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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 03-27-2012, 01:56 AM Thread Starter
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Over/Under Question

My brother in law is planning on getting my father in law an over/under for his 60th birthday next year. He is looking at something in the $1500-$2000 range that is nice but not so nice that he would be afraid to carry it in the field. Now, my father in law likes the ones with the fatter, beefier forearm stock.

Just looking for feedback on this. Like I said, he wants him to be able to carry it hunting and not be afraid to because it is too nice. IMO, the Browning Citori finishes are too glossy and scratch when you look at them. We looked at a Ruger Red Label at Grice's over the weekend and I like the look and feel of it but not sure about the performance of them.

Any feedback is appreciated. Thank you.
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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old 03-27-2012, 02:06 AM
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I have a Red Label in 20 ga. I love it. Light carrying and points great for me. Additionally, it comes with a life time garuantee.

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Check out berettas also, 686, 682 models.
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Fatter, beefier forearm, then you're probably going to want a browning, some version of the citori. Beretta's tend to be slimmer, smaller forearms and the receivers are not as tall. This makes for a difference in fit which makes people prefer one over the other. I don't understand all the fretting over some "character scratches" on guns with nice wood. They were meant to be used. I'm not going to abuse my gun but I'm also not going to worry about how much the gun is worth after I'm gone because it has some worn bluing and some scratches..... but that's me.
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All new guns should come with a scratch, that would solve the worrying about the first one.

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You can get a browning with a satin finish.

Rugers are heavy and depending who you talk to not up to rigorous clay games.

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Yep, I would go with one of the B guns...Beretta or Browning. As other have said Browning will be the "beefer" of the two. I wouldn't worry about the scratches...if well earned they add to the gun...

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although they are well under your budget, you might look at the tristars. i have carried one in .410 for the last 4 yeras and really like it. they don't have the "big name" as the others, but are a decent quality gun. just a thought.
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Don't overlook the Belgian-made Winchesters.

I believe they are the 101 series currently.

I have a 5 year old Select Energy Sporting that is just the nutz !!! VERY well built. BEAUTIFULLY balanced. A HIGHLY underrated value in the o/u market.

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Unfortunately, in the $1K-$2K range, a quality gun is going to be hard to find. If all you'll be doing is hunting, therefore only 12 or so shots per day, then a low end gun will be fine. BUT, if you use that gun for any volume of shooting, then it will be woefully lacking in quality. My first O/U was a Tri-star and it lasted maybe 2 years. The gun shot loose and began misfiring. Twice it went back for warranty work and still it malfunctioned. Tri-Star, Stoeger, CZ, Ruger, etc are all fine for the rigors of hunting. For any more punishing use you'll need to drop $3K or up for a quality O/U.

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