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looking for a decent O/U in 16ga for clays

I have around $500 fun money for a clay gun. I currently shoot an Ithaca M37 16ga made in 1948 and I enjoy it. I'm having a tough time finding an O/U in 16ga in my price range. Stoger Condor or Mossberg Silver reserve would be ok. Would Prefer a Mossberg Onyx Reserve. Any help would be fantastic.

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Re: looking for a decent O/U in 16ga for clays

I think your requirements of a "decent" O/U AND in 16ga are going to be hard to meet.

I think if you modify your desires by going to a 20 or a 12 and keeping an eye out in the used shotgun rack, you may find something. $500 for decent 16 is going to be tough.
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Re: looking for a decent O/U in 16ga for clays

I dont believe the Mossberg is avaible in 16ga. the Codor was but has been discontinued. You might have to watch the auction sites for one.

You only real choices for a 16 O/U is a Browning Citori or one from F.A.I.R. Neither will be in the $500 range.

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Re: looking for a decent O/U in 16ga for clays

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You might consider locating either a Tristar Hunter EX or an older Marlin Model 90.

The Tristar is a newer manufactured gun with choke tubes and chrome lined bore. The Marlin is an older gun (manufactured til the late 50s). Both should be in your price range give or take a $100.
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Re: looking for a decent O/U in 16ga for clays

That $500 clay gun will most likely only last you a few years by only shooting a couple times a month. You get what you pay for and any type of volume shooting with wear that gun out in a hurry.

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Re: looking for a decent O/U in 16ga for clays

I'm ok with it only lasting a few years. I just don't want to drop $1500 on a gun I might not like. I'd rather spend +/-$500 as a trial gun before dropping a blue collar fortune on an unsure idea.

I enjoy the 16ga because its different. Most people don't shoot them. The hulls are a bit pricey by comparison, but it comes with the territory so to speak. I have a small collection of 16ga shotguns. My first shotgun was a Model 1912 16ga made in 1914 with a 2 9/16 chamber. Me and my dad had to custom trim hulls just to shoot it. Since then I've been hooked on those odd little guns

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Re: looking for a decent O/U in 16ga for clays

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Ken

You might consider locating either a Tristar Hunter EX or an older Marlin Model 90.

The Tristar is a newer manufactured gun with choke tubes and chrome lined bore. The Marlin is an older gun (manufactured til the late 50s). Both should be in your price range give or take a $100.
Thanks for the heads up. Found a TriStar for 535 with 5 tubes and it feels good to hold. Haven't shot it at clays yet but I'll keep you posted. Thanks for all the info guys. As always HPA members knowledge is unmatched

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Re: looking for a decent O/U in 16ga for clays

I hope it works out well for you Ken.

I looked in to one a year or so ago but never followed through on it. The weight on the gun was scaled to the gauge (doesn't happen too often on lower cost guns) and it seemed like an attractive option for an ugly day grouse gun. In the end, I'm not an o/u guy. I just prefer doubleguns (especially 16s).

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