GREAT SEMI-AUTO $800???


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By BRANTCO - 6/14/2012 12:36:58 PM
LOOKING TO FIND A GREAT DUCK HUNTING SEMI AUTO FOR AROUND 800-1000. I DONT KNOW WHAT KIND I SHOULD GET. PLEASE GIVE ME SOME SUGGESTIONS THANKS
By flannel - 6/14/2012 5:53:54 PM
Easy: Browning Silver
By scofo35 - 6/15/2012 11:16:13 PM
Steoger's are solid guns for a great price.
By 9piferad - 8/5/2012 9:28:06 AM
Im not really sure what they are going for now, but a few years back I picked up a Browning Gold 3.5 with a 26" barrel for well under that with money left for a case of steel, so just look around, I know up in Michigan, you can find them used for a very reasonable price!
By e.l.i. - 1/10/2013 12:36:43 PM
Stoeger and Weatherby both make some great semi-auto shotguns for under $800. Check out the reviews and ask around.  These guns are reliable and that's the bottom line. Good luck!
By DuckButts - 1/10/2013 12:48:59 PM
Win SX3. If you shop around you can find one around the $800 mark.
By u2crewdawg - 1/24/2013 8:50:02 AM
Franchi came out with their Affinity line last year and i can tell you they are PHENOMINAL guns! I have both the 12 and 20 gauge models and have not had one Failure with either one of them. I have run thousands of shells through both with no failure, it is also made in the benelli factory, same inertia design as the M2 with the recoil spring on the mag tube instead of the butt stock. its an M2 400 dollars cheaper!
By dloeks - 3/4/2013 1:34:28 PM
you can get a black synthetic versa max for $1000.  :D  
By Its Me! - 3/7/2013 7:43:59 AM
DuckButts (1/10/2013)
Win SX3. If you shop around you can find one around the $800 mark.
That or a Stoeger 3500 would be what I would shoot for, me inparticular would be the SX3, I have the SXP so I base that off of that, and there's nothing but good being said about SX3's by their owners. Also the Mossberg 930 is another good one.
By Amish Amy - 3/7/2013 11:01:33 AM
I would take a look  Franchi Affinity mentioned above.  Buddy of mine has one of the previous designs and its a great gun.  This new one should be better. 
By franchi24 - 3/27/2013 11:11:21 PM
I recently picked up the Franchi Affinity. I love it. Hunted a few times with it this year and it is a solid gun. If you get the Camo it is right at $800. I haven't had a problem yet. (Knock on wood)
By flannel - 3/28/2013 1:06:49 PM
franchi24 (3/27/2013)
I recently picked up the Franchi Affinity. I love it. Hunted a few times with it this year and it is a solid gun. If you get the Camo it is right at $800. I haven't had a problem yet. (Knock on wood)


Good lookin gun, too. Keep us posted on its performance!
By chadandy12 - 3/28/2013 3:33:59 PM
First post and name is Franchi24, you work for them or something LOL. Either way they are a great gun buddy got one last year and likes it a lot.

franchi24 (3/27/2013)
I recently picked up the Franchi Affinity. I love it. Hunted a few times with it this year and it is a solid gun. If you get the Camo it is right at $800. I haven't had a problem yet. (Knock on wood)
By houndog - 3/28/2013 8:55:28 PM
Saw this in Field and Stream about the Beretta A300. I met someone who had one and they really liked it. Sounds like a good gun.
http://www.fieldandstream.com/blogs/gun-nuts/2013/01/shotgun-review-beretta-a300-outlander
By BDhunter - 4/1/2013 11:11:16 AM
my dad just picked up a beretta a300 outlander in wood for around 700.seem like a good gun. guy at the gun shop said should be the closest feel to an 870 that hes shot his hole life.
By houndog - 4/1/2013 8:46:08 PM
Bass Pro sent out a mailer today with the Beretta A300 for $640. If I was needing an autoloader, I myself would strongly look at this. Sounds like a good deal.
By woodrow44 - 4/3/2013 3:52:45 PM
bought a beretta A300 outlander. great gun for the price
By shellsandskoal - 4/5/2013 10:59:01 AM
i like the stoeger 8000 never had problems and me and my buddy both have one
By MNwaterfowler98 - 4/18/2013 5:11:33 PM
definatly a winchester sx3, i have had mine for two years now and has shot through all conditions. has never had any problems and is eary to maintain. shoot 2 3/4 inch trap loads fine and tames big 3.5 inch goose loads down too. great gun, around $900. Also like the remington 11-87, but it tends to not cycle the best when it gets below 25 degrees or so up here in MN shootin late season honkers.
By UpDuck - 5/3/2013 8:55:45 PM
+1 on the Beretta A300 Outlander. Picked up one in January (wood stock), it's a great gun. Can't wait to blast away at some ducks with it.
By TexasGreenHead - 5/24/2013 10:36:30 PM
I shot a Franchi Affinity 12ga/28" all Season last year.  Put about 300 rounds through it during Dove Season before shooting 3" loads during Duck Season.  Never had an issue, time will tell over the years, but I think it's the best deal for the $$$ out there right now.  It reminds me of my Son's Benelli M2, but it cost a lot less.  Again, seems like a quality Shotgun, but I'll really know after I've hunted with it for 5 more years!  Good luck!



EDIT:  I bought the Max-4 Camo Gun and was out-the-door including Tax for less than $800
By ejpaul1 - 8/11/2013 7:11:08 PM
Im new to this site and still new to waterfowl hunting but I do have 2 cents on the matter. I own a new Remington 11-87 sportsmen, a 9 year old benelli M2 (ive head it all 9 years), a maverick 88 (backup gun I got for 100 bucks), a Winchester 1500 xtr (gas auto gun) and a cheapo rossi 20 gage single shot.

Really? the best shotgun I own is the benelli by far. Having said that, if I had to replace it with something under 800 the 11-87 would be the choice. The only thing Id miss is that you CANNOT DELAY IN CLEANING IT AFTER SHOOTING IT EVEN ONCE! the benelli begs for abuse but the 11-87 is really still a great gun for the money. I got it for 515 bucks brand new on a sale a year ago.

I owned the Winchester 1500 for about 20 years or so. THe design is far inferior to the 11-87 in detail and it will jam. the 11-87 hasn't jammed but I am meticulous about cleaning (most of the time). The Winchester made me shy to buy the 11-87 but after some study, its probably the second or third best gas design behind the beretta and the versamax.

Pumps? Well, the choices are endless. I like them all.
By Rolfed - 8/12/2013 5:26:05 PM
Franchi Affinity all the way. Just pick one up and you will see!!!
By zlf1107 - 9/21/2013 1:01:38 AM
The new Franchi is a great gun. Remington now has a versa max they callthere sportsman addition and it is about 500 dollars cheaper. Same gun just basic synthetic material. Either of these guns are great for there price.
By Billinoregon - 9/21/2013 12:36:14 PM
I'm in the same spot, although I am considering busting the budget for a Vinci, as I have never had a shotgun fit me so perfectly. I recently handled the Outlander, and it seems like a lot of gun for the money. I loved the Affinity, but they only had it in 20 gauge. The SX3 is a contender as well. Tough decision!
By Billinoregon - 9/21/2013 4:34:46 PM
Went with the Vinci. I went back and handled the Browning Silver, the SX3 and the Vinci and when I did the "mount-the-gun-with-eyes-closed" test, the Vinci was spot on every time. Not thrilled paying $1269 for the camo version, but I am a firm believer in buying the shotgun that fits the best.
By Amish Amy - 9/22/2013 1:56:13 PM
Good for you have fun with it.  You did your homework found what works for you.  Joe
By flannel - 9/22/2013 4:06:15 PM
Billinoregon (9/21/2013)
Went with the Vinci. I went back and handled the Browning Silver, the SX3 and the Vinci and when I did the "mount-the-gun-with-eyes-closed" test, the Vinci was spot on every time. Not thrilled paying $1269 for the camo version, but I am a firm believer in buying the shotgun that fits the best.


Personally, I would've picked the gun that appealed to you the most, as almost every high-end gun these days come with adjustment shims that allow them to fit almost anyone....just my 2 cents. 
By mathias - 11/14/2013 3:40:04 PM
you can buy a versa max without all the bells and wistle (rubber pads and fiberoptic sights ect ) for around that... still shoots anything any time anywhere
By Instrpilot - 3/9/2014 7:35:16 PM
Pleased with the A300 for an autoloader in that price range
By donr - 3/12/2014 2:41:54 PM
Yeah, me too. I got mine late last year and used it over the second half of the season. I got ducks I'd never have gotten with my Maxus. The gun handles great, love the trigger, it breaks down and cleans easy, no cycling issues. And if feels like more than a $700 - $800 gun for sure. Really well put together.
By Boosh - 6/26/2014 12:07:25 PM
The franchi affinity is an amazing gun, I've never had any problems with it whatsoever.  Can't say enough great things about it.