View Full Version : Help me with my first semi auto loader shotgun..

December 12, 2008, 10:53 AM
I am thinking about buying my first semi auto shotgun. I have never owned one or even shot one. All I have ever had and used where pump shotguns.

Now I know that there are great quality shotguns out there for big $$$$$.
I am looking for something under $800.00

I have narrowed my choice to either Mossberg 930 or Remington 1100, or 11-87. I have looked at the stoeger 2000, but the lack of parts keeps me away from that company.

I assume the remington will have much better finish and a little better quality.

Not looking at finish and craftsmansship but purely on reliablility and functioning, which of these two shotguns do you recommend?

December 12, 2008, 12:48 PM
ever heard of a saiga-12......look it up.....

December 12, 2008, 12:52 PM
I am not really interested in a saiga.

December 12, 2008, 01:17 PM
I own an older 1100 rem and an " American Browning A5 " of the two i shoot the rem a bit better . They seem pretty equal on reliability and both are 2 3/4 guns . I should point out that I am not a big shotgunner , home defense and phesants are about all i use them for anymore , i havent even shot clays of any form in years. Both the autos serve me well enough that i dont look for the latest or greatest in combat shotgunnery . I should point out that the a5 is cut back to a 20" tube with screw in chokes , and the Rem has two tubes , a 20" cyl bore and a 26" mod choked . Other than that i have a low to medieum quality stack barrel ( Citori ) and an heirloom mod 12 winchester , neither of which see much use .

December 12, 2008, 01:54 PM
If you want a Remington I recommend the 11-87. It can reliably cycle a wider range of loads. I am not sure what the price difference is. Parts are not interchangeable with 1100 or 870 though.

December 12, 2008, 02:10 PM
Is this for self-defense? If so, I would recommend a Benelli M4, Benelli M2 Tactical with Comfortech or FN SLP Mark 1.

December 12, 2008, 02:12 PM
The Benelli's cost way more than $800.00.

I would have to sell crack on the weekend to be able to afford one of those.

December 12, 2008, 02:16 PM
Oh sorry, didn't see that $800 factor. I would save up another month and get one of these for $919.00:


If you check the forums, especially 3-Gun forums, most of them seem to use/recommend Benellis and the FN SLP. Mostly for reliability issues. The Remingtons seem to have O-Ring issues and need to replace parts more.

December 13, 2008, 03:22 AM
I'm always interested when folks recommend a specific shotgun without asking what you're going to do with it and how much experience you have. Considering your budget, you'll probably find one of the various 11-87 configurations fit your requirements.

My only stick gun is an older Rem. 1100 Trap with an extra barrel for skeet. It's my loaner and rainy day gun. Since it always sees the same 1-1/8 oz 2-3/4 DE target loads (only the shot size changes), it's happy; but, I wouldn't recommend it as an all around gun.

December 13, 2008, 05:23 AM
dont think you could go wrong with an 11-87 or mossberg 930 and I dont even consider the remington to be any better in finish or quality, would look at both of them and pick the one you like the best they both should be reliable.

December 13, 2008, 07:30 AM

I see you are in FL. I see 11-87s and 1100s all the time for $650-$800 easy (used.)

Many on the market, easy to find, easy to get parts for.

If you want specific places in FL write me a PM.

- Craig

December 13, 2008, 08:47 AM
I plan on buy new only. Thanks for the advice though.

December 13, 2008, 11:28 AM
Benelli's don't have to cost over $800. I got a 6 month old, slightly used SBEII last year for $400, plus the trade in of a Nova. I've got less than $700 in it. :D:D:D The pawn shop owner was drunk (really) at the time of purchase, and no the gun isn't stolen, I got that checked out by a LEO friend. That is a sweet, sweet auto.