A new shotgun

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  1. Trapshooter112

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    Hello
    Just got into trap shooting(single for now, doubles later on) and I want to find a preferable semi auto shotgun for under $300 (used)

    I found a Remington model 5500 for 155$ at auction currently

    is that a good gun?
    Thanks!
     
  2. Armored farmer

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    I've never heard of a model 5500?
    1100 yes.
    If you're specifically wanting to shoot trap, look for a dedicated trapgun that fits you.
     
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  3. Trapshooter112

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    Not a dedicated trap gun, but just a good quality 12g semi auto
     
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    Also
    Mossberg model 5500 not Remington lol
     
  5. bannockburn

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    Trapshooter112

    Are you sure it's not a Mossberg Model 5500 Mk.II? These were produced for just a few years before being replaced by the Model 9200 (which I have the Turkey version of and it's been a very reliable shotgun). The track record on the Model 5500 wasn't exactly the greatest with numerous reports of problems getting it to function properly. Proceed with caution.

    My Model 9200:
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  6. Trapshooter112

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    Just says “model 5500 semi auto”
    No mk 2 in the description
     
  7. Trapshooter112

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    Is a jc Higgins deluxe 60 a good gun?
    Also
    Beretta a300?
     
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    For a semi make sure you get one that will cycle lighter rounds reliably. A used pump may be better.
     
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    Any experience with it?
     
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    Welcome to the forum!
     
  12. Trapshooter112

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    Thanks!
     
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    The title of your thread says, “A New Shotgun”, then you say you want a used semi for under $300.00 hopefully.

    A new semi for under $300.00 is not doable. A new or used A300 is not doable for $300.00.

    Armored farmer stated you need a shotgun that fits. That’s the most important criteria in your shotgun choice IMO. I believe the J.C. Higgins was made by High Standard. I’m familiar with High Standard pumps and believe they are solid shotguns. High Standard semi’s have a spotty reputation if I remember correctly. If you shoot high volume then something minor will probably break, finding parts for the Higgins will be difficult to say the least.

    If the shotgun will be used exclusively for Trap then it would behoove you to purchase a dedicated Trap shotgun as Armored farmer also stated. Ericuda’s advice is also very important IMO.
     
  14. George P

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    If you bring a semi to a trap field, make sure to get yourself a shell catcher so your empties do not hit the shooter to your right
     
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  15. Trapshooter112

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    Good idea
     
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    I've had a High Standard auto shotgun and had lots of trouble feeding reloads. The pumps were a better shotgun. For $300, look for a used Remington Wingmaster or Ithaca 37. I've shot trap with a 37 and they are kind of a pain in the rear to bottom load instead of dropping a shell in the chamber but they work just fine. Don't care what the finish looks like, they will either one out last you and me. I would guess the Browning pump would do OK for shooting rocks but they are too heavy for me to carry all day long chasing pheasant.
     
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  17. George P

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    You won't be finding a used Express, let alone a used Wingmaster for $300; not in these political times.
     
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    High Standard made some of the best pumps and worst semi autos of all time.
     
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    Went ahead and pulled the trigger (pun intended) on the jc Higgins model 60 deluxe for $175

    I’ll probably just be loading 1 at a time for trap
     
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    I would opt for a pump for a inexpensive trap gun. I just picked up a wingmaster in a small shop, old silver spoon model 12ga well worn but the action is as smooth as silk. They wanted $250 but I had a barrel at home. Got it for $190 out the door without a barrel. My new/old bird gun. Happier than hell with it. I shoot a 870 Trap for trap and don’t have to bend over to pick up shells.
     
  21. Trapshooter112

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    I opted for a semi since I might get into hunting dove
     
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    I settled on a used old model BT-99 and added a BumpBuster stock which pushed the total gun cost to about $900. Only issue is I never take the time for a trap day. Need to get my lazy butt out to the range which is 10 minutes away; duh!
     
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    She looks pretty nice!
     
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    Or slip a rubber band over the ejection port.
     
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