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 Post subject: best semi auto 20 gauge
PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:03 pm 
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hello,

i am looking around for different 20 gauge semi autos, for around $500 for my mother. She shoots a 410 now, but wants to move up. I was looking at a remington 1100, but im open to other suggestions. she would use it to shoot clays. not looking to buy now, just collecting info.

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 Post subject: Re: best semi auto 20 gauge
PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2011 10:20 pm 
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The Berettas are good guns as well. An 11-87 is ok but a little more on the heavy side.

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 Post subject: Re: best semi auto 20 gauge
PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2011 12:05 pm 
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I really like the Rem 1100 LT. Another gun I would look hard at is the Mossberg 920; I saw a few used in a gunshop one time, and if I didn't own the 1100 LT, one of them would have come home with me.

Here's one: http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewIt ... =251617024

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 Post subject: Re: best semi auto 20 gauge
PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2011 1:22 pm 
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do you know how much the 1100lt weighs compared to the mossberg?

thanks for the help, i have never seen that mossberg before


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 Post subject: Re: best semi auto 20 gauge
PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2011 6:31 pm 
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My 1100LT20 weight is 7lbs 1 1/8oz with a 26in. target barrel.
Don't have a Mossberg to weigh for ya....

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 Post subject: Re: best semi auto 20 gauge
PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2011 10:18 pm 
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Weatherby SA-08 20ga.

Lighter then the 1100 and a very good gun. Can be had brand new for less then $500 in many cases. I know of three of these guns in use and they have performed flawlessly through 1000's of rounds.


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 Post subject: Re: best semi auto 20 gauge
PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2011 10:56 pm 
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Browning A5, Remington Model 11. Best guns made! Not that I have a bias or anything.


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 Post subject: Re: best semi auto 20 gauge
PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 5:42 am 
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anything from Browning or Benelli. The 20 gauge Benellis are especially nice. I like the 20 gauge Montefeltro...

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 Post subject: Re: best semi auto 20 gauge
PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 9:08 am 
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Don't think you'll find any Montefeltros for $500...


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 Post subject: Re: best semi auto 20 gauge
PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 10:08 am 
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OK guys this is for his Mother. She is likely recoil sensitive and a Benelli is the last gun I would put in her hands.

See if you can find a used Bereta 20 ga.

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 Post subject: Re: best semi auto 20 gauge
PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 3:25 pm 
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In your price range, the Remington 1100 or 1187 would be a good choice. You might also want to look for a used SKB XL 900. They have not been imported since the late 80's, but in my opinon they are a much better design than the Remington. They can usually be had for around $ 350. New barrels and parts are available from SKB USA.

I bought (stole) one for $200 for my 12 year old daughter. I cut the stock down to fit her, and had the barrel shortened. She shoots it fine with no recoil issues. I liked the gun so much, I bought a 12 ga for me for skeet 12 ga events and doubles.


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 Post subject: Re: best semi auto 20 gauge
PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 9:04 am 
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Save up for a benelli montefeltro, you won't regret it. IMO, it's the best all round 20ga auto on the market, classic looks and benelli reliability!


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 Post subject: Re: best semi auto 20 gauge
PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 9:50 am 
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A Monte for his mom to shoot clays? Not what I would recomend.

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 Post subject: Re: best semi auto 20 gauge
PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 10:24 am 
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ya im not looking to drop alot of money for this, being as how she does not take it as serious as i do or shoot as often


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 Post subject: Re: best semi auto 20 gauge
PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 4:10 pm 
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A Beretta 3901 is in your price range. It is lighter than an 1100, softer shooting than a Benelli (although with target loads Benelli's do not recoil excessively to me), much more reliable than a Weatherby SA-08 plus repair/parts service will be around for a long time. Youth stocks are readily availible for the 3901 as well.

For new shooters I think you need three things in a gun, it doesn't hurt to shoot it, it fits them so the potential for hits increase and it works reliably. Good luck.


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 Post subject: Re: best semi auto 20 gauge
PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 4:23 pm 
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I have no idea what the best is but I picked up a used Browning B2000 20 gauge about ten years ago from a shop that was going out of business.
200 bucks and it looks like new.
I've shot a lot of clay pigions with it and have never ever had a hiccup.
Nice and light and fits me well.


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 Post subject: Re: best semi auto 20 gauge
PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2011 6:59 pm 
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warrior35010 wrote:
ya im not looking to drop alot of money for this, being as how she does not take it as serious as i do or shoot as often


How often does Mom shoot?

beretta semi-autos are sweet guns,

and perhaps if you do not have a 20 gauge and are a good boy you might be able to borrow it from her on occasion for sub gauge shoots.

Having an RL stock for her and and SL stock for you and switching would not be very difficult.


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 Post subject: Re: best semi auto 20 gauge
PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2011 7:34 am 
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she shoot about once a month, and you have the right idea about me borrowing it once in awhile :D

all in all, i thinking about either a remi, the mossberg sa 20, or a beretta,just depends on what comes up for sale in a month or so.

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 Post subject: Re: best semi auto 20 gauge
PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2011 10:51 am 
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Warrior,
I really like my Mossberg Sa-20. After I "reamed" the chamber it will shoot any type of shells. Very light gun as far as felt recoil and weight. It is really easy to take apart and has been a blast to shoot. There is a thread in the Mossberg section that talks about putting the Weatherby wood on it if you want. Bear in mind that the Weatherby and the Mossberg are two different guns. My buddy has the Weatherby. We have compapred the two. I like my Mossberg more for ease of cleaning. Hope that helps, Tony


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 Post subject: Re: best semi auto 20 gauge
PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 5:25 am 
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here is what I have concluded, my wife shoots once in a while. Rather than buy her "own" gun. Buy a gun you really want which is usually a better gun and make it fit you with a 1" pad (in my case). Then get a 1/4" thin pad to put on when your mother or whoever wants to shoot it.
This way I don't end up with 2 or 3 kind of nice guns, I get the one I want, I mean she wants :)


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