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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-03-2014, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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Help me Choose an o/u

Looking at o/u shotguns.

Budget $500-1k at the very max.
Prefer single trigger.
Prefer extractors.
Primarily for rabbits. Maybe a pheasant or woodcock. 1 day of dove per year. A day or two of preseason clays. Say .5-1 case of ammo per year.
Must be 20 gauge.
Would prefer light.
Must have barrels 26 or less.
Fixed chokes OK as long as ic and mod.

I know everyone says get a used citori, but anything I've seen for under a grand, either has been used as a shovel or is listed by a private seller who just registered from podunk Missouri.

The idea of plunking down nearly two grand for a new one doesn't make sense to me as this gun will be carried through the thickest cover my area has. Not to mention (gasp) its getting drilled for a sling. Resale value isn't a selling point to me.

What would you get?

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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-03-2014, 10:53 PM
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Re: Help me Choose an o/u

CZ Red Head or Mossberg Silver Reserve.

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+1 on the CZ.

Not so much for the Mossberg from what I've seen.

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I have a CZ Canvasback that I love. I've only had it two years but have never had an issue. Probably 1200 flawless rounds through it so far
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Re: Help me Choose an o/u

Not that I can say anything bad about CZ, I've never held one. I did see some last summer that while Turkish not that bad looking for $500ish. ATI(advanced tactical imports) was a nice looking light gun. I haven't heard anything about them since so I don't know if they are still importing them, but worth a look. Tristar is another that might fit the bill.

I can't really speak to the reliability. Just as I was getting to that point I ended up falling in love with a Browning that cost quadruple what I was looking at.

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I love my TriStar Setter ST O/U. Mine's 12 gauge but I'm pretty sure they come in a 20 too. It's balanced, accurate (more dead birds and a 20% increase in trap scores) and it only set me back $549.

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post #7 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-05-2014, 12:38 AM
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Re: Help me Choose an o/u

I've been looking also. In years past I've owned several models of Berettas, an Ithaca and Ruger. Checking out the new ones in the $1K or less range, have had the chance to pick up and look at the Stoeger, Mossberg, several models of the CZ and Franchi. Although a bit more right at $1K, the Franchi Instinct L looks and feels the best by far to me. Will probably buy one soon.

Suggest you at least check them out before making your choice.
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If I were in the market for a $1k 20 ga. o/u right now............ RIGHT now............

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=432804502

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Lanber is another option in the lower price range. Never owned one or held one but some like them. But my gun philosophy...buy once cry once, I would still vote for a used browning or beretta.
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post #10 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-05-2014, 05:37 PM
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I think one of the better grade spanish guns are great to hunt with. My Sarriugarte 12 o/u is best pheasant gun I have and I don't worry about getting marks on it.

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