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#595338 04/11/2021 6:16 PM
by Lloyd3
I've had to re-create this thread twice because I managed to fat-finger my keyboard somehow.....expletive deleted!!!! Don't remember this being a problem in the older system here. Going forward, when the mood strikes to write something I'll be saving in !@#$%$$$## stages (more expletives deleted). One last time.... I've never had much time for target guns for a number of reasons, the biggest being financial (to be truthful) but also because as a more non-standard shooter (southpaw and central vision) I'd found that stackbarrels don't much work for me. I also had largely come to the conclusion that clay games were the realm of softer and older folks who wouldn't (or couldn't) hunt. Fast forward to yesterday, which found me strolling along at a local club with two associates, blazing away. Now, I was the baby of the bunch by at least a few years but clearly...I'm fast on my way to becoming a codger-in-training. I'd even managed to show up with a mostly empty (only one set of barrels) in a 2- barreled gun case, In my defense, I'd had several distractions (a few Margareta's for dinner the night before, combined with a dead primary SUV 1st thing in the morning (because of an unclosed passenger door)) which does tend to disturb my inner-peace, but I digress. Instead of the small-gauge event we'd loosely planned, I ending up shooting a borrowed and monstrous Turkish 12-bore target gun w/no safety and 32-inch, ported and choke-tubed barrels. I fit me very poorly (mostly because it had been adjusted for a severely righthanded shooter) but to my surprise, I seemed to shoot it fairly well. There was a corporate event at the range that we'd been unaware of, so we were confined to the back-half of the course where all the targets were clearly....more difficult. No matter, I some how managed to solve most of those target situations with aplomb. I'd hate to have to lug this beast over hill and dale, and I'd like to think that my standard Spanish 12-bore side-lock would have served me almost as well but....the expression about "horses for courses" does seem to apply here. Is there such a thing as a "reasonable" target gun out there for us south paws? And by reasonable, I mean seriously dirt-cheap as I'm unconvinced that I'll ever get much use out of it.
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#595548 Apr 15th a 01:31 AM
by Bluestem
Beretta A300. New: $650 or less (black synthetic) - $950 (sporting clays model), with a few versions in between. Proven gas system and adjustable stock shims. Think of it as the shotgun version of a Glock, which a friend of mine used to say came with zero pride of ownership. But they work...
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#595590 Apr 15th a 09:01 PM
by Buzz
If you want a really good gun cheap, look for an old Perazzi Comp-1 trap gun. They are the older type guns, but still really good guns and cheap for what they are. Still more than $700 though. I agree with the other guys, if $700 is the limit, go automatic.
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#595577 Apr 15th a 03:05 PM
by Stanton Hillis
Stanton Hillis
One warning about later made Browning O/U(s). If they've had a lot of rounds through them they will soon need rebolting. I've seen way too many shooting with a rubber band around the wrist and top lever to help prevent it from partially opening on the first shot. And, I've known of many more than that that have been sent back to Browning for rebolting.

Flame away. Just reporting what I've seen over the last 20 years.
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