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Need help picking out a good skeet/bird gun

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by nathanours, Feb 12, 2013.


  1. nathanours

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    Hey everyone, I've been shooting skeet for about 8 years now and think it's about time to upgrade from the good old 870 I've been using. I average about 18/25 a round so I'm not by any means great.

    I also hunt dove, quail, duck, goose, pheasant, and chucker throughout the season, so I'd like something that will work for them as well.

    I'd prefer a 28-30 inch barrel for the further goose shots in either a semi-auto or O/U platform. My max budget is $1000 that I've got set aside. I'd be fine buying used if I could get much more value for my money. I strongly prefer a good looking gun with wood furniture in a nice grain and some engraving if possible.

    What do you guys recommend?
     

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  2. sourdough44

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    I'd throw out 2 of my favorites, a Benelli M2 or a Browning Citori. I'm more a 26" barrel guy, no need for a 3.5" chamber. The price of either may be over your limit new, doable used.
     

  3. vafish

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    Remington 1187

    posted from my stupid smart phone, please excuse any spelling mistakes.
     
  4. Hauptmann6

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    Or 1100. Both are fine guns.
     
  5. Swipter

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    Can you get a Citori for $1000? I have one and love it but don't remember it being $1000.
     
  6. JimIsland

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    I picked up a used 1100 at a pawn shop for 395.00 in excellent condition. It's been a great bird gun
     
  7. collim1

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    I agree. I love my 20g, very soft shooting and reliable. Mine is an 1187 Premiere I bought used for $450.

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  8. byf43

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    Remington 1100.
    This is a 1983 model, and has a Magnum receiver. (Bought it for goose hunting!)

    It has had this 24" Hastings barrel on it, since 1985.

    12 ga. With my 1-1/8 oz loads, it feels like a light 20 ga load, and patterns like a freakin' dream!!!!!!!

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    With this shotgun, "If it flies. . . . it dies."
     
  9. snubfan

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    Another vote for the 1100/1187.
     
  10. Ranger142

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    Ask Obama, he seems to enjoy the sport.
     
  11. RGbiker

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    Yeah, ZIPPY be the man who be doing skeet shoot.......:supergrin:
     
  12. danattherock

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    Get a Fausti 12 gauge O/U from Walmart. $500 or so last I saw. I bought one about ten years ago when I was getting into skeet and later sporting clays. Thought after I invested more time into this kind of shooting I would get that Browning I wanted. Well, ten years later, I have never had the need to 'upgrade'. This gun is fantastic and never failed me in any way. Just can't recommend this gun high enough. Seen all kinds of failures over the years, but my $500 Fausti is 100%.


    http://www.chuckhawks.com/fausti_shotguns.htm




    -Dan
     
  13. nathanours

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    What do you guys think about the newer FN Belgium made Winchester 101 O/U guns? Anyone have experience with them?
     
  14. byf43

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    I coulda had a Winchester 101, back in '98 or '99 for $1,000 cash.
    Beautiful shotgun!!!!
    Too bad. I didn't have the cash.
    Had a little brother (Winchester 20 ga.O/U) to go with it, for another $800.00.
     
  15. nathanours

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    I've read that those older Japan made guns were great, but kicked harder than their competition. I'd love to own one. Supposedly from what I've seen these Belgian made guns have just as good of fit and finish but with less kick. They are also right at $1000.
     
  16. FullClip

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    Check out the CZ units!

    http://www.cz-usa.com/products/by-category/shotguns/


    For the money, they are nice units.

    I picked up a SxS Ringneck in 16 gauge a couple years ago, and have been wicked happy with it. Yeah, it ain't a Purdy by any means, but works for me!!

    Something like the RedHead Delux unit comes in at under a grand, and looks good too.
     
  17. nathanours

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    I looked up Fausti and couldn't find any of their stuff for under $1500 ish.
     
  18. vikingsoftpaw

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    Look into the used O/U market for a Browning Citori. I was able to find a 20 Ga. for $850.
     
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  19. sourdough44

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    Check Armslist & other outlets, 'elitedealseeker' too. With all the focus on ARs & handguns that nice Citori should be under the radar. A used one can be had below $1000.
     
  20. Mattkcc

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    Your asking a lot from one shotgun, skeet, upland and waterfowl. A light gun is great for upland and a heavier gun for skeet and waterfowl. The 1100/11-87 would be a good all around choice, soft recoil and not to heavy to carry in the field. Could be a problem needing the gun to function with everything from weak skeet loads to heavy goose loads.