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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamps View Post
    Allow me to throw a couple of curve balls...
    I love my browning bps (20 gauge though) and I bought it hardly used (maybe 10 rounds through it) for $350.00
    I also like my ithaca model 37. In my opinion, the 37 is a gun that you can beat up, get it wet/dirty and it will still function as day one.
    870's are great guns everyone (well almost) has one and I like to use some different guns.
    All outstanding guns! I too like a bit of variety in my shotguns. When it comes to pumps the action is definitely a major factor... Which I guess comes down to personal preference. So, to answer the original question,

    "relatively new to the gun world, and I need some advice on shotguns. I own a Glock 19, but I've always wanted a standard 12 gauge pump. I'm sure everyone has their preference regarding brand, but seeing as how I'm on a relatively tight budget ($300 to $400 range), what is a good brand to look into in that price range?"

    I would say... Try a few at the gun store, and determine which one you like in terms of action and ease of use, some are more difficult to align when reassembling than others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbarnett0311 View Post
    All outstanding guns! I too like a bit of variety in my shotguns. When it comes to pumps the action is definitely a major factor... Which I guess comes down to personal preference. So, to answer the original question,

    "relatively new to the gun world, and I need some advice on shotguns. I own a Glock 19, but I've always wanted a standard 12 gauge pump. I'm sure everyone has their preference regarding brand, but seeing as how I'm on a relatively tight budget ($300 to $400 range), what is a good brand to look into in that price range?"

    I would say... Try a few at the gun store, and determine which one you like in terms of action and ease of use, some are more difficult to align when reassembling than others.
    Actually great point! It took me a while to get used to the saftey location on the BPS and Ithaca! Once I shot it a few times, it felt wired going back to the 870.
    Go to a gun store that sells used and try both new and used out to see the feel. Most pumps need a little break in period.

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    Haven't seen anyone mention the Winchester 1300. I have one and love it. Killed lots of deer and clay's with it. Don't overlook it if they have one.

    As was said many many times before, the 870 is a great gun. I've seen some used ones that were a little rough around the edges for $180-200 around here. The better condition ones go for $240-280 or a little more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeefyBeefo View Post
    There goes Ram Rod, showing off his 870 again.

    -Jeff-
    Well, I am proud of it though. I made some real life concessions to get her out of layaway the day before the election...just because. I had started buying ammo for it three months before I got it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbarnett0311 View Post
    All outstanding guns! I too like a bit of variety in my shotguns. When it comes to pumps the action is definitely a major factor... Which I guess comes down to personal preference. So, to answer the original question,

    "relatively new to the gun world, and I need some advice on shotguns. I own a Glock 19, but I've always wanted a standard 12 gauge pump. I'm sure everyone has their preference regarding brand, but seeing as how I'm on a relatively tight budget ($300 to $400 range), what is a good brand to look into in that price range?"

    I would say... Try a few at the gun store, and determine which one you like in terms of action and ease of use, some are more difficult to align when reassembling than others.
    This is a great point

    Be sure to shop around, check online for some good deals, but always make sure that you handle the type beforehand.

    I know the 870 is very popular, have owned one before and it handled well, but there were a few things personally I didn't enjoy. However, for the price of a new one, they are hard to beat.

    Ithaca 37's and Browning BPS's are based on John Browning designs from back in the early 1900's. If I recall right, the design was originally the Remington Model 17 [please correct if wrong], that Remington replaced with the 870 in the early 1930's and Ithaca picked up the design after the patents ran out in '37. So they are both of a very long running and successful design. I've seen BPS's go as low as $425 new, not on sale, at Bass Pro Shops.

    Having had the privilege of handling all three, the BPS is my favorite due to price, while the Ithaca is close second, seeing as how even a decent condition used on generally goes for higher than a new BPS. The Remington, I just had small issues with fit of the parts [The BPS was just easier to put back together], and with the slide release feeling a bit rough in hand.

    Mossbergs are also a model you may want to look into. They are popular as military defensive weapons.

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    Have you looked into the AA12? I think I'm gonna get one of these next... Under $300??? I doubt it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhstuvzMiB0


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    I can only speak from my experience. I love my ithaca 37. I picked it up from a neighbor of mine a few years ago & it is an awesome gun. It was & is in excellent shape. I would buy another in a heartbeat.

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    Well, I bought it. Remington 870 Super Mag. Got it for exactly $300 brand new. I haven't been able to shoot it yet, but I'm supposed to go clay shooting on Sunday. I'll be lucky if I come within five yards of a clay pigeon, but it should be fun anyway.

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    Great choice!

    For home defense, get a 18.5" cyl choke barrel (made my Mossburg for Rem 870s). I got mine through Midway for about $95.

    Throw in a box of low-recoil 2.75" 00 Buck.

    http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpag...eitemid=813264

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