Price on bereta silver snipe


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CSA 357
November 6, 2008, 04:51 PM
I HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT A BERRETA SILVER SNIPE 12 GA FULL MOD , ITS BEEN USED AND HAS A FEW MARKS, WHAT WOULD THIS GUN SELL FOR , I HAVE BEEN WANTING A O/U FOR A LONG TIME, BUT I WANTED A 20 GA, BUT THIS ONE IS MARKED $499 GOOD DEAL? IM JUST NOT UP ON GOING PRICES FOR THESE?:rolleyes::eek: THANKS

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DaleCooper51
November 6, 2008, 05:01 PM
My father has one that he bought for $125 about 40 yrs ago. It's a nice gun, but a few things with it. There is no vent rib for easy sighting. It has fixed chokes which may or may not be an issue. It also has a single non selective trigger. If you can live with those issues, then sure its a decent price if it's in good condition. If that is your price range, you might consider an older skb.

clang
November 6, 2008, 05:20 PM
The Beretta Silver Snipe is a very nice, well balanced, basic gun. They typically have a single non-selective trigger, fixed chokes and extractors (vs. ejectors). Some early ones did not have a vent rib, but later ones it was standard. The earliest guns also had an octagonal monoblock vs. the rounded one we are used to seeing. They also tend to be on the lighter side and make a great field gun.

If you like the feel of the gun and can live without screw-in chokes, a selective trigger and ejectors, I highly recommend these guns. Depending on condition, $499 is not a great deal, but people are bird hunting right now, so it probably won't last too long at that price. I'd be happy is I could get it out the door at that price if in excellent condition, $450 if more beat up.

I have a 20ga version of the gun and it's a great upland shooter. If I was a 20ga guy, this gun would be my regular shooter, but I actually prefer to carry my 12ga in the field.

An alternative to this gun with be the 686 Essential or Silver Essential that came out 5-10 years ago and are now in the $700-800 price range. These guns come with selective triggers, ejectors and screw-in chokes, but they tend to be a little heavier than the Silver Snipes. As mentioned above, the Ithaca SKB 500 20ga O/U is an excellent gun for the money, but the 12 ga guns tend to run a little too heavy for me.

Happy Hunting

Virginian
November 6, 2008, 06:53 PM
I can only tell you I bought a Golden Snipe in 20 gauge (single selective trigger and ejectors), with two sets of barrels, in a red velvet lined wood case, for about $450 in 1962.
Beautiful little gun. Handled like a dream. Flawlees in operation. Couldn't hit a barn standing inside it - but the problem was all me, not the gun.
I grew up with side by sides. I bought an 1100 in 1963. If I had bought a Hawk, life might have been different, but man those boat paddle stocks Beretta had back then were awful.

ArmedBear
November 6, 2008, 08:08 PM
As mentioned above, the Ithaca SKB 500 20ga O/U is an excellent gun for the money

I've got one and love it as a quail gun.

CSA 357
November 6, 2008, 08:10 PM
It has the select trigger,

CSA 357
November 7, 2008, 06:04 PM
I went back today and bought it, ill refinish the stock , all the blue and metal looks great, ill post pics when i git it done, thanks for the help! Csa

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