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Old 12-30-2011, 08:05 AM   #11
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I'm very familiar with the Zoli line. I have a good friend who owns a high-end gun shop here in PA. He gave me a 20 gauge Kronos demo gun to tryout for a weekend of shooting. It was one of the best competition guns I ever had the pleasure of using. I just like my Browning sewer-pipe feeling guns a little more...
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it really depends on your opinion of high quality, the first shot gun I fired was a rusty half broken 12 gauge single shot with a broken ejecter. As where my first shotgun which is high quality compared to the old 12 guage was an 870 express, so I guess it depends on your opinion.
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I am not in the Browning league. I too was raising a family. My best shotgun was a Ruger Red Label 20 gauge choked Imp & Mod I bought used but pristine. It had a gorgeous stock. Unfortunately I had to sell it when things got really rough. Sorry but no pictures.
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JTJ, not to worry, better days ahead...
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I am doing OK now but just not into shotguns anymore. At the time I sold off almost all my guns.
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That is a beautiful shotgun and I understand why you like it.

While I have spent some good money on pistols and rifles, I have been happy with plain, functional shotguns. I see them as a tool to harvest food and home defence only. The short barrel 870 that lives by my bed is a tool that lets me sleep well at night. For harvesting food, I have a shotgun that most people would cringe at. I have an old J.C. Higgins bolt action, 5 shot, 28" full choke gun. It will reach out an gather food.

I did see, on another forum, a shotgun with an extra barrel, that was on sale, down to $30,000.00 from $35,000. You would have to harvest a pile of squirrels to break even on that one.

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I've always used "utilty" shotguns. I do have a Cooey travel gun that was my Dads. The problem w/ finding the value is that there were 3 grades, and no two people agree as to the grade. I really don't care though. It is going nowhere. It is a true beast on the shoulder w/ 2 3/4" high brass. Sucks w/ the steel only law for waterfowl as that is what it was made for. I could try Bismuth I guess. I'm going to re-finish this gun someday. It needs some TLC on the blueing and wood finish.
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I originally thought my fiirst quality shotgun was a Beretta 391. I've had three of them.

I later found out it was actually a Beretta O/U.

Then my Benellis. Sport IIs. Fantastic autos.
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@Slugo---I hear ya there...those Brownings just fit right and the heavy barrels swing really well.


@others, It DOES matter what you call high quality. To me it just happens to be the really expensive ones because in shooting competitions like I do, I can't afford to have an FTF, that's a lost target/pair when one or two birds can make all the difference.


and @JTJ Times are tough right now for me as well...I'm going to school out of NY in Missouri and it's hard holding a job for a couple months at a time...But I've already sold two guns that didn't mean much to me...the one's I have left are sticking with me for life.
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BTW...I am actually trying to sell my Browning 425 12ga. 30".... $1500 takes the gun, Choke Wrench, 2 invector plus flush chokes (IC and Mod) and the $250 leather case.

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Only mark on the gun is where a couple rocks were kicked up at it by an ATV at a competition....Didn't break the finish, just made some dimples.

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