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Old 10-10-2013, 03:00 AM   #11
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Perhaps the least expensive SXS (a Chevy, if you would) are some of the Stevens guns. However, with some luck you can also pick up a used Fox Sterlingworth for well under a grand. Start lusting after Purdeys, and it's a whole 'nother game.

Grew up with a twose hole shootsgun- and I just like the way they swing. Got a little bit of everything- but I like my SXS's for quail and dove.
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stoegers i think are made in argentina. cz's are turkish. the turks supply a lot of different companies with SxS the cz's are made better than other types from the same supplier

you can disable the reset on stoegers pretty easy its a very common mod in cas. they still retain the normal on off operation.
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If you can find one, A Ruger Red Label. There are a couple on Gun Broker.
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Originally Posted by TruggieTex
I have and love a Browning Citori.
Obtainable in pre experienced condition for your price range....
The over/under is a traditionally high end design...not unlike mid engine cars...
You can buy a low priced Fierro or Corvair, but Ferrari, Lotus, and Lamborghini take the design to a different level.

I chose to land somewhere in between a Yldiz and a Perazzi...(in between a Fierro and a Countach) and Browning offered quality and some pedigree for an obtainable price.

Good luck and bust those birds!
I have seen a couple of Citori shotguns in that range used of course in good shape.
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If you can find one, A Ruger Red Label. There are a couple on Gun Broker.
i forgot about the Ruger Red series of O/U's as they were discontinued a few years ago. really nice pointing shotguns too. not for sure how they compare to the Brownings though.
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I don't know if stoeger has addressed the issue or not. At a very busy skeet range there were several reports of stoegers with bulged barrels. I seldom go to that shooting club. We never see a stoeger at our club. I would visit a busy skeet range and ask around before buying a stoeger double barrel.
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You can go from the inexpensive Turkish shotguns from Huglu and Yildiz to the Berettas and Merkels in new S x S. The Turkish companies also make O/U in the same lower price ranges, and of course, you can get into Beretta, Kolar, Browning, Blaser, Perazzi, Ceasar Guerini, etc. level shotguns in O/U.

Your best cost/performance/quality will be in a used gun as already recommended. A quality Browning can usually be found in the $1,000 area.
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Make sure you look at some and handle some before dropping your coin. I still say stick with used Berettas and Brownings. They aren't the most popular for no reason. Both are good, but to me they feel entirely different, and I definitely prefer the Beretta. As you have noted others here prefer Browning. Try to hit some gun shows and peruse GunBroker and Guns America to get a feel for how the prices are running.
If you are used to a repeater, an O/U will probably point better for you. I grew up with SxSs and still love a good one, but I shoot better these days with an 1100 or a Wingmaster. When I used to shoot a lot, I could switch around seamlessly, but no more. Takes me at least 35 to 50 shots to get back in the groove with the SxS.
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I too love the over-unders. Back in the late '60's I could have bought a Winchester Model 101 Skeet gun for $399.00. They were one of the first with a more meaty front stock - wider than most and very beautiful finish. Myself (like Virginian) like Remington - Model 1100 on top, Model 870 second:
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I have a few 'utilty' grade SxSs, Stevens 311s and Springfield 5100. They handle very well and shoot great, every time. Auto safety as well. They are by no means fancy, they just work. As they were intended to. They can normally be found from $250-400.
I would also like a nice O/U. A buddy has a Red Label and a Citori. Both are very nice. I like the Red Label a little better but its also heavier than his Citori. I have looked at and handled the Stoeger Condor and didnt care for the way it felt or shouldered.
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