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 Post subject: SKB??
PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 1:17 pm 
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My LEFTY 11 yr old has a 3901 R/L Target Beretta 12 ga right side eject, he shoots it pretty well and he's up to 1 oz loads as he's a pretty big kid for his age. I've recently discovered a SKB RS400 left side eject with fully adjustable pitch, comb, cast and LOP from 13 1/2 to 14 3/4. My son is at the 13 1/2" LOP right now. I personally think the SKB might serve him a bit better as the Beretta only has an adjustable comb and cast. I am an absolute believer in proper gun fit. I have read some reviews about the new SKB and most are good but I believe in the target world they may be looked down upon a bit. Does anyone have any experience with this gun? I have heard the best reviews on SKB service. I also know the Beretta has been through quite a few youth shooters with no fails. My goal is to get him into an O/U when the time is right in a couple years. I am open to your opinions on this because my gut says Beretta but the hardware adjustability and left side eject makes the SKB seem like a better deal. Thoughts?



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 Post subject: Re: SKB??
PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 4:58 pm 
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My LEFTY 11 yr old has a 3901 R/L Target Beretta 12 ga right side eject, he shoots it pretty well and he's up to 1 oz loads as he's a pretty big kid for his age. I've recently discovered a SKB RS400 left side eject with fully adjustable pitch, comb, cast and LOP from 13 1/2 to 14 3/4. My son is at the 13 1/2" LOP right now. I personally think the SKB might serve him a bit better as the Beretta only has an adjustable comb and cast. I am an absolute believer in proper gun fit. I have read some reviews about the new SKB and most are good but I believe in the target world they may be looked down upon a bit. Does anyone have any experience with this gun? I have heard the best reviews on SKB service. I also know the Beretta has been through quite a few youth shooters with no fails. My goal is to get him into an O/U when the time is right in a couple years. I am open to your opinions on this because my gut says Beretta but the hardware adjustability and left side eject makes the SKB seem like a better deal. Thoughts?


That gun has about all the adjustments your son would ever need. Lots of features for the money. With a 5 year warranty, it would be hard to go wrong. Of course, if you have $5K or more to spend, you could probably find a better one, but it's doubtful that the customer service would be any better... based on what I hear/read. For under a grand, and with all those features and a 5 year warranty, it would be hard to go wrong.

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 Post subject: Re: SKB??
PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 5:12 pm 
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We checked one out yesterday and it fit him with the pad all the way in and I really liked the way it handled just have to order the left handed model. I also told him if he keeps shooting competitive targets and he did end up with an O/U, this would be an awesome back up gun.

I know me well enough that I won't get rid of the 3901 R/L either, might have some grandkids someday that want to shoot!!

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Is the right side eject posing a problem for him?
Im not sure what you would gain with the SKB.
You could space out the Beretta or buy an adult stock for it.
Maybe just let him keep shooting the Beretta until he's ready for an OU.

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 Post subject: Re: SKB??
PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 5:45 pm 
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Is the right side eject posing a problem for him?
Im not sure what you would gain with the SKB.
You could space out the Beretta or buy an adult stock for it.
Maybe just let him keep shooting the Beretta until he's ready for an OU.


I'm pretty fond of the Beretta, but I don't want to hack the youth stock to get more adjustability out of it and he hasn't had any real issues with the ejection other than an occasional ricochet off of his hat and shooting glasses but it's rare. I handled that darn SKB and I really like it. We'll still use the Beretta for the young shooters. The fact that not many youth or small frame shooters can find a 12 ga to shoot with has been a huge issue for the youth programs. Most start with a 28 and work right into a 12 ga with light loads. The older kids all shoot the A400's and they are a little pricey. If this gun is decent it is almost half the price with more adjustability than the A400. I shoot a Beretta, but this looks appealing to me getting some kids in with a little less $ is what I'm about. We tried 1100 Remingtons but they just don't balance well with youth stocks. That's my $.02

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 Post subject: Re: SKB??
PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 6:16 pm 
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I've not had any experience with the "new" SKB guns but their customer service in taking care of an ongoing problem with a Japanese SKB built Weatherby was above and beyond.
"Beretta customer service" is pretty much an oxymoron. It took almost 3 years - 6+ months of which my wife's a400 was either enroute back and forth to Maryland or in the shop "getting worked on" - before they finally replaced it.
Needless to say that if I were in your shoes, I'd be giving the SKB some serious consideration.
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I wouldn't touch an SKB made in Turkey for a high volume target gun. JMHO.


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Sounds like you want that SKB. Go for it and let us know how it works out.
I wouldn't cut that original Beretta stock, but I would find an adult one and maybe even another one that I would cut, maybe put a adjustable pad on it.
Its so easy to swap stocks around as needed.

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 Post subject: Re: SKB??
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SKB is THE most underated shotgun on the market------you won't be dissapointed


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 Post subject: Re: SKB??
PostPosted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 9:25 pm 
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I ordered one in left today for my son, hopefully it's here in a couple weeks. I will report back as we use it with my review.

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 Post subject: Re: SKB??
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i'll be watching for the review.
I'm wanting one of their combo guns, but can't swing the price so I will have to keep shooting my 1991 made SKB for a while longer.

oh,,, none of the older kids make fun of my shotgun... LOL


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 Post subject: Re: SKB??
PostPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2019 11:27 pm 
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Brought the gun home yesterday it comes with 5 choke tubes, a wrench, some lube, a bolt handle removing tool, a small hard case to store the choke tubes in and a trigger lock (for the liberals). The one thing that I noticed right away is that the adjustable LOP, pad and hardware is way nicer and made of aluminum unlike the Beretta 3901 and it's plastic adjustable comb hardware. Hopefully the weather will straighten up here in a week or so and we can maybe make a trip to the gun club to try it out.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1p5Cihp ... sp=sharing

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Does it say "Akdas"?

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 Post subject: Re: SKB??
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Does it say "Akdas"?

Randy, all I can find is SKB Shotguns Omaha, Nebraska on one side and model and chamber on the other.

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 Post subject: Re: SKB??
PostPosted: Sat Dec 21, 2019 6:34 pm 
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39DUCK wrote:
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Does it say "Akdas"?

Randy, all I can find is SKB Shotguns Omaha, Nebraska on one side and model and chamber on the other.

After tearing it down to clean I did find what you were asking and yes it does.
https://drive.google.com/open?id=15r_q0 ... 2U26BeK3ib

He shot 2 rounds of trap today and was really crushing targets with it. We had to adjust the pad one small adjustment. We were shooting some soft recoil Fiocchi 1 oz loads and they all ejected fine but the gun didn't stay open 50% of the time. I did not clean it before we went to the GC so that may be on me. As soon as we got home I tore it down cleaned and lubed with Pro-shot Zero friction. Hopefully it will break in and stay open after shooting 1 oz loads. So far I'm pleased with it as long as it will function properly. I did notice when I removed the trigger there is a lot of plastic parts but that seems to be the trend now a days. He liked it so well he wanted to try the 27 yrd line and hit 3/5 from there so it's a straight shooter anyway!

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This is part of the story of AKDAS, https://www.defenceturkey.com/en/conten ... -arms-3498 founded by Ömer AKDAŞ from Huğlu.

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Sounds like AKDAS knows what they are doing! I plan to keep updating as he shoots it.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2019 7:51 pm 
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Had another outing with the RS400. After the cleaning and lubed with zero friction she performed flawlessly with 1 oz Fiocchi Target Maxx. He shot 3 rounds of trap with it and seems to be the perfect size for him. We are pleased with the performance so far and the value. Anything to help ease the cost of just getting these kids involved in our sport is a big help. Not every kid's dad has a shooting hobby like mine!

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We have used SKB's as rental guns for years, they get used a lot, and the don't have problems. They are very easy to work on for routine maintanance. They are well balanced and the adjustable combs and buttplates are a real bonus.

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 Post subject: Re: SKB??
PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2021 12:03 am 
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After losing a year of shooting, we are signed up for SCTP and shooting! I scored a couple flats of shells this last week at our local Scheels. Was worried we weren’t going to have any to shoot. My reloading supplies are getting to super low status. The SKB is still functioning properly, haven’t had any cycling issues at all after the very first outing. Hoping for shells to become more available to keep feeding it.



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