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Some time in July I'm going to have some extra cash laying around and I'm interested in picking up a cheap shotgun or rifle, dont care how old they are, long as they are reliable. Any ideas? im looking in the 100-300 range tops
 

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I'm assuming this is for home defense... Shotguns are almost always cheaper than rifles of comparable quality. Shotguns like the Remingon 870 are nice because there are so many available options for this model. You can have a home defense setup w/ shorter barrel and tactical stock for most of the year. During hunting season you can swap the barrel for a longer smooth bore barrel for small game and birds or change it over to a rifled barrel to shoot slugs during deer season. All of which you can add as you go. (I'll give you three guesses which gun I'll be buying next) :mrgreen:
 

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Of course, if you are looking for just an inexpensive target rifle, there are a ton of great .22lr rifles that would be well within your price range and also be cheap to shoot.

My wish list is way to long.. Nevermind, its just long enough.
 

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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.
 

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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.
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?

EDIT: Wikipedia is my friend!
Mossberg Maverick - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 

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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.
 

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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.

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Remington 870 Express has got to be one of the easiest guns to find from private sellers. I posted a want ad in my local classifieds and got 3 calls within 24 hours. $275 for an almost new 870 Express (28" barrel) with wood stock/fore, plus a case and shotgun cleaning kit! (retail on the gun alone is $315-$350)
 

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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.
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.
 

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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.

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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.

I dont have a mauser yet, but i am gonna buy one as soon as i get my AR and FAL, i am in no hurry on the mauser since they wont get banned, but you can pick up some SWEET long barrel persian mausers made in czech for $200 , 8mm. I lust for one. Cant wait to get my other guns so i can get it.

Marlin 30-30 are pretty much the standard michigan brush gun for deer season. Half my hunting friends hunt with 30-30, cor bon has a sweet new bullet that really extends the range of the 3030 and the accuracy. Plus i always liked lever guns and bolt actions best, they are jsut more fun.

they yugo mausers you can get very good condition for $130 8mm.
 

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Cheap rifle=an excellent condition, arsenal refinished Mosin-Nagant 91/30 for $79.95. Look on AIM Surplus. You can pick up a used 870 or Mossberg 500 for next to nothing, to fulfill your shotgun needs.

Doesn't get much cheaper than that.:wink:
 

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The Mossberg with the two barrels is great- you get both a sporting and an HD rig for well under $300.
Having both, I prefer the Mossberg over the Remington mostly due to safety position but they are both fun to shoot.
 
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