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 Post subject: Franchi Instinct L - Long-term owners question
PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 2020 8:22 pm 
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Hey all! I have been downsizing a bit and thinking of spending the money on a new Franchi Instinct L. I've read a few old posts about problems people were having where the triggers wouldn't reset on one or both barrels, but these posts are several years old and I'm not sure how reliable they are.

This question is aimed at those who have owned one for a while - how does the gun hold up under continuous use and proper maintenance? I have been trying to find any kind of information on how these guns hold up long term, and I know that they were released less than ten years ago. However, I'm looking to find any glaring problems that might be lurking before I pull the trigger, so to speak.



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 Post subject: Re: Franchi Instinct L - Long-term owners question
PostPosted: Fri May 01, 2020 10:46 am 
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Hi Stan, my Instinct L is coming up on three years old and did have the problem with the trigger/safety last year. Franchi fixed it under warranty and haven't had a problem since. Before getting a dedicated target gun, I shot it a lot but it has seen only field use for about a year. I wouldn't say it's the pinnacle of long term durability. The release lever is pretty much down the center already, and the case hardened finish is starting to look less prominent where it rests in my hand (which I hope to get fixed under warranty).

All of that said, I've come to really like this gun. I just keep not missing with it! It just seems to shoulder and swing really well, and I've surprised myself at some of the tricky shots I've pulled off. If I've got a hard focus on the bird, it's dead.

I will say from reading some of the other stories of Franchi fixes, it seems like their customer service has gotten pretty respectable and the gun comes with a seven year warranty. So, you probably won't be left high and dry if something needs attention. I wouldn't want it to be my only gun, though. Hope this helps,

Eric


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 Post subject: Re: Franchi Instinct L - Long-term owners question
PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2020 12:19 pm 
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I've had mine a year and no problems.

I did get to shoot the Franchi SL and the trigger guard kept busting my second finger.

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 Post subject: Re: Franchi Instinct L - Long-term owners question
PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2020 10:27 pm 
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I've had one (12 ga) for about 4 years now. I do 90% of my hunting with it, help coach the local high school trap team with it, and probably have around 3-4K rounds through it at this point. For reference I also have a 20 ga Beretta 686 and 12 Browning White Lightning. Is it as nice and as well finished as those 2? No. But for right at a $1000 at most places its a good gun. I've had no mechanical issues at all. I bought it to not worry about if it gets scratched up in the duck or goose blind, or one of the kids drops it at practice. It has very little wear on the receiver. It's not nearly finished as well as the other two, but it's in a different price bracket. The action finally broke in it felt like about 1K rounds. It's a good gun for what it is, much better than the others I've seen in the same price range.


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 Post subject: Re: Franchi Instinct L - Long-term owners question
PostPosted: Tue Nov 24, 2020 8:03 am 
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Mine is 8YRS old, ZERO issues other then if you don't open it all the way. Shot 300 rounds (200 in less then 2hrs) just this weekend alone. Myself and friend were shooting my L and he didnt open it all the way and when his next clays flew the bottom firing pin didnt not strike the primer hard enough. I "reset" the gun and it worked for another 150 round with no issues, It was his first time shooting and didnt know he had to open the action all the way. I have thousands of round through this gun and (with my head down in shame) its rarely ever cleaned.


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 Post subject: Re: Franchi Instinct L - Long-term owners question
PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2021 10:44 am 
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I’m currently shooting a Winchester 101 Field in 12 gauge, but I have other 12s, and I’m thinking of picking up a Franchi in 20 gauge for upland. I handled one the other day, and I think they are very comparable guns in fit and finish. I’ve looked at the B guns, but the only one I could stomach carrying is the 686, and it just does not fit me. The Franchi on the other hand, points like a dream for me. Very much like the 101. The weight savings and smaller gauge are making sense to me.

Is the SL the same ergonomics as the L? I gather the only difference is the alloy receiver?


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 Post subject: Re: Franchi Instinct L - Long-term owners question
PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2021 9:57 am 
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Redthies wrote:
I’m currently shooting a Winchester 101 Field in 12 gauge, but I have other 12s, and I’m thinking of picking up a Franchi in 20 gauge for upland. I handled one the other day, and I think they are very comparable guns in fit and finish. I’ve looked at the B guns, but the only one I could stomach carrying is the 686, and it just does not fit me. The Franchi on the other hand, points like a dream for me. Very much like the 101. The weight savings and smaller gauge are making sense to me.

Is the SL the same ergonomics as the L? I gather the only difference is the alloy receiver?


Redthies, I have the Instinct L in 20 g. and, like you, I really like how it swings and points. A friend has the Instinct SL, and I have shot it a few times on the range. Frankly, I didn't like the feel of the SL - it is almost too light for me. Maybe it feels whippy or something, hard to describe. Just kind of unsubstantial in my hands. His had a shorter barrel, which I didn't like.

Everyone is different and I have never handled a Winchester 101, so I can't comment on how these compare. I'd recommend trying to get your hands on both even if you can only handle them in the store.

Good luck!


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 Post subject: Re: Franchi Instinct L - Long-term owners question
PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2021 1:29 am 
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Thanks Eric. Since I posted I’ve found a deal on an L with less than 100 shells through it, and at about $600 off new price, which has me more interested than before;) I’m going to head over to my local Bass Pro where I know they have both the 101 and L in stock and do a back to back comparison. On paper, the L is only 1/2 to 3/4 lb lighter than the 101, but the L really feels much lighter in my memory. It will be primarily a Grouse and chukar gun, so I feel 20 gauge is definitely more appropriate. The 12 gauge 101 is literally overkill for the smaller birds.


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 Post subject: Re: Franchi Instinct L - Long-term owners question
PostPosted: Tue Mar 23, 2021 10:36 am 
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I ended up buying the L. Hopefully I can get some time on clays before the bird season starts. I’m looking forward to carrying a lighter gun in a lighter gauge this year.

I just read Randy Wakemans bashing rant on the Instinct and although it’s 10 years ago, it turned me off his writings/opinions for good. Unless Franchi has upped their game considerably in the past 10 years, there is something wrong with his take. The many Franchis I have handled have all been very very close to as well fit and finished as the Berettas I’ve handled.


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 Post subject: Re: Franchi Instinct L - Long-term owners question
PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2021 9:18 am 
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Congratulations on the purchase, Redthies! I think you will like the way the Instinct handles and shoots - I certainly do. While mine had some mechanical issues to sort out, Franchi's customer service has been great, as well.

By the way, I have read that some people's sweat can affect the case coloring, so you may want to consider gloves or just avoiding extended handling of the receiver.




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