What's the best Lowest Price HD Shotgun?


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col_temp
December 31, 2012, 02:59 PM
Been looking around for a friend that is very cash strapped.
I have a Winchester SXP myself but that is beyond his range.

I have seen a few for around $200. Is it worth trying to find one in a pawn shop that is less or just buying new?
Suggestions I could give him? Actual experience with suggested would be great!

Thanks for the help.

PS He would be looking for likely a 20g but might consider a 12g. He is smaller is stature so a youth model might even work. Planning to use buck shot 2.75 shells. I have a bunch of both gauges I can give him.

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almherdfan
December 31, 2012, 03:02 PM
I purchased a NEF pardner Pump 20 gauge from Wally World for about $165. It's a youth model with 21-inch barrel. I've had for a couple of years-it seems to work pretty well.

Jlr2267
December 31, 2012, 03:06 PM
Mossberg Maverick
Mossberg 500
NEF Pardner Protector

I've owned all 3, and all are very good for HD. Mossberg does make a youth model in the 500 with shims to adjust LOP. Of these 3, I would recommend the 500 for it's tang mounted safety and abundance of barrel choices.

Old Unc'
December 31, 2012, 03:58 PM
Mossberg Maverick!! Good gun for the money...

LeonCarr
December 31, 2012, 04:06 PM
Mossberg Maverick

Just my .02,
LeonCarr

12Bravo20
December 31, 2012, 04:38 PM
NEF Pardner or Norinco if you don't mind Chinese shotguns
Mossberg Maverick
Mossberg 500
Remington 870
All will serve well. I own a couple of Mossberg 500s and a Norinco 98 (copy of Rem. 870) I haven't had any issues/problems with any of them.

Uniquedot
December 31, 2012, 04:43 PM
Academy sells the maverick in the field version for $179 and the HD version for $189, but I'm not sure that it's still offered in a 20 ga. version.

Recon Ron
December 31, 2012, 04:49 PM
I'll bite... NEF Pardner

I'm on me second one and they are great guns manufactured by the Freedom Group (Remington, Bushmaster etc parent company)

http://i46.tinypic.com/2i6krjs.jpg

Chevelle SS
December 31, 2012, 04:52 PM
Mossberg Maverick

d-dogg
December 31, 2012, 05:06 PM
Thanks for the photo Recon Ron. Never heard of them.

BTW, +1 on a Mossberg 500 or Maverick.

rcmodel
December 31, 2012, 05:07 PM
I see used 870 Rem Wingmasters for under $200 all the time in the local trading post paper.

That would be the Best Lowest Price HD Shotgun you can buy!!

rc

tnxdshooter
December 31, 2012, 05:08 PM
Maverick 88 us probably the lowest id go. They are made by mossBerg

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col_temp
December 31, 2012, 05:36 PM
Thanks all,
Kind of what I expected but its good to get confirmation. Will pass these on in an hour or so when he comes over.

Happy New Year!

MenaceMan47
January 1, 2013, 01:06 AM
Been a diehard mossy fan for a while now. I have a 930 SPX and an AOW 14" 590, both with side saddles. Love them both, and the AOW makes for a great house gun.

Had two other 500's before that, and never had a single problem. Both were in the $300 range new, and they are easy to take apart/maintain. Can't go wrong with Mossberg.

Analogkid
January 1, 2013, 01:18 AM
I Set my Mother in law up with a pawn shop Mossberg 500 youth 20 gauge for $125. It wasn't used much at all. Its short and fit's her real well. Well enough that I dug mine out from when I was a snot nosed kid and put it to use here at my home.

Both hold #3 Buckshot that ought to hold down the fort.

One of these days I'll get a big boy scatter gun.

tnxdshooter
January 1, 2013, 04:35 AM
This is my home defense shotgun. The same thing can be done with a maverick shotgun as the parts are interchangeable.

Mossberg 500 before cerakote
http://i1338.photobucket.com/albums/o685/dsclaiborne35/facebook_-1074521306jpg_zps307270b3.jpg

Mossberg 500 after cerakote
http://i1338.photobucket.com/albums/o685/dsclaiborne35/facebook_-862592537jpg_zps63727178.jpg

http://i1338.photobucket.com/albums/o685/dsclaiborne35/facebook_726704478jpg_zps69d2f1cb.jpg

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Isaac-1
January 1, 2013, 09:40 AM
I would lean towards the 20 GA youth Pardner Pump, alternatively the 12GA Pardner Pump Protector, these are Chinese built clones of the Remington 870, odly enough the company is now owned by Remington's parent company. Finish is not that great and they are heavier than their 870 cousins, which is not a bad thing when it comes to recoil. The Maverick is not a bad choice either, either way your looking at somewhere in te $180 - $220 range out the door once you add taxes, etc. With a bit of shopping around in normal times you might shave $50 off that, but with the current buying craze you wil have enough trouble just finding them in stock.

Kymasabe
January 1, 2013, 09:57 AM
I bought a beautiful, wood stocked, Mossberg 500 at a pawn shop for under $200 a couple of years ago. I'd imagine you could find what you're looking for in the used rack at your local gun shop.

If not, I'll repeat what the others have said:
NEF Pardner, Mossberg Maverick or 500 or Norinco 98, used Rem 870.
I shot trap with an 870 Wingmaster for little over 6 years, never thought I'd like another pump gun. But eventually sold if and now like my Mossy 500 even better.

btg3
January 1, 2013, 10:10 AM
I shot trap with an 870 Wingmaster for little over 6 years, never thought I'd like another pump gun. But eventually sold if and now like my Mossy 500 even better.
Possibly you now have a shotgun that better fits you? Regardless, fitment can be a primary factor in how well you shoot a particular gun and how much you enjoy it.

anchorman
January 1, 2013, 10:14 AM
I just showed my friend how to clean his 870. Was hard to get in all the books and crannies in there, and it wasn't obvious how to pull out the ejector spring, which looked riveted in place, and had a lot of gunk built up on it. Also the long springs that hold the shells in the magazine on either side of the action were peened in place, making it impossible to clean behind them. Probably not real deal breakers, but I've found mossbergs much easier to take apart and clean.

anchorman
January 1, 2013, 10:19 AM
Nothing wrong with a used mossberg or an 870 though, and the prices are right.

Do your fellow citizens a favor and buy American, even if it means you only afford yourself a quality used gun. I just found a mossberg 500 pump for $125. It needed a Through cleaning of the action, but that didn't take long and now it feels as good as new. Thumb operated tang safety is nice, as you don't need to fumble for little buttons, nor remember which way to push them. Forward means go!

Nicky Santoro
January 1, 2013, 10:26 AM
OP,
I recently bought a Maverick. After researching a few low priced guns, there seemed to be fewer complaints compared to the Chinese made guns. It leaves something to be desired in terms of fit and finish, but it appears rugged enough and works fine so far.

rodinal220
January 1, 2013, 11:13 AM
Look for Mossberg 500s made for Big Store retailers when it was still "ok" for them to sell guns.They may be marked Westernfield M500AD(Montgomery Wards),probably be the older single action bar type,but still solid performers.I pick them up for $100-125,whack the barrels down to 20"(18" min length),clean and oil and test fire,load up and put in their hiding spots.

heeler
January 1, 2013, 11:42 AM
I have owned a Maverick 88 for over ten years and find it flawless in action and fit and finish.
The blueing on my is still very good and the shotgun has never had a malfunction.
At around $179 it's a little money for a lot of shotgun.

tnxdshooter
January 1, 2013, 01:19 PM
I have owned a Maverick 88 for over ten years and find it flawless in action and fit and finish.
The blueing on my is still very good and the shotgun has never had a malfunction.
At around $179 it's a little money for a lot of shotgun.

Best of all it's made by Mossberg. Only difference is the trigger group safety instead of the rear tang safety.

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bubba in ca
January 1, 2013, 01:33 PM
I happen to like mossbergs, in part because of the location of the action release. Check your local walmart of other big box store and they can be had in maverick for under 200 bucks or mossburg for under 300 bucks. Both old reliable models from a trusted manufacturer. Made in the USA, although Maverick has some Mexican parts.

there is much to be said for 20 gauge youth models, especially if other family members are going to share.

I think buying chinese guns is about as patriotic as voting for obama or feinstein.

btg3
January 1, 2013, 07:25 PM
I just showed my friend how to clean his 870... it wasn't obvious how to pull out the ejector spring, which looked riveted in place
Words fail me.

Deer_Freak
January 1, 2013, 07:48 PM
Stevens is a good shotgun. They are made by savage.

Jlr2267
January 1, 2013, 08:16 PM
I'll bite... NEF Pardner

I'm on me second one and they are great guns manufactured by the Freedom Group (Remington, Bushmaster etc parent company)

http://i46.tinypic.com/2i6krjs.jpg

That is a nice one. Can't find those hardwood stocks anymore on the Pardner.

Hacker15E
January 1, 2013, 09:17 PM
I'll bite... NEF Pardner

I'm on me second one and they are great guns manufactured by the Freedom Group (Remington, Bushmaster etc parent company)

Unless something significant has changed lately, the NEF Pardner Pump is "manufactured" by Norinco in China and imported/marketed under the New England Firearms marque. I believe that the parts are imported and the guns are assembled/finished here.

J.R.W.
January 1, 2013, 09:43 PM
I'll add another vote for the Maverick 88. I've had mine for 5+ years and have never had reason to look for another 12 gauge pump.

LuvthatAK
January 2, 2013, 12:50 AM
Stevens 320 $200 @ Wal- Mart. 18.5" cylinder bore barrel, full length fixed stock with pistol grip. Only thing I don't like is the tube only holds 4 rds. But it will accept tube extentions. Nice 12 ga for the price.

Fred Fuller
January 2, 2013, 10:52 AM
Sit down with your friend and watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhgwHQCJwWw . It's only about 3 minutes of video, but it conveys a lot in a very short time. It's a preview of a full length video, and a good one, but there's still a lot of 'meat' in that three minutes.

Obviously any reliable shotgun will do for HD, IF the shooter will do. Focus on THE SHOOTER.

Hacker15E
January 3, 2013, 07:09 AM
Obviously any reliable shotgun will do for HD, IF the shooter will do. Focus on THE SHOOTER.

I find it pretty funny that we, collectively as firearms enthusiasts, on one hand shun the idiocy of something like an AWB because it focuses on cosmetic features and accessories and has nothing to do with the functionality/lethality of the firearm....

...yet so many firearms folks are convinced they need all kinds of tacti-cool accessories to be effective in their shooting, almost regardless of in which discipline (sporting to HD).

What seems to have been lost in the last 20 years or so is the basic value of honing the skills of the shooter in favor of focusing on the details of the tool.

jrdolall
January 3, 2013, 07:22 AM
I own 2 tactical shotguns. They fit my tactical needs. One is a Mosberg pump, don't have the model in my head. It sits in my bedroom closet in Realtree camo and I retired it as my turkey gun. The other is an old 12 g Winchester single shot with a hammer that sits in my entry hall closet. It is a 16g hand-me-down and I will retire it when I use up the 25 year old box of shells. I shoot it about every two years or so. They are tactical because they fit my tactics of purely backup weapons.

btg3
January 3, 2013, 07:29 AM
^^^^
And semantics are another ever-present hurdle.

Deer_Freak
January 3, 2013, 11:31 AM
Stevens 320 $200 @ Wal- Mart. 18.5" cylinder bore barrel, full length fixed stock with pistol grip. Only thing I don't like is the tube only holds 4 rds. But it will accept tube extentions. Nice 12 ga for the price.
If you can't find a magazine extension for a stevens they do make a 7 shot magazine tube and spring. Parts are usually reasonable for savage products.

mach1.3
January 3, 2013, 02:30 PM
I've seen Winchester SXP combo set for around $300. This is a 28" VR bbl with three chokes plus an 18-20" defender bbl with cyl bore for HD. Just a thought if you want one shotgun for most applications.

Among my collection of firearms, I have an old Stevens single shot side lever break action 20ga. which my brother shortened for HD. I have never shot it but it locks up tight and is simple to operated.

tnxdshooter
January 4, 2013, 04:09 AM
I've seen Winchester SXP combo set for around $300. This is a 28" VR bbl with three chokes plus an 18-20" defender bbl with cyl bore for HD. Just a thought if you want one shotgun for most applications.

Among my collection of firearms, I have an old Stevens single shot side lever break action 20ga. which my brother shortened for HD. I have never shot it but it locks up tight and is simple to operated.

I think Mossberg offers this similar type set up on a couple of their 500 models.

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Centurian22
January 4, 2013, 04:34 AM
Another vote for the Mossberg maverick 88

Sport45
January 4, 2013, 06:15 AM
My tactical home defense shotgun looks exactly like this one. The only modifications I've made are some character marks inadvertently added to the wood...
http://www.remington.com/~/media/Images/Firearms/Shotguns/Model-870/Model-870-Express-Combo/870exp-combo-prod.ashx?w=570&bc=ffffff
(picture from Remington website)

Without the second barrel you can probably find one used in the $150 to $175 range.

col_temp
January 4, 2013, 10:38 PM
Hi all,

thanks for all the info. Looks like the thread took off over the week! I had thought baout scrounging around the pawn shops but really haven't much. Will take a look around a bit next week and see if I can find something to cut the price off of new.

Will check out the suggestions with him and see where he wants to go from here.
Paris

Deer_Freak
January 5, 2013, 06:11 AM
Buds has a combo with the 4 +1 and 7+1 magazine tubes including the 18.5 barrel and 28" barrel for $240. They are not stocking the 7+1 alone. http://www.ebay.com/itm/TACTICAL-XENON-FLASHLIGHT-LIGHT-SET-FOR-12gauge-Shotgun-/250376331399?pt=US_Flashlights&hash=item3a4b97a087

I have a maverick 88 that has a 9 shot magazine tube and a 20" barrel. It is a bruiser! There is nothing wrong with a stevens shotgun either. I borrow a friends stevens shotgun when I visit. Not many bunnies or woodcock get away from me. The only problem I have with a stevens is I reload as I shoot. The bottom ejection gives me a scare every now and then.

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