Originally Posted by ZJP
Buy both a pump and a semi, used. Shoot them both, sell the one you don't like. You can buy both for around $1200 maybe less.
I use my pump for skeet and it can be an inconvenience at times when shooting doubles or even just pumping out that second shot. Concentration is key and for some people taking that extra moment to pump a second round can be a distraction to their focus/aim. It all comes down to what works best for you.
And +1 on the O/U comment. I've shot my friends Browning O/U and while it's nice and everything, for the money you can buy two or three shotguns.
Good luck with your purchase.
Thanks! I am pretty set on a sem-auto Mossberg 930 for now. Found one for $445. Perfect for a beginner like me, inexpensive, super customizable and got excellent reviews.
I've shot a bunch of different ones at the range, and the ones I liked the most were Beretta Urika 2 and Remington 1100. Both are out my price range for now, however.