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Which Semi-Auto Shotgun is Best?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by acdodge, Feb 6, 2015.

  1. acdodge

    acdodge Hillsboro/ Wilsonville Member

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    I'm in the market for a new tactical semi-auto 12G shotgun. I currently have a Remington 870 Tactical that I'm hoping to trade or sell to get an auto loading shotgun.

    The most difficulty I am having is finding a model that can shoot 2.75" shells and 3" shells without having to change parts on it. It would be nice if there were one that fired 3.5" as well but it at least needs to shoot the other two. The other condition is that I am looking for one under $600.

    If anyone can point me in the right direction, I would appreciate it.
     
  2. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I know this isn't what your looking for but pump > simi.

    After that, I'd go with a magazine fed shotgun.
     
  3. Flopsweat

    Flopsweat Slightly right of center Well-Known Member

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    Saiga 12. Picture an AK that shoots 12G, because that's exactly what it is.
     
  4. Lance Jacobs

    Lance Jacobs South Willamette Valley Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Your best bet would be a Mossberg 930 SPX. It would easily outperform any pump action shotgun, and be much easier and faster to shoot, due to the reduced recoil and the gas operated semiauto action.

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    Just keep it loaded in a nearby corner for when bad guys show up:

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  5. IronMonster

    IronMonster Washington Opinionated Member Diamond Supporter

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    Benelli is the BEST! :D
     
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  6. WasrNwarpaint

    WasrNwarpaint Portland Well-Known Member

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    Saiga 12 !
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  7. Flopsweat

    Flopsweat Slightly right of center Well-Known Member

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    Nice. MDArms makes a really nice 20 round drum for that. They run great in mine.
     
  8. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Flopsweat Slightly right of center Well-Known Member

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    I have a recoil pad on mine. Makes a big difference. You do not want one of those wire folding stocks...
     
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  10. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    I just like the havoc one could wreak with this jewel :cool:
     
  11. Flopsweat

    Flopsweat Slightly right of center Well-Known Member

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  12. ruggdogg87

    ruggdogg87 Tigard Active Member

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    1. Benelli M1 Super 90
    2. Remington 1187
    3. Remington 1100 (newer tactical models)

    My 3 favorite semi auto shotguns
     
  13. WasrNwarpaint

    WasrNwarpaint Portland Well-Known Member

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    I do have an MD arms 20 rnd drum but I modified my steel folding stock so it closes with with the 12 rnd drum for close quarters work ;)

    & its a GAS GUN it doesn’t kick back or hurt my shoulder AT ALL...
    I have videos of kids, first time shooters shooting skeet with this punk...dont be skeerd
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  14. jluck

    jluck Really,Really, Close to Newport Oregon 97365 Voted #1 Member

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    AA12! FTW!
     
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  15. salmonriverjohn

    salmonriverjohn N.W Oregon coast, Gods country Well-Known Member

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    I just gave my Saiga 12 to my oldest daughter, she shoots it like an old pro,,, all the while grinning madly! That said, she also took my .338 rem magnum from live warm hands and doesn't mind the recoil from that either, especially after downing six Elk in six shots

    I love the saiga's never fail ability to deliver down range. Yes there may be both cheaper and more expensive platforms out there, but when comes to semi auto shotguns, my nod goes to it.
     
  16. Lance Jacobs

    Lance Jacobs South Willamette Valley Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Sadly, further importation of the Saiga 12 has been banned. So if the OP decides that he wants one, getting one sooner, rather than later, would be best. In a few years, even used Saigas will no doubt become very expensive to buy, due to supply and demand.

    A regular semiauto shotgun would be fully adequate to meet any legitimate self-defense needs, though. A Saiga would only come in handy if total anarchy and rioting took place, which is rather doubtful.
     
  17. Flopsweat

    Flopsweat Slightly right of center Well-Known Member

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    :D They'll give you a bit of a poke with a 1600FPS 1oz slug. Follow-ups with
    birdshot or low recoil buck are very smooth though.
     
  18. Flopsweat

    Flopsweat Slightly right of center Well-Known Member

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    I must be missing something. How is the Saiga inappropriate for self defense?
     
  19. Medic!

    Medic! What just happened? Has eagle eyes. But cant remember what he saw. Bronze Supporter

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    Benelli m4.

    It has the controls that really work for me. Simple and intuitive.

    Please consider the controls when you make your choice. Handle them before you buy. You may need this in a hurry. And you don't want to fight your gun and the bad guy.

    An AK based shotgun would work for me also.
     
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  20. WasrNwarpaint

    WasrNwarpaint Portland Well-Known Member

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    Sadly, further importation of the Saiga 12 has been banned. So if the OP decides that he wants one, getting one sooner, rather than later, would be best. In a few years, even used Saigas will no doubt become very expensive to buy, due to supply and demand.

    yes the Saiga's will increase in value, they already have! because there are NO more, However that being said you will be able still buy a 12ga Kalashnikov brand soon.
    A company called RWC is looking for ground in fla to open a new factory they have the rights to reproduce the kalashnikov line this was announced at the shot show

    and they apparently have plans to offer an AK in 9mm ....now thats Im waiting for :D I have 7.62 and 12 ga already, a 9mm AK would be great, I already reload 9mm for my pistols
    http://money.cnn.com/2015/01/20/news/kalashnikov-made-in-usa/index.html
     
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