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Beretta 686 Onyx Pro 28 gauge

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by kidneyboy, Apr 23, 2019.

  1. kidneyboy

    kidneyboy Member

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    Looking for opinions about this particular O/U. It seems like a quality firearm without to many bells and whistles which suits me well.

    I'm not a shotgun guy, don't own one, but when I have a chance to shoot one the 28gauge seems to suit me best. This would be for very casual skeet/clay shooting and the occasional upland game bird hunt.
     
  2. entropy

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    If you're not a shotgun guy, the 28 ga. for clays games is probably not the best fit. The 28 ga. is an expert's gun for clays, and a great grouse/quail/dove gun. It can work for pheasants, on a game farm or early season, though 20 is still a better choice there. The 686 Onyx is an excellent gun in all the gauges.
     
  3. Milkmaster

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    I have the 686 White Onyx in 28 ga. It is a quality shotgun that is a pleasure to shoot. The ammo costs more than the 12 ga, so I reload some for it, but I would still enjoy it even if i didn't reload.
     
  4. 1KPerDay

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    Onyx Pro is a quality gun. 28 gauge is another kettle of fish. If you want it and think it will fit your needs, the gun is a good one.
     
  5. cfullgraf

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    I'm a big fan of the 28 gauge. I shot my first pheasant with one, my dad's side by side he grew up with. Also, my first class win in a skeet tournament was in 28 gauge, I shot a 12 gauge over/under fitted with 28 gauge tubes.

    Also, I have a 28 gauge White Onyx and it has performed well for me.

    28 gauge can be a bit more challenging to get hits due to the smaller/lighter shot charge. Keep that in mind and you'll have fun.

    Buy ammunition by the case or reload and it will get the cost down a bit.
     
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  6. Riomouse911

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    Indeed, the 28 requires a lot more skill/ability to hit clays and quail than the larger shot charges thrown by 20-16-12 gauge guns. It’s not impossible by any stretch, but errors in form are more readily exposed.

    I’m reminded of that every time I miss with one of my 28’s. o_O

    Cost of the 28 is similar to the 16 gauge per box... both are higher than 12/20. But (mercifully ) the 28 is less per box than the 3” .410 I need to feed my 1100. :(

    Stay safe!!
     
  7. kidneyboy

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    Thanks guys. I grew up shooting a 12ga and a 410. The 12 is to much for my old shoulders and the 410, well the 410 kinda seems like a pistol round. The 20 is ok but I've been shooting a buddies Franchi 28 O/U and really enjoy it.
    I'm going to take a look at the 686.
     
  8. cdb1

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    They are excellent firearms. But as always I go back to fit. Browning O/U’s fit me much better than Beretta. Might be the same for you or the Beretta might fit you better.
     
  9. farm23

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    The 28 will pattern very well but it does deliver less shot. I am an odd ball because my 2 favorite gauges are 28 and 16.
     
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  10. GE-Mini-Gun

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    If you have the 12 already you can reload 3/4oz loads for it (same weight as the 28) and save a ton of money or you can purchase 3/4oz loads. I shoot in a skeet league and use a 12ga 3/4oz load all the time…scores have not changed since going from 1oz to the 3/4oz….something to think about.
     
  11. Jessesky

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    5E61792C-D974-4AEE-9EA3-F2EDEE965F90.jpeg Is this the new one or the older p.beretta one?My main clays gun is a 686 onyx sporting 12ga, which has a beefier stock and 30” barrels (p.beretta). It shoots very well. I may upgrade the wood one day.
     
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  12. Milkmaster

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    Here is my 28ga White Onyx. Love it. I still have my 686 12 ga, but the 28 is lighter to shoot for sure.
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  13. loose noose

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    I nearly bought one at a local pawn shop ere about 5 years or so ago, until I noticed the stock was cut down to a ridiculous length of pull that a 2" recoil pad would have been used in order to get it to a manageable length in order for and average person would be able to shoot it. BTW it was a 686 White Onyx, too bad as they were only asking like $750.00 for it and now I understand why. Only the Lord knows what else was wrong with it.
     
  14. Jessesky

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    Man I would have bought that and fitted a stock!
     
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    I love the 20 Ga., 686 Onyx that I bought last year N.I.B., but 28 years old.
     
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  16. Picher

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    Sorry, but I noticed that your Beretta seems to be a little long in the buttstock for you, but I'm not a trap shooter, so am not sure.
     
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  17. Jessesky

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    I think that’s how it appears in the photo is all. I’ve found its even a little short for me. It is 14.75”. I’m 6’3 with and have found my old German shotgun with a 15.25” LOP fits me even better.

    Thanks for the advice though
     
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