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 Post subject: Recommendations wanted for economical dove / quail shotgun
PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2020 1:23 pm 
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I just sold my father-in-law's 12 gauge SKB O/U that I've been using for dove for a number of years (great gun). While my MIL is very happy with the proceeds, I'm left without a dove / quail gun.

I shoot a lot of skeet / clays with a browning 725 sporting - outstanding gun, but not one that I want to bang up hunting. Grew up shooting 870s (don't want a pump for dove) and browning auto 5s (great for duck / geese, but I don't get up that early anymore).

Looking for recommendations for an economical (probably used) 12 gauge, either semi or O/U for dove / quail in central Texas. Leaning towards a semi as it could double for home defense. Checked on used Remington 1100 prices on GunBroker and they are ridiculous. Any recommendations? Pros / cons re: semi vs. O/U?

I'm 6'3" with a long neck - stock fit is often an issue with shotguns.

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 Post subject: Re: Recommendations wanted for economical dove / quail shotg
PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2020 1:41 pm 
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Why not find a used SKB since you seem to like it?

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 Post subject: Re: Recommendations wanted for economical dove / quail shotg
PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2020 2:00 pm 
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What’s your budget?


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 Post subject: Re: Recommendations wanted for economical dove / quail shotg
PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2020 2:35 pm 
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oneounceload wrote:
Why not find a used SKB since you seem to like it?


Ditto. Take a look at Gunbroker. My 500, 26", Mod/IC has been an excellent dove and quail gun since I bought it in `74. Quality, underrated guns IMO.

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 Post subject: Re: Recommendations wanted for economical dove / quail shotg
PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2020 4:06 pm 
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There are other sites as well - GunsAmerica and GunsInternational both have pretty good selections, and personally I prefer the format.

But if you liked the SKB, yes, have at it. Otherwise there are 1100s, 1187s, and all manner of other guns out there.


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 Post subject: Re: Recommendations wanted for economical dove / quail shotg
PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2020 4:54 pm 
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I'm with what others have said about the SKB and so I wonder...why didn't you make your MIL happy with the proceeds from your purchase of the SKB ? man-O-man you would have been happy, MIL happy, gun would still be in the family.

Bunch of good options out there but I'd choose one of the one's bellow.

Remington V3, 1100-1187
Beretta A300
Tri Star Viper G2
Mossberg 930


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 Post subject: Re: Recommendations wanted for economical dove / quail shotg
PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2020 6:18 pm 
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Rack-N-Roy wrote:
I'm with what others have said about the SKB and so I wonder...why didn't you make your MIL happy with the proceeds from your purchase of the SKB ? man-O-man you would have been happy, MIL happy, gun would still be in the family.

Bunch of good options out there but I'd choose one of the one's bellow.

Remington V3, 1100-1187
Beretta A300
Tri Star Viper G2
Mossberg 930


Can certainly vouch for the V3. Excellent field gun. The others certainly appear to be good guns as well as they have many fans.

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 Post subject: Re: Recommendations wanted for economical dove / quail shotg
PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2020 7:22 pm 
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Dunn's has A300 for $600 right now.

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 Post subject: Re: Recommendations wanted for economical dove / quail shotg
PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2020 9:32 pm 
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My vote is for an A400 in 28ga.

This is my go to dove, quail, pheasant gun. I come from an over under target gun background and never could get use to shooting SA but for some reason for hunting I love this gun. Very light weight can carry it all day, supper fast and agile, there pretty inexpensive so you don't mind if it gets banged around or scratched it up a bit.


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 Post subject: Re: Recommendations wanted for economical dove / quail shotg
PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2020 12:34 pm 
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If cost is an issue, you may want to consider the Mossberg SA-20, or the Weatherby SA-08.

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 Post subject: Re: Recommendations wanted for economical dove / quail shotg
PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2020 5:03 pm 
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dmarsh wrote:
My vote is for an A400 in 28ga.

This is my go to dove, quail, pheasant gun. I come from an over under target gun background and never could get use to shooting SA but for some reason for hunting I love this gun. Very light weight can carry it all day, supper fast and agile, there pretty inexpensive so you don't mind if it gets banged around or scratched it up a bit.


For dove quail, I'd get a 28 or 20 ga. as stated above

For self defense, get another gun--a short barreled, high cap 12 gauge.


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 Post subject: Re: Recommendations wanted for economical dove / quail shotg
PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2020 5:20 pm 
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MNGunner wrote:
dmarsh wrote:
My vote is for an A400 in 28ga.

This is my go to dove, quail, pheasant gun. I come from an over under target gun background and never could get use to shooting SA but for some reason for hunting I love this gun. Very light weight can carry it all day, supper fast and agile, there pretty inexpensive so you don't mind if it gets banged around or scratched it up a bit.


For dove quail, I'd get a 28 or 20 ga. as stated above

For self defense, get another gun--a short barreled, high cap 12 gauge.


Not knocking a 28 gauge per se mind you, but ammunition costs can get pretty dear if you`re in hot dove fields.

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 Post subject: Re: Recommendations wanted for economical dove / quail shotg
PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2020 5:57 pm 
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Tidefanatic wrote:
MNGunner wrote:
dmarsh wrote:
My vote is for an A400 in 28ga.

This is my go to dove, quail, pheasant gun. I come from an over under target gun background and never could get use to shooting SA but for some reason for hunting I love this gun. Very light weight can carry it all day, supper fast and agile, there pretty inexpensive so you don't mind if it gets banged around or scratched it up a bit.


For dove quail, I'd get a 28 or 20 ga. as stated above

For self defense, get another gun--a short barreled, high cap 12 gauge.


Not knocking a 28 gauge per se mind you, but ammunition costs can get pretty dear if you`re in hot dove fields.


True. As I said in a different post I consider the best dove gun to be a 20ga and the best quail gun to be a 28ga (and the best HD shotgun to be a non-hunting, short barreled, high cap, 12 gauge)


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 Post subject: Re: Recommendations wanted for economical dove / quail shotg
PostPosted: Thu Dec 03, 2020 7:16 am 
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6-7lb 20ga.

I love benellis for this work but they can be short stocked. Have put spacers on several myself.


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 Post subject: Re: Recommendations wanted for economical dove / quail shotg
PostPosted: Thu Dec 03, 2020 6:36 pm 
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Thanks to everyone for your recommendations. This is a great site.

We have a couple of 20 gauge shotguns and have never considered them for dove. Just seem to default to 12s as I've been shooting them for 50 years. One of the 20s is my wife's Beretta SP1 and would be a good one to try if I can find a way to lengthen the stock. I'll try a slip on pad to begin with.

I'll look at V3s and A300/400s as well. Can't have too many good guns!

MNG - Good suggestion - I have a 870 12 gauge that I've added a magazine extension to (now 6 shells) and shortened the barrel down to 22".

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 Post subject: Re: Recommendations wanted for economical dove / quail shotg
PostPosted: Thu Dec 03, 2020 8:56 pm 
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Don't ignore the classics - there are still bargains out there on older guns. Saw a nice 1100 on a rack at $500. Bought an 1148 a couple months ago for $300 out the door.


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 Post subject: Re: Recommendations wanted for economical dove / quail shotg
PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2020 9:17 am 
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Used Browning Gold,Silver and Winchester SX2 are another option.


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 Post subject: Re: Recommendations wanted for economical dove / quail shotg
PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2020 11:53 pm 
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After over forty years of accumulating old shotguns, I’ve come to the opinion if a man doesn’t have a shotgun and wants one, it’s hard to beat the Tristar Raptor series:

https://www.sportsmans.com/shooting-gea ... n/p/p42451

My Tristar Raptor is the cheapest National Wild Turkey Federation special they ever made. It cost $200 used from Bladeswitcher and it works like a ball peen hammer.

For four or five hundred you can buy new ones with nice walnut stocks, or in target configurations.

The Turkish lira is severely undervalued against the dollar.

Until that changes, I think the best bargains in shotguns are those made in Turkey.

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 Post subject: Re: Recommendations wanted for economical dove / quail shotg
PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2020 5:44 am 
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Beretta A300, adjustable shims and lop. Right around 7lbs $600 new online!


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 Post subject: Re: Recommendations wanted for economical dove / quail shotg
PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2020 10:22 am 
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SuperXOne wrote:
After over forty years of accumulating old shotguns, I’ve come to the opinion if a man doesn’t have a shotgun and wants one, it’s hard to beat the Tristar Raptor series:

https://www.sportsmans.com/shooting-gea ... n/p/p42451

My Tristar Raptor is the cheapest National Wild Turkey Federation special they ever made. It cost $200 used from Bladeswitcher and it works like a ball peen hammer.

For four or five hundred you can buy new ones with nice walnut stocks, or in target configurations.

The Turkish lira is severely undervalued against the dollar.

Until that changes, I think the best bargains in shotguns are those made in Turkey.

Even if you already have a shotgun, and just want to add to your collection, it's hard to beat the price. I ordered a Raptor Silver/Black/Walnut from Sportsman's Warehouse a week ago, on sale for $300. At that price, I COULDN'T pass it up.



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