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Cheap double barrel shotguns?

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by catinthebat, Aug 15, 2012.

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  1. catinthebat

    catinthebat Member

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    I really wanted to get a double barrel shotgun, but I don't want to spend that much.
    Are there any cheap companies making them? (Preferably about 200$)
    If not, what do you expect I would be paying for a crusty rusty used one from the gun show?

    Thanks,
     
  2. drsfmd

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    You can't buy crusty and used for $200.

    I don't mean this to sound mean, or not high road, but with a $200 budget, you can't afford a double.
     
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    cdnn has a few o/u for 330-400 if you want a sxs look into stoeger. but in the 300range maybe a used stevens
     
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    can find a stevens for around 250.00

    Good working shotguns
     
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    Another "Working Man's" is the Savage 511...

    Basically a 311 with cheaper wood and harder to remove the barrels...

    But they go bang reliably, and you don't cry when you pay for them or if they get dinged...
     
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    I have never seen and Stevens or Savage for under 500, not sure where you folks live, but a SxS for 200 is good for fence posts and Handyman jack handles
     
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    No offense but you haven't been looking very hard. I see them around here at local shops for around 200-300 easy.
     
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    For a SxS, your best bet is finding an old Stevens. Last year I picked up a Stevens 12 ga. for 200.00 and a 20 ga. for 225.00. Bargans are out there if you are patient. The Stevens SxS may not be elegant but mine go bang every time and will hit the target if I can.

    Another possibility: check for ads from Cowboy Action Shooters. They have to use shotguns in their matches and many use SxS. Someone leaving the hobby or upgrading might be selling for a decent price.

    Good luck in the search.

    Jeff
     
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    Anything under $700-$1,000 or so is wasted money on a double. If you have a $200 budget look for a used pump.

    There are some Stevens guns selling for $200-$300, but all of those guns were cheap guns made with inferior parts 40-50 years ago. They were designed to last a lifetime of shooting with 1 or 2 boxes of ammo a year. If one lasts for 2 cases of ammo its useful life is about gone.

    Most of those guns just about are about used up. I have had a few, including one bought new in 1972. All were nothing but trouble. Not going down that road again.
     
  13. Chevelle SS

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    I have fired more than 3 cases through one of my Stevens 311s. I must disagree that it is inferior. I'm not saying it is a mid or top level gun, but for my purposes: pasture trap, varmint control, plinking, bird, rabbit, deer hunting, and HD it works great.
     
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    I rather like my 300 dollar Spartan AKA Baikal 20 gauge SxS. It's a great shootin' little dove buster. It's lighter and faster handling than any Stevens I've ever picked up and has interchangeable chokes. A Stevens 311 feels like shooting a cinder block to me. Of course, the 311s I've fired were 12s and mostly 16s. There are lots of 'em in 16 gauge out there to be had.
     
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    jm40, don't know where you got your info from, but I shot CAS with a Stevens 311 and put quite a few rounds thru that puppy. In fact I bought it back in Wisconsin just below the UP in Michigan, when I was 12 years old, used it for ducks, pheasants, partridge, rabbits, and woodcocks, as well as shooting a few whitetail deer. Now I'm over 65 and still own that gun, and still haven't had to repair it. I'm getting ready to give it to my grandson, and I'll bet it will still be shooting by the time he's 65. Note I bought it used in like new condition, for the pricely sum of $25.00, fact is it is still in pretty good shape, less the scratches on the stock and the worn blueing. Think I just might redo the stock and forearm, and have it reblued before I give it to him.
     
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    I really hate this attitude from any firearm owner. But particularly from shotgun shooters. Go to any trap range and if your gun isn't $2k they say it's garbage. My $300 Remington Spartan(Baikal) is a workhorse and the one I shoot the most. The barrels are regulated and as long as I do my part I'm good to go. I have more expensive doubles but I find myself coming back to the Spartan every time. It has a serious round count on it even though I was told it wouldn't last.

    There are deals out there. You just have to be patient.




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    I own a Savage Fox BSE - the upper grade cousin of the 311 - they are selling for over 700 in my region and 311 are selling for 500, not 200 - maybe they do in AR, but not where I live; even then that shotgun is overly heavy, handles like a 2x4, and has poor swing dynamics

    Then perhaps you should try shooting a better-made gun to see the difference. I have no idea what a "serious round count" is to you, but to me, that means 250,000 rounds and more - something that baikal won't even come close to doing - I doubt it will do 25,000 or even 2500

    No one said anything ab out having a $2k gun - which for a target shotgun is way on the low end, BTW - we get folks with all types of guns, and when someone like you shows up with the Baikal and then tries some other guns, they are already looking to upgrade - so buy quality once, cry once
     
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    There is internet "wisdom" and then there's actual experience. There seem to be lotsa shotgun snobs in the world, especially the double gun world. Well, some of us soldier on preferring champagne but having a beer pocket book. :D We are the guys that get the actual hands on experience with the lower priced guns. I'm really glad I have my Spartan and my 41 year old Sarasqueta (Spanish) doubles. I've been thinkin' of having some stocks made for that old Sarasqueta, too. It lead a rough life in its early years, but it never stopped shooting. It has the best regulated barrels I could ever imagine on a shotgun, shoots slugs like a H&H double rifle. I'd like to open up its chokes. It's choked mod/full.

    Anyway, for sure, I think you got your 25 bucks worth out of that old Stevens! :D
     
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    Yep, and some of us have differing experience than others - that's the beauty of the internet - you can get a wide variety of opinions and experiences.... ;)
     
  20. Chevelle SS

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    What is the shotgun you own that has fired 250,00 rounds?
     
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    That's fine, you can have your 2k dollar shotguns, more "cheapies" for me. But to me, a shotgun that sends lead down range that is in my hands is better than a shotgun sitting locked in a safe that only gets pulled out to get drooled on every now and then.
     
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    ^This. Although I do have a $1800 shotgun (Engraved BPS slug gun + glass) :evil:
     
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    I found myself a nice Springfield J. Stevens SxS for $100 at my LGS this spring. Works perfectly, no problems at all.
     
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    I plan to get a sub 2K O/U in the future just for a drool gun. :D I don't NEED one. But, O/Us tend to run a lot less than SxSs for higher end stuff, pretty wood, engraving, gold inlays, all that neat stuff. I currently have the hots for a Franchi Instinct L. It's affordable...well, by saving a while. LOL Cosmetically, it's plain, but not ugly. I never said my Spartan was pretty. :D I primarily like the way it fits and balances, though. It'll be a gun I will shoot doves with, as if I need another one, but heck, what's need got to do with it? In a previous post about it, oneounce seemed to think it was below his level of quality, but I still have the hots for it. :D I'm out to impress only myself. I won't get it for a while, so there's still time to change my mind as the memory of its fit fades.

    http://www.franchiusa.com/franchi-instinct-l-shotgun/#

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  25. One_Jackal

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    If you have a lot of experience with shotguns you can find a decent hunting double barrel for $300. If you have only owned one shotgun or this is your first I would look for something else. To be honest by the time you have enough experience to dig through the garbage to find a double barrel you won't want it for yourself.
     
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