Been away for a while with summer and vacations. I know this will open a flood gate of opinions so I want to add some stipulations on the question.
We don't waste a dime in our home. I wouldn't even have a choice if our health plan hadn't offered a pedometer program where we walk and earn money. Mmy motivation all year is for a shotgun as well as trying to collect the most basic but best hunting gear (waders, rain gear, calls). So far, I've got $300 to put towards a gun (new or used) - period.
My addiction is turkey hunting (given) and I've done pheasant & duck (awesome) but I really want to try out everything (dove, deer, small game, anything that moves and is legal to shoot at).
I understand the benefits of semi-auto but I didn't grow up around guns and safety is ALWAYS first for me so the extra safety of a pump makes good sense to me too.
With $300 and the choice of only ONE gun to hunt it all - what would you pick up?