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    Budget/"Beater" Shotguns

    I've been doing a little research on a few budget 12 gauge shotguns to "beat" around with, use for general home defense (although my go-to home defense shotgun is a 590A1), and just to have a go-to shotgun to throw in the truck or on a four wheeler around the farm if needed. I have made the budget for this shotgun to be around $300, while still wanting a reliable and tough shotgun that could potentially take a little more beating than my average shotguns normally do. I have stumbled across the Rock Island M5. I've seen it as low as $185 on grab-a-gun, and have heard positive things about it. I also was considering the Remington DM in their Magpul and tactical models. I am aware that it is impractical in most aspects, but it would be something different. I am open to any suggestions, and a big thanks in advance.

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    I use a Benelli M4 but in your situation my first choice would be a used Remington 870. I doubt your 590 will wear out though...

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    Used 870 Wingmaster, 250-350 at gunshows. Clean, lube, replace springs and follower. Indestructible pump gun.

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    In addition to the Police trade in 870s and 590s Smith and Wesson 3000 riot guns can be had for about half your budget.
    Winchester 1200 Defenders go for about $225 around here.

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    Police trades around $250

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    I’ve definitely been on the lookout for some trade ins. Been around to a few gun stores in the last month looking for some decent ones, but haven’t had much luck yet. I’ll be sure to check out the Smith and Wesson 3000.

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    Anything with a poly-choke. I've bought Model 12s and 870s real cheap.

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    I'd go with a Remington 870 Police Magnum police trade-in. If you look into that, read product descriptions carefully. Not every 870 police trade-in is an 870 Police Magnum, but the product descriptions may be very similar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by William B. View Post
    I'd go with a Remington 870 Police Magnum police trade-in. If you look into that, read product descriptions carefully. Not every 870 police trade-in is an 870 Police Magnum, but the product descriptions may be very similar.
    Bud's had a rack of trade in 870's in July that was a mix of express, police magnum, and wingmasters.

    The wingmasters were probably the nicest in the rack, but most/all were pre flexitab.

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    Add used m37 Ithaca to the list.

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