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Shotgun Review: Stoeger Longfowler is a Turkish Delight

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May 28, 2013

Shotgun Review: Stoeger Longfowler is a Turkish Delight

By Phil Bourjaily

Well, okay, the Stoeger Longfowler O/U isn’t a “delight” per se, it’s much too crudely finished and heavy for that, but “Turkish Pleasant Surprise” isn’t catchy. Honestly, I didn’t expect to like this gun. It weighs well over eight pounds and sells for less than many pump guns. I figured it would swing with the grace of a railroad tie. My friend Clint, a hardcore duck hunter, had the same preconceived notions I did as we took it out of the box.

We shot it at Scrap (trap from the skeet stations, two shots per target) and found ourselves grinning. We both agreed the Longfowler was a well-balanced gun that was easy to hit with and fun to shoot. I expected it to be muzzle heavy—actually muzzle obese—but the weight was well distributed and the gun moved well to the target, and if you missed, it was easy and fast to correct and make the followup shot.

It has a single trigger and extractors, and a matte finish on the metal and wood. It comes in 12 and 20 gauge with 3-inch chambers, 30-inch barrels like a proper waterfowl gun, and extended choke tubes.

I don’t shoot O/Us at waterfowl, because I like my third shot, but this gun is pretty tempting since it only costs $449. No, that isn’t a typo, it really does list for $449. While I have not shot Stoeger O/Us enough to vouch for their long-term reliability, this gun sells for such a low price you could pick one up as your wallow-in-the-mud gun or a backup.

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from VAHunter540 wrote 46 weeks 3 days ago

Could this double as a back up Turkey gun? Would it handle #4's or Turkey loads?

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from IGordon wrote 46 weeks 2 days ago

I have a Stoeger Condor O/U 12ga 26", built in Brazil, and I regularly put Winchester 3" turkey loads, #4s and #5s down the tubes. I shoot at least a hundred rounds a week at clays, not a lot by some standards, and have not had any issues. Love it, and at a sale price just over $200 new, it can't be beat. Balances well, swings great through birds. Even flipped a nice tom at twenty yards second day of the season up here in Maine. Extremely satisfied with my Stoeger.

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from buckstopper wrote 46 weeks 2 days ago

Phil, what blasphemy doest thou speak. You don't use O/U for waterfowl?! If the bird needs a third shot to bring down, it deserves to get away! Besides, have you seen the price of ammo nowadays?...LOL

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from deadeyedick wrote 46 weeks 2 days ago

I have had the misfortune of owning a stoeger side by side and the darn thing was not very well made. I had problems right from the gitgo. The parts inside the locks are poorly made and I think they are made from some weird metal. Since then I have had to fix 2 other stoegers for friends that had bought them. Bottom line is that they just don't hold up under normal use and replacement parts are hard to get.

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from Douglas wrote 46 weeks 2 days ago

That O/U looks very much like a Turkish made Khan shotgun I bought from Gander Mtn years back for $250. I use it for turkeys and as a swamp gun for ducks. It has worked great so far. I stripped off the "stain" on the stock and forearm (which was more like paint) and found some nice wood underneath.
The choke tubes were junk, so I bought replacements from Trulock.

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from Neil J. Selbicky wrote 46 weeks 2 days ago

I looked at a Stoeger Condor several years ago. Although for the price I was tempted, the gun did not break very easily. In fact it was very still. I opted instead for a CZ Mallard O/U. At first the break lever/release was a little stiff to move on the CZ with my thumb, but after a little use it functioned fine. And yes the CZ does hit ducks!

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from Neil J. Selbicky wrote 46 weeks 2 days ago

I meant "very stiff" not "very still." No gun should be very still (or silent!).

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from Tim Platt wrote 46 weeks 21 hours ago

I have looked at a lot of Stoegers but never bought or fired one. I wanted an OU but couldn't afford a Citori... Is this one made in Brazil or Turkey? They will eventually find a cheap OU that is worth having. Is this the one?

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from Everoutdoors wrote 45 weeks 4 days ago

How about showing a picture of the whole or most of the gus you write about?

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from buckstopper wrote 46 weeks 2 days ago

Phil, what blasphemy doest thou speak. You don't use O/U for waterfowl?! If the bird needs a third shot to bring down, it deserves to get away! Besides, have you seen the price of ammo nowadays?...LOL

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from deadeyedick wrote 46 weeks 2 days ago

I have had the misfortune of owning a stoeger side by side and the darn thing was not very well made. I had problems right from the gitgo. The parts inside the locks are poorly made and I think they are made from some weird metal. Since then I have had to fix 2 other stoegers for friends that had bought them. Bottom line is that they just don't hold up under normal use and replacement parts are hard to get.

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from Neil J. Selbicky wrote 46 weeks 2 days ago

I looked at a Stoeger Condor several years ago. Although for the price I was tempted, the gun did not break very easily. In fact it was very still. I opted instead for a CZ Mallard O/U. At first the break lever/release was a little stiff to move on the CZ with my thumb, but after a little use it functioned fine. And yes the CZ does hit ducks!

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from VAHunter540 wrote 46 weeks 3 days ago

Could this double as a back up Turkey gun? Would it handle #4's or Turkey loads?

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from IGordon wrote 46 weeks 2 days ago

I have a Stoeger Condor O/U 12ga 26", built in Brazil, and I regularly put Winchester 3" turkey loads, #4s and #5s down the tubes. I shoot at least a hundred rounds a week at clays, not a lot by some standards, and have not had any issues. Love it, and at a sale price just over $200 new, it can't be beat. Balances well, swings great through birds. Even flipped a nice tom at twenty yards second day of the season up here in Maine. Extremely satisfied with my Stoeger.

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from Douglas wrote 46 weeks 2 days ago

That O/U looks very much like a Turkish made Khan shotgun I bought from Gander Mtn years back for $250. I use it for turkeys and as a swamp gun for ducks. It has worked great so far. I stripped off the "stain" on the stock and forearm (which was more like paint) and found some nice wood underneath.
The choke tubes were junk, so I bought replacements from Trulock.

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from Neil J. Selbicky wrote 46 weeks 2 days ago

I meant "very stiff" not "very still." No gun should be very still (or silent!).

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from Tim Platt wrote 46 weeks 21 hours ago

I have looked at a lot of Stoegers but never bought or fired one. I wanted an OU but couldn't afford a Citori... Is this one made in Brazil or Turkey? They will eventually find a cheap OU that is worth having. Is this the one?

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from Everoutdoors wrote 45 weeks 4 days ago

How about showing a picture of the whole or most of the gus you write about?

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