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.
There are still some who insist a scope is not needed for the type hunting they do, ignoring the advances of the last 150 years in optical sights. (Even the ultra-conservative US Army has adopted optical sights.) The idea that in some special circumstances open iron sights or aperture (peep) sights might be more useful is not lost on me, but with the inevitable advance of age comes the reduction in visual acuity needed for using iron sights.
I believe that many who completely resist the idea of...