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Old June 21st, 2018, 03:14 PM #1
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Budget O/U opinions?

Hi Everyone.
Went to PG Skeet a few times and I loved it. Thought I'd perhaps get myself an O/U to bring to that location. Also can be my first hunting shotgun, whenever it is I get around to getting my hunting License.

I'm just starting out and not a whole lot of funds to drop on a Berreta or Browning. Does anyone have any long term experience with Tristar or Hatfield O/U shotguns?

Otherwise I would skip O/U altogether and get a Mossberg 500.

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Old June 21st, 2018, 03:37 PM #2
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Not personally, but you donít want to waste your money. I would recommend looking for a used Remington 1100/11-87 or a used Beretta auto.
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Try Huglu or CZ.
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I was in the same boat recently. I was considering a Maverick O/U which was going to be around $400. I then realized I could spend $100 on a brand new barrel and turn my 18.5" Maverick 88 into a skeet/clay with a 28" barrel.
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Look for a used Beretta or Browning. Whichever you prefer. They last forever and you can usually find a pretty good deal...
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Look for a used Beretta or Browning. Whichever you prefer. They last forever and you can usually fond a pretty good deal...
Yep. Many budget guns are OK as field guns. They canít take the many thousands of rounds a good trap or skeet gun can.
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Give South Mountain Arms a call, they had 2 on their table at the York show.

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So the other day I was browsing a gun rack that was lined up with shotguns. I seen some blue Stoeger stickers on a few O/U Barrels and decided to check one out. I picked up a trim 20 gauge studying the receiver and then broke it open to have a look inside.
I thought wow what a nice little gun, these things are decent. Turned it over to check out how the trigger slot was made wood to metal fit and then had a look at the hang tag which read Franchi and the price which made sense.
I then picked up a Stoeger which is what I was wanting to see anyhow moved the lever, tilted it open and watched the swing of the metal between the two parts where it breaks and didn't even take a second look. Price didn't make sense.
I thought back to when I started to buying guns and remembered at least to myself, you get what you pay for more times than not. And then just grinned as to how that little 20ga found itself mixed in with the others on either side of it.
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I am a range officer at a skeet range. Do yourself a huge favor and save your cash until you can afford a "B" gun.

If you have to have one now....buy a CZ, otherwise the rest are worthless.
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Yep. Many budget guns are OK as field guns. They canít take the many thousands of rounds a good trap or skeet gun can.
good to know, i'll keep my eyes peeled.
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