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 Post subject: Lightweight semi-auto recommendation?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 4:23 pm 
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Due to a back back, weight is very crucial for me... any suggestions on semi's out there are light (besides the Benelli Ultralight - can't afford it). The recommendations could be new production guns selling today or maybe even older ones (my point here is I 'think' my friend has an old Winchester that if I recall he said it had an alum receiver (?) and it's rather lightweight - not 100% sure on that.) Thanks!



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 Post subject: Re: Lightweight semi-auto recommendation?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 4:55 pm 
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For a light weight semi-automatic the Franchi 48 AL is hard to beat. It uses the very dependable long recoil operation (think Browning A5). My 12 gauge weighs in at 6.5 lbs, a 20 gauge is about 5.6 lbs and a 28 gauge is a miniscule 5.4 lbs. The 12 gauge is no longer produced but used ones are found easily, and you can get new 20 and 28 gauge models.

Recoil might be an issue for you because of your back and speaking from experience the 12 gauge does kick, but a a good recoil pad tames it down to something manageable.

Good luck.


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 Post subject: Re: Lightweight semi-auto recommendation?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 7:50 pm 
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Ya' gotta have a 12 gauge? That Winchester is probably a 1200 pump or 1400 Semi. I still own both. The 1400 is pretty nice on recoil with a decent pad.


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 Post subject: Re: Lightweight semi-auto recommendation?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 8:02 pm 
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I would prefer a 12. I know my buddy's gun is a Win semi -- so it's prob the 1400.

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 Post subject: Re: Lightweight semi-auto recommendation?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 8:21 pm 
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How about a Browning Double Auto,Twentyweight??


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 Post subject: Re: Lightweight semi-auto recommendation?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 8:33 pm 
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Absolutely no idea what that is...

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 Post subject: Re: Lightweight semi-auto recommendation?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 9:27 pm 
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Used Browning Gold Fusion...

Dang.. there is only one on gunbroker
http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewIt ... =195195840

I guess the secret is out... Not too many of us want to let go of this shotgun...
Beretta 302, 303 used also...

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 Post subject: Re: Lightweight semi-auto recommendation?
PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2010 9:59 pm 
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Ok thanks!

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 Post subject: Re: Lightweight semi-auto recommendation?
PostPosted: Thu Oct 14, 2010 9:23 am 
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Benelli M2, 20 gauge, if recoil is an issue.

Beretta 391, 20 gauge, if recoil is an issue.

Benelli M2 American ($899), 12 gauge, if recoil is not an issue.

Beretta 390, 12 gauge, ($549), if recoil is an issue.

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 Post subject: Re: Lightweight semi-auto recommendation?
PostPosted: Thu Oct 14, 2010 12:01 pm 
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Ok thanks - I just might have to spring for the Ultra-Light because there's nothing close to it (in terms of the weight - 6.1 pds.) I'll start a thread inquiring about it's reliability -- thx agn.

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 Post subject: Re: Lightweight semi-auto recommendation?
PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 1:35 am 
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Take a look at the Weatherby SA-08. Fantastic gun. We have three of them in our party. They have been flawless in their reliability and are top notch in their fit and finish. Very light weight and swings nice. Weight is at the 6lb mark

You can buy them for around $500 or less.

http://weatherby.com/product/shotguns/semiauto

http://www.montanatest.com/rating-resul ... result=321

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/SearchResults.aspx

Trust me, you will be impressed. I was and I shoot WAY! more expensive guns and have had all the top brands and model's. Impressed would be putting it mildly. Buy one you won't be sorry.


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 Post subject: Re: Lightweight semi-auto recommendation?
PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 11:19 pm 
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Jiganator wrote:
Take a look at the Weatherby SA-08. Fantastic gun. We have three of them in our party. They have been flawless in their reliability and are top notch in their fit and finish. Very light weight and swings nice. Weight is at the 6lb mark

You can buy them for around $500 or less.

http://weatherby.com/product/shotguns/semiauto

http://www.montanatest.com/rating-resul ... result=321

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/SearchResults.aspx

Trust me, you will be impressed. I was and I shoot WAY! more expensive guns and have had all the top brands and model's. Impressed would be putting it mildly. Buy one you won't be sorry.


It's gotta be Turkish made.... It looks pretty much like a CZ 712

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 Post subject: Re: Lightweight semi-auto recommendation?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 18, 2010 6:26 pm 
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+1 on the gold fusion!! Extremely reliable, lightweight and durable. I' ve been unsuccessfully trying to wear mine out for several years now. Bought a maxus last year thinking it would replace the fusion as my main axe, never happened, the maxus became my backup and has not been shot in 9 mos! If you like a flatter rib you might consider the gold Super lite as well...have fun, it's good to NEED more guns :D


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 Post subject: Re: Lightweight semi-auto recommendation?
PostPosted: Wed Oct 20, 2010 6:48 pm 
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brianmayeux wrote:
Jiganator wrote:
Take a look at the Weatherby SA-08. Fantastic gun. We have three of them in our party. They have been flawless in their reliability and are top notch in their fit and finish. Very light weight and swings nice. Weight is at the 6lb mark

You can buy them for around $500 or less.

http://weatherby.com/product/shotguns/semiauto

http://www.montanatest.com/rating-resul ... result=321

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/SearchResults.aspx

Trust me, you will be impressed. I was and I shoot WAY! more expensive guns and have had all the top brands and model's. Impressed would be putting it mildly. Buy one you won't be sorry.


It's gotta be Turkish made.... It looks pretty much like a CZ 712


My wife has two of them and her girl friend has one also. they have shot several cases of shells through them without a single failure. I have plenty expensive guns and have owned 100s of guns in my life. I have truly been impressed with these SA-08's. They are not junk but a near copy of the 303 Beretta.

Just to show you that it's a very nice gun and my wife is a women who puts some game down and shoots plenty, here's a few pics

Here's my wife's wood stocked gun. Pretty damn nice wood for a less then $500 gun.

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 Post subject: Re: Lightweight semi-auto recommendation?
PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 10:22 pm 
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Cool pics man.....I like the way Weatherby stuff looks just on principle. I got to meet Roy Weatherby back in 1980 at a gunshow in Houston. Pure Gentleman he was.


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 Post subject: Re: Lightweight semi-auto recommendation?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 10:00 am 
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I'm gonna put in another vote for the twentyweight browning. Lightweight, points great and deadly on birds.

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 Post subject: Re: Lightweight semi-auto recommendation?
PostPosted: Sat Oct 30, 2010 8:28 pm 
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The Benelli UL is tough to beat - I'm planning on one for next year.

Other than that, the Franchi 48AL in 12 or 20 are both light (I own one in 20ga)

Another gun that's often overlooked is the Franchi I-12 Upland Hunter if you can find one. It weighs in a 6.3 lbs. I own a standard I-12 and contrary to what you'll read on this forum it's been completely reliable for me.




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