buying shotguns


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ROSCO
September 22, 2006, 10:15 PM
Where do you guys buy your shotguns? Locally at your favorite sporting goods shop or local gun dealer? Or is there a place on line to do it?

This may sound like a silly question but, I haven't bought a shotgun in almost 15 years. I know alot of things have changed since then.

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Al Thompson
September 22, 2006, 10:39 PM
Locally. Pays dividends to be able to get a hands on inspection. Bring a flashlight. :)

Oh - I'm a low dollar guy - 870s and such like. If your looking for high end SGs, the online sites may indeed be the way to go.

scout26
September 22, 2006, 11:16 PM
New or Used-Local or over the internet with an inspection period.

Here's four on Gunsamerica.com all NIB 20ga 500 Bantam combo's, from $310-$329 depending on which barrels/finish you want.

http://www.gunsamerica.com/guns/976772100.htm

http://www.gunsamerica.com/guns/976772133.htm

http://www.gunsamerica.com/guns/976738851.htm

http://www.gunsamerica.com/guns/976778987.htm

Walmart has them for slightly less. (If your local Walmart still carries firearms, chances are they'd have to order it for you.)

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=3163669

Then there's always your local Gunshop/FFL who could order it for you, if they don't have what you want on-hand.
http://mossberg.com/
They have a "Find a Local Dealer-Enter your Zipcode/State" Thingy in the lower right hand corner.

Remember to factor in the shipping costs and FFL transfer fee if you go for the Internet deal vs buying local.

mnrivrat
September 23, 2006, 01:46 AM
Most of the time you are better off finding one localy at the gun shop, pawn shop, sporting goods store, or gun show. Household auctions can be another source.

If buying on line you end up with shipping and receiving charges that make the price higher than local sales. The exception is if your looking for something upscale or hard to find models, then the internet expands your ability to find what your looking for.

Rupestris
September 23, 2006, 03:56 AM
Cabelas.

Having a Cabelas about 45 minutes away is a bonus. My last NIB shotgun (870 Express magnum/Synthetic/26"bbl) had a sticker price of $269.95.
After I cashed in my Cabelas credit card points, got my brother-in-law to apply for their credit card ($30 just for bringing him in), and used their Christmas Coupon, I got it for $221 OTD with a case, an additinal choke, and several boxes of target loads.

Everything else has been used from friends and local folks.

Funny thing is, I like the used SG's better than the NIB one.

03Shadowbob
September 23, 2006, 10:06 AM
I have bought from both local dealer and Walmart. I haven't noticed any difference in performance and at Walmart I paid about $100 less than the local guy for my Mossberg.

BozemanMT
September 23, 2006, 07:57 PM
Locally
find a good gun shop and take care of them and they'll take care of you.
I have one tactical store nearby that's just great and another that's mostly all non-tactical stuff.

chain stores suck and I try not to shop there and I'm totally not buying a gun there.

The Deer Hunter
September 23, 2006, 11:07 PM
If your looking for a camp gun and dont really care about fit, condition, and quality/soundness of the gun Yea.

But if you want a good firearm, its better to get it in person.

LUGNUTZ426
September 26, 2006, 07:08 PM
YOU CAN'T BEAT DICKS PRICES ON THE GUNS THEY STOCK. THEIR WEEKLY FLYER ALWAYS HAS SOME. MOST ARE LOW END AND A FEW MEDIAN PRICED
FIELD GUNS LIKE BENELLIS. EITHER WAY THEY HAVE THE BEST PRICES . THEY USUALLY HAVE THE BEST AMMO PRICES TOO IF YOU BUY EM BY THE CASE.

FOR BETTER TARGET GUNS, SOME OF THE INTERNET SELLERS LIKE TEX-PRO
OR OZARK GUNS HAVE THE BEST BROWNING , RUGER OR BERETTA PRICES.

ProguninTN
September 26, 2006, 07:16 PM
The Local Shop is family owned, doesn't import Communist-made junk, and they usually know what they're doing.

mswestfall
September 26, 2006, 10:34 PM
I don't buy on-line simply because I like to touch before I buy.

Gun shows, local dealers, big-boxes and occasional travel to see a product through something like the CMP are for me.

I kind of have a rule that I will pay a local guy 10% more for the same thing I can buy from a big-box.

But by far the best outlet for shotguns is your local gun range or registered shoots (ATA, SCTA, etc.)

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