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 Post subject: Franchi AL 48 Hunter 20 gauge
PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 1:58 pm 
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Hi all. My first time here as a member and would like to ask for your opinions. I have the opportunity to pick up a Franchi AL 48 Hunter Magnum 20 ga. with a 28" fixed full choke barrel, chambered for 3". The wood is very "field tested" was definitely a hunter's gun, but does have nice rolled engraving on the receiver. Have only seen photos but will be checking it out tomorrow. What should I be looking out for as far as problems and dangerous wear? I don't have any experience with the long recoil guns. Also any idea of value would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance for any info, and hopefully I can help a few out in the near future as well.


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 Post subject: Re: Franchi AL 48 Hunter 20 gauge
PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 4:59 pm 
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Your particular gun was discontinued in 1988,value is=$300.00,in 95% condition.


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 Post subject: Re: Franchi AL 48 Hunter 20 gauge
PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 5:15 pm 
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If it was a standard, instead of a magnum, it would add about $100 more to the value. I see them frequently for $400-450 in 2 3/4". The magnum model was not a favorite among the model 48 lovers due to it not reliably cycling with light loads.

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 Post subject: Re: Franchi AL 48 Hunter 20 gauge
PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 7:20 pm 
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Thanks for the replies. That makes me not want to buy this gun. Sounds like the seller is asking too much. Maybe for a heavy load grouse and pheasant gun it would work. We have scaled quail here and they are a little tougher to knock down because they often run and flush further out. Will try to talk the seller down a bit. Is there anything specific to watch for on these older long recoil guns that might make it unsafe?


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 Post subject: Re: Franchi AL 48 Hunter 20 gauge
PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 7:37 pm 
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I have been using long recoil actions all my adult life without a problem. If you are going to use only heavy loads, it is a great gun. I doubt that you could wear one out in your lifetime. Be careful not to overpay for this gun. You might have trouble reselling it if you decide you don't want to keep it.

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 Post subject: Re: Franchi AL 48 Hunter 20 gauge
PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 8:56 pm 
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Well, one thing is for sure, you'll carry it a lot more than shoot it...............and that's a good thing. If you're gonna shoot heavy loads in it, that baby will wake you up every time you pull the trigger, if not rattle your dental work.


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 Post subject: Re: Franchi AL 48 Hunter 20 gauge
PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 5:28 pm 
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There are plenty of shooter guns out there,just keep on shopping around.


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 Post subject: Re: Franchi AL 48 Hunter 20 gauge
PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 7:07 pm 
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Creeker, good advice! There are too many guns that will cycle light loads in the same price range. I'd pass on this one. I wouldn't want it it all due to the fact that it won't cycle the loads I use most often.

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 Post subject: Re: Franchi AL 48 Hunter 20 gauge
PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 8:47 pm 
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The AL48 is a great gun
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 Post subject: Re: Franchi AL 48 Hunter 20 gauge
PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 4:05 pm 
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The 48AL Hunter is a nice piece, but just like someone else said, the magnum price just never climbed like the 2.75 job. And I have seen one that wouldn't run 2.75 target loads at all. The first shotgun I bought my wife was a 48AL Hunter in 20ga, and she still shoots it. It is still a very sweet shotgun, and I don't think you can wear them out, but you can over lubricate them.

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 Post subject: Re: Franchi AL 48 Hunter 20 gauge
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returningfire, been using a 2.75 for over 50 years as my primary shooter. I agree with you!! {hs#

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