View Full Version : Versatile Semi-auto

January 29, 2008, 11:41 AM
I am in the market for a nice versatile semi auto shottie, that is also not going to blow the banks. I was thinking in the 400-600 range. When I say versatile, I mean I want a gun that I can go turkey hunting, duck hunting, and maybe even pheasant hunting with.

Thanks Guys!

January 29, 2008, 11:53 AM
I'll probably catch some hell for this one, but I would recommend the Remington SPR453.


I picked one up for ~$300 at (of all places) wal-mart. Couldn't find it anywhere else, after proper break in (1 case of 3 in. mags) it is perfect for what I wanted - an inexpensive, rugged, reliable field gun. It patterns well, and includes 4 chokes.

Smitty in CT
January 29, 2008, 12:57 PM
If you can live without the 3-1/2" chamber, the Mossberg 930 is a great gun, extremely reliable, affordable, and will shoot any light load you can throw into it...

Do a search....very good guns.

January 29, 2008, 04:11 PM
take a look at the stoeger M2000 line up

January 29, 2008, 04:13 PM
I use my Remington 1100 for all my hunting/trap needs....but I've also been looking into the Stoeger M2000 to have as an extra for buddies that want to tag along.

January 29, 2008, 05:55 PM
Keep you eye out for a used Beretta in the 391 series. They handle like a dream, soft recoil with mag goose or down to a 7/8th target load. We've shot them in pheasants at 5 below zero in south dakota or sporting clays in 100 summer degrees.

January 29, 2008, 06:30 PM
930 SPX. What's not to like?


January 30, 2008, 08:16 AM
I wouldn't find that to be a practical hunting gun because there're too many snags on it. The sling, the butt cuff, the sights would grab every passing branch, twig, cattail and reed that brushed against it. Not to mention fences, gates, blinds and treestands.

I like an 1100 for a relatively inexpensive autoloader. The only one I own is the old walmart special/black synthetic that was $328 when they discontinued them. Come to think of it, my buddy the guide has been using it the past two years for waterfowl. I'm shooting a Win SX-2 Waterfowl.


January 30, 2008, 08:24 AM
I wouldn't (and don't) use that configuration for hunting. My suggestion of the SPX version was a little sarcastic. The 930 platform it is based on is a good gun, and there are several models that would fit the OP's intent.
The field and waterfowl barrels are available, and the 930 comes in a home security/waterfowl combo that is within the listed price range.

January 30, 2008, 05:35 PM
Field Grade Remington 1100 is the way to go if you want to stay in that price range..

One receiver, 2 Barrels,

Smitty in CT
January 30, 2008, 07:00 PM
Field Grade Remington 1100 is the way to go if you want to stay in that price range..

One receiver, 2 Barrels,
The lowest price 1100 Classic Field I've seen is over $700 (unless you're talking used...) and that only comes with one barrel. The Mossberg is as good, and IMO, better than the "standard" 1100's.

The Mossberg 930, on the other hand, can be found with two barrels, one smoothbore, one rifled for $441.93 at R & R Arms:


January 31, 2008, 06:09 AM
I think Browning has a $100 rebate on any/most of their Gold semi-auto's going on for most of 2008. Their web site should have more info. A 3" chamber & 26" barrel is what I would look for.