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Old 10-31-2012, 10:26 PM   #11
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We have many types and brands so folks can buy what they want. If I could afford it, I'd have a Holland and Holland SXS double just because I like them. I'd probably not even shoot it very much. I'd just like to have one.

My shotgun of choice for use is a Benelli M-2. But if I shot trap/skeet, I think I'd go with a Krieghoff O/U. If I ever hunt birds again, I'll get another Browning SXS. Probably a 20 this time instead of a 12.

Why do some folks drive a Corvette when they can get from place to place in a Hyundai???

Whatever you like and can afford is what you should get.
If you ever want to shoot a lot a 28 ga is the way to go. The payload is close to the same as a 20 ga but every high quality 28 ga has a much lighter frame. A 20 ga citori feels clumsy to me. Even with my health about 60% of what it used to be I can easily shoot a 100 rounds with a 28 ga citori.
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Yeah, the 28 is definitely a very nice guage. I've shot a friend's Hatfield SXS 28 quite a bit, and I really like it.

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I wouldn't talk much about about the money aspect...but if I owned a Ferrari, I would certainly want to show it off a bit. And a '97 F150?...I like those too.

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I wouldn't talk much about about the money aspect...but if I owned a Ferrari, I would certainly want to show it off a bit. And a '97 F150?...I like those too.
I drive a 97 F250!

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The interesting thing here, quite often the guy with the $100 Mossberg that's ranting at the expensive O/U guns is wearing $150 prefaded designer jeans, $175 sneakers and a $75 designer T-shirt.

So it all depends on what's important to you.
Good point. It's like the man who kissed the cow...
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Maybe people who rag on people who shoot expensive guns don't have a case of envy, but lots of times it sure sounds like it. Look at what the guys who shoot for big money or seriously high scores shoot. They did not buy them because of what they cost usually, but in spite of it. And it do make a difference.

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I see the show off syndrome all the time. We have a lot of people parking their $250k boats on the beach to show off but more likely cant afford the gas to run them.

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In some ways you get what you pay for. Those Baretta's and Browning high end guns are really nice to shoot. I have a Ruger Red Label from 1999. Its a good gun but I still want a Browning BT.

You don't need to be rich to own these guns. You just need to save up or do some work for extra cash.

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If you ever want to shoot a lot a 28 ga is the way to go. The payload is close to the same as a 20 ga but every high quality 28 ga has a much lighter frame. A 20 ga citori feels clumsy to me. Even with my health about 60% of what it used to be I can easily shoot a 100 rounds with a 28 ga citori.
Couldn't agree more. The sweet handling & light recoil will make most a believer as well. They hit hard in the summer skeet leagues but I've never seen anyone use less than a 20 in the winter.

90% + of the good shooters shoot Browning or Baretta O/Us w tube sets at my club. Yes, they are expensive but you do get what you pay for. They hold their value as well. My club is mostly blue collar - they would not have paid the $$$ w/o good reason.

Do I own one - no. Do I want one - YES ! Perazzi as long as we're dreaming w Kriegoff a close second. No need to brag, just show up w one and you'll get some envious looks.

You CAN buy the gun but you can NOT buy the skill to use it. $$$ does help buy the shells & lessons to shrink the learning curve but you still have to put in the time/work.
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personally i think it's the general attitude of the person who owns the firearm, that matters to me. i don't like snobs at all. if the guy is in a position to afford higher end firearms than me, but doesn't throw it in my face, that his gun cost more than mine, and acts like a nice guy, then i can respect and probably even like the guy. but the guy who just wants a higher end gun to show off his status and act like a prima dona, and put down others who can't afford guns as nice as his, then i have no use for that person. i have met both types.

and IMO, it's the shooter not the firearm, that makes the difference. a less than stellar shooter with the finest gun, can't outshoot a talented or practiced shooter with a lesser quality gun.

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