Re: OT - Shotgun Purchase Options
I've been enjoying these posts! Fritz, you have been given excellent advice all the way down the line. My two cents, the 870 is a better gun than the Mossberg, also with higher resale, but that doesn't make the Mossberg a bad choice.
The 1187 is a great firearm! Don't buy the 3 1/2", as it won't cycle light skeet or dove loads, but it is a great deer/waterfowl/turkey gun.
To whoever asked about the Browning A5 price, $450 is a steal! I'll buy it if your friend doesn't. That gun could bring as much as $750, depending...
Please follow the gun fitment advice, and also take either the NRA safety course, and take a hunter safety course, which is offered in every state, check with your state fish & game agency.
Here's my contribution to these posts: Consider a 20 gauge. I have done a substantial amount of shooting, and have had the opportunity to fire many different types of firearms. If you are buying a primarily skeet gun, go with a 20g. It will be much easier on your shoulder. The more comfortable you are, the longer you can stay on the range. And it will do everything you need for hunting. All my deer hunting has been w/ a 12g, but thats because I owned 12s before I bought a 20. I have seen many deer taken with a 20g, so I wouldn't hesitate to take it deer hunting. My 20 is used for all my small game and bird hunting, and it is the only gun I take to the skeet range. If you can find an old Remington 1100 in 20gauge for a reasonable price that fits you, I personally think you would be very happy.
For what its worth, here are my personal favorites:
pump: Remington 870 Wingmaster or old Winchester mod 12(pricey!)
semi: Remington 1100/1187 (for the price of Benelli semis, which are great, I'd rather buy an O/U)
O/U: Browning Citori. I have shot red labels and Berettas, and if someone gave me either, I'd immediately sell it. In my personal opinion, the Citori is the only O/U worth owning. But let me qualify that. It has nothing to do with quality. The Citori fits me like it was made just for me. Fitment of your gun is where its at.
Have a gunsmith or firearms instructor help you with gun fitment. There is more to fitment than just "feeling right". I have held guns that felt good just due to fit and finish of the firearm, but they did not fit me...