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New gun bragging: FN PBR XP and Beretta Silver Pigeon

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by iamkris, Nov 21, 2009.

  1. iamkris

    iamkris Well-Known Member

    If you've seen my other posts and pictures of my gun collection, you'll know I'm into mil-surps and modern military semi-auto rifles.

    Over the last couple of weeks I've "fallen" into some good deals on long guns that aren't my usual cup of tea. I ran across an FN PBR XP on this forum a few weeks back. Excellent transaction (thanks Agent Smith) and it was even the right color (OD green) to match an extra scope I had. ;D


    It's a FN Patrol Bolt Rifle XP, 24" fluted barrel, detachable mag. 7.62x51mm. Burris Tactical 3-9X scope, Burris tactical rings.

    I took it out soon after I got it and shot it with the loads that are very accurate in my M1A. This gun didn't like IMR 4895 so I loaded up a range of Varget with some 168 gr Sierra Match Kings.

    Took the rifle out today and it did....OK. ;)



    I think I can accept that kind of accuracy.

    Then a few days ago, I stopped by a local pawn shop that usually just has crap on the wall, but saw a shiny O/U shotgun. I asked the owner (nice young guy) what it was...he says its a Beretta Silver Pigeon. My jaw dropped...this is my dream shotgun. He was selling it for a friend who then donates the money to his church mission work...apparently he does this every year. The price was reasonable (about $600 less than a new one) and it ended up going home with me.

    It is a 12 ga Silver Pigeon III with 26" barrels. The owner had it backbored and factory ported. I took it to the range today range today and ran part of box through it...holy crap what a nice shot gun. Recoil was almost non-existent even though it is much lighter than my Spanish Lanber O/U. Beretta makes and extremely lively gun...I busted a lot more clays than I usually do...I think it's a keeper too.





    Now I gotta figure out which guns to sell to finance these.
  2. lobo9er

    lobo9er Well-Known Member

    nice guns! and good finds! i think recoil sometimes depends on how much we love the shotgun
  3. JRockman

    JRockman Member

    I've been looking at the XP myself. What are your continued thoughts on the rifle? It's either that or a Rem SPS Tac...

    Can you consistently get .5 MOA groups?

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