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 Post subject: Youth semi auto 20 ga ideas
PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2020 9:09 pm 
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Location: Michigan
My son is ready to get his own shotgun. Main use will be informal target shooting, rabbits, grouse, squirrels and maybe pheasants.

I would like a fairly light and handy semi auto 20 gauge for him to use.

Must have a shortened LOP and maybe a shorter overall length.

His preference is black synthetic or camo over wood furniture.

Choke tubes would be nice, but not mandatory as long as its mod or ic.

What do you suggest?




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 Post subject: Re: Youth semi auto 20 ga ideas
PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2020 9:20 pm 
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Franchi Affinity 3 Compact
https://www.franchiusa.com/affinity-3-compact-shotgun

The supplied shims for fitting the gun to the shooter are particularly handy.
Light, simple, easy to clean and very reliable inertia system.

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 Post subject: Re: Youth semi auto 20 ga ideas
PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2020 9:54 pm 
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Location: Sheridan, Il
Mossberg has a model called SA-20 that comes in a youth model. It can be had in synthetic or wood. One thing you could check on is something I did with a Maverick-88. I got the adapter for their Flex System and bought their adjustable stock that adjusts kind of like a CAR-15/M4 but also has changeable cheek pieces. I have three kids that were all different heights so a stock like this can be adjusted as needed by the user on the line. I'm not sure if this system works with the semi auto or not but it might be worth a look.

Good luck.

John


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 Post subject: Re: Youth semi auto 20 ga ideas
PostPosted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 7:42 am 
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Location: Western Tampa, FL
This subject has been discussed herein several times and it seems that the answer is something like one of these shown in the links below. They are all priced in the $500 range.

Good luck! Congratulations! Make sure he instills good safety habits and has fun!

https://www.mossberg.com/product/mossbe ... tam-75770/

https://weatherby.com/store/sa-08-synthetic-compact/

https://www.tristararms.com/series/yout ... h-2-stock-


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 Post subject: Re: Youth semi auto 20 ga ideas
PostPosted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 8:06 am 
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Get a black beretta a300 in 12ga. He can use light 1oz loads at 1180fps. You can adjust the fit and Length of pull With factory pads and spacers From 12.5”-15” as he grows up (which will be fast).


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 Post subject: Re: Youth semi auto 20 ga ideas
PostPosted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 9:17 am 
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Escort youth 20 gauge. My daughter had one and it would Cycle Fiocchi trainer loads. They were 3/4 ounce at 1075? FPS. Don't know if they'll all do that or not but it was one of the few we looked at that had a short enough LOP. Most youth models were still too long

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 Post subject: Re: Youth semi auto 20 ga ideas
PostPosted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 10:10 am 
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My kids, and wife for that matter, all learned on the tristar youth model. It came with two stocks for different LOP, and a 24" barrel with an extender. Both had choke threads.

I think the whole package cost about 450 out the door. It's been completely reliable with standrd 7/8 1200 shells.

The finish is less than optimal - the receiver in particular seems to scuff easily, but it's not an heirloom either.


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 Post subject: Re: Youth semi auto 20 ga ideas
PostPosted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 6:14 pm 
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Location: Dayton, Ohio
Remington 11-87 compact 20 gauge. Fantastic American made gun. 11-87 platform is tried and true. The stock has spacers that can be added as your child grows. I have one that I've used to train two of my boys on. Mild recoil and moderate weight makes the gun manageable and easy to shoot.

https://www.remington.com/news/2009/rem ... justable-0

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 Post subject: Re: Youth semi auto 20 ga ideas
PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2020 8:18 am 
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Thanks for all the input. Definetly some things to consider. We will have to get our hands on a few choices and see how they feel in his hands.




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