I'm a relatively new hunter and all my past experience has been with rifles. I know next to nothing about shotguns, but I have begun to see the value of having a shotgun for hunting small game like Ptarmigan, grouse etc. close to home. Especially since much of the area where I live prohibits hunting anything with a rifle, even rimfire if I'm reading the regs correctly.
I would think a 20 gauge would be sufficient for any game I would be after. I don't want to spend a fortune - just looking for something reliable that I can shoot some dinner with. I don't need an autoloader, but follow-up shots would be a plus. So I guess a pump would be ideal. Other that that, I'm not familiar with any of the brands as far as their shotgun lines are concerned.
If any of you have some advice for me, I'd love to hear it. I'd like to keep the price at $400 or less and I'm willing to buy used if I can find something in decent shape. It's just going to get scratched up riding around on the fourwheeler anyway.