old Revelation R310AB, which is a Western Auto Mossberg 500A marketed between the mid 70's and 80's. It has a 28" modified plain barrel with a lot of blue wear and a tad of rust. Bad photo of an ugly old gun...



What it does do is shoot well and it put 25 #7 1/2 pellets in the 5X of a B21 at 40 yards. Also kept 6 of 9 pellets of Winchester 'military' 00 buck on the silhouette at that distance. It works fine if operated normally but if you rack it really hard, it will double-feed. I'll have to pull it down and tweak the shell catches a bit. I've got $139 I change in it, so I can afford to tinker with it.
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Old August 11, 2013, 06:12 PM   #36
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Hey, u almost stuck a fork in it. It's done!
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Old August 13, 2013, 05:32 PM   #37
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Scooped up another one yesterday... well under @$200. It's a late 70's Wingmaster with 30" full choke barrel.



40 yards, Universal 7 1/2 field load and one Olin 00 Buck.

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Old August 13, 2013, 05:58 PM   #38
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another vote for mossberg. all you need and nothing you don't.
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Old August 16, 2013, 08:49 PM   #39
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Damn I am on a roll. Just scored a new-in-the box 18 1/2" factory 870 barrel with the old bright blue finish, and Improved Cylinder choke, for 75 bucks.

No shipping, just paid the guy and walked off smiling.
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Old August 16, 2013, 10:27 PM   #40
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Try to find a used Winchester Defender. Probably under $200.00. Great gun.
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Old August 25, 2013, 06:22 PM   #41
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Another Mossberg fan here!
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Old August 26, 2013, 01:40 AM   #42
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Used Ithaca 37, here:

Even though I have a new, 8 shot version of this same gun...this is the one that sits bedside.
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Old August 27, 2013, 06:18 PM   #43
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I just bought a High Standard 120 riot gun at a gun show for $100. It's built like a tank and the action is much better than any of my mossbergs or my dads 870. And it IS American. Unlike some of the new gun marketed by "US" companies that have the guns built elsewhere with with non us parts, then market them under their "trusted" name.
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