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Old March 24th, 2011, 01:27 AM #1
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Best value in lower priced shotguns

I've been looking for a shotgun primarily for home defense and have narrowed it to a few possibilities.

Mossberg 500 security/field combo (18.5 and 28" barrels) in wood: $330 +tax at Dicks Sporting Goods special order.

Maverick 88 - 28" vent rib barrel $177 +tax at Walmart to which I could buy a 90015 barrel for @ $80, making that combo $177+$80= $257 + tax. (I really dislike walmart though)

IAC Hawk 982 - I haven't seen one of these in person, but I like the look of it and have read some positive things from people that have them. I think they are @ $240 +tax.

Is there anything I might be overlooking? I am keeping an eye out for used also. The Maverick seems like the best deal, but am a little concerned with walmart being involved. I half suspect they forced the manufacturer to skimp on something to get the price that low...
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Out of the three, I would choose the Mossberg 500 first. I have 2 of them, one in 12ga and another in 20ga and they have proven to be reliable and durable.

The Maverick is a barebones Mossberg 500, with some cosmetic differences, and a different location for the safety.

The IAC Hawk, if I recall, is a clone of the Remington 870. For less than the price of a new Hawk, you can get a fantastic used Remington 870.

Shop used. Most of the time, you can find a decent gun in decent shape for next to nothing. I paid $150 for my Remington 870 and $100 for my Ithaca 37.
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Out of the three, I would choose the Mossberg 500 first. I have 2 of them, one in 12ga and another in 20ga and they have proven to be reliable and durable.
Thanks, I did kind of feel like the Mossberg was the highest quality choice.
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The IAC Hawk, if I recall, is a clone of the Remington 870. For less than the price of a new Hawk, you can get a fantastic used Remington 870.

Shop used. Most of the time, you can find a decent gun in decent shape for next to nothing. I paid $150 for my Remington 870 and $100 for my Ithaca 37.
I would love to buy used at prices like that, but I haven't had much luck. Where is the best place to look? I am checking the classifieds here. Ive been to a few gun stores, but didn't see many used shotguns.
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Thanks, I did kind of feel like the Mossberg was the highest quality choice.

I would love to buy used at prices like that, but I haven't had much luck. Where is the best place to look? I am checking the classifieds here. Ive been to a few gun stores, but didn't see many used shotguns.
Depending on where you shop, you will either find the motherlode or zilch. I moved here to NC, where shotguns grow on trees

The Gun Shop in Essex always had a nice selection if used guns and there is always Northwestern Pawn in Baltimore.
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northwestern pawn +1. location is -1......
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No need to reinvent the wheel. Just find the best price you can on an 870.
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there is always Northwestern Pawn in Baltimore.
http://www.nwpawn.com/guns.htm they do have a lot of used guns and could be on my way home from work...
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No need to reinvent the wheel. Just find the best price you can on an 870.
The only thing I wasn't crazy about was the safety location. It seemed a little awkward/unnatural behind the trigger. Otherwise I did like them a lot.
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i would go with the 500, but my preference is a saiga 12
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If you like the safety better on the Mossberg then I would not try to change your mind as far as buying it.

Truthfully what most folks who have a pump gun for HD do is keep the hammer down on an empty chamber with a tube full of ammo. In other words if you need the gun in a fight you would never touch the safety, and would only have to rack the gun to bring it into action.

If this method of storing your HD gun doesn't work for you, and the Mossberg is more up your ally, then good on ya.
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