Hey CC, have you tried lookin glocally? There are tons of Wingmasters for sale around. Look at Gunbroker, or some of the other sites. That way you could probably avoid shipping.
I have 2 wingmasters, and a Benelli Nova. The Nova is a nice buy, if your budget allows. It's not alot of $$$$ like the top end guns, but it's nice because it will handle all the game around here, from doves to turkey to ducks.
We only have a couple of local stores and they JACK up their prices. I have been playing around gunbroker quite a bit the last few days. I did happen to find a good sale at Bass Pro shop but that's in Manteca, a couple hours from me but the 870 is only $269 right now. Might just be worth it though.
I have 4 twelve gauges that I would like to sell. I bought these to keep and have used them all, but need to pay some bills.
A vintage Vulcan Arms side by side with free floating hammers ($250) This gun points and patterns like you would not believe.
A Stevens model 311 sxs - forearm is mismatched but the gun has been upgraded to a manual safety so that it is ready to fire immediately when closing rather than the factory installed safety that needs switching off before firing.($300). Honest mans working gun. Not fancy but functional and solid.
a vintage outside hammer W. Richards damascus steel gun ($350) Classic beauty that you can use reasonable factory loads in for pheasant and partridge.
and a Tristar (Ducks Unlimited) semi auto black with black synthetic stock ($350). This gun just works. I have taken a dozen or so geese with it but need to pay for other things.
What does "gauge" mean anyway? As used here gauge means the number of round lead balls the same diameter as the inside of the barrel (aka the bore) that it would take to weigh one pound. It takes 12 lead balls the same diameter as a 12 gauge barrel to weigh a pound. The smaller 20 gauge would require 20 balls of that barrel diameter. The larger bore 12 gauge would require 12 lead balls of the bore diameter to weigh one pound.
In general the number of pellets in a shotgun shell...