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The Best Shotguns of 2012

The Best Shotguns of 2012

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from hattles wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

I just purchased a new Citori 725 Field and am very impressed with the slimness and weight. I pick it up on 2/2 and can't wait to get it on the skeet field and shoot a few rounds. Unfortunately individual Invector-DS chokes will not be available until late May give or take. The good news is that Briley is the chosen manufacturer, although they are still in R&D mode...thus the delay.

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from jmeerpohl wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Nice looking semi's and Break actions. I like my 1100's, Model 12, BPS, Browning BSS, and my Italian made Savage over and under shotguns well enough to pass on these for now. That Franchi 28 looks sweet

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from plinkster wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

They all look nice but I still like the 870 I have. Hard working and still lookin good

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from fezzant wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Nice to see a new version of the Winchester 1300 coming back. I have an older one and it's the smoothest pump-gun I've ever had the pleaseure to shoot.

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from Brian W. Thair wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

PB: Thank you. Excellent report from the Shot Show.
Just what I hoped I could read.
One question: A couple of years back, I picked up a Stoeger 12 with a camo finish and nearly dropped it, it was SO SLIPPERY with gloves on. I'm just not tough enough to shotgun in winter, bare handed.
Did you get any sense of how slippery the up-to-date camo finishes might be?

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from kevinkey wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Browning should have brought back the original long recoil acton for the A-5. If they want a Benelli knock off name it someting else.

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from New Age Bubba wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Where is the A400 made--US, Italy...? Are there any new offerings from US companies--not that there are very man left (this excludes Winchester and Browning which are French owned now.)?

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from Jackie Estep wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

nice looking gun but i will hang on to my Franchi Black Magic it has been a very good gun

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from kevinkey wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

If the gun makers of today would take the path of Henry Ford and make a reliable auto loading shotgun that the average working man could afford like he did with automobiles they would not be able to keep them on the shelves. They could call it the working man’s auto loader.

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from clinchknot wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

A400 Explor Would be my number one choice. THE BEST. Lots of other nice semi-autos, but the A400 would be my choice. Great looking, you know it is well made being a Beretta, and very lt. wt. for a 12 ga.

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from clinchknot wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

kevinkey..lots of workin folks can afford the A400. Depends on how good of job the workin man has. What was the price of a car when Henry Ford came out with his? What's the price today? Unfortunately, we live in the present.

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from philbourjaily wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Kevinkey --
The Beretta 3901 is the Working Man's Autoloader.
Great, no frills, 3-inch 12 gauge semiauto for $645 MSRP. The design is proven in clay target competition and high volume dove shooting. It's even made in Maryland, although the barrels come from Turkey.

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from Sayfu wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Phil..The one I saw taken apart to be cleaned (3901) scared the bejesus out of me with all the parts laid out all over the table. The competition shooter had someone else clean it for him. Sure nothing I would want to take on.

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from collin.lewis wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

The best Field & Stream gear articles are about the items that the common person can afford.

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from Jere Smith wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

A 400 Xplor about a 5,Bennelli 28Ga I like.Both Franchis do not impress me,Weatherby PA 08 Good for the Price, The Citori I would get if I did not have a Remington 32! ;-),Mossberg :-(~, Fabarm did not impress me.I had anl Ols A5 years ago.Winchester SX3 Tempting.

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from Jere Smith wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

old A5*

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from Sayfu wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

collin.lewis. You want to define what a "common person" is for me? In yesterday's news, One out of two people now have dropped into poverty. A number of them were making 6 figure salaries who have dropped into poverty because they have lost their job, and the job may no longer even exist. So what does Phil write about?...BB guns?

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from Jere Smith wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

Collin, H&R makes some single shot guns yet.

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from Treestand wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

I like the Franchi Affinty in 20Ga, had a Franchi a long time ago in 20Ga. traded off for a Browning M/2000 12Ga better on Grouse and Puddler Ducks.
No more NEW Guns for me, I'v had the Best and still DO.

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from bshepherd96 wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

I love the look of that gun

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from Pig Pen wrote 2 years 8 weeks ago

I like the idea of the FLEX platform. If only I could implement it onto my existing benelli.

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from kevinkey wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Browning should have brought back the original long recoil acton for the A-5. If they want a Benelli knock off name it someting else.

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from collin.lewis wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

The best Field & Stream gear articles are about the items that the common person can afford.

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from hattles wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

I just purchased a new Citori 725 Field and am very impressed with the slimness and weight. I pick it up on 2/2 and can't wait to get it on the skeet field and shoot a few rounds. Unfortunately individual Invector-DS chokes will not be available until late May give or take. The good news is that Briley is the chosen manufacturer, although they are still in R&D mode...thus the delay.

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from jmeerpohl wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Nice looking semi's and Break actions. I like my 1100's, Model 12, BPS, Browning BSS, and my Italian made Savage over and under shotguns well enough to pass on these for now. That Franchi 28 looks sweet

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from plinkster wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

They all look nice but I still like the 870 I have. Hard working and still lookin good

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from fezzant wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Nice to see a new version of the Winchester 1300 coming back. I have an older one and it's the smoothest pump-gun I've ever had the pleaseure to shoot.

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from Brian W. Thair wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

PB: Thank you. Excellent report from the Shot Show.
Just what I hoped I could read.
One question: A couple of years back, I picked up a Stoeger 12 with a camo finish and nearly dropped it, it was SO SLIPPERY with gloves on. I'm just not tough enough to shotgun in winter, bare handed.
Did you get any sense of how slippery the up-to-date camo finishes might be?

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from New Age Bubba wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Where is the A400 made--US, Italy...? Are there any new offerings from US companies--not that there are very man left (this excludes Winchester and Browning which are French owned now.)?

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from Jackie Estep wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

nice looking gun but i will hang on to my Franchi Black Magic it has been a very good gun

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from kevinkey wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

If the gun makers of today would take the path of Henry Ford and make a reliable auto loading shotgun that the average working man could afford like he did with automobiles they would not be able to keep them on the shelves. They could call it the working man’s auto loader.

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from clinchknot wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

A400 Explor Would be my number one choice. THE BEST. Lots of other nice semi-autos, but the A400 would be my choice. Great looking, you know it is well made being a Beretta, and very lt. wt. for a 12 ga.

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from clinchknot wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

kevinkey..lots of workin folks can afford the A400. Depends on how good of job the workin man has. What was the price of a car when Henry Ford came out with his? What's the price today? Unfortunately, we live in the present.

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from philbourjaily wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Kevinkey --
The Beretta 3901 is the Working Man's Autoloader.
Great, no frills, 3-inch 12 gauge semiauto for $645 MSRP. The design is proven in clay target competition and high volume dove shooting. It's even made in Maryland, although the barrels come from Turkey.

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from Sayfu wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Phil..The one I saw taken apart to be cleaned (3901) scared the bejesus out of me with all the parts laid out all over the table. The competition shooter had someone else clean it for him. Sure nothing I would want to take on.

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from Sayfu wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

collin.lewis. You want to define what a "common person" is for me? In yesterday's news, One out of two people now have dropped into poverty. A number of them were making 6 figure salaries who have dropped into poverty because they have lost their job, and the job may no longer even exist. So what does Phil write about?...BB guns?

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from Jere Smith wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

A 400 Xplor about a 5,Bennelli 28Ga I like.Both Franchis do not impress me,Weatherby PA 08 Good for the Price, The Citori I would get if I did not have a Remington 32! ;-),Mossberg :-(~, Fabarm did not impress me.I had anl Ols A5 years ago.Winchester SX3 Tempting.

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from Jere Smith wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

old A5*

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from Jere Smith wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

Collin, H&R makes some single shot guns yet.

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from Treestand wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

I like the Franchi Affinty in 20Ga, had a Franchi a long time ago in 20Ga. traded off for a Browning M/2000 12Ga better on Grouse and Puddler Ducks.
No more NEW Guns for me, I'v had the Best and still DO.

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from bshepherd96 wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

I love the look of that gun

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from Pig Pen wrote 2 years 8 weeks ago

I like the idea of the FLEX platform. If only I could implement it onto my existing benelli.

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