if you're looking for a nice 20 gauge auto, look no further...


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Old Unc'
October 4, 2012, 10:16 AM
the new Franchi Affinity in either 12 or 20 in black or camo. This is a full blown inertia gun built by Benelli in their factory. The best part, it lists for a little over $800 bucks!!

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8309/8053283052_27b3b31cd5_b.jpg

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the count
October 4, 2012, 07:34 PM
Looks nice!

rule303
October 4, 2012, 08:12 PM
A good gun for sure, but for me to spend $800 on an autoloader it is going to have walnut and polished bluing.

Hunterdad
October 4, 2012, 10:15 PM
Looks like a potential candidate for a waterfowl gun.

Old Unc'
October 5, 2012, 04:04 AM
well boys, I pulled the trigger! Found the synthetic 20 at a local shop. Pick it up today...

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8449/8055004556_bdb06154a8_b.jpg

Hunterdad
October 5, 2012, 06:04 AM
Very nice! Let us know how she runs.

rbernie
October 5, 2012, 08:25 AM
I'm curious to hear if it comes with the stock shims and such of its more expensive bretheren, or if that sort of add-on was sacrified to make the price point.....

Kingcreek
October 5, 2012, 10:27 AM
If I can't find a beretta 390 in 20g, I could live with one of those.

rbernie
October 5, 2012, 11:21 AM
I just bought a lightly-used Montefeltro 20ga for less than six bills, or I'd be looking harder at this.

Captcurt
October 5, 2012, 11:23 AM
I'll have to check this out. S&W had some imports that looked similar. They were a copy of the 390 but had one push rod and a lot of plastic parts. Didn't sell so they dropped them.

Old Unc'
October 5, 2012, 12:15 PM
Now, here is the Bad News!! I read Randy Wakeman's excellent review of the 20. He pointed out one feature that I verified today while I was picking up the gun. Loading the chamber is a real bear on the 20. You cannot believe how stiff it is and it gets no better with use, I'm told. Same characteristics as the 20 gauge Benelli M2. Since I was going to use it for mostly target shooting, my mind has changed because of the loading hiccup.

Not going to do it, but the Monty 20 does not suffer from the same snafu! I knew it was too good to be true...

1KPerDay
October 5, 2012, 04:50 PM
What exactly do you mean by loading the chamber is stiff? Racking the bolt? or what?

Old Unc'
October 5, 2012, 04:52 PM
read Randy's review...

http://randywakeman.com/FranchiAffinity20GaugeAutoloaderReview.htm

1KPerDay
October 5, 2012, 05:04 PM
After shoving a dozen shells into the magazine past the nasty shell-stop, you'll have a sore thumb.
So... loading the magazine, not chamber, right?

Old Unc'
October 6, 2012, 01:04 PM
makes no difference what the critics say, I picked up the gun this morning! Unfortunately, it's raining and college football is on. Pictures later!

PS: The gun feels great...

45crittergitter
October 6, 2012, 02:45 PM
rbernie you lucky dog! That is my all time favorite shotgun.

Old Unc'
October 7, 2012, 06:14 AM
here are a few shots of the 20 gauge Affinity. How can't believe how good it feels, only 5.75 lbs...

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-m0mxyeKHwJ0/UHB1p2_TsdI/AAAAAAAAZ7Q/3k7G_zkdB9I/s912/DSC_0025-001.JPG

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-JFlQpH62cL0/UHB1qMqfRxI/AAAAAAAAZ7U/IJUa7cjngZU/s912/DSC_0029-001.JPG

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-rZ6EEB9HKzI/UHB1q32X-9I/AAAAAAAAZ7k/mBTlU_feAfk/s912/DSC_0028-001.JPG

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-TUqOaJXdMHA/UHB1rk7wNeI/AAAAAAAAZ7s/G-FrhLlJ_Nw/s512/DSC_0037-001.JPG

rbernie
October 7, 2012, 12:18 PM
Does it come with stock shims?

Old Unc'
October 7, 2012, 03:34 PM
Yes...

1KPerDay
October 7, 2012, 05:09 PM
Have you stuffed any shells in the mag yet? Is it as difficult as reported?

Old Unc'
October 9, 2012, 06:22 AM
no problem stuffing Federal target loads into the gun. Same mechanism as the Benelli, you have to know how to load them correctly...

ilmonster
October 9, 2012, 11:12 AM
How is the recoil being an inertia driven operating system, and not having a Comfortech stock?

Old Unc'
October 9, 2012, 03:25 PM
No recoil problems at all. The gun with the soft recoil pad did their job. Shot 50 targets today with no misfires at all. Happy with the gun... :)

Master Blaster
October 10, 2012, 03:02 PM
If you did find it difficult to load the shells you could always reduce the mag spring a couple of coils.

rbernie
October 10, 2012, 08:23 PM
The loading difficulty on my Montefeltro (same basic action) is due to the relative difficulty in getting the shell rim past the latches and not due to resistance of the follower spring.

45crittergitter
November 6, 2012, 07:32 PM
I don't recall any difficulty loading my Monte.

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