January 29, 2014
Who says you have to take out a second mortgage to buy a new shotgun? Plenty of gun makers understand the economy is still struggling and that plenty of gun enthusiasts can't justify dropping a grand or more on a new shotgun. They also grasp the concept that inexpensive does not equal cheap.
There are plenty of high-quality, affordable shotguns that may not have the bells and whistles of higher-priced options, but shoot straight and shoot often. In short, they do everything a hunter or target shooter expects without breaking the bank. Here's a look at 10 budget-friendly shotguns under $700.
Hunters who like the extra punch of 3 1/2-inch shells and who also like to keep a little more of their own money would be wise to check out the SuperNova
. It's one of the few low-priced shotguns chambered for the longer shotshell, making it the ideal tool for the duck marsh and the turkey woods.
It's available in a synthetic black, Realtree APG or Max-5 camo. The SuperNova feature's Benelli's patented ComforTech recoil pad and comes with a wide trigger guard for use with gloved hands. It also has a removable trigger assembly, a shim kit, a push button shell stop and comes with three choke tubes. The SuperNova is also drilled and tapped for scopes.
squeezes in under the $700 price tag by just a penny, but bargain-hunting shooters can likely find it for less than the MSRP. That's a good thing, because few gun makers have the reputation for quality and reliability as Browning.
The bottom ejection and loading port and top tang safety make this a perfect shotgun not just for left-handed shooters, but for all types of target and hunting enthusiasts. It's chambered for 3-inch shells and is available in 12- and 20-gauges, as well as .410. The BPS also comes with three Invector-Plus choke tubes.
An auto-loader for under $700? Yes and no. CZ's 912
isn't just a semi-automatic shotgun under $700, it's a semi-auto under $600. That's right. At just $544, the 912 is likely the most affordable auto-loader available, making it the perfect choice for shooters who want the features of a semi-auto without the sticker shock of the more popular models.
The long recoil spring is located in the butt stock, allowing the 912 to function smoothly with both 2 3/4-inch and 3-inch shells. The high-gloss walnut stock and sleek lines look good on the range or in the field, and the included recoil pad allow you to bang away without a bruised shoulder. The 912 comes with five choke tubes and comes with a chrome-lined barrel.
One of the most popular shotguns in the Mossberg line-up
is also one of the most reliable low-cost pumps on the market. The 500
is a favorite of turkey, deer, duck and small game hunters alike. It's available in a variety of configurations, including the new Duck Commander model, complete with Realtree Max-5 camouflage and the Duck Commander logo.
Other options in the 500 line-up include a black synthetic stock, available in 12- and 20-gauges and .410. It's chambered for 3-inch shells and includes Mossberg's patented Accu-Set chokes, a free gun lock and a limited 10-year warranty.
There aren't many auto-loaders under a thousand dollars, but the Mossberg 930
not only breaks that price barrier, it shatters it. With a sticker of just over $600, it gives hunters and shooters a reliable, hard-hitting option that won't bust the bank.
The 930 comes with either a practical black synthetic or handsome walnut stock, a 3-inch chamber and a four plus one capacity. The gas-operated action is smooth and the 26- or 28-inch barrel is ported to reduce recoil. The 930 also comes in deer, turkey and waterfowl configurations.
Remington 870 Express
Is it any wonder the 870 Express
is one of the top-selling shotguns? Backed by the Remington
name, the 870 Express is a pump that will do everything you ask for about $400. That's tough to beat. Made with the same craftsmanship as the venerable 870, the 870 Express is a workhorse — the prefect first shotgun or a fine choice for veteran hunters who chase all kinds of game in all kinds of conditions.
The action uses two slide bars for smooth cycling and the receiver is milled from a single piece of steel. Available in 12- or 20-gauge and chambered for 3-inch shells, the 870 Express is a great deal for budget-conscious hunters.
Stoeger Condor Supreme Over/Under
Condor line of over-and-unders brings a common-sense price tag to stack-barrel enthusiasts. The company also offers proof that you don't have to spend a thousand dollars or more for style, quality and reliability. The Condor Supreme
is Stoeger's top-of-the-line over-and-under, which not only includes an affordable sticker, but also a variety of features normally reserved for higher-priced brands.
Single selective trigger? Check. Extractors? Yep. High-quality walnut stock? It's got that, too. The Condor Supreme is available in both 12- and 20-gauges and comes with an improved cylinder and modified choke tube. It shoots 2 3/4- and 3-inch shells and sells for $599.
One of just a handful of semi-auto shotguns under $700, the M3500
is also in another select group: It's inertia-driven action handles shells from 2 3/4 inches up to 3 1/2 inches.
That means it is not only the perfect gun for the clays range, it's also right at home in a goose pit or in the turkey woods. Even better, the M3500 is drilled and tapped for Weaver-style scope mounts, making it an ideal multi-purpose shotgun that can do whatever you ask it to do. It's available with 24-, 26- and 28-inch barrels and weighs around 7 1/2 pounds. It comes with four flush-mount choke tubes, including extra-full.
629 (synthetic) and $
719 (Realtree APG, Max-4)
You can't go wrong with any gun that carries the Weatherby
name. The PA-08 Upland pump shotgun
is designed for hunters and shooters who want a workhorse gun that also looks good in their hands. It comes with a gloss walnut stock and is available in 12- or 20-gauge.
Both come with 3-inch chambers and three choke tubes. The PA-08 is also available with a black synthetic stock, which sells for $399, as well as waterfowl, turkey, slug and youth configurations. The PA-08 Upland has a suggested retail price of $449 and comes with a chrome-lined barrel.
399 (synthetic) and $
Billed as the world's fastest pump, the Winchester SXP
is undoubtedly a fast-working shotgun that allows hunters and shooters to put more lead in the air. Priced at under $400 for the no-frills field model, it's also a fast seller. For good reason.
Along with the trusted Winchester name, the SXP boasts a number of features that you won't find on similarly-priced shotguns. It's available in a variety of configurations, including versions for turkey and waterfowl hunting, along with tactical and personal defense models.