Budget Scatterguns of the Working Man: Shotguns Under $200
For those on a budget, there are a surprising number of shotguns on the market under $200. (Photo: Guns.com)
With hunting season close at hand and Labor Day behind us, we look at some of the current no-nonsense but affordable offerings on the shotgun market.
It used to be that you could pick up a sweet 12, 20 or 16 gauge (don’t scoff, that was the most popular chambering in the U.S. for decades) at your local hardware store, filling station and farm co-op for a little bit of folding money. Even though so much of that has changed, there are still several shotguns on today’s market that you can get– new– for less than $200, and they are just one click away.
Is that a Mossberg 500? Close, Maverick 88.
Made in Mossberg’s Texas facility, the Maverick 88 is styled after the company’s famous Model 500 series of pump-action guns and is often called “the working man’s shotgun.” Nonetheless, the Maverick still has dual extractors, twin action bars, positive steel to steel lockup, and an anti-jam elevator. Available in general-purpose, security, slug and combo variants, these guns interchange with regular Mossberg 500 barrels as well and start at $196.90, new (although we also have some used models in stock for even less). Best yet, it is American made.
While not offered in as many variants as the Maverick, American Tactical Imports’ China-made MB3 series caters more to those looking for a security or camp shotgun rather than a deer gun or wing shooter. With an 18.5-inch barrel, 4+1 12-gauge capacity and Picatinny rail, you still get a lot of bang for the buck as these guns start at $131.95, new.
Stevens 320 Field Grade, 5+1 shell capacity, 28-inch vent rib barrel on 12-gauge models, 26-inch on 20s.
The Stevens 320 series of pump-action shotguns come in both a Field Grade series of 12 and 20-gauge models with full-length barrels as well as a more “tactical” looking Security variant with an 18.5-inch barrel and pistol grip stock. The good news is, both are under $200.
With a choice of walnut or black synthetic stocks, 12 or 20-gauge chamberings, and barrels ranging from 18.5-inches to 28, there are a lot of options to the H&R Pardner.
Using a steel receiver and chrome-plated bolt, the H&R Pardner is available in both 12 and 20 gauge and with both walnut and black synthetic furniture. Starting at $159.50, these 5+1 shell sliders have a lot to offer in at least five different models.
Made by Armed in Turkey, the Iver Johnson PAS 12, like most of the guns on this list, is an imported shotgun. Sold in a defense format with an 18.5-inch barrel and medium length forend, it still comes with dual action bars and an extended bolt release latch. Available from $163.90.
Another Turkish import, Escort’s M87 Youth 20 runs a 22-inch barrel and shortened length of pull which is perfect for smaller statured users. Further, at just 5.4-pounds, it is light in the hand and to the shoulder. While new full-sized 12-gauge M87s run past our price point, the Youth model is currently just under it at $199.