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#258208 - 12/28/11 03:40 PM Beretta 427E 12gage shotgun
JasonC Offline
Boxlock

Registered: 12/28/11
Posts: 4
Hi all, new user here, the guys over at gunboards told me to check in here. Over Christmas I inherited a nice Beretta 427E SxS from my grandfather who had received it from my grandmothers uncle. Am trying to figure out how to read the stampings to get an actual manufacture date on the shotgun. From what I can find the 427 sereis was only available in Europe and not imported to the States. Have the paperwork showing that my Great-Uncle bought it while on a trip to Rome. Am also trying to find any type of owners manual for it and yes, the dreaded "how much is it worth" question so I can add it to my insurance with my rifles. Any info on this shotgun would be appreciated. Also, i have not shot many shotguns, but I LIKE IT! Wow this gun is awsome!
Jason

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#258212 - 12/28/11 03:59 PM Re: Beretta 427E 12gage shotgun [Re: JasonC]
Birdhunter56 Offline
Sidelock

Registered: 12/16/05
Posts: 80
Loc: Iowa
Jason,
There should be some roman numerals stamped on the barrel flats, those are the date codes for when your gun was made. The numbers start with I for 1945, the year the war ended, and progress one at a time.II=1946,III=1947, ect. In 1974 they stopped the roman numerals with XXX.1975 =AA,76=AB,etc. If you send me the number or letter stamps, I will tell you when the gun was made. If you send me your email and a request, I'll mail you a copy of the date code sheet.

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#258232 - 12/28/11 07:29 PM Re: Beretta 427E 12gage shotgun [Re: JasonC]
Mike A. Offline
Sidelock
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Registered: 12/11/10
Posts: 812
Loc: OC, CA
And are the barrels stamped with a series of asterisks (*** etc.)? If you tell us how many are on which barrel flat, we can tell you what chokes the barrels have. There is usually a source for the barrels given too, sometimes a maker like "Flusstahl Krupp" in Italian or German or sometimes a code which some posters here can decode to let you know if the barrels were made in Italy or sourced from Germany, Austria, or Belgium, as some were.

Often the chamber length is expressed in millimeters on the barrel flats, usually the guage over the length such as 12/70 or 12/75,often in an oval or circle. That will tell you if it is a standard or a magnum chambered 12.

Hang onto that paperwork, it may not be especially valuable, but it sure is interesting to have.

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#258239 - 12/28/11 08:14 PM Re: Beretta 427E 12gage shotgun [Re: JasonC]
PeteM Offline
Sidelock
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Registered: 11/29/05
Posts: 4505
Loc: IL
Jason,

Welcome. The 427E has hand-engraved side plates for the breech block that were made to order. It would not be possible to guess at a value without pictures.

Pete

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#258251 - 12/28/11 11:02 PM Re: Beretta 427E 12gage shotgun [Re: JasonC]
Ron Overberg Offline
Sidelock

Registered: 06/02/11
Posts: 44
Loc: Montana
The last 427E 12ga I saw sold was $2800. That was a 3 years ago from Champlin Arms. The 427E is the highest level of the 424, 425,and 426 series. I have only seen 2 in the last ten years on the web so I would say there are few available.(JMO) They are modern enough to be coil springs and all Beretta in house manufacturing. It will probably be around for the next generation.
Best,
Ron

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#258274 - 12/29/11 07:29 AM Re: Beretta 427E 12gage shotgun [Re: JasonC]
L. Brown Offline
Sidelock
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Registered: 01/01/02
Posts: 7424
Loc: Iowa
You're a couple up on me, Ron. I don't recall ever having seen a 427, but it's a safe bet it's a darned nice gun. And some sentimental value there too, having been initially purchased by someone in the family.

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#258288 - 12/29/11 08:58 AM Re: Beretta 427E 12gage shotgun [Re: L. Brown]
Ron Overberg Offline
Sidelock

Registered: 06/02/11
Posts: 44
Loc: Montana
Larry,
If you ever get over to Champlin Arms George keeps prior sale pictures and info on his computer. They are a fine looking gun. If I had the coin at the time I would have purchased it myself.
Best,
Ron

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#258296 - 12/29/11 09:20 AM Re: Beretta 427E 12gage shotgun [Re: JasonC]
Franc Otte Offline
Sidelock
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Registered: 12/31/01
Posts: 2975
Loc: NH
Is it just like this one Jason...looks nice
shoot in good health
franc


Edited by Franc Otte (12/29/11 09:22 AM)

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#258310 - 12/29/11 10:31 AM Re: Beretta 427E 12gage shotgun [Re: JasonC]
Geo. Newbern Offline
Sidelock
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Registered: 01/02/02
Posts: 3098
Loc: Southern Georgia, USA
Was the 427E the sideplate version of the model 410E? I have a scroll back 410E with the same silver pigeon in flight on the top lever and very similar hand engraving...Geo

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#258319 - 12/29/11 12:00 PM Re: Beretta 427E 12gage shotgun [Re: Geo. Newbern]
JasonC Offline
Boxlock

Registered: 12/28/11
Posts: 4
birdunter56, I sent you a PM with e-mail address. Fellas, thank for all the replies, I will see if I can get a couple photos of it put up this afternoon or evening, the hand ingraving is really nice.

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