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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 shotgu

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  • blackdawgz
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    Go to the trap club and hang out. Ask the people who run the place. Many trap clubs have gun shops attached. Wade through the "for sale" guns on the bulletin board. Yesterday's good shotgun is often all you need, until you get into social business.

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  • bertram
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    PS 870s are safe reliable and if you must trade up it will hold its value.

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  • bertram
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    Find a used 870 trap and you'll be set. When I shot trap many of the guys continually traded, gimmied and altered their guns. Don't discount good fit, if the gun fits you recoil of the pump should not bother you.
    I had the good fortune to shoot my dads 21 Winchester and my uncles Parker, neither of which ever hurt me, except for sime dismal scores. My own trap gun was a Y modle 12, which you might stumble ontoin your price range. Stay away from built up gimmied guns. One of the best shots at our range shot a single shot hammer gun.?????

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  • choveln
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    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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  • Scott in Ohio
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    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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  • herbie57_57
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    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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  • Golfing Sportsman
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    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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  • jay
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    If I was buying a shotgun to shoot nothing but trap I'd go with the beretta urika.

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  • Del in KS
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    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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  • shane
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    A Remington 1100 specifically made for trap should be available somewhere for 700 or so.

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  • CPT BRAD
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    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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  • idduckhntr
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    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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  • Reid Jones
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    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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  • Jimsmith
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    Thanks everyone for your answers. Brad--Do you think I can get a Ruger Red Label for under 700?

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  • CPT BRAD
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    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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