Shotguns for £800 – should you buy new or used?

You’ve got a budget of £800 to buy a shotgun; should you buy new, or pick a nice secondhand example? We asked Dan Bibb of Shooting Sports UK to show us the options. He has two very different guns in stock that fit the bill: a secondhand Browning 425, and a brand new ATA SP. Dan explains the benefits of both. 

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