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 Post subject: 3901 Statesman 20 gauge opinions
PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 7:53 am 
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I just wanted to get some opinions on owners of this gun or anyone familiar with it. I was walking through a store last night and they had one on clearance for $499.00. Seems like a good gun for the money, but wanted to hear from you guys.

I have it on hold until Aug. 1st.

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 Post subject: re: 3901 Statesman 20 gauge opinions
PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 2:13 pm 
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From going through some old threads and some other sites, it sounds like most people like the gun. I think I'll go ahead and pick it up. . .should make a nice gun for the wife and boys when they get older.

And I'll make sure it fires and works properly. :wink:

Now, can anyone recommend a good turkey choke for a 20 gauge?

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 Post subject: re: 3901 Statesman 20 gauge opinions
PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 2:49 pm 
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Beretta 3901 is very close in lineage to the 390 model.

A good, solid and dependable auto-shucker!

Can't go wrong for less than $500...and it will be shooting long after your kids have kids.

For a turkey choke, give Briley a call and discuss what you need with them...if you ship them the barrel only, they will measure the ID of the bore and custom choke it to whatever constriction you desire.

I have always used their chokes and am very satisfied with their products and their customer service.

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 Post subject: re: 3901 Statesman 20 gauge opinions
PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 10:15 pm 
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Thanks for the nudge. . .I picked it up tonight for the wife for $482 out the door. They had $25 off guns in that range and then save another $20 for signing up for the Dick's card. . .and then we earned double points, so they are sending us $40 in gift cards. :lol:

And yes, I'll be a good husband and make sure it goes bang like it should. :wink:

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 Post subject: re: 3901 Statesman 20 gauge opinions
PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2007 3:40 pm 
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I got a 390 (again close to the 3901) lightly used for $470. I thought that was a steal, at 480 and change for a new I would buy them all.

You'll love it. :)


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 Post subject: re: 3901 Statesman 20 gauge opinions
PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2007 4:04 pm 
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Does not sound like you need any more encouragement. I have had a 3901 Citizen as my duck, phesant, Skeet and sporting clays gun the year they came out (97?). My son has it now since he out grew his youth model 1100 last year. I have never had a feed or ejection problem. I have gone up to O/U guns now but still shoot the 3901 if my son or daughter want to shoot daddys gun. Enjoy, Eric

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 Post subject: re: 3901 Statesman 20 gauge opinions
PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2007 8:41 pm 
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Should my Statesman have come with more of a shim kit than just what spacer is on the gun? From the owners manual it sounds like it should have, but just wanted to check.

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 Post subject: re: 3901 Statesman 20 gauge opinions
PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2007 11:06 pm 
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It did. There's a shim at the stock/frame junction and another inside the stock on the stock bolt. If you are right handed and want a lot of drop in the stock (field-Skeet), place the front shim with the thick portion at the top and the other thick portion on the left side. Place the shim inside the stock with the bolt hole in the top left corner when looking toward the barrel from the buttstock. If you shoot lefty (like me) place the thick part on the right and the hole in the upper right corner of the internal shim.

Have fun, these are great guns. I ran the first round of Skeet with my 20 gauge and use it often in International.


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