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Old 12-13-2013, 04:36 AM   #1
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Default Skeet/Sporting Clays O/U - Which One

Max Budget $3K - this is mostly theoretical but I've been picking up shells for most of my life and it keeps getting harder each year. I like the way O/U's swing. Yet, when you start reseraching these guns, it is way too easy to get sticker shock.

Right Now - Cabelas has Winchester 101 Sporting for about $1,599 and the Browning 725 Sporting is about $2,500. (Adj comb for about $3K) Baretta has the 692 but that puppy starts at $4K. I did like the ideal of it having the same steel as the DT11 and the longer forcing cones. Baretta 686 is more of a field gun and maybe I could find a used 682 or 687.

Due to budget constraints, I have left off P & K guns and SKB is just hard to find. OK folks, those are the contenders - now feel free to tear them to pieces or add new ones to compare & contrast.

PS: My local gunshop dealer told me no one is shooting Brownings anymore...I got the distinct feeling he would like to sell me a Baretta. He also said most of the differences are within the action where you can not see. I found that comment interesting. It would be an oversimplification to say after - $3K - it's all about the wood.

Just want to make sure I don't bring my new gun to the range, shoot a few rounds and then shout to the heavens, "What the &^%$ am I doing with THIS gun ???"

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No one is shooting Brownings? Thats funny.

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Bull. The Brownings have a strong following among clay shooters. These guys tend to be very conservative. I think it would take a couple of generations to change that.

The different models you named are all top quality and will preform well in the hands of a good shooter. I'd say try each, if you have the chance, to see which one fits and suits you best.

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I use a Browning Citori and love it!

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I shoot a Fabarm Axis RS 12 Sporting. Caesar Guerini owns Fabarm. It's a tick below $3,000. I love mine.

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Just want to make sure I don't bring my new gun to the range, shoot a few rounds and then shout to the heavens, "What the &^%$ am I doing with THIS gun ???"
Gonzilla, Try to shoot as many as you can BEFORE you make your purchase!

Also, remember its very hard to switch between one shotgun and another. So if you already have some more shotguns, Make sure the fit, drop, and the sight picture especially the rib height are similar or you'll find yourself missing simple shots either in the field or at the range.
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Just to be contrarian here but I shoot a Stoeger STF 3000 in 20ga and consistantly in the 88-92 range. I can't see where adding a few $1000 to the price of the gun would be worth the money.

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Anyone can be good with any tool if they practice enough. That being said, people judge men by the tool and owning a nice tool feels good. Most of skeet is mental and having a tool you are proud to own is a help mentally. Tools tend to get traded and sold from time to time and expensive tools hold value better. More people want them. I get that golfers of yore were shooting par with a blade on a wood stick but I don't want to use that. I'm committed to skeet so the investment in a top notch tool is something I'm okay with. It's my only hobby. People can get down the drag strip in a rusty Ford Pinto with a big V8 but I'd rather run the same time in a nice shiny more expensive car Im proud to own. I've got no problem with poor shooters shooting K guns. It's their money and if they have it, who cares? Plus, they get to listen to me say, "That's a nice shotgun!" and they feel good owning something a group of like-minded guys appreciate.

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Anyone can be good with any tool if they practice enough. That being said, people judge men by the tool and owning a nice tool feels good. Most of skeet is mental and having a tool you are proud to own is a help mentally. Tools tend to get traded and sold from time to time and expensive tools hold value better. More people want them. I get that golfers of yore were shooting par with a blade on a wood stick but I don't want to use that. I'm committed to skeet so the investment in a top notch tool is something I'm okay with. It's my only hobby. People can get down the drag strip in a rusty Ford Pinto with a big V8 but I'd rather run the same time in a nice shiny more expensive car Im proud to own. I've got no problem with poor shooters shooting K guns. It's their money and if they have it, who cares? Plus, they get to listen to me say, "That's a nice shotgun!" and they feel good owning something a group of like-minded guys appreciate.
I can see your point and I do agree with it just I can't justify those prices for a shotgun. I was raised with a shotgun as a tool for rabbit, squirrel and deer hunting. Sometimes I just take my old Win 1200 16 ga to the trap range. I do just as well with it as most of the guys shooting much more expensive shotguns.

Pistols are another matter when it comes to spending money and being proud to own it. I enjoy my Colt Gold Cup and many of my other very nice pistols. Precision rifles do the same thing for me. I just can't get excited about expensive shotguns in the same way. To each their own and everyone should buy what makes them happy.
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gonzo...how long is your neck? are you one of those stubby necks or a bean sprout?

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