Originally Posted by SoL
as for what we use it for, largescale rabbit elimination.
Imagine one target running out, you shoot, hit, then 4 more run out thanks to the report of that. boom boom boom, run run, etc.
then you take one step forward and it happens all over again, hence why a box mag would be good for instant refill.
So having quick followup shots is great, our 870s are amazing and we can work them fast enough to be good, but having a quality semi that famously REDUCES the recoil flip as opposed to AUGMENTING it and can stay on target for quick successive shots, that would be the pants.
I'm going to go co-own on it with my rabbiting partner, so if I sell my franchi for about NZ$400 (US$320) plus that again in cash, plus the same again from the other party, all in all about US$1200 seems like a reasonable range.
OK, for $1200 you could choose from a wide range of nice semi-auto shotguns here is the US. I don't know what the prices or availability are in New Zealand, however I have a few suggestions you might want to look at.
This fall I have been trying out a couple of nice inexpensive new shotguns.
One being the Weatherby SA-08 12ga and the other a Tri-Star Viper G2 Camo 12ga.
MSRP for the Weatherby is $600. Street/store price is around $500-$525.
MSRP for the Tri-Star is $595. Street/store price $500
I have use both this fall for Dove, Squirrel and Rabbit as well as shooting a few clays with friends.
Both guns have performed well. I would give the edge to the Weatherby.
The Weatherby SA-08 comes with a two piston system that let's you shoot heavy or light loads without any cycling problems.
From left to right: Remington 870, Remington 11-78 Primiere, Remingtom 11-87 synthetic, Weatherby 459TK, Tir-Star Viper G2, Weatherby SA-08, Remington 11-87 Police, Mossburg 500