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 Post subject: Looking for a lite O/U 20 ga
PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2021 10:31 pm 
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I'm thinking about adding a 20ga O/U to the gun safe. I would like one as close to or under 6lbs and $2000 or less. I would like one with choke tubes but if it's choked right that wouldn't be a deal killer.




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 Post subject: Re: Looking for a lite O/U 20 ga
PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2021 10:50 pm 
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goosedowner wrote:
I'm thinking about adding a 20ga O/U to the gun safe. I would like one as close to or under 6lbs and $2000 or less. I would like one with choke tubes but if it's choked right that wouldn't be a deal killer.

A Franchi Veloce or Squire will meet your criteria. I know my Veloce weighs 5 lbs 6 oz.


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 Post subject: Re: Looking for a lite O/U 20 ga
PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2021 11:19 pm 
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goosedowner wrote:
I'm thinking about adding a 20ga O/U to the gun safe. I would like one as close to or under 6lbs and $2000 or less. I would like one with choke tubes but if it's choked right that wouldn't be a deal killer.


What constitutes "choked right"?


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 Post subject: Re: Looking for a lite O/U 20 ga
PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2021 5:10 am 
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Ic and mod would be fine


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 Post subject: Re: Looking for a lite O/U 20 ga
PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2021 8:15 am 
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Get a Beretta 686 model new or used. New ones can be had for under $2000 and used ones in good condition for a lot less. I have three in 20 gauge. All are just slightly over 6 pounds. You can find other make guns for under 6 pounds, but with a Beretta you will have a gun that lasts a lifetime and beyond with no problems.


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 Post subject: Re: Looking for a lite O/U 20 ga
PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2021 9:07 pm 
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Consider a browning lightning feather. They are light, high quality, dynamic shotguns. You should be able to find one in your price range.


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 Post subject: Re: Looking for a lite O/U 20 ga
PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2021 10:11 pm 
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Location: Sheridan, Il
You can take a look at a Franchise Instinct SL. It’s got an aluminum receiver and their site says it weighs 5.5 lbs. It comes with three of the extended choke tubes and uses Beretta Mobil tubes so you have a lot of choices if those three aren’t enough. MSRP is $1600 but the one I saw at a gun store was $1400 if I recall correctly. I own one and I like the way it feels and handles although I’ll admit I’m not a heavy shotgun shooter.

Good luck.
John


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 Post subject: Re: Looking for a lite O/U 20 ga
PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2021 10:33 pm 
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My Beretta 687 in 20 gauge weighs 5 lb. 15 ounces.
About the perfect weight - light enough to carry for miles, not punishing in recoil.


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 Post subject: Re: Looking for a lite O/U 20 ga
PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2021 9:55 am 
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saskbooknut wrote:
My Beretta 687 in 20 gauge weighs 5 lb. 15 ounces.
About the perfect weight - light enough to carry for miles, not punishing in recoil.


DoublesForever wrote:
Get a Beretta 686 model new or used. New ones can be had for under $2000 and used ones in good condition for a lot less. I have three in 20 gauge. All are just slightly over 6 pounds. You can find other make guns for under 6 pounds, but with a Beretta you will have a gun that lasts a lifetime and beyond with no problems.


This^^^^

You could spend a lot more and not find a better solution to what you seek. You could also spend more, less, or about the same, and possibly get a gun which would make you wish you'd bought a Beretta 68x instead.

I'm fat, old, and out of shape! Probably as bad as anybody on this site who's still mobile enough to get out and hunt each year. I hunt dove and rabbits mostly. But I'm getting my first bird dog in about 15-20 years and will be doing that too. Like you, I want a light carrying gun. Anywhere around six pounds is ideal in my mind.

I personally avoid alloy receiver guns except in autoloaders. They do have a niche though. But I think six lbs. in steel is light enough for a 20 ga. O/U. And, is a better option for longevity and versatility...clays with light loads; occasional 3 inch 20 ga. when necessary; targets etc.

My current upland guns are both 6 3/4 lbs. A Model 12 20 ga. and a 12 ga. Superposed Superlight. I'll be buying a 20 ga. Beretta eventually.

Good luck and enjoy your new gun! Perhaps you can let us know what you choose and how it works out?




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