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Jacobi,

Well, ultimately, you're going to have to buy the shotgun that your body feels most comfortable with. But I think you know that, and you're asking for people's opinions on these particular models...

In that case, I'll have to tell you that I've been shooting skeet for about a month now with my Beretta 391. I average around 19-20, but I did just shoot a 23 this past weekend (the gods were smiling on me). :D I'm shooting Winchester Xpert #7 steel shot through the Beretta Cylinder choke.

I love the gun. Mechanically, it's been flawless, but of course I've only put about 500 shells through it. I like the simple, classy look of the receiver: it's a gloss black framed by flat black. The wood isn't all that great, but I think that's the norm with all of Beretta's field guns.

The thing that most people mention as its one flaw is how hard it is to clean. That worried me a lot when I was shopping around, but now that I've done it a dozen times, I can tell you it's not that bad.

The gun does get very dirty very fast, but it's not hard to clean, it just takes a good chunk of time and a lot of cotton squares. But then again, I think I spend more time than most cleaning my guns, and I always remove and clean the bolt assembly after every shoot, which you really don't need to do.

You may also hear that the gas piston assembly is hard to disassemble and the trigger group is hard to remove at first. I haven't tried either, yet. I think the trigger group loosens up after the gun's broken in. The piston assembly just takes an extra hand, a rubber mallet, and patience, or so I hear. :D

If it fits you, I think you can be pretty confident that you're getting one of the best semi-auto sporting guns on the market right now.
 

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Hey Jacobi,

MSCOTT is right about that!

After everything I said in the first post about how much I love my 391, I'm already shopping for my first O/U.

It's not because there's anything wrong with the Beretta, it's really just because the clay sports and double barrels are made for each other. The temptation is too great! :twisted:

In the long run, you'll probably save money by just getting the O/U now. Unless of course, you are a man of considerable willpower...!

I think MSCOTT has another good point in that a new semi-auto may not necessarily add another 5 points to your skeet score. I've seen perfect rounds shot with pumps. I did a round of manual trap with my friend's Remy Express yesterday, and even shooting doubles was no problem.

Believe it or not, with practice, you can work the action on a pump as fast, and sometimes faster, than a semi-auto. The only difference is that you have to train your body to make it reflexive. But since you've been shooting that Nova for awhile, I'm sure that's not news to you...

If you like the Nova and feel comfortable with it, you'll probably do better in skeet by just sticking with it and learning the game versus switching to a new gun now.

Unless of course, it's just an excuse to buy a new gun... which everyone on this forum understands!!!! :D
 
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