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 Post subject: Recommendation for 1st O/U
PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2020 8:15 pm 
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I am looking to purchase my first O/U. I want an all/around gun for clays, skeet and field use. I am thinking about a Citori CX 12 gauge 30” barrels. I am right handed but left eye dominent and will be shooting this gun left handed. What do you think of the Citori CX and/or do you have any other recommendations?




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 Post subject: Re: Recommendation for 1st O/U
PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2020 8:21 pm 
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Coopdog wrote:
I am looking to purchase my first O/U. I want an all/around gun for clays, skeet and field use. I am thinking about a Citori CX 12 gauge 30” barrels. I am right handed but left eye dominent and will be shooting this gun left handed. What do you think of the Citori CX and/or do you have any other recommendations?



Good choice. Or a CXS . . . just depends on which rib height you prefer (Length of pull differs, too).


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 Post subject: Re: Recommendation for 1st O/U
PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2020 9:38 pm 
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Dunn's Guns has some crazy low prices on Brownings right now. Lots of the items are sold out, but a few are not. And they may be expecting more. Dunno.

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 Post subject: Re: Recommendation for 1st O/U
PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:53 pm 
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Reed's Sports, Walker, MN had the best price on a 725 when I bought mine.

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 Post subject: Re: Recommendation for 1st O/U
PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 7:56 am 
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Browning CX or CXS both good choice. Try the 32" before you buy.


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 Post subject: Re: Recommendation for 1st O/U
PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:23 am 
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I don't know anything about the Citori, but the type of safety on the gun may be of consideration. typically, skeet and s/c shooters don't want an automatic safety. some hunters do. guns built for skeet and s/c do not have auto safeties for that reason. depends on how much skeet/sporting you plan to do and whether you are ok with including that in your habit pattern.


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 Post subject: Re: Recommendation for 1st O/U
PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:36 am 
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rans wrote:
I don't know anything about the Citori, but the type of safety on the gun may be of consideration. typically, skeet and s/c shooters don't want an automatic safety. some hunters do. guns built for skeet and s/c do not have auto safeties for that reason. depends on how much skeet/sporting you plan to do and whether you are ok with including that in your habit pattern.


Funny you say that. I once shot sporting clays with a cheap Stoeger I think it was, and my thump was raw from the safety. HATED it!!


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 Post subject: Re: Recommendation for 1st O/U
PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:41 am 
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My first SC outing was with a borrowed Browning that had an automatic safety. I wasted a lot of targets that day not remembering to remove the safety after loading. I wouldn't want that on a clays game gun if it couldn't be deactivated.

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 Post subject: Re: Recommendation for 1st O/U
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I am also left handed have a Cynergy CX that I am very happy with. A little cheaper than the Citori CX as well. Some people don't like the look, but I like it fine.

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 Post subject: Re: Recommendation for 1st O/U
PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:57 am 
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rpenmanparker wrote:
My first SC outing was with a borrowed Browning that had an automatic safety. I wasted a lot of targets that day not remembering to remove the safety after loading. I wouldn't want that on a clays game gun if it couldn't be deactivated.


I believe that the Citori’s do not have automatic safeties


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 Post subject: Management of expectations
PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 10:07 am 
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One of my favorite guns is a Citori. I shoot it from my left shoulder, though I'm right-handed.

Bought it because Todd Rodgers let me shoot his White Lightning model some, and that was terrific.

My Citori did not fit me well initially, so I bent the stock. Now it shoots at least as well as did that little gun of Todd's.

Don't be intimidated by the possibility that a new gun may need adjustment. It is neither too expensive nor too difficult to accomplish.

Have fun!

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 Post subject: Re: Management of expectations
PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 10:11 am 
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Kannoncocker wrote:
One of my favorite guns is a Citori. I shoot it from my left shoulder, though I'm right-handed.

Bought it because Todd Rodgers let me shoot his White Lightning model some, and that was terrific.

My Citori did not fit me well initially, so I bent the stock. Now it shoots at least as well as did that little gun of Todd's.

Don't be intimidated by the possibility that a new gun may need adjustment. It is neither too expensive nor too difficult to accomplish.

Have fun!

Very true, but keep in mind what was just pointed out to me: adjusting the gun may void the warranty. That possibility didn't stop me, but might be a concern for some folks.

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 Post subject: Re: Recommendation for 1st O/U
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Watch out for cast. You might need a left hand model.


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 Post subject: Re: Recommendation for 1st O/U
PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:04 pm 
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Just don’t buy a cheap O /U ....... Stick with Browning or Beretta...... in the long run you wont be disappointed....

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 Post subject: Re: Recommendation for 1st O/U
PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:25 pm 
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jml wrote:
Just don’t buy a cheap O /U ....... Stick with Browning or Beretta...... in the long run you wont be disappointed....


How does the Beretta Silver Pigeon I compare to the Browning CXS?


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 Post subject: Re: Recommendation for 1st O/U
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jml wrote:
Just don’t buy a cheap O /U ....... Stick with Browning or Beretta...... in the long run you wont be disappointed....

I need to mention that is not a universal opinion. I don’t mean about the B guns. I agree with that. What I mean is that inexpensive O/Us can provide excellent value. Except for aesthetics, my Yildiz compares very favorably with my new Beretta at 1/8 the price. I could easily have shot the Yildiz as my only shotgun for the rest of my life, but after confirming my interest in sporting clays for a couple of years, I was able to buy something prettier. I accept my opinion is not mainstream, but it is my opinion.

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 Post subject: Re: Recommendation for 1st O/U
PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 10:03 pm 
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The brownings you and others mentioned are prob the best starting point by far. If you’re going to shoot from the left, I’d suggest an adjustable comb.

The factory option will get you started, and if you like it, the factory hardware can be upgraded down the road. But you can get the CX series set up to fit easy enough, and you really would be starting off with a great gun. Good luck. Good shooting.


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 Post subject: Re: Recommendation for 1st O/U
PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 5:24 pm 
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hardcast wrote:
Browning CX or CXS both good choice. Try the 32" before you buy.

I agree that you should try the 32" before you buy. I liked it


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 Post subject: Re: Recommendation for 1st O/U
PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 1:59 pm 
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Beretta 686’s are readily available with left hand stocks. I think Citories are supposed to be an ambidextrous stock. I will have to try both.


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 Post subject: Re: Recommendation for 1st O/U
PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2020 1:17 pm 
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My CX has a straight stock except it has a slight palm swell. I didn't notice it until I read the literature on the gun. A friend who borrowed it for a round of trap bought one of his own afterward......and he is left handed.

It does not have an automatic safety.

Like everyone says: between the Beretta or Browning buy the gun that seems to fit.

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