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 Post subject: Cast neutral 20ga for a lefty.
PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2018 2:29 pm 
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Hello folks.

I am ready to purchase a shotgun and I have a question.

I have played around with my inherited 16GA Winchester model 12 pump. Unfortunately it is a full choke and I would be unable to shoot steel (soon required for hunting in CA). So I will keep it for fun as I prefer a semi-auto in 20ga anyway. I do not not want to alter the Winchester to add chokes.

I have done quite a bit of research on decent shotguns under $600. I have decided to buy a 20ga.Semi-auto for hunting small game and dove.

Nothing about a right handed shotgun bothers me, EXCEPT for a cast OFF.

I do believe fitting is important, thus cast ON/OFF is worth while to take in to consideration as much as it is the right LOP.
It is possible that slight cast on shotgun might or might not be noticeable. I do not have the luxury to try many shotguns..it is hell in Southern Ca to even find a wide variety of models to begin with. Off course they all have the 3 B brands for show, but my budget is $600 out the door. So no I do not have an option to try a few brands.

I can live with No shims adjustments as long as the cast is Neutral. I think for a left handed shooter that is, a damn good compromise.

I thought I found a great option in the Mossberg SA-20 20 ga All purpose field Synthetic. $460 before tax and before dealer fee in my local dealer website. This gun includes 5 chokes.

I was ready to buy it and counting on having it in my hands by 09/01 (dove opening day).

I decided to call Mossberg before ordering...they told me the SA-20 does not come with shims and it is Cast OFF slightly. Some Wood cast models they said come with shims but the shims are for higher and lower adjustment only.

So I am disheartened. I was under the impression the Mossberg SA-20 was cast neutral.

I am hoping someone here mentions a shotgun that is Cast neutral, or cast adjustable with shims, synthetic 20 ga, semi auto, reliable for Under $600 out the door.

Thanks for reading and for your input.

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 Post subject: Re: Cast neutral 20ga for a lefty.
PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2018 2:51 pm 
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I believe the Weatherby is cast neutral, as might be the Franchi

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 Post subject: Re: Cast neutral 20ga for a lefty.
PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2018 2:59 pm 
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oneounceload wrote:
I believe the Weatherby is cast neutral, as might be the Franchi


Yes sir, they are. A bit more than my original budget out the door however. Definitely on my list for 12ga options specially the Weatherby.

I decided to call Mossberg AGAIN just now!..why? because in the past I have gotten a different response from more than one person. Not out of Mossberg specifically, but in general..
And guess what? BINGO!..the second rep I spoke to, confirmed my original beleive..that Indeed most Mossbergs are cast Neutral with the exception of some hunting riffles...which it totally make sense. I will inspect after purchase.

Thanks for responding though. And yes Franchi and Weatherby are options in the future.

To the gun store I go...

Regards.


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 Post subject: Re: Cast neutral 20ga for a lefty.
PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 10:31 am 
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You might give a new Tri star Bronze in 20ga a look with a price right about where you expect to spend. One caution however, the safety is set for a righty and they do not offer a left hand safety. You'll play hell trying to reach around the safety with your trigger finger. I have seen some safeties located on the front of the trigger guard where the above problem is eliminated for target shooting. I am a lefty myself.


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 Post subject: Re: Cast neutral 20ga for a lefty.
PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 11:09 am 
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Not a new gun, but you might want to see if you could find a used Beretta 3901. I picked one up used for $550. I added a wood stock at a later date. Unfortunately I think any used 390's, or 391's might be outside your price range.

If you go the 12 gauge route, take a look at the Beretta A300.

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 Post subject: Re: Cast neutral 20ga for a lefty.
PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:30 am 
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I have a 391 and the cast is easily changed to suit.

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 Post subject: Re: Cast neutral 20ga for a lefty.
PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 10:18 pm 
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This is a late post to your question. Hopefully you bought the Mossberg and it works for you. I believe most US made pump and semi auto are neutral stocked. Where you see cast is wood stocked guns out of Europe/ Turkey, or expensive guns.

Currently there are at least two left handed semi automatic 20 gauge that meet your price point. A Charles Daly Chiapas I see price between $408 and $479 this gun comes and goes shows out of stock then available. The other is Legacy/Hatsan Escort Supreme Magnum. CDNN investment has it for $350 though it is wood stocked. Both of these are Turkish guns

I owned a right handed Charles Daly that was cast neutral that I loved to shoot it great light easy to carry gun. A cheap Turkish gun, but was my favorite, I put a youth stock on it for my daughter, so it’s not mine anymore.

For right handed guns I prefer the tang safety then the cross bolt safety behind the trigger, I use my middle finger to switch it. Though I had a left handed safety installed I’m my Ithaca M37, and it was hard to go back. I was able to change the safety of my H&K Fabarms to left handed.
Now I want a true left handed gun.

I hope you found something that works for you, a 20 gauge is sweet to hunt with.




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