Can you specify the difference between the Mossberg and Maverick? I have never understood this "comparable quality less price thing". Who actually own's Maverick?If you want a low price and reliable shotgun look at the Maverick 88s. They are extremely similar to the Mossberg 500s. I have one and I couldn't be happier with my purchase. They are in the $150-$180 price range.
yep if they have dunhams in penn look for their deals they run once a month or so for the remington 870 express combo, you can get rifled barrel and shot barrel for about $330-$340 regular price was over $500 last year, and with metal prices up I imagine its gone up. Its a great value.jcabin, I don't know if you have a Dunham's Sports anywhere near you, but I recently saw a 12 ga home defense-type pump shotty there by Century Arms (?) for $119.95. They also had a special recently on a Rossi single shot .223 rifle for $169.95.
Oops... I misunderstood the statement. I guess you are looking for one or the other for $200-$300. In that case, a used Remington 870 shotgun will work, and I've seen new Stevens model 200 short action bolt gun will probably run you around $300, as well, but you'll need to add a scope to it.
good suggestions by brickboy per usual. I have a norinco sks i love dearly, i got it back in 1994 when i was a lil kid with paper route money, i am not a fan of the yugo SKS out there right now, cause they dont have chrome lined barrels. I would cruise some pawn shops or gun shows and get a SKS with a chrome barrel, its a great value gun.For a shotgun, I'd search out a nice Remington Express 870 for under 300 bucks. They're out there and you can adjust it to do whatever you want to do with a shotgun. Skip the other pumps and stick to an 870...you'll be glad you did.
A cheap rifle? How about one of the Yugoslavian Mausers or the German 98k Russian Capture guns that are on he surplus market? High quality guns that are accurate and reliable. An SKS is also a good idea if you are not shooting great distances and well within your price range. Ditto for a nice used Marlin 336 in 30-30.