Thoughts on o/u shotguns

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by englishpointer, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. englishpointer

    englishpointer New Member

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    Why do some guys think they need to spend thousands on there trap and skeet gun. I out shot two guys that could not stop bragging about how much they payed for there guns I out shot them with a cheap mossberg silver o/u 12ga it's not always the gun or the maker.
     
  2. Blueguns

    Blueguns New Member

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    I shoot an Ithaca O/U from the 1960's, so I'm not exactly part of the expensive O/U crowd. Although, I do like a nice O/U (who doesn't?), but it's the shooter, not the gun.

    It's sort of the same mentality behind buying an Alaskan Super Redhawk, and living in a place with no bears. My gun is better/bigger/more expensive, than yours.
     
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  3. englishpointer

    englishpointer New Member

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    Guys take there guns way to serious if it fits in your hand and go's bang it's a gun so shoot it I guess if u can't shoot u pay big bucks for a gun so u can show off how big your wallet is instead of how good u can shoot
     
  4. Gatoragn

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    On my visit to SD last week I was glad I had a third shot available.

    However I choose to utilize the plug, so I stop shooting after three.

    SD does not place a limit on the round capacity of your shotgun while hunting pheasant. :cool:

    Some folks cram 8+1 in their autoloaders. Makes the gun too dang heavy, IMO.


    Maybe next year I'll try the new 16 round Kel Tec. :rolleyes:

    Seriously, a good shooter can make most any shotgun look good.

    Some folks just want to drive a Ferrari, but a Huyndai will achieve the same objective.
     
  5. JD1969

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    Because they can. I don't like or agree with bragging about how much one spends on anything, it is in poor taste, but if someone can afford and wants to pay big bucks for something that is their right.
     
  6. JTJ

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    The amazing part is that some people will pay a huge amount for a shotgun and not have it properly fitted. The English are masters at fitting shotguns. They adapt the shotgun to the shooter not the shooter to the shotgun. Why spend the bucks for something that does not fit and will never function to the optimum?
     
  7. Old_Crow

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    Just ask any group of Glock owners. It works the same way, we all have our tricked out shotguns. We won't be bothered with having them fitted. We just have them so we can say we belong to a clique. Remember when everyone had to have a Beretta? You even got a cheap T-shirt so a burglar could follow you home and steal it.
     
  8. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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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.:p

    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.
     
  9. Blueguns

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    It seems like there is three types of expensive O/U shotgun people.

    A lot of guys in the big Trap tourneys have those very expensive O/Us. If your very, very, good at trap and shoot it nationally, then I think it makes sense.

    Then there is the guys that have more money than they really know what do with. They'll buy a Beretta or a Perazzi, or something ridiculously expensive, for no other reason than they can do it, and stay within their means. I think that's cool, if they've worked hard all their lives, and can afford it, more power to them.

    Then there is they guy at the local trap range, that takes out a loan to buy a shotgun he cannot afford, flashes it around, goes 70/100, and thinks the gun makes him cool.
     
  10. locutus

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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.:D
     
  11. Old_Crow

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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.
     
  12. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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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.
     
  13. Sonic82

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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.
     
  14. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I drive a 97 F250!:D

    4X4:D

    Diesel!:p
     
  15. Blueguns

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    Good point. It's like the man who kissed the cow... :D
     
  16. Virginian

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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.
     
  17. JTJ

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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.
     
  18. gvw3

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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.
     
  19. Gonzilla

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    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.
     
  20. Axxe55

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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.