Sporting clays gun

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by Seth_A7X, Jul 10, 2014.

  1. Seth_A7X

    Seth_A7X New Member

    I'm just getting back into sporting clays, and would like a decent gun for it. I'm not looking to break the bank (<$600) but would like a very reliable and trustworthy gun that I can get years of use out of. I'm looking at the Beretta A390. It fits me well, is a great shooter, and is very pretty. (To me) Any opinions and feedback helps.

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  2. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

    A Beretta should serve you well. I hunt with a Benelli, so I shoot sporting clays with a Benelli.

    Benellis and Berrettas are corporate cousins.

  3. indy36

    indy36 New Member

    I have the Beretta A400 Xcel Sporting with 32-inch barrel. It's a great sporting clays and 5-Stand gun. It was $1,650. A semi-auto for under $600 is going to be a Stoeger. Maybe the M3500?

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  4. Virginian

    Virginian Active Member

    A Beretta 390 is my second favorite semi to my 1100. With reasonable care it should outlive you easily.
  5. John_Deer

    John_Deer New Member

    Use to compare the shotgun you are looking at to others on the market. There are several used Beretta shotguns for around $700 that are in 95% plus condition.
  6. tinbucket

    tinbucket Well-Known Member

    I want a deceent doubleor over under for clays and skeet and everything else. Shooting Sports magazine carries adds once in a while for some nice guns like from Connecticut Arms, I think. with some engraving and very nice wood. 3,900.00 or so. Sound like a lot but a dollar would only be 7 cents in 1970 dollars. Arietta had some from not quite 5,000.00.
    Needless to say I will have to save. Shooting a nice gun is one of the attrations of hooting sports. i really want something in stainless or coin finish. I hate to think of rubbing off the finish from shooting it so much. If I get a nice one, it might take six months for me to take the chance on the finish but eventually I would be out there buyin shells by the case.
  7. John_Deer

    John_Deer New Member

    Many competitive shooters prefer a semi auto for sporting clays because they shoot so many high velocity rounds in a match. Many of the nicer sporting clay courses have air traps that throw the clay at 55 mph. As you might imagine a clay can get away if you are a little slow to visually pick up the clay.

    No matter how much you spend you can't buy a single gun that will be the best for everything you might do.

    Not only is buying shells expensive you are handicapping yourself by shooting factory ammo. I prefer the equivalent of a Winchester AA loaded with 9 shot for skeet. AA ammo isn't cheap. If you pattern a 8 shot economy shell, then pattern a 9 AA shell, you will see the economy shell will have many gaps in the pattern that a clay could slip through. While the AA will have few or no gaps in the center of the pattern.

    By loading your own ammo you will always have high antimony shot that is hard enough for a single 9 pellet to break a clay within reasonable range.
  8. bobski

    bobski Well-Known Member Sponsor

    remember, semi's and pumps give you only one bbl and one choke at a time.
    with an o&u, you can (select) a bbl....changing chokes quickly.
    and in s.clays, you want that.
    think o&u.

    thats why they made them.
  9. Mercator

    Mercator Active Member

    You all but answered your question. Yes :D

    I shot it a lot. Except that it runs dirty like all gas-recoil systems, it is an excellent shotgun. My favorite though is the Browning A5 - no gas tube, no soot, no problem.
  10. Gonzilla

    Gonzilla Active Member

    The big dogs always seem to have O/U's and in Sporting, they wear 32-34" tubes. That is a lot of weight fwd and it helps you shoot through the bird. Especially for beginners.

    However, if you don't reload and have to fire 11/8oz factory loads - after 100 rds, gets old fast.

    I have Berretta 391 w lots of bells & whistles - when my cheek or shoulder is sore from shooting o/u - I still go back to it. Soft comb & gas system really do help w recoil and in a lighter package.

    There was a thread on the shotgun actions and a FTF member quoted some excellent data which broke down the pos & neg for each type of action. It was really well written.

    You can set up search engines w various gun sites - I get one daily from GunsAmerica. I see Berrettas 7-1,000. More if the gun spent time being customized.

    Example : adj comb seems to add $300 to price of gun.

    Do you need it ??? - welcome to the debate - IMHO it's completely subjective.
    Plan on spending more for a competition gun vs field grade but the higher end guns will hold their value better.

    I've personally seen Browning/Beretta skeet guns w tube sets increase in value.