what price range would i be in if i wanted to upgarade to a 20ga double from a Mossberg 500a?

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  1. sadworld

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    Im also looking for specific model recomendations for grouse hunting. My Mossberg is the only shotgun i've ever had and since i'm getting into bird hunting again with a new pup i am thinking about getting a 20 ga double. always wanted a double! are the ones i've seen that are less than $500 new worth it? would those in that range be an upgrade to the Mossberg? Thanks!
     
  2. Waif

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    Good question!

    I've had a double before ...And like the romance.
    An over and under will grant more options ,depending on where you shop.
    Ups the odds of shooting to point better too.
     
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    I agree with waif, I love the over/under. Also love a pump. But, to be clear, I'm no ace shot. Buy what feels comfortable is my best advice

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    Stoeger quality is hit or miss. Light hits or Fail to fire on the second barrel. Easily fixed with a good cleaning and adjusting the hammer springs. If you find an older (20yr+ old), you'll love it. They have beautiful wood.

    Stevens 555, have not had any issues.

    CZ... can't remember the model. No issues.

    On the used market, you can find a Beretta for $1,000.
     
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    I’ve had a couple of CZs. Good guns, never could get use to the safety. I’ve had Remingtons with the trigger guard safety. I found a 1187 20ga with a 21 inch barrel and English stock, great gun for me. Since your a mossy guy the safety isn’t a issue. I would also agree that a O/U is a better option. But to each his own!
     
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    Ill second the Stevens, Ive had mine for a year and a half and love it, no issues, lighter than the 870 I used to carry. I got the 555S model that looks nice, paid $600.
     
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    In your price range I'd look for a used Savage 311. 26" barrels should be i/c and mod, good for grouse, woodcock, rabbits and pheasant.
     
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    Thanks for the replies guys, appreciate it. The stevens is looking pretty sweet if i don't find a used gun. The mossberg silver o/u 20guage is about the same price. Anyone ever comare these 2? Wondering if one is much better than the other or is there anything i should beware about on the Mossberg? They both look pretty nice and roughly the same price so....
     
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    i had a 20 gauge. and the kick put me off i cant shoot as well. so went back to 12 gauge.
     
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    All depends what you want out of it. I would highly suggest saving a little more and buying a used browning, beretta or other mid tier gun. you should be into a used browning for around $800-$1000 with a decent case and chokes, if its a newer model running invector plus choke tubes.

    that $600 price point has a lot of junk in it for the money. Stoegers have a lot of problems with the inertia hammers. many times with lighter loads the second hammer won't set and your stuck with a single shot. Silver reserves use a very soft alloy in their receiver and wear very rapidly.

    ATI and Tristar are a level below these price wise but arent that bad of a gun if you buy it with the intention of it being disposable. I would expect mechanical issues around 5k rounds but if your only going to bird hunt, who cares.

    I think you need to ask yourself of you want a shotgun that your going to beat the hell out of and not care or do you want a nice piece to use and then pass on to your children when your done with it.
     
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    It depends what you prefer. My recommendation would be to visit a few gun shops and see what is available on the used gun racks. It might be possible to find a gun that fits, seems to handle well and at a decent price. All the best...
    Gil
     
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    Budget around $1000 and look for some good deals from Browning or Beretta. For mainly hunting purposes I would include Ruger red label or Winchester 101 in the same price range (used).

    My personal favorite is the Browning Cynergy... Used around 1000-1100ish is a good deal imo.
     
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    I like my Stevens. I have probably 3,000 rounds through it and had one small issue. The cocking cam got slightly out of adjustment and had to be reset. Gunsmith charged me $40. He said it was the first Stevens hes had come back to him out of the many hes sold. I have the Enhanced in 12 gauge. It was a little over $850 if I remember right.

     
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    I have been looking at the Franchi Instinct L model. Any input on this gun? I like the weight and feel with the 28" barrel. Seems as light as a 26" to me. The price is about $1050 for the L model. The LX has upgraded wood and some gold inlays for $1450. The L is a nice looking gun to me for the price.
     
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    Go to a local skeet range and ask around to shoot several different ones. It's all about the fit! Each one varies in LOP, drop at heel&comb, and balance point, so getting one that fits you is all about trying different ones.
    I love O/U's and shot them alot for skeet and sporting clays. But when I go out hunting, I actually prefer autoloaders. They have a longer sight radius which helps zero-in on unpredictable flight plans. Of course, if you're hunting in heavy thickets, nothing beats a 26" O/U for portability & not hitting trees during your swing!