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 Post subject: Beretta 686 Essential
PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2003 3:08 pm 
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I just put a 12 gauge 686 Essential on lay away at my local Gander Mountain. The gun is in excellent shape, has the manual and 3 choke tubes. I have been looking for an inexpensive o/u, and had never seen one of these before. I would like to use it for upland game, skeet and occasional sporting clays. The gun looks as if it had never been fired, but there was some "smudging" on the side of the receiver. The gun was $499 -- is this a good price? What is the receiver made of?

Thanks for any advice.




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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 686 Essential
PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2003 9:06 pm 
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The receiver is made of steel. I think you got an excellent deal on this gun.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2003 7:04 pm 
I think 499 is a steal for that gun.
If I could find one at that price in 20 ga. locally I would dislocate my wrist whipping out the check book for it!


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 686 Essential
PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2003 11:19 pm 
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Yeah you got a steal man. I saw one of those go for 650 last week and that was a pretty good deal.

you lucky thing you!!

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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 686 Essential
PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2003 8:14 pm 
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:D Thanks for your comments. I'm pretty happy with what I found.


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 686 Essential
PostPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2004 2:58 pm 
i have a beretta 686 essential and i am just wondering where i can find a picture of it anywhere on the internet?


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 686 Essential
PostPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2004 8:45 pm 
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Essential... :roll: Whitewing... Are they not the same :?:

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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 686 Essential
PostPosted: Sat Jan 31, 2004 10:25 pm 
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No the essetial and the whitewing arwe not the same but they are very close. same checkering and receiver

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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 686 Essential
PostPosted: Sat Jan 31, 2004 10:44 pm 
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Correct me if I'm wrong. I believe that the Essential was the earlier model of the Whitewing (MARKETING). Just like the S686 an the Silver Pigeon are one and the same except for slight variations. BTW, Great price on that stick. If you keep an eye on those Gander Mountain stores you run across some great buys on the used rack. I saw a SKB model 505 .410 that appeared unfired for 5 bills the other day. Sure wish I was that good of a shot.... it might have followed me home. I was back the next day for some other stuff and it was gone.
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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 686 Essential
PostPosted: Sat Jan 31, 2004 11:04 pm 
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S-Tim,
Saw one yesterday at the local GM for $800 (no smudges though).
Yes, you got a deal. Nice.


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 686 Essential
PostPosted: Sat Jan 31, 2004 11:14 pm 
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damn u got a hell of a steal on that gun i have been looking for one for around 650 forever and cant even find one at that! :cry: :cry: :cry: price i would kill for a deal like that have fun shooting and if u find u dont like it and wanna get rid of it give me a holler :lol: :lol: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 686 Essential
PostPosted: Sat Sep 18, 2004 3:58 pm 
I know this thread is really old but I just as well picked up a silver 686 essential at gander mountain for 574.99, but get this...their was a special promotion that if u signed up for their credit card and puchased a gun you got 10% off. I took it as an omen that i HAD to buy it.


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 686 Essential
PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2004 9:02 am 
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I would like to stumble across a deal like that.


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 Post subject: re: Beretta 686 Essential
PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2007 3:48 pm 
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I just bought a S686 Essential O/U today from a buddy for $550.00, the gun is in great shape, with chokes installed, no papers but has only been shot a few times and has no visable wear. Is this a good deal and does anyone know why the gun is so tight to open and close, is that normal for the Beretta?

Thanks John


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 Post subject: Re: re: Beretta 686 Essential
PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2007 4:09 pm 
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[quote="eightpoint"]I just bought a S686 Essential O/U today from a buddy for $550.00, the gun is in great shape, with chokes installed, no papers but has only been shot a few times and has no visable wear. Is this a good deal and does anyone know why the gun is so tight to open and close, is that normal for the Beretta?

The reason why the 686 is so tight is that it has not been used
very much, after 2-3000 shots it should feel smoother. :wink:


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 Post subject: re: Beretta 686 Essential
PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2007 6:42 am 
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Thanks for the info on the 686 being tight.


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 Post subject: re: Beretta 686 Essential
PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2007 4:50 pm 
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Eightpoint, you got a very good deal on that 686 Essential. Is your new gun the blued or the silver receiver model..?

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 Post subject: re: Beretta 686 Essential
PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2007 5:55 pm 
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It would be nice if they still made these guns. They are light and swing very well. Just not as fancy as other B,,,,, guns, but some of us would rather hunt with one of these.

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 Post subject: re: Beretta 686 Essential
PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2007 10:48 pm 
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I fully agree 8pointDuck, The Whitewing that was discontinued was only fancier and shinny finished jacking the price up well over a $1000. I think Beretta Corp shot their selves in the foot over that product line decision. The Beretta 686 Essential was a decent no thrills Plain-Jane field o/u for a reasonable price range. You can forget buying a Beretta O/U for under a grand anymore which is a shame in my opinion for a field/marsh beater.

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 Post subject: re: Beretta 686 Essential
PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2007 5:53 pm 
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I like the satin finish a lot better than some of those gaughty looking extra wood models. I guess Berreta felt like they were lowering themselves and decided to drop them :roll:



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