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I'm looking into getting my first shotgun and figured this is the place to ask. I'm looking for something to shoot skeet with and maybe turkey hunt. I'm looking for something that would be good for both. I'm pretty new to the whole shotgun thing and figured yall helped me considerably with the rifle that this was the place to ask



Also if anyone can recommend a good gun to take the the range that isn't gonna break the bank with ammo I'm interested.
 

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The biggest thing is to find a gun that fits you correctly, now you may have to go through 15 guns but it is well worth it. As far as what you're trying to do with it, a skeet gun is never really a good choice for turkey, but I'm sure somebody will say I'm wrong on that.

I very good reliable shotgun is a Winchester 870. It's one of the most widely used guns and I personally love mine.

When it comes to actually buying the gun, if it's used, then ask to take it to the range and fire it, so you can get a feel of what you're getting yourself into ahead of time.

I can't speak for buying a gun from a retailer, so I'm not sure as to what all is involved with that.

Hope this helps a little.
 

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What your price range?

Less than $300 Remington 870

Less than $600 Remington 1100, 1187, Browning BPS

Less than $1000 used Benelli or Beretta

No limit new Benelli or Beretta
 

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i am a major fan of the remington guns. they just fit me so good. go to a gun store and just pick up all the different shotguns they have. ask them how do you tell if the shot gun fits you because you need to have one that fits. if you are wanting a tukey gun and possibly a skeet gun then make sure you get a gun with an interchangable choke. most new guns will have them but if you buy used you want to make sore it has it. like i said though, i love the 870 and the 1100/1187.
 

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Pierce, are you sure you don't mean Trap verses Skeet? Can't go wrong with a Rem 870 for a first shotgun.

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You can shoot skeet and turkey with the same gun, but drastically different choke requirements.For shootingskeet, you want an open choke, and for turkey hunting you will want a full or turkey choke. Therefore, if you intend to use the same gun, you will have to have multiple choke options available.

Another consideration is how often will you be shooting skeet? If it is just a couple of times a year, the Remington 870, with the Rem choke options,would work fine for you. Just screw in the skeet choke and go to the range, replace it with full or turkey choke and go huning. Also has modified and improved cylinder choke options. And this gun is very reasonably priced.

On the other hand if you want to shoot skeet much more often, I would recommend a semi-autoloader, again with the multi-choke option. The Remington 1100 is the choice here. It is a good, reliable, and reasonably priced gun. The only problem that you will encounter with the 1100 for skeet is that you will need to take a can of WD40 to the range with you to clean out the residue. As with any auto-loader, the jamming issue crops up when you least expect it, or want it. However, that can happen with a pump action as well...maintenance is the key; keep them clean.

Good luck, and let us know what you decide on.
 

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I love my camo synthetic stock remington 870 express magnum. Can shoot 3" shells, its not very heavy, doesn't kick a lot. Came with a turkey choke, never have bought another choke for it, but there is that option. Can't go wrong with an 870, they've been making it forever, would guess because its a good seller, and for a good reason.



I recently got a slug gun... can't wait to try it out at my moms acreage this weekend
 

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My .02. I was always taught to start with a pump my choice Remington 870 wingmaster. You will focus more and shoot less than starting with an auto. After that a Remington 1100 would be the next step up and from there what ever you can afford that fits your taste.
 

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Splittine (2/25/2010)What your price range?



Less than $300 Remington 870



Less than $600 Remington 1100, 1187, Browning BPS



Less than $1000 used Benelli or Beretta



No limit new Benelli or Beretta


I agree with the above other than the benelli...look at browning gold, silver, maxus or winchester sx3 or X2. All are gas operated vs the recoil operation of the benelli. Gas is better! Less recoil and always cycles! My .02



As was stated above get what throws up and feels the best. That's 90% of it right there.
 

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Splittine (2/25/2010)What your price range?

Less than $300 Remington 870

Less than $600 Remington 1100, 1187, Browning BPS

Less than $1000 used Benelli or Beretta

No limit new Benelli or Beretta
I agree with the above other than the benelli...look at browning gold, silver, maxus or winchester sx3 or X2. All are gas operated vs the recoil operation of the benelli. Gas is better! Less recoil and always cycles! My .02

As was stated above get what throws up and feels the best. That's 90% of it right there.
I'v ahd my Benelli for about 10 years and it has alway cycled. The recoil isn't bad on my Benelli! But Remington,Browning and Winchester all make good guns. All depends on how much you are willing to send.
 

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X2 on your price point bro. lot of different options, just like your rifle purchase. BPS sells a Rem 1187 full camo (auto-loader) forless than$700. i don't disagree with a pump being a better trainer, but if you wanna go out and knock around with skeet at the range, like me, you'll want an auto. i've got an 870 then an the 1178. now my 870 is my home defense choice.
 

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I totally agree with all the opinions about the 870 being a good starter gun. If you really want a semi though, look at a Stoeger. Bought one for my son who was not really ready for the responsibility of a Benelli and it has been flawless.

While I shot Remingtons, Winchesters, and Brownings for years, and still do, I wouldn't take anything for the Benelli. Never fails to cycle and the design is like an extension of my arm. It's easier on the shoulder with mag turkey loads too. It has been shot until it it was too hot to touch and it still would spit 'em out. I still have A-5's and 1100's but my M1 get the call 97% of the time.

Try several different models and pick which one fits you best

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JMHO but, if you are already shooting skeet and can consistently hit more the 18 birds a round go with an automatic. Fit is important as is your belief in the gun. Does it feel right in your hands. Does it shoulder smooth. I am a fan of the Benelli (or Stoeger and Franchi) shotguns. Like the way they feel, the way they look, and especially the way they shot. Like I said JMO. BBob
 

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If it really is your first shotgun, go with a bottom of the line REM 870.The reason I say this is because you can make that bottom of the line wal-mart special into just about any gun imaginable (and chokes are easy to find for any use). There are more mod's for that gun than any other gun I know of. If you want to go a little cheaper the NEF Pardner is decent but does not shoot the 3" Shells as well. The 870 is used by law enforcement all over the country for a reason, it is reliable. If you want to skip all the steps in between go straight for a high end browning. Just my .02 As stated above all of the guns listed are top notch (except the NEF Pardner, I listed).
 

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mpmorr (2/26/2010)If it really is your first shotgun, go with a bottom of the line REM 870.The reason I say this is because you can make that bottom of the line wal-mart special into just about any gun imaginable (and chokes are easy to find for any use). There are more mod's for that gun than any other gun I know of. If you want to go a little cheaper the NEF Pardner is decent but does not shoot the 3" Shells as well. The 870 is used by law enforcement all over the country for a reason, it is reliable. If you want to skip all the steps in between go straight for a high end browning. Just my .02 As stated above all of the guns listed are top notch (except the NEF Pardner, I listed).
Agree 100%. I bought a 20ga 870 for my son and a 12ga for myself to dove hunt with from a big box store for $230 each after rebate, added a 18" barrel for mine from Cabellas for a little over $100. Now have a home protection and two bird guns for less than $600. If I get an urge to duck hunt or Turkey hunt I can find the correct barrel or choke with no problem since the gun has been around forever and as stated prior plenty of upgrades or options.
 

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Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I'm going to look into the Remingtons sometime this week.



Appreciate all the help!
 

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As mostly everyone else has said, your best bet for an inexpensive but quality shotgun is a Remington 870. If you get one with choke tubes (I believe that is a pretty standard option on them these days) You can do pretty much anything you would want to do with a shotgun. Another good thing about the 870 is that you will not find an easier shotgun to get parts and accessories for.
 
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