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 Post subject: Best VALUE semi auto under $750 in 2020
PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2020 7:57 am 
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Been having some runarounds with some sellers/companies after I thought I had settled on a cheaper semi auto. Or what I'm thinking I would want is either sold out or what is left, the people want a lot. As I have said in other posts, I have mentioned I am looking for something cheaper because I want it for a loaner and something that can be kept in my vehicle at all times and not worried about it being packed in with my work tools.

I won't mention what I have been looking at because I would like to hear what everyone thinks is the best value because I'm sure there are newbies like me that might look at this as well. There are other threads like this but they seem to be older.

28" inertia or gas, doesn't matter to me. The more capacity, the better. Will be used 99% of the time for breaking clays with friends at private property/farm... hence the more capacity.

Just checking if there is something I have overlooked or didn't think of.

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 Post subject: Re: Best VALUE semi auto under $750 in 2020
PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2020 10:38 am 
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I was at Wall-Mart yesterday paying for some stuff in sporting goods. a middle aged guy was doing the ffl for a Tristar Raptor 12 gauge. synthetic camo. I have a Tristar Viper G2 28ga that works great for Me and when He was done I struck up a conversation with Him and told Him about Tristar. the camo Raptor was $298.00. I think that's a great deal. Good Luck.


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 Post subject: Re: Best VALUE semi auto under $750 in 2020
PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2020 11:21 am 
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Winchester sx4 or Remington V3 come to mind.


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 Post subject: Re: Best VALUE semi auto under $750 in 2020
PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2020 9:39 am 
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That's a really broad question. It's really hard to think of any particular stinkers out on the market at the moment - the Hatsans that Wally World sells are touch and go, but several people here have reported good experiences.

All around it's hard to beat the Tristar Viper - they get consistently good reviews and are generally stickered around $500.

The V3 also gets lots of positive reviews. If you're really looking for capacity, there are versions of the Mossberg 930 with extended mag tubes, and again the action seems to work pretty well.

For a few dollars more, the A300 comes into play - probably a somewhat better quality all the way around, but you won't have the range of accessories that you'd get with a V3 or 930.

Last, if you're really mostly talking about backyard clays, and something that might ride under the backseat of the truck, I'd be inclined to look at a pump. Either a Mossy 500 or an 870 will have far more aftermarket parts available and be more reliable in adverse circumstances with little maintenance than really any SA. Going used on any of these might be desirable if it's apt to get knocked around.


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 Post subject: Re: Best VALUE semi auto under $750 in 2020
PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2020 1:14 pm 
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You can find a Beretta a300 In the $600-700 range. Check gunbroker prices


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 Post subject: Re: Best VALUE semi auto under $750 in 2020
PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2020 1:42 pm 
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.45colt wrote:
I was at Wall-Mart yesterday paying for some stuff in sporting goods. a middle aged guy was doing the ffl for a Tristar Raptor 12 gauge. synthetic camo. I have a Tristar Viper G2 28ga that works great for Me and when He was done I struck up a conversation with Him and told Him about Tristar. the camo Raptor was $298.00. I think that's a great deal. Good Luck.


Thanks!
Tristar was on my list for cheap gas but just don't know how they are holding up long-term?

For some reason every time I look at them I go back to weatherby because I remember Randy Wakeman saying the ATA tend to be better quality than the Armsman.


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 Post subject: Re: Best VALUE semi auto under $750 in 2020
PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2020 1:44 pm 
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southdakbearfan wrote:
Winchester sx4 or Remington V3 come to mind.


These were also on my list but I'm having trouble finding just the black synthetic V3.

Actually having trouble finding to the SX4 in a decent price.


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 Post subject: Re: Best VALUE semi auto under $750 in 2020
PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2020 1:46 pm 
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58PERAZZI wrote:
You can find a Beretta a300 In the $600-700 range. Check gunbroker prices


Another on my list but what turns me off about it is the capacity and not being able to expand it.

They seem to be available right at $600


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 Post subject: Re: Best VALUE semi auto under $750 in 2020
PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2020 1:48 pm 
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Is this a bad time to look? I didn't think the virus would impact hunting shotguns? I'm not saying it did but there doesn't seem to be a lot of supply and the ones that are out there seem to be a little above market.


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 Post subject: Re: Best VALUE semi auto under $750 in 2020
PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2020 2:14 pm 
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I think that the problems with hunting shotgun availability are COVID problems relating to manufacturing and raw material supplies. If you have difficulty obtaining the raw materials to manufacture your hunting shotguns it puts you in a bind. If then you need to restrict your labor force to manufacture the parts you can get into complete shotguns then, again, you are in a bind. If you have restricted labor force and parts supply many manufacturers will be more interested in applying their resources to hotter selling guns like AR's and handguns. If they are able to concentrate on shotguns the defensive models seem to be in shorter supply and are probably a more lucrative market segment to concentrate on in the short term.

I have a Walnut V3 that I am very happy with, so I can heartily recommend the V3. If you are looking at having this gun fit a wide variety of people you might look at picking up a separate youth stock for people requiring a shorter LOP. Spacer kits are available to make the youth stock have LOP's of 13", 13 1/2" and 14".

The biggest problem with the V3 is presently limited availability, and if you can find one it is either at the top of your price range or just outside of your price range. Add to that the cost of the extra buttstock and you are moving to a place around $100 off the top of your price range.

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 Post subject: Re: Best VALUE semi auto under $750 in 2020
PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2020 3:44 pm 
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Whipped500 wrote:
southdakbearfan wrote:
Winchester sx4 or Remington V3 come to mind.


These were also on my list but I'm having trouble finding just the black synthetic V3.

Actually having trouble finding to the SX4 in a decent price.


Bass pro or cabelas typically have them in the $700-800 range. Winchester typically has a $50-100 rebate off and on during the year.


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 Post subject: Re: Best VALUE semi auto under $750 in 2020
PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2020 6:58 pm 
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For some interesting information about the Tristar Raptor. read thru this post , one member "Duckgoosehunt" has racked up some impressive numbers from one.
https://www.shotgunworld.com/bbs/viewto ... 3&t=491458


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 Post subject: Re: Best VALUE semi auto under $750 in 2020
PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2020 5:35 am 
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Remington V3


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 Post subject: Re: Best VALUE semi auto under $750 in 2020
PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2020 10:17 am 
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The cheapest, or lowest priced thing you can buy is rarely the best value. It is just the cheapest. Value is the usefulness, utility, and enjoyment of the product more than just a price number.

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 Post subject: Re: Best VALUE semi auto under $750 in 2020
PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2020 11:06 am 
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How about this one for $650! Great buy IMO and I love my V3.

https://www.shotgunworld.com/bbs/viewto ... 4&t=518358


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 Post subject: Re: Best VALUE semi auto under $750 in 2020
PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2020 12:00 pm 
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oyeme wrote:
How about this one for $650! Great buy IMO and I love my V3.

https://www.shotgunworld.com/bbs/viewto ... 4&t=518358


Beat me to it! Was just about to suggest that. Great price for an excellent field gun.

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 Post subject: Re: Best VALUE semi auto under $750 in 2020
PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2020 12:39 pm 
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I saw that V3 but I'm looking for 28".

I think I keep looking for something that doesn't exist and I just need to pony up a little more coin.

A300 is nice and in the price range but would really like a 4+1.

Hear great things about V3 but almost$800 for what is available and like the Beretta, 3+1. I could get a tube but I'm approaching what I paid for my Maxus.

Been starting to look affinity 3???

Because of Randy, I keep eyeing up Retay, but they make me nervous because I can't find a lot of reviews of them. I was looking at the Gordion for the price point... about $700.

One that I keep going back to is a Weatherby Element for $500. This should be a no brainier for me since friends have it and are very satisfied...but I want to be different so I don't want the same gun as them.

As I type this out, I realize how stupid I am and I should just get the Weatherby. Im looking for something cheap and it fits the bill with some decent reviews. I do keep thinking about the Gordion though too after watching Randy's factory tour...but it will be $200 more. I can buy a decent amount of shells for $200. This wouldn't be my main gun...more of a cheap backup, so I need to decide if I want $200 for ammo or $200 more invested in a gun I guess.


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 Post subject: Re: Best VALUE semi auto under $750 in 2020
PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2020 2:03 pm 
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If you have not handled them, the 28 inch barreled V3 has a noticeable muzzle heavy bias as compared to the 26 inch. That is why I went with the 26 inch on mine. Sounds like the Weatherby is the way for you to go for $500 and save $150 over the V3 listed here on SW. Good luck.


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 Post subject: Re: Best VALUE semi auto under $750 in 2020
PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2020 6:12 pm 
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Don't overlook the Mossberg 930. I've put thousands of rounds through mine using it for both trap and sporting clays, and it cycles everything I put in it, as long as long as I clean it every 300 rounds or so. Not the fanciest semi auto on the market, but definitely a solid value


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 Post subject: Re: Best VALUE semi auto under $750 in 2020
PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2020 11:21 pm 
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Whipped500 wrote:
Been having some runarounds with some sellers/companies after I thought I had settled on a cheaper semi auto.
The more capacity, the better. Will be used 99% of the time for breaking clays with friends at private property/farm... hence the more capacity.

Just checking if there is something I have overlooked or didn't think of.

Thanks


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