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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-02-2012, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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O/U Help

I am shopping around for a decent O/U shotgun that will mostly be used for upland hunting a few times per year.. maybe a few sessions on clays but that would be it.. i am not to familiar with them but i dont have much of a budget. everything im seeing is very expenisive.. if anyone knows any brands or good quality decently priced guns and can give me some advice it would be greatly appriciated.. thanks!
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Yildiz are pretty decent for a budget priced o/u. The problem is finding them. The only place they are sold new is academy sports( I believe in Texas, NC, SC, TN) so you would need to look on gunbroker or the like to find one.

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O/U you have select an expensive category but an excellent gun for upland game. My favorite is the Browning Citori.

I won a savage/Stevens 20 gauge (also comes in 12), but have never shot it yet...But you might want to take a look:

http://www.savagearms.com/firearms/models/

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The budget O/U question comes up once a month or so on various shotgun forums. When it comes to inexpensive doubles you're rolling the dice hoping you get a good one. They often don't last without some problems. The most common and IMO best advice when this question comes up, is find a used "B" gun which will likely run $1000 or so for one in good shape. Browning (or Winchester, same company) or Beretta. Sometimes the big box stores have sales and certain new ones can be had for $1000-1500. Otherwise buy a good pump (even new semi's are $1K now) and forget the O/U or save up the money.
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P.S. Just noticed there's a used ruger O/U in the classified forum here. I'm not partial to them, but you might want to take a look.
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Don't buy a cheap O/U. Think of it as an investment. A good quality shotgun will appreciate in value.

Then there is the problem with parts and repairs. If you buy a Browning or Beretta you are also buying support from the manufacturer.

If you buy a cheap shotgun like those imported from Turkey it will probably fail and parts are impossible to fine.

BTW I have a friend who needs parts for a cheap O/U he brought. He cannot find anyone to work on it and he cannot find the parts he needs. He thought he had found a deal but he just found someone else’s problem.
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I have a stoeger condor and haven't had a problem with it in about 10 years.

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I have two. A Red Label in 20 ga and an Antonio Zoli in 20 ga. I like both of them equally well. The Ruger has a lifetime garuntee weather you buy it used or new. Not so with a Browning or Beretta. From what I heard, though, Ruger isn't making the Red Label any longer. Some other options may be a used Ithica/SKB or Charles Daily. Turkish guns can be a crap shoot. You may get one that will work flawlessly, others fall apart. If you go for a Turk gun, try to stay with a CZ. They seem to be of better quality. Shop around and check estate auctions and classifieds. My buddy just picked up a 12 ga, fixed choke (Mod/Full) Browning Citori for $450 from our local Area Shopper. The guy said the ejector was broke and there was a small ding on the stock near the reciever. $20 and some oil later, the gunsmith degunked and oiled the ejector spring and it works flawlessly.

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Don't buy a cheap O/U. Think of it as an investment. A good quality shotgun will appreciate in value.

Then there is the problem with parts and repairs. If you buy a Browning or Beretta you are also buying support from the manufacturer.

If you buy a cheap shotgun like those imported from Turkey it will probably fail and parts are impossible to fine.

BTW I have a friend who needs parts for a cheap O/U he brought. He cannot find anyone to work on it and he cannot find the parts he needs. He thought he had found a deal but he just found someone else’s problem.
The Yildiz is from turkey. Look around and try and find a bad report/review for them. You want find many/any. Briley handles the repairs for them, if you ever need it. Are they a beretta? No. For 400.00 new, you won't find a better gun for the money.

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I'll second the Stoeger. I bought an Uplander and used it for about 8 years until I decided to trade it on one of the Remington SxS's. One of the worst mistakes of my life. Used it for grouse, squirrel, duck and trap. I'd put a box of 3" steel through it in a day hunting Lake Erie. Never had a hick-up.

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