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 Post subject: which semiauto is best for competition?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2021 7:17 pm 
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Which semiauto would you choose for clay competition if cost not an issue? Not considering o/u because my daughter is rather recoil sensitive. Looking at beretta Multitarget, Xcel Black, etc.




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 Post subject: Re: which semiauto is best for competition?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2021 7:57 pm 
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Beretta 391.


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 Post subject: Re: which semiauto is best for competition?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2021 8:31 pm 
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A400
Or Fab arms

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 Post subject: Re: which semiauto is best for competition?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2021 8:58 pm 
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Fabarm L4S Syren. Especially if you want the lowest recoil.


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 Post subject: Re: which semiauto is best for competition?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2021 9:54 pm 
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Butler if cost is not an issue.

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 Post subject: Re: which semiauto is best for competition?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2021 10:24 pm 
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Rockett0 wrote:
Butler if cost is not an issue.

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ouch 2013 shot show 8k msrp. . . interesting design but spendy


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 Post subject: Re: which semiauto is best for competition?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2021 10:25 pm 
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A400 with the Kick-Off recoil reducer. Amazingly soft shooting.


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 Post subject: Re: which semiauto is best for competition?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2021 11:55 am 
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Thanks everyone. Dropped by local gun store yesterday to check out the Beretta A400. No doubt a great shooting gun but couldn’t get past the flimsy recoil spring plastic sleeve (must be a pain to replace recoil springs). Can’t believe they used the same plastic sleeve in the Multitarget, a $2800 gun. Picked up a used Beretta 390 sporting instead.


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 Post subject: Re: which semiauto is best for competition?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2021 11:57 am 
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Perazziforever wrote:
Thanks everyone. Dropped by local gun store yesterday to check out the Beretta A400. No doubt a great shooting gun but couldn’t get past the flimsy recoil spring plastic sleeve (must be a pain to replace recoil springs). Picked up a used Beretta 390 sporting instead.


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 Post subject: Re: which semiauto is best for competition?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2021 12:59 pm 
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It’s no big deal to replace the recoil spring in an A400. I prefer the black finish.


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 Post subject: Re: which semiauto is best for competition?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2021 8:43 pm 
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Ernest T wrote:
Fabarm L4S Syren. Especially if you want the lowest recoil.


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 Post subject: Re: which semiauto is best for competition?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2021 9:56 pm 
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A400...! Get the right shim and don’t worry about the plastic parts when you are crushing clays!!

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 Post subject: Re: which semiauto is best for competition?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2021 10:14 pm 
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I like my Fabarm L4S sporting. I think you will too.

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 Post subject: Re: which semiauto is best for competition?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2021 11:50 pm 
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Are there any sporting clay autos currently manufactured that don't have plastic parts?

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 Post subject: Re: which semiauto is best for competition?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2021 10:54 am 
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The one that fits you the best. I prefer my Fabarms over others.


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 Post subject: Re: which semiauto is best for competition?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2021 12:08 pm 
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I'm really liking my new A400 Xcel Black 30" sporting with Kick-off. The 19 year old Beretta 391 30" Sporting is great too.


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 Post subject: Re: which semiauto is best for competition?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2021 12:46 pm 
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Rockett0 wrote:
Butler if cost is not an issue.

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That is pretty fascinating. Had not heard of this particular piece.

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 Post subject: Re: which semiauto is best for competition?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2021 12:50 pm 
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Hard to say that it is best, but my daughter's Beretta 391 is a splendid gun that has been versatile in all types of claying shooting for a long number of years.

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 Post subject: Re: which semiauto is best for competition?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2021 1:04 pm 
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The word “best “ is certainly subjective. Beretta has a variety of past and present editions that are all excellent. I have had tremendous experiences with both the 391 and A400 platforms.

I have not owned Fabarm but know several shooters that did and swear by them. The original Fabarm editions were big heavy guns but the new stuff I have shouldered feel great in the hands

Know a bunch of guys that run benelli as well. Totally different experience with the inertia action

Matching up with the best fit is a great first step. The competition made products are all quite reliable

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 Post subject: Re: which semiauto is best for competition?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2021 5:17 pm 
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Find a 391 in good shape, IMHO.



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