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Best Shotgun for the Money: Experts Offer Advice on Value

By    |   Monday, 06 Apr 2015 11:59 AM

More than 775,000 shotguns are manufactured in the United States each year. As more Americans look to purchase their first firearm, and experienced shooters look to add to their collections, debate rages on Internet forums and over coffee at ranges about which is the best shotgun for the money. Here are some of the models that experts point to, and some of the considerations they used to decide.

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Remington 870
Curtis Niedermier of Outdoor Life lays it on the line in his article about the best pump shotguns less than $500. "The Remington 870 is the greatest shotgun of all time. Period," he writes. The weapon's breakdown design, large number of stock sizes and plenty of aftermarket accessories mean the shotgun can be fitted to nearly any shooter and be changed from a home defense weapon to hunting gun to clay pigeon shooter.

Niedermier's enthusiasm for the Remington 870 highlights a point reiterated by many experts when talking about the best shotgun for a particular shooter or application: a comfortable fit to the individual is vital to ensure the shooter uses the weapon safely and is motivated to train with the shotgun.

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Benelli Synthetic Stock Montefeltro
Phil Bourjaily of Field & Stream magazine recommends the Montefeltro, which replaces the M2 American among semi-automatic shotguns. "Prodded, perhaps, by a poor economy, big-name gunmakers are finally offering no-frills base models of their top-of-the-line shotguns for those who want to buy a popular brand but have $1,000 or less to spend."

The pump-action vs. semi-automatic debate often comes down to cost, need for quicker firing, and reliability. Semi-automatic shotguns tend to be more expensive and require more maintenance than pump-actions. But the pump-action shotgun has its advantages: it doesn’t break, wears well, and for home defense applications, the characteristic sound of a pump-action slide chambering a round will sometimes mean the difference between firing the weapon and the intruder turning tail.

Stoeger P-350
Brad Fitzpatrick of Shooting Times ranks this Stoeger model after the Remington and Benelli. "The basic black field gun in 12-gauge with a vent rib barrel will set you back about $349, and it comes with five different chokes, including an extra-full turkey choke," Fitzpatrick writes. He says the Stoeger is "durable, inexpensive and versatile," exactly what a pump-action shotgun should be. The Stoeger is versatile because it will accept different size shells with various barrel configurations. This allows the shooter to choose the appropriate ammunition for what the weapon's intended purpose.

Birdshot may be good for practice and clay shooting, but may not have the stopping power needed for home defense. Also, as ammunition prices continue to increase and particular styles go in and out of stock, a shotgun that can quickly and effectively change styles without jamming is a better value than a cheaper but more finicky weapon.

This article does not constitute legal advice. Check the current gun laws before purchasing or traveling with a firearm.

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