Re: shopping for a new gun
I've had good luck (so far) by checking out the bulletin boards at the local clubs that I frequent. I picked up a really nice Beretta 391 with a couple of extra chokes for around the price you're looking to spend. I also scored on a Benelli Super Sport that is like new for a great price.
Good luck in your search,let us know how you make out.
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