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Shotgun advice

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    Shotgun advice

    Now that my range bag is packed with pistols, I have been thinking about buying a shotgun for range and field. This would be my first shotgun. One of my golf/shooting buddies is saying that I should stick with Beretta, Benelli or Browning. I want an Over/Under, don't want to spend a lot for a flashy gun but I do like high quality. Budget is at or under $2,000. What do you suggest and also does anyone know about the CZ shotguns made in Turkey?
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    You should be able with that budget to buy about any shotgun you want, and maybe even 3-4 of other types lol

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    Nice budget, shouldn't have any trouble finding a nice O/U for that kind of money.

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    Its hard to be a Browning Citori O/U. They look good, handle better, and have many grades, depending on for field or range. A little on the more expensive side, but you get what you pay for!

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    I know if I had your budget I'd buy a good semi-auto shotgun and a couple pump action shotguns.
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    Well, I really don't want to spend more than a thousand but those Browning Citori's are expensive, thus the higher budget. Plus I want to buy a shotgun that will last my lifetime and have one I won't get tired of. More advice will be appreciated as I am new to shotguns.
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    Your best bet is to go to your local gun shop and handle a bunch of shotguns. For me, dove hunting and clay pigeon shooting I like my o/u for many reasons better than a semi. For one, you can use different chokes, i.e. a modified if it is a longer shot, and a improved on the other barrel for a closer, and more spread out pattern. Also, your gun will always go bang with a browning O/U. There is nothing more frustrating than setting in a field, see a dove go over shoot a shot and the gun jams! Just my .02.

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    My advise... send half your budget to me. PM for address. Like others have said handle as many as you can and find one that fits.
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    Haha. Thanks for sound advice, guys. My shooting buddy says the same thing about O/U versus semis. Say, are "fixed" chokes better than "screw ins"?
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    Nope, they are not capable of being changed. You do not need to worry about screw in chokes un-threading. I usually check them after I clean the gun. Whats nice with screw in chokes is your versatility. The only way i'd get a fixed choke gun again would be if its a dedicated gun (turkey gun).

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    OK thanks for the lesson. I am off to a local gun store to play with the boom sticks.
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    I would check with CDNN. They always have a wide variety of shotguns for a good price.

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    drs1457,

    You should be able to find a nice used Browning Citori 12 gauge with adjustable chokes for $900 to $1,200. The Cirori is my favorite.

    You can use an O/U to hunt everything from doves to geese, to deer. It is also very suitable or home defense.

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    Gold40. Thanks for the advice. Funny you should drop this note as I was just staring at the Citori's in the Browning catalog. Nice, nice gun. I was leaning toward 20 gauge but maybe I should step right up to 12 ga. What do you think about that new Cynergy line they have?
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    Honestly, with what you listed I would look at the CZ stuff. IMO they are just as good as the browings and berettas and generally a lot cheaper. You can pick up the gun, all the chokes you need, a good softcase, a good hardcase, some clay pigeons and lots of target ammo and still stay in your budget, and probably have a bit left over for a really nice electric pigeon tosser.
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