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

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by Old Unc', Oct 4, 2012.

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  1. Old Unc'

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    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!!

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  2. the count

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    Looks nice!
     
  3. rule303

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    A good gun for sure, but for me to spend $800 on an autoloader it is going to have walnut and polished bluing.
     
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    Looks like a potential candidate for a waterfowl gun.
     
  5. Old Unc'

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    well boys, I pulled the trigger! Found the synthetic 20 at a local shop. Pick it up today...

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  6. Hunterdad

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    Very nice! Let us know how she runs.
     
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    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.....
     
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    If I can't find a beretta 390 in 20g, I could live with one of those.
     
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    I just bought a lightly-used Montefeltro 20ga for less than six bills, or I'd be looking harder at this.
     
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    Just Wondering?

    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.
     
  11. Old Unc'

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    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...
     
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    What exactly do you mean by loading the chamber is stiff? Racking the bolt? or what?
     
  13. Old Unc'

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    So... loading the magazine, not chamber, right?
     
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    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...
     
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    rbernie you lucky dog! That is my all time favorite shotgun.
     
  17. Old Unc'

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    here are a few shots of the 20 gauge Affinity. How can't believe how good it feels, only 5.75 lbs...

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    Does it come with stock shims?
     
  19. Old Unc'

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    Yes...
     
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    Have you stuffed any shells in the mag yet? Is it as difficult as reported?
     
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    no problem stuffing Federal target loads into the gun. Same mechanism as the Benelli, you have to know how to load them correctly...
     
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    How is the recoil being an inertia driven operating system, and not having a Comfortech stock?
     
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    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... :)
     
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    If you did find it difficult to load the shells you could always reduce the mag spring a couple of coils.
     
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    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.
     
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