View Full Version : best value for semi auto shotgun

July 12, 2012, 07:56 AM
Looking to buy a semi auto shotgun to add to the collection. I was hoping i can get some suggestions for one that new goes for less then 600 and maybe i can find a used one around 350-400. Barrel length isnt a factor either. Thanks in advance for your help

July 12, 2012, 08:25 AM
i looked at a CZ the other day for $575. Very pretty gun but I cant comment on its operation. I am also in the market for a SA 12ga. In your range you may have to go to the used market, that way you will be able to get a much better quality gun for your money. Remington, Beretta come in around mid $600's and up.

July 12, 2012, 08:32 AM
Mossberg 930

July 12, 2012, 09:01 AM
I have 2 Benelli M-1's bought used. One for $600 the other $700. Saw a guy walking around at the last gunshow carring one just like mine asking $700. I'd bet if someone showed him six $100 bills he would have taken it Look on the used gun racks.

If you have to buy new I had good luck with a Stoeger 2000 I owned for a while. Hear good things about the Mossberg, but have no personal experience.

July 12, 2012, 10:27 AM
Beretta 3901, beyond a shadow of a doubt. It's equal to many a $1000 shotgun but costs $600 - you're getting well more gun than what you pay.

July 12, 2012, 10:39 AM
Mossberg 930, gander mountains selling them in a comp stock with a 26 in vent rib barrel for around 450, or you can get combo models with two barrels for around 525.

I have one and have had nothing but good results. I have compared to remington 1100 in comp stock and imho the mossberg is the better shooter

July 12, 2012, 11:23 AM
Hands down, the Beretta 3901. Nothing even comes close... :cool:


July 12, 2012, 11:46 AM
Weatherby SA-459

July 12, 2012, 11:48 AM
It might be more difficult to find, but Beretta just launched their A300 Outlander.


MSRP listed here is over $700, but I've found the web MSRP to usually exceed actual prices by quite a bit. I haven't usen an A300, but based on Beretta's reputation it would be my choice for the price range you're looking in.


July 12, 2012, 12:47 PM
The only auto loader I can personally justify is the Mossberg 930 in Blue and Walnut field grade gun...

I have never owned or even fired one but I have read far too many exemplary reviews and they seem to be handling the cheapest of junk promo rounds just fine while still doing a 3 incher reliably...


.300 Weatherby Mag
July 12, 2012, 01:51 PM
Hands down, the Beretta 3901. Nothing even comes close...


I've had a number of people try to buy this one... I had the length of pull adjusted for me and added a thin pad... Works great on targets and birds... I've shot it in the rain and hunted with it when it was 114 out with blowing grit in Arizona...


July 12, 2012, 02:04 PM
I'm with my friends, Slugo and 300WM, on this one. The B-3901 offers a lot of bang for the buck in a budget auto-loader.

July 12, 2012, 02:16 PM
A good clean used Remington 1100 is well worth looking at.

July 12, 2012, 02:32 PM
Thank you for all of your input and help, Time to do some research and look for some good deals :)

July 12, 2012, 05:14 PM
a good used rem 1100 can be had for 275-400 dollars and there are boat loads of parts and accessries(barrels,stocks). i have a older 1100 that i shoot and also lend out and i clean the magizine tube and wipe the inside of the action out every 600 rounds or so and i don,t remember the last time it failed to work with mostly light trap loads. the only down side is its a little heavy for all day hunting,but its made of steel. eastbank.

July 13, 2012, 08:37 AM
Beretta 3901 will shoot circles around everything else in its price range.

July 13, 2012, 08:13 PM
Between the 930 and 3901, the 3901 hands down. The hard chrome gas system, barrel, and shell lifter alone(possibly lifter only on the 390) is my deciding factor. The 930 is a slightly better value at >$500 New, but I have bought two 390s for $525 NIB, Walmart versions, but the made in Italy no shell cutoff model. I have both and the 390 is probably the best gas shotgun readily available today.

If Mossberg would toss the chrome piston and magazine tube of the JM version in the street model 930, then they would have a serious contender.

I like my 930s, but I love the 390s!

July 13, 2012, 09:01 PM
+ however many for the 3901 - great gun for the money

July 13, 2012, 09:11 PM
another vote for the 3901 here......the 1100 is no slouch either

July 13, 2012, 09:30 PM
Only one I have experience with is the CZ 712, and it seems to work perfectly. :) A buddy just bought a base model 712 for $540 and change.

July 14, 2012, 01:36 PM
Found an AL391 (Beretta) on gunbroker for $630.

Gas Gun:

-soft recoil
-gets real dirty real quick


July 14, 2012, 03:56 PM
i think i,m going to completly clean,lube and replace the gas o ring in my older 1100 and run it untill it jams just to see how many rounds it takes. i have ran it too a little over 600 rounds with out any jams with out any cleaning(the cleaning didn,t take 15 minutes) in the past. some years ago i bought a 1100 that was frozen shut with dirt-crud at a yard sale. it was a pityful sight,light rust and crap all over it ,like it sat in a open garage when not in use for years, after removing the wood(no easy task) and soaking it in a penatrating oil bath for a week or two,i go it apart and cleaned it up and put a new o-ring on it and put it togeather and it ran with out a hitch. it now is a farm owners truck shotgun. eastbank.

July 14, 2012, 05:48 PM
You have been given some good advice so far and I'd like to offer another option to consider.

Not sure where you are or what your plans are for this firearem but if you're interested in new for 350 to 400 in a 12 ga you might consider a Baikal 12 ga SA. After talking it over my son (16 yo) and I decided he might be ready to move up from a 20ga 870 youth to something bigger for doves & turkey this year. I researched the Baikal and although reports are they are a little crude and they don't seem to have a way to buy extra barrels I could detect the gun doesn't use an o ring like my Remington SA and they have a reputation for working. We rolled the dice. $374.

First trip to the range on clays my son roared through 4 boxes of Remington STS and then went on to shoot up all the assorted drips & draps of partial boxes of old shells I hauled out to shoot in the OU. About 3 more boxes. The OU never got out of the case and apparently you can't shoot a Baikal SA fast enough to make it catch on fire no matter how hot you think that barrel will get. He also did well on sporting clays with it and that was his first round of SCs.

What a shot that kid is with that thing!! We both like it.
I won't be able to hunt with him this year.


July 15, 2012, 08:20 AM

I once wanted to see how many rounds my "dirty" 391 would go before it needed cleaning.

I gave up at 1500 rounds, felt guilty and cleaned it.

There has got to be a reason you see 10 Beretta autoloaders for every other brand of autoloader on the skeet and sporting ranges.

The 1100 was king for a long time, but while still a great shotgun, it's day has passed.

July 15, 2012, 12:03 PM
if you can find one get a breda reasonable price and a great gun.

July 16, 2012, 06:22 AM
i have four 1100,s and two 11-87,s and they shoot any thing i put in them. most of the jams i have seen at the trap,five stand and sporting clays have been due to bad reloads and believe me i have seen all brands suffer from this, some of the jams are from poor maintence(i never clean my gun,it don,t need it).i don,t think i would have any trouble with any brand of auto shotgun, i load with a mec 9000G and only load one load on it and it has worked in many different shotguns in all the clay games i shoot (i didn,t say i was a expert at them). as for cleaning i clean at 600 or so rounds and it takes all of 15-20 minutes and have no jams. with this kind of maintance all auto,s should work jam free. i have shot just about all the shotgun used in the clay games and after making sure they fit me,i could use them all.i do like a heavy gun for the clay games,but use a light 28-20 ga.for most hunting. eastbank.