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 Post subject: Re: New Beretta 694
PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2020 10:18 pm 
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I am considering moving forward with the purchase of a 694 here soon. I was going to cut some corners and pick a up a 686 32" but for less than twice the money I think the 694 is more than twice the gun and should keep me content longer than the 686 likely would.




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 Post subject: Re: New Beretta 694
PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2020 11:36 pm 
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Richstag wrote:
I really like mine. About 4,500 rounds so far.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/108157383 ... res/F1z888


Nice looking wood on that 694. If they release a “black” model I’m done, take my money.


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 Post subject: Re: New Beretta 694
PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2020 12:00 am 
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Gherkin05 wrote:
Richstag wrote:
If they release a “black” model I’m done, take my money.


This is kind of how I feel. I am just not sure that I can wait around to see if that happens lol.


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 Post subject: Re: New Beretta 694
PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2020 4:22 am 
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Or even a gold version like the DT11 gold. Tired of blue....


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 Post subject: Re: New Beretta 694
PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2020 9:36 am 
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Tex68W wrote:
I am considering moving forward with the purchase of a 694 here soon. I was going to cut some corners and pick a up a 686 32" but for less than twice the money I think the 694 is more than twice the gun and should keep me content longer than the 686 likely would.


Do it. finally pulled the trigger, but it seems to only rain when I don’t have work. I like the balance and weight of it. I have the comb about where my 692 was and just need to get to the range to verify and then try a few rounds.

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 Post subject: Re: New Beretta 694
PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2020 4:24 pm 
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JRinTX wrote:
Tex68W wrote:
I am considering moving forward with the purchase of a 694 here soon. I was going to cut some corners and pick a up a 686 32" but for less than twice the money I think the 694 is more than twice the gun and should keep me content longer than the 686 likely would.


Do it. finally pulled the trigger, but it seems to only rain when I don’t have work. I like the balance and weight of it. I have the comb about where my 692 was and just need to get to the range to verify and then try a few rounds.


What are your dimensions? Do you typically need more drop than what the standard stock offers? I found a good deal on a new one but the wood isn't very pretty, not sure I should place much importance on that for a $3600 clays guns though?!


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 Post subject: Re: New Beretta 694
PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2020 7:44 pm 
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I’ve not measured actual drop. I’m using two less Bfast spacers than my 692 setup, but I think my 692 was cut pretty low. I could get the comb way down into the stock, 694 requires just one spacer and its flush like a non cut comb.

I get the adjustable combs for left and right more so than drop. I’ve gone up 20 pounds this year and dropped 10 of those this last 4 weeks.

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 Post subject: Re: New Beretta 694
PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2020 8:24 pm 
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JRinTX wrote:

I get the adjustable combs for left and right more so than drop. I’ve gone up 20 pounds this year and dropped 10 of those this last 4 weeks.


One of the best reasons for an adjustable comb.


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 Post subject: Re: New Beretta 694
PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2020 9:06 pm 
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Well I could wait for an adjustable comb model to come back in stock or I could nab the standard and should I need it I can have it done aftermarket.


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 Post subject: Re: New Beretta 694
PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2020 9:53 pm 
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Another thing is mid beads are hit and miss, if you’re looking for it to have it. Some have them, some don’t without any SKU difference.

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 Post subject: Re: New Beretta 694
PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2020 11:20 am 
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I checked, this one has the mid bead, it just has blah wood.


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 Post subject: Re: New Beretta 694
PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2020 12:16 pm 
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Tex68W wrote:
I checked, this one has the mid bead, it just has blah wood.
Life's to short to shoot blah wood but I also understand that the 694 is in short supply right now.

JEG has had some 694s with really outstanding wood and were selling them for $3600 OTD.


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 Post subject: Re: New Beretta 694
PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2020 2:13 pm 
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Yea they are out of stock on all 694’s at the moment unfortunately. I can wait, just need something else to shoot in the interim. That 686 Onyx Sporting 32” in the classifieds is local and intriguing, might pick it up to hold me over?!


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 Post subject: Re: New Beretta 694
PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2020 6:45 am 
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The jury is still out on whether the 694 is really an improvement over the 680 series guns, and even if it can be determined to have some “improved” features, in no way can it be considered to be twice the gun. The 680 series on the other hand has been put through the ringer and has held up. It is relatively expensive to manufacture and has a lot of hand fitting, especially to the forearm. This is why Beretta is slowly moving toward other models. The 694 does appear to be a leap up from it’s predecessors in the 690 series, however, especially in the forearm assembly.


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 Post subject: Re: New Beretta 694
PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2020 4:28 pm 
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The 686 Cole Special is a nice gun too but not sure it’s worth $3600?!


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 Post subject: Re: New Beretta 694
PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2020 6:30 pm 
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Tex68W wrote:
The 686 Cole Special is a nice gun too but not sure it’s worth $3600?!


Man they put some nice wood on those. I love the blued receiver.


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 Post subject: Re: New Beretta 694
PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2020 9:13 pm 
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Gherkin05 wrote:
Tex68W wrote:
The 686 Cole Special is a nice gun too but not sure it’s worth $3600?!


Man they put some nice wood on those. I love the blued receiver.



Exactly, the wood set and blued receiver make those guns. If they came with extended chokes it would be a very nice package, but I’m not sure I can justify $4K for it (after adding a set of extended chokes) when I can get the newer 694 for less or an adjustable comb 694 for the same money both of which come with extended chokes.


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 Post subject: Re: New Beretta 694
PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2020 2:15 pm 
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if there was a black reciever option with a gold line and the gold 694 then yeah I could see guys jumping all over that.

I liked the looks of the 692 Black, but I didn't like the carbon rib and everything else, otherwise get the receiver cerakoted.

I will admit that is some good looking wood. Baby DT11

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 Post subject: Re: New Beretta 694
PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2020 4:38 pm 
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JRinTX wrote:
Another thing is mid beads are hit and miss, if you’re looking for it to have it. Some have them, some don’t without any SKU difference.

Wow I never seen a beretta 680 or 690 sporting series with out a mid bead.
My 694 has it . So did the others I have looked at .

Some do have better wood than others.

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 Post subject: Re: New Beretta 694
PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2020 11:02 am 
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skar wrote:
JRinTX wrote:
Another thing is mid beads are hit and miss, if you’re looking for it to have it. Some have them, some don’t without any SKU difference.

Wow I never seen a beretta 680 or 690 sporting series with out a mid bead.
My 694 has it . So did the others I have looked at .

Some do have better wood than others.


They exist. Have a 686/7 sporter with out mid-bead. Factory gun.



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