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 Post subject: Older Vintage Semi Auto
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2020 5:10 am 
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Good morning. I have recently been intrigued at the idea of purchasing some of the older model beretta semi auto shotguns. I really like the 391s that I own and find the progression and evolution of beretta semi auto guns. I am wondering what everyone thinks of the AL1, 2 and 3 guns as well as the 301, 302 and 303 guns? Are their any poor guns in the bunch? Are there any unique features that would be worth looking at? Is it a bad idea to consider these older models? Any thoughts would be welcomed and any knowledge shared would be appreciated!




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 Post subject: Re: Older Vintage Semi Auto
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2020 6:14 am 
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Several months ago, I won a Gunbroker bid for a Beretta 302 at a ridiculously low price. It came with a Special Skeet 26" and a 30" full choke barrel. I refinished the wood and had Mike Orlen thread the 30" barrel. It is now my hands down favorite gun for 5 Stand. I shoot all brands of 1 ounce factory ammo. And for some peace of mind, there are parts available from multiple sources, and most parts interchange among the models that you are considering.
Look up Randy Wakeman's opinion of these guns, especially the 303.


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 Post subject: Re: Older Vintage Semi Auto
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2020 8:17 am 
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I own a Browning B-80. The B-80 is, for all intents and purposes, a Beretta 303. The components were manufactured by Beretta for Browning under contract. The guns were then assembled, I believe, in Portugal. They are just terrific shotguns. According to some, the 300 series guns represent the high water mark for Beretta SA manufacturing.

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 Post subject: Re: Older Vintage Semi Auto
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:11 pm 
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Thank you gentlemen. I appreciate your feedback. So it sounds like a 302 or 303 would be a good place to start. I will have to do some research on Randy's page to see what he has to say about the 303.


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 Post subject: Re: Older Vintage Semi Auto
PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:05 am 
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FWIW I owned a Beretta AL2 20 gauge that was very reliable, easy to clean and had good balance. I should never have sold that gun.


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 Post subject: Re: Older Vintage Semi Auto
PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2020 9:13 pm 
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What are the major differences between the various models? What features changes through the years and model changes? A 20 gauge would definitely be of interest. How much of premium would they bring?


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 Post subject: Re: Older Vintage Semi Auto
PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2020 7:05 am 
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I can't speak to the differences in the various models, other than to note that the 303 had screw in chokes. I can tell you that these guns in 20 gauge are relatively rare on the used gun market. When I do see them, I think that they are overpriced.


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 Post subject: Re: Older Vintage Semi Auto
PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2020 8:55 am 
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Overpriced is your personal evaluation.
The market establishes price. If it sells, it's not overpriced.


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 Post subject: Re: Older Vintage Semi Auto
PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2020 8:59 am 
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I recently sold a new in the box 20 ga 28" bbl. 303 for $1400. The buyer was thrilled to find it.


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 Post subject: Re: Older Vintage Semi Auto
PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2020 9:01 am 
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I too followed a similar path some years ago and I ended up with a pair of Beretta 303’s...one in 20 and one in 12 gauge...both are sporter models with the wide rib...and they are my favorite semi’s! The 20 is my go to shooter for skeet and doves, while the 12 gets the nod for sporting clays. Great guns and I agree...They are the pinnacle of Beretta semi design...no plastic parts at all...! {hs#


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 Post subject: Re: Older Vintage Semi Auto
PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2020 9:30 am 
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Tvbh40a wrote:
I recently sold a new in the box 20 ga 28" bbl. 303 for $1400. The buyer was thrilled to find it.


I`ve considered selling my B-80. Not so sure at all anymore I want to do that! I also considered selling my Remington V3. I know for a fact I no longer wish to do that!

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 Post subject: Re: Older Vintage Semi Auto
PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2020 10:56 am 
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Tidefanatic wrote:
Tvbh40a wrote:
I recently sold a new in the box 20 ga 28" bbl. 303 for $1400. The buyer was thrilled to find it.


I`ve considered selling my B-80. Not so sure at all anymore I want to do that! I also considered selling my Remington V3. I know for a fact I no longer wish to do that!


You don’t need to sell your guns, just buy another one, Beretta of course! :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Older Vintage Semi Auto
PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2020 11:14 am 
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Dr Duk wrote:
Tidefanatic wrote:
Tvbh40a wrote:
I recently sold a new in the box 20 ga 28" bbl. 303 for $1400. The buyer was thrilled to find it.


I`ve considered selling my B-80. Not so sure at all anymore I want to do that! I also considered selling my Remington V3. I know for a fact I no longer wish to do that!


You don’t need to sell your guns, just buy another one, Beretta of course! :wink:


Quit it !! We all beg you! :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Older Vintage Semi Auto
PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2020 11:24 am 
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I can’t!!


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 Post subject: Re: Older Vintage Semi Auto
PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2020 11:34 am 
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Dr Duk wrote:
I can’t!!


Sure you can. Here’s the name of a good therapist....

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 Post subject: Re: Older Vintage Semi Auto
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saskbooknut wrote:
Overpriced is your personal evaluation.
The market establishes price. If it sells, it's not overpriced.


I believe I made it obvious that this is my personal evaluation.


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 Post subject: Re: Older Vintage Semi Auto
PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2020 8:29 pm 
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what does anyone know about the removable choke tube system that has the outside retaining ring? I saw a picture of one. How did they perform? What models was it offered on? Were many barrels made in this configuration? Did they make it in a 20 ga, or just the 12?




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