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Old January 8th, 2010, 01:41 PM   #1
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I am looking at getting a new shotgun for hunting and with short barrel home defense. I was looking for a semi-auto and saw some people mention Charles Daly shotguns. They seem very reasonably priced cheap even and was wondering if anyone had experience with them?
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Old January 8th, 2010, 04:05 PM   #2
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I bought a semi auto a few years back, lured by the lifetime warranty and cheap price. First hunt was for turkey, took a head on shot at 35 steps, crippled the bird, went to pull the trigger for the second shot to finish and Nothing. The lock ring on the gas piston had overrun itself and jammed the gun up tight. I could not even field strip it without tools because it was locked up so tight. Bird got away, I walked back and hunted with an 870 till it came back from factory.

Duck season rolled around and I tried again. Shortly into the hunt that morning after firing at some ducks, I noticed something funny, the bolt had broke off, fell out, and was laying on the blind floor. Back to the factory and I was out of a hunt that day. Next try, same season, newly fixed gun, same thing, I had my trusty old 870 to finish that day in the truck also. This time I requested parts to fix myself and they sent spares along with a new bolt. Next hunt, same problem, walked back 1/2 mile to truck and get spare parts. Next hunt I carried spare parts and made it thru the hunt with only one bolt change.

After season, sent it back into factory for a full rework. It came back, worked thru some sporting clays and did fine. First duck hunt, first flock, one shot and it screwed up good, no spare part to fix the part that broke in the bolt, packed up decoys and called it a day at 7 am with birds all over, I forget the 870 that day. Called factory, replaced broken part, traded it in on my first M&P 45 fullsize and the rest is history. Best trade I ever made. I finally found a used Winchester Super X 2 and have been happy ever since in the duck blind. I traded the 870 in on the M&P 45c.

I think they might shoot ok if you keep to lower power target loads, mine did not like magnum loads, not even 2 3/4.
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Old January 8th, 2010, 04:16 PM   #3
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So another question for the masses. From what I am hearing there are good deals to be had on used guns. So being fairly new to gun shopping used at least how do you tell if the gun is in decent condition when browsing used selections?
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Old January 16th, 2010, 09:54 AM   #4
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There are books on that subject because so much depends upon what type of gun and some brands/models have known issues. If you're looking for a shotgun, check out Remington 870 police trade ins or used ones. Spare barrel and other parts are readily available. Make sure yours has the Flexi-tab shell carrier.

If you've gotta have an autoloader, the 1100 is a bit fragile for a steady diet of heavy loads, which is why the 11-87 was developed. Early 11-87 police guns were heavy load only (smaller gas ports on the deer/police barrels), but other and aftermarket barrels are available.

Basically, no rust, visibly broken/cracked parts unless substantial price discounts apply. Police trade ins may have rough finish, paint is cheap.
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Old February 9th, 2010, 03:57 AM   #5
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You know they are going out of Business. Not sure I would want to mess with them. I would look at Remington or Mossberg
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Old February 9th, 2010, 05:39 PM   #6
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I wound up getting a remmy 11-87 sportsmen super mag for hunting. Thinking about buying a shorter barrel for home defense though.
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