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4Ghost
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Thinking on an O/U
Shotgun for clays. Medium priced entry level. Franchi, CZ, or a Winchester. Anyone have experience with these?


ecb
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re: Thinking on an O/U
Used citori


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The Last Coco
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re: Thinking on an O/U
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Thinking on an O/U
Shotgun for clays. Medium priced entry level.


Went through this a couple of years ago and came to the conclusion that either you spend approximately $2k on a really nice gun, or get a Yildiz from Academy. I ended up with the nicer model Yildiz in a 20ga for around $680. My brother shoots the basic model that he got for around $450 I think. Both have performed flawlessly. The nicer model has better engraving and better wood but functionally doesn't add anything.

They were both stiff coming out of the box, but after a couple hundred rounds really loosened up nicely.

ETA: Just saw this deal on a CZ-USA Teal - $650.

That's $200 off. I'd jump on that.
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Tigerpaw123
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define your price range and shoulder as many as you can in that range and go with what feels best to you


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sloponmyZZtop
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re: Thinking on an O/U
X2 on the Yildiz.
I got the engraved one in 12ga. Kicks like a mule because it’s pretty light and has no cushion *at all*.
Added a slip on rubber stock and can wear out skeet. May take it hunting some this year


Tigre85
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re: Thinking on an O/U
stoeger o\u was just on sale at cabelas for $ 300 . Had decent reviews .


Tigah D
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re: Thinking on an O/U
Got a TriStar Setter 20 gauge this spring, loving it so far. Nice fit and finish for the price <$500


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ml
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re: Thinking on an O/U
I wouldn't go with any of those, and you're going to be hard pressed to find a dedicated clays gun in a popular gun store. Bass Pro, Cabela's, Field & Stream, etc. Depending on how deep you want to get in the sport should determine what kind of gun you want. Just gonna dabble, or shoot a couple times a year? Get you a cheap-o from the big box store. Wanna get a little more serious? Get you a Browning Special Sporting from Guns Unlimited out of Omaha, or a Beretta 682 from your local gun store. 32" barrels and adjustable comb should be a requirement too. Rarely does a gun fit someone out of the box... you'll need to make some minor adjustments to it for sure.


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keyboard_warrior9
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re: Thinking on an O/U
Not to rain on your parade, but coming from someone that shoots competitively and shoots ALOT, I wouldnt waste the money on a cheap O/U if youre just going out and shooting a few times a year. You just look like a try hard at that point. I shoot alot and I cant justify shooting a Pirazzi or a Kolar by a long shot, but my duck/dove semi auto is the best option I have so why buy a cheaper gun for something where, in my case, money or awards are on the line. If you really want to buy a cheaper gun, id honestly suggest getting a nicer Franchi or a Winchester SX3 or 4 or something along those lines and buy weights to balance it, a nice set of chokes, and youll be on your way


Citica8
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re: Thinking on an O/U
Love my Franchi, big step up from the lower tiers in fit and finish, without being so nice i can't take it in the woods, I came really close to buying a CZ, just didn't have the same feel, but price was much more approachable though.



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Duckhammer_77
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re: Thinking on an O/U
FWIW: I got the bug a couple years ago and bought a excellent-condition used Beretta 686 Sporting for a good deal. I know this gun can handle 1000 rounds a year without wearing out and still pass this gun down to my kids. At the end of the day, I bust more clays with my Maxus and a timber n' teal choke. For high volume shooting, maybe CZ, Franchi, and Winchester are as low as you need to go in the cost/quality spectrum.


Tigah D
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Im all for the quality that comes with the higher end guns. I do not skimp on my duck guns, Beretta and Benelli both are my go-to's. But if there's one thing I've seen on the local clay shooting tourney circuit is $$ does not buy you success.

I see it all the time with these clowns showing up with high end Italian-made O/U's, pushing their lil custom cart because they can't just carry their gun, changing chokes every station, tricked out with all kinds of accessories, and they aren't competitive.

OP asked about mid-grade price range, didn't say he was hoping to qualify for the olympics. I'd absolutely give a gun thats less than, say, $750 a try to get into the shooting sports before I went off the deep end with a larger investment. More often it's the indian, not the arrow at the amateur level.


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Beretta
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Duckhammer_77
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Looking at a 20g franchi myself "for my daughter when she's old enough"...seriously, look at CZ or Franchi if you want a O/U for under $1k. I used a guy's CZ one day at bridgeview and it was new and stiff, but handled awesome.


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4Ghost
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re: Thinking on an O/U
This is sort of where I am. I have some friends that get together once or twice a month. I have Browning, Benelli, Franchi, and Beretta Semi Autos. I love guns, period, but especially shotguns. I am pretty sure I will enjoy, so dropping a grand is not so much an issue, but to run off and drop 2 grand right now. Just looking for others thoughts. I appreciate everybodys inputand will let you Baws know what I do. Right now, leaning toward the Franchi. Semper Fi!


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CharlesLSU
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re: Thinking on an O/U
Winchester M101

I have one and you cannot go wrong. Awesome gun.


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CharlesLSU
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Very wrong.

$1200 M101 is an sporting legend. I’ve had several amateur and pro clay shooters say it’s the benchmark of entering the quality level.


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10MTNTiger
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re: Thinking on an O/U
Yildiz from Academy, all day long.


10MTNTiger
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I wouldnt waste the money on a cheap O/U if youre just going out and shooting a few times a year. You just look like a try hard at that point.




CharlesLSU
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Notorious for firing pin issues.


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