your first high quality shotgun...

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by Slugo, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. Slugo

    Slugo New Member

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    for me it was my Browning B325 Sporting Clays I bought back in 1993. 12 gauge with 30" ported barrels. I still have the gun today, and it still looks good as new... :cool:

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    now, how about some of you! Let's see some pics... :)
     
  2. aandabooks

    aandabooks New Member

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    Wish I had some pics to put up here. I've never paid much more than $300 for a shotgun and all of mine are what would be considered working class.

    You have some beautiful shotguns. I always like looking at the pics that you post.
     

  3. Slugo

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    thanks! Shotguns are about the only objects that I ever spent any real dough on. Just a run of the mill schmuck who never spent much dough on anything but my family. I figure I can gorge myself with something nice, sometimes. I do like taking pictures too. Thanks for the kind compliments...

    BTW, you can get some dandy shotguns used for $300 bucks!! :)
     
  4. Muliemaster

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    My only real quality shotgun is my winchester model 12 16 guage, its a dream to shoot. I have a few others but they just dont mean as much to me as that old sweet 16, it was my granddads gun
     
  5. Slugo

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    now that is a SPECIAL gun!! :)
     
  6. jebsca

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    Grandpas must know how to pick um. My grandpa gave me his 1100 12 ga. It's an easy shot, and looks good, even with him buying it when my dad was a little boy.
     
  7. tonydewar

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    slugo we think the same after searching all the biglots within 100 miles and buying my wife the absoluite finest cubical serstoneeims i could find (at least 50 turnups worth) i stopped by a buddys shop on the way home for a cold one (doors locked)and lo and behold what did he take in today(dec 23) a remington 1100 in .410 now i am tired of shooting sub gauge with a pump gun costing me at least 5-7 birds a round now i like my berettas and prefer an ou but dm## ill try it so we got down to price.well i had almost enough cash but still short for him to break even .can he float me?no his wife does the books every night and if he cuts slack she dont. so we got to talking about christmas dinner most of the guys were looking foward to ANOTHER turky . a few more had goose or ham on the menu but my wife being a brit always wants beef and seeing that i cook on christmas managed to close the deal with a 5 lb rib roast ! hamburgers and pudden for dinner! thinking what i can pull of for easter(i really dont like lamb)
     
  8. TimL2952

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    VERY sweet 325...my brother has a European model, he bought it from a friend who put an american style butt stock on it so it isn't straight.

    I don't have them here at my mom's house, but my first "high quality" was a Browning ultra sport (sold), Browning 425 (dad's house, Browning 525 (dad's hose).

    HOWEVER!
    this is what I currently shoot at school competitions and around NY state..

    Zoli Kronos 12 ga. MSRP $3,650,,VERY similar to a Perazzi mx2000 sporter

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    Got some Mueller U2 Chokes in her...U2 means a cross between Improved Cylinder and Light Modified. At range it has the pattern of an IC with the density of an LM...nailed 5/6 75 yard crossers at the clays field with em. here they are standing next to a 2 3/4 inch slug. They are made of EXTREMELY light aircraft allow and ceramics but are very strong.

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  9. TimL2952

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    However...can't complain with what I started with.

    Browning B2000 12ga. My dad bought this one about 3 months before I was due to be born...gave it to me on my 12th birthday after I had been asking him about shooting sports and hunting

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  10. TimL2952

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    God my pictures are crap compared to Slugo's....lol I'm gonna have to ask my photographer friend for some help!:eek:
     
  11. Slugo

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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... ;)
     
  12. unclebear

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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.
     
  13. JTJ

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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.
     
  14. Slugo

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    JTJ, not to worry, better days ahead... :)
     
  15. JTJ

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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.
     
  16. Chainfire

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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.

    To each man his own.
     
  17. jpattersonnh

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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.
     
  18. jimbobpissypants

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    I originally thought my fiirst quality shotgun was a Beretta 391:eek:. I've had three of them.

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

    Then my Benellis. Sport IIs. Fantastic autos.:cool:
     
  19. TimL2952

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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.
     
  20. TimL2952

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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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