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Looking for an O/U for occasional clays

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by rugerdude, Mar 13, 2013.

  1. rugerdude

    rugerdude Well-Known Member

    Now STOP! I can see the words "Just buy a used Browning, Beretta or SKB" already forming in your head!" I know they're very nice and can shoot 400,000 rounds a year for centuries before you need to replace a hammer spring. This simply is not what I intend to use it for.

    I'm just wanting an O/U (in 12ga with 28-30" barrels) to round out my shotgun collection more or less, and also to have a spare gun in case I go shoot clays with a buddy. I like my $1150 semi-auto for "serious" shooting. I'm currently going to school on the G.I. Bill, which is great but it doesn't really allow me to save money. I have saved up what I have saved up. Waiting isn't going to allow me to spend more.

    That said, I did shoot with a guy the other day who had a Mossberg silver reserve II sporting (and yes, I can see you wincing too). Anyway, I had no idea it was a Mossberg initially and I was pretty impressed with it. It was kinda beefy which I liked and breaking it open was smooth without being loose (and I know that time will tell how long that lasts for). It was definitely not what I was expecting considering what I've read on them. Have times recently changed for Mossbergs? I understand they had, but resolved, a firing pin issue. It was seriously like a Pepsi challenge moment for me when the guy said "Mossberg," granted I'm not extremely experienced with O/U's, but I have shot some quality ones like Kreighoff before.

    I should also note that I absolutely hate Stoegers, or any gun where the hammer resets off of the recoil. My father has a Condor, and the safety also liked to switch on after the first shot. No bueno.

    From my adventures into internet past, I have seemed to learn that Yildiz shotguns are not universally hated and can sometimes be quite nice-looking. This is at the top of my list unless someone brings something new to light. As I stated before, I actually do kinda dig the Silver Reserve II sporting, are there any recent, known issues related by actual owners? It seems that a lot of people just say "they're crap" and move on, having never owned one. Now, this doesn't mean they can't be right, but I just want to know what breaks (and when if possible).

    Also in the running are CZ's just because I like CZ and they meet the price point. I'm not comfortable with ordering a gun online, I want to be able to see the thing in person and make sure it fits me reasonably well beforehand.
    Also, I noticed Academy now sells a Webley&Scott (I know, not the "real" kind) for a grand-ish. How are these? From my research they seem to be the top of the line of the Turkish imports...granted we're still talking Turkish import.
  2. Hunterdad

    Hunterdad Well-Known Member

    Fondled a CZ o/u this past weekend and really like it.
  3. Capstick1

    Capstick1 Well-Known Member

    If you want a good over/under be prepared to spend $1200.00 on a used browning or beretta or $1500.00+ on a new one. You'll get what you pay for when you spend $5-600.00 on one of these cheaper ones. If you don't want to spend this much money then find yourself a decent semiautomatic like a Beretta al3901, or browning silver 12ga.
  4. Mamertine

    Mamertine Well-Known Member

    I have a cousin that has a FFL and he has commented several times about the visual quality of the shotguns coming out of turkey. He doesn't shoot them so he's not sure how they hold up, but they look good and he hasn't had any complaints yet. Not sure if Yildiz is one of the brands he deals with but I gather Turkey has some skilled machinists making shotguns.
  5. RPRNY

    RPRNY Well-Known Member

    Winchester FN made 101. Best value for money going. A little light for a target gun but still strong enough for one. Next best would be the new Franchis.

    CZ makes good field guns. But they will not stand up to use as a target gun. Same for Yildiz.

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  6. rugerdude

    rugerdude Well-Known Member

    See, that's sort of what I'm on about. I always hear "they won't stand up to clay shooting" but I read very little in the way of "well, 1,000 rounds in and my Yildiz/CZ/Silver Reserve just fell apart." What is it that breaks? At what point does the gun quit shooting?

    It seems like the horror stories involve factory defects that are spotted early on. One thing is for sure though, if I do end up with a Yildiz or whatever I'm going to document round count and overall condition to put some more information out there.

    I actually really like the look of the Franchis and I have known them to be great values (I have an I-12 sporting for my serious clay gun), but their new O/U shotguns are stupid light, especially for clays.
  7. OldTex

    OldTex Well-Known Member

    I guess you can strike off all 6 of my Brownings that have hundreds of thousands of rounds through them with one $10 repair bill since they have that stupid recoil trigger for the second barrel. No worries though. They're probably too heavy for you anyway.
  8. cota

    cota Well-Known Member

    Used look for a miroku some thing that fits your needs, they are a B gun quality gun at mid range prices.
    Similar price range to the above but new Get a Baikal 27 or if you want a Browning cynergy styled gun get the TOZ34 both these guns are steel compliant and are very well made despite the price. If you are buying cheap baikal are the best safest option/
  9. rugerdude

    rugerdude Well-Known Member

    Old Tex, I like the passive aggressive response, however please do try to contribute something of worth. This is The High Road after all. I didn't say I'm against Brownings or that I think they're bad guns or not worth it, however for my purposes I just don't need something on that level. I'm sure their recoil activated hammers are great, but in my experience, the lower end guns have issues with it. I'm not sure what I did to imply physical weakness, but rest assured my Barrett M107 that I hauled with me in Afghanistan wasn't too heavy at 35lbs, and neither are your Brownings. ;)

    Just to reiterate, I'm not against B-guns. I know they're the bees knees, but this is a casual use gun. Stories of 100,000 trouble free rounds are great, but you might as well be talking about your Laes Baer 1911 for all it matters here.

    Oh, and thanks cota! I actually shot skeet competitively in highschool and your suggestion reminded me that our best shooter shot with an EAA Baikal shotgun. I can't remember what type it was exactly, but her grandfather was a gunsmith and he was very impressed with those guns and highly recommended them. I guess they aren't as easily found these days though.
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2013
  10. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member

    If I was looking for a casual use/all-purpose O/U I would try to find a used Franchi Renaissance. I can't recall what one of them weighs but I found it to be a very fast handling shotgun for my use. I also liked the overall feel and balance of the gun itself, reminding me of a Beretta O/U I had some years before. Quality of the Franchi was first rate and I have no doubt that it would give you many years of reliable service.
  11. RPRNY

    RPRNY Well-Known Member

    Terribly sorry. I thought you were after Information, not Affirmation.

    Please feel free to purchase a field gun that will perform as intended for years with several hundred rounds per annum through it. But if you intend to shoot clays - which will likely mean several thousand rounds per annum - be prepared for broken firing pins (common problem with Huglu made CZs up through 2007), doubling (typical Stoeger issue and common Ruger Red Label issue) stock cracking (any light field gun when used hard), underlug erosion (an issue with older Turkish and some Spanish guns) loosening forearm hardware (an issue with all hard used light field guns and entry level target guns - including my Browning Cynergy and, yes, Brownings, Berettas etc. in the 2K - 3K range are entry level target guns) and ejector issues (on those low priced models that may have them rather than extractors.

    Target guns are built to withstand heavy repeated use and be rebuilt, a thousand rounds a week for example. Field guns (including very expensive ones) place a premium on low weight over durability, and will also have issues if used as target guns (let alone the other issues that make them unsuitable). Cheap field guns? You guessed it. The exception to the rule is the Baikal. They are overbuilt and will handle a good deal of abuse. They have the handling, balance, and looks of a T54 tank.

    I gave you good information and a best value for money entry level gun recommendation. You most certainly don't have to act on it. But reverting with "that's not what I want to hear so you must be wrong" is both impolite and ill advised. If you prefer affirmation, go to Shotgun World to the appropriate "I love my Pakistani Double" forum and you will find many like-minded folk operating in denial.

    If you want cheap and reliable and are willing to live with occasional jamming, a Beretta 3901 S/A is your best bet by far, as are the new A300 series. Good double guns are expensive. That's just the way it is. Not wanting it to be so does not change that fact.
  12. rugerdude

    rugerdude Well-Known Member

    RPRNY, thank you for your response! I did not mean to come across as someone just brushing off your advice. You have in one post provided more than all that I have previously found regarding actual specific issues, which was what I was after. Like I said, I know that the conventional wisdom is that target guns need to be built quite sturdily and that's not something you get at a low price point, however, people RARELY go beyond "they're crap." If brand X is a crap gun, I'd like to know why. It may be simply that they have stiff actions or a weak finish or poor fit, but I may not necessarily care about shortcomings in one particular area.

    Here's my other concern: Everybody automatically jumps into this magical world of people shooting 1,000 rounds a week. Once again, thanks RPRNY for not doing this. However, on many of the budget O/U threads it's like there are only two possible things you could ever do with a shotgun; hunt twice a year, or shoot professionally. As I said before, this is for busting clays alongside my Franchi autoloader, perhaps 1,500 rounds a year or less.

    Maybe I'm just slow to wrap my head around it, but with at least 5 or 6 different manufacturers making O/U shotguns in the 800-ish range I just can't seem to fathom how they could all be worthless and extremely fragile. And I'll admit that that is an assumption based on theory and maybe not so much reality. But this assumption isn't necessarily wrong considering the information that I've found. People just say "Oh the B-guns will last a lifetime" which is awesome, but how about a gun that will last a few years while I'm in college? I have no delusions of happily shooting a budget O/U for decades people, but are the 800 range doubles really so bad as to not even do that?
  13. Kristensdaddy

    Kristensdaddy Well-Known Member

    I'll get stuff thrown at me for this but one of the best buys on the used gun rack at the moment is the old Remington 3200. I regularly see them under $1K. They have mechanical triggers. Lots of folks hate them, personally, I still like them.
  14. towerdog

    towerdog Well-Known Member

    I just bought a Mosberg Silver Reserve from a neighbor for a good deal and I really like it. I admit I have never shot a high end O/U nor do I shoot a lot of clays but It is something I am wanting to learn and starting to enjoy. Maybe down the road I will upgrade but for now it seems like a really nice Occasional use O/U.
  15. rugerdude

    rugerdude Well-Known Member

    Oh, and I can't believe I didn't think of this before, but say I found a used SKB or B-gun that had fixed chokes. Could I then simply have it bored out to Skeet choke dimensions?

    I hear all the time "Buy a used B-gun" which I totally would if I could find one that fit my criteria, but that's the trouble. Would there be a significant downside to this considering I only wish to use this gun for skeet?

    I went and looked at a Stevens Goldwing and a CZ canvasback today (the only 2 O/U's I could find in my little town) and the CZ appeared to be okay, but a little light and wasn't the exact model I wanted. The Stevens on the other hand was pretty bad in comparison, stiffer action, sloppy safety/barrel selector and all.

    I will be making a day out of searching the gun stores and pawn shops in Tulsa on Saturday though. Maybe I might find something.
  16. ATLDave

    ATLDave Well-Known Member

    My dad has a Browning Citori, and I use a Beretta Silver Pigeon, so I'm a reflexive "get a B-gun" guy. That said, my dad also has a Stoeger 20 gauge O/U that he got for well under $1k about 2 years ago. Is it as good as a B-gun? Probably not, but there are lots of little orange and black ceramic shards that couldn't vouch for it sitting in my old man's clay-shooting field.
  17. Virginian

    Virginian Well-Known Member

    Go ahead and buy a cheap O/U so you can say you have an O/U.
  18. AnthonyRSS

    AnthonyRSS Well-Known Member

    You apparently just want affirmation that the cheap O/Us are as good as the "expensive" O/Us.

    But like they were saying, it ain't gonna happen. 1000rds isn't much in a target gun. The more serious guys at the range go through about 4 flats in a month. Thats 12,000 rounds a year. That's a lot for a field gun or most cheap shotguns but its not a whole lot for a B gun and definately not a lot for a K or P gun.

    I owned a Stoeger Condor for a while. Not a good purchase. I didn't shoot it enough to wear it out but it wasn't a nice gun. I think an 870 barrel taped to a 2x4 would swing better.

    There was a similar thread in the revolver section a few days ago about someone wanting everyone to say the Heritage Rough Riders are 'good' guns. He didn't like it when the facts were presented that didn't agree with his pre formed opinion.

    The takeaway: Good guns last forever. Bad guns don't last at all. Why skimp on something that could be useful to you for the rest of your life and your kid's kid's lives? I'm still shooting guns that my grandfather competed with many years ago.
  19. kbbailey

    kbbailey Well-Known Member

    I like my Silver Reserve 28ga. I hunt quail, shoot clays, etc. Its a fun little gun. The Mrs likes it too. However,... I had to replace the firing pins. It was an easy fix. I had shot maybe 3k before they broke.
  20. JoeMal

    JoeMal Well-Known Member

    I really like my Winchester 101s. Mine is a 12 and my wife has a 20. They get a lot of negative feedback for kicking too hard....but I just don't see it. They shoot great for the both of us.

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