Thread: why so cheap?
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Old May 11, 2017, 08:57 PM   #5
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It's one of the most popular shotguns around. Its economy of scale makes it cheap to produce.

As for cheapies...

Rossi offers the ST-12. It's usually priced between $160-180. On sale, it can be found for under $150.
(For a very short time, there were 20 ga and .410 bore variants, as well. [I was actually after the .410 at ~$175, when I bought the 12 ga.] But I haven't seen one since last November and all information on the interwebs has vanished.)

When I saw one of the ST-12s at $149 through Classic Firearms last year, I just couldn't resist. I had to know if a $150 import shotgun could be worthwhile. And, well, I had nothing else I'd be willing to shoot steel shot through.
It works.
I've had no issues.
And I see no design issues that are certain to lead to premature failure.
To add insult to injury, it had better fit and finish and functioned smoother than the last five brand-new Remington 870s that I've handled.

By no means is it a "good" shotgun. But it certainly appears to be good enough.
It lives next to my beloved 12 ga Winchesters and the father-less-child Savage/Stevens 20 ga.
Don't even try it. It's even worse than the internet would lead you to believe.
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