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    I am a college student and I would like to start trap shooting this summer. I would like to purchase a good quality used shotgun, instead of a cheap quality new one, but I really don't know what to get. My budget is under $700. Can anybody make a suggestion about what I should look for? Thanks.

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    Remington 870 Wingmaster Class Trap shotgun is a great choice. the 870 is a terrific shotgun. If not, might I recommend the Benelli SuperNova, or Nova Pump. These are HIGH QUALITY shotguns. you're best off buying the SuperNova, it'll perform better. It's under 600 dollars new. So I would recommend buying that one new. Benelli makes quality shotguns.

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    • #3
      Reid gave some very good advice. One thing though a semi-automatic will dampen recoil which is a factor when you shoot 100 trap loads in a day. A good used Rem 1100 or 11-87 would work. You might even pick up a used Benelli. Also mossberg makes a nice O/U in your price range.

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      • #4
        Exactly as Del said if you are going to do it semi pro or better, then you will be shooting 2-5 days a week and about 4 rounds a day. That's 100 shots either an 11-87 or a Browning Gold should fit the bill. Winchester SX II or III, you won't touch a Bennelli SBE for that price. Good luck and let us know how it turns out. Another route is a Ruger Red Lable if you want to go the O/U route.

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        • #5
          Thanks everyone for your answers. Brad--Do you think I can get a Ruger Red Label for under 700?

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          • #6
            Jim-NO! unless it's used and worn out majorly. a ruger red label is a VERY very very nice shotgun. Over unders are expensive shotguns to begin with, but when you buy from such a reputable and prestigous brand like Ruger, it's gonna cost you. they range at about 1600 i think. correct me if im wrong. sorry guys, i was thinkinb about autoloaders but most of them are pretty pricy.

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            • #7
              If you are shootin trap go with the 870 Clasic Trap its all you will need and you wont be disapointed. They will point as good as a M12 but they wont break your bank account. Good luck and good shooting.

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              • #8
                Jim, sorry they are a little higher than I thought they run around 800-850 for a used one. Go to Gunbroker.com and look them up, here are two that I found. Just be patient and you'll find one, a really good place to look is your shooting buddies, they often feel the need to trade or upgrade. Anyway here are the links.

                http://gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=128691912

                http://gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=129094885

                Good Luck!

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                • #9
                  A Remington 1100 specifically made for trap should be available somewhere for 700 or so.

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                  • #10
                    There are Benelli semi-autos that are less money than an SBE. You don't need 3.5 in ammo for trap. I was thinking something along the line of an M-1.

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                    • #11
                      If I was buying a shotgun to shoot nothing but trap I'd go with the beretta urika.

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                      • #12
                        I bought a red label about 10 years ago and if i remember right it cost somewhere around 700 bucks, give or take 50. The red label is a nice gun, I love how it carries and shoots but it is NOT a fine gun. The wood to metal fit is terrible at best, the checkering stinks and the wood is ugly. BUT it shoots great every time I pull the trigger and it fits me like a glove. I hunt rabbits, pheasants, ducks, and geese with it. And I have shot plenty of 25's with it, one 50 and my best out of 100 is a 98. It wont will any contests as a FINE pretty gun, it is more like a plow horse, but it gets the job done. If you are looking for an OU I think you could do alot worse than a red label.

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                        • #13
                          I found a Red Label a couple years ago for around $700. You can also pick up a Beretta 390 at Wal-Mart for you price but I'm still a little leary about buying guns at wal-mart. Look for something used, or any pump gun, I shot trap for 2 yrs in college with my BPS and had no problems it just wasn't as pretty as some of the guns as the guys I shot with had.

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                          • #14
                            If you spend the time looking you should be able to find a used Remington 11-87 or a used Beretta Urika for $700 or less. - I have and loved them both.

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                            • #15
                              Get a Remington 11-87! These guns are perfect for skeet and trap shooting. The recoil is light, and you never miss. The gun is built solidly, and can withstand many uses. I use them for skeet and waterfowl hunting, and they never fail me. Do not get a pump action gun for trap. You have to waste time and pump a gun, which affects your accuracy. Semi-auto guns are the better choice because you have a quick followup shot if needed. The Remington 11-87 is usually in the price range of $400-$600 depending on the features you want incorporated, like the finish, or the wood used in the gun. Do not get a pump.

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