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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 10-08-2010, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
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opinion on 20g. semi auto

Looking to go from old heavy 1100 12 gauge to 20g. semi
auto. i only hunt upland/grouse pheasant, some squirrel and bunny. probabaly 4-10 days afield a year. average a hundred or so skeet/trap a year. i weighed my 1100, due to shoulder and wrist pain last year, and its almost ten pounds. so i started looking around and saw some around 5 to 6 lbs. wow i thought. got to get one.. which one?? ideas anyone?? i do alot of my hunting/hiking in forest co. weight loss is a good thing! please let me have it... price verses quality?? way to much out there. smith and wessons on gunbroker for $320.. benelli ultra light for like $1200!!! ???? tristar for $340.. please HELP...... oh, and a local gun dealer has a used franchi vs620 for $470. is that high?? Thanks Jim
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Re: opinion on 20g. semi auto

check out escort by howa, light nice shooting and i think under $400, juat a thought. good luck
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AL-48, the lighest gun I've seen. Don't know what they cost.

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Re: opinion on 20g. semi auto

if you want good by the franchi or the benelli dont know anything about the AL-48 but you get what you pay for
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I have an older 1100, 20 ga LW that I use for pheasants.

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Re: opinion on 20g. semi auto

1100LTs in 20ga are great little shotguns. My huntin' bud had an 1100LT in both 12ga and 20ga. Carried his 20ga quite a few times for small game.

Only problem, they are fairly hard to find and not cheap.

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Re: opinion on 20g. semi auto

I would look at these:
Benelli ultralight or montefeltro
Winchester SX3 is now available in 20
Beretta urika 2 or 391
Franchi 720 or AL-48

Also you might want to keep in mind the way guns are now being made most of these in the 12 ga versions still only hover around the 7lb mark or less, so you might want to look at the 12 gauges also, still a 3lb drop from what you have now. In 12 ga you could add the Browning maxus and benelli M2 to the list. Since these have a different feel you'd have to see what fits you best and go with that one. Budget withstanding.
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Re: opinion on 20g. semi auto

Can't ever go wrong with a Beretta
390, 391 or even a 302
I have a DU edition of the 302 in 20ga, fits and shoots well

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Re: opinion on 20g. semi auto

Thanks for the input!! i had to go with the tristar.. price was unreal. paid 210 out the door. shot a half box out of it so far. not to bad.. under 6lbs. it is a model viper 20g. will shoot some more and post again soon..
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Well, shot a hundred rounds through it this afternoon. Various loads and chokes.. flawless performance.. couldn`t hardly tell any difference with the three chokes that come with it.. that would probably be me, not the chokes.. taking it out for grouse tommorrow. love the finish on it..
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