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Any Beretta A300 owners?

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by cat_IT_guy, Mar 15, 2013.

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  1. cat_IT_guy

    cat_IT_guy Member

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    I purchased one last week, but due to an FFL snafu (bought it on Gunbroker) I wont be able to take possession until mid next week. Pics & review to follow.

    Those of you who own or have used the a300, what have been your feelings about it? I bought it to be a part time clays gun that can double as a duck / deer / uplang gun.
     
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    Very good shotgun, I had one for a short time that was a trap model. Someone wanted it more than I did, and paid quite a bit more than I had in it.
    The 300 series is the predecessor of the A390/392 series. I believe they are all 2 3/4 " chambers. They may have made a magnum, but I have never run across one. The barrels are usually very tight and under bored, typical early Beretta.
    Should be a very good target gun for the clay field if it has chokes, many did not, but an I/C or mod should serve you well.
     
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    It comes with 3 chokes, though Im not sure which 3 offhand. Also the 'new' 300s are listed as 2.75 & 3" guns. Im looking forward to it - my first semi shotgun.
     
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    Kudu, he is asking about the new A300 Outlander, not the old pre 390 version.
     
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    Right you are, sir.
     
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    OK, I thought the new Berettas were the new 400 series. I did not know they had brought back a 'new' A300.
     
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    I bought one this weekend, pretty impressed. Shot four rounds of trap with no function problems. It points well for me as set up from the factory, with some cast off. Mine came with a IC choke and two mods. I emailed customer service about the choke tube this evening, no reply so far. The wood looks decent on my particular gun.
     
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    The "new"A300 (aka Outlander) is the new and improved version of the price point 3901 sold in big box stores and wally world
    The A400 series guns are the replacements for the 390 and 391 series of guns

    I have been discretely informed that the old 303 had become a "collectible sleeper"as one of the best, if not the best of not only the Beretta family of semis, but of just about ANY semi ever made - prices on then have been steadily climbing and their scarcity on the used gun market seems to bear out my friend's insight
     
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    Well got my new a300 outlander to the skeet field today. Station one, first two shots stovepiped. Gulp - a bit disconcerting. Decided to go ahead and try the doubles anyway.... it cycled fine, and worked flawlessly after that. No complaints - Im will to call the first 2 shots 'break in'.

    Fit and finish is very good - the stock is plastic, as is the forestock, but its a synthetic (so to be expected). My only complaint, and its very minor, is the molded word "OUTLANDER" on the forestock. It looks.... a little.... kid-like - I guess I feel it doesnt fit the gun.... but thats hardly a complaint - it works exactly as I want a rugged semi-auto to.
     
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    This seems to be a trend. I have read that many of the Made In The USA guns are having feeding issues. I have spent time with the one I gave my nephew, Italian made, and it has been flawless. Speaking to one of the smith's on the east coast, he said the light gas spring combined with the fact only one port is drilled, being the cause.

    We'll see.
     
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    Id hesitate to say it had feeding issues just yet. Very first 2 shots out of the box didnt completely eject. The remainder of 2 more rounds of skeet, so 48 more shots, it was flawless. I suspect there was a spring that needed a bit of break in, or perhaps a small bur inside that needed to get smoothed out. Maybe I got lucky, who knows.

    Now if it does 2/50 FTE every time, yea, I'll be disappointed. Time will tell, but for now, Im more than happy with it and calling the first two shots break-in.
     
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    Had you previously cleaned the gunk from the gun?
     
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    Brief wipedown, not thorough. :banghead:
     
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    If it's anything like my AL3901 Citizen it should be very reliable and troublefree.
     
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