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I saw a 20 ga. V. Bernardelli SxS hammer gun at a local gun shop. 25” barrels, Nice engraving, tight lockup, top lever is left of center. Estimated 85% condition. Curious to know the range of value for it. My old Blue Book says the range of values can only be found in their online edition.

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There are three grades: Brescia (case colored receiver); Italia (coin finished receiver with rose and scroll engraving) and Italia Extra (coin finished receiver with more engraving and more ornate top lever and hammers). The Brescia might be a $1500-1800 gun in that condition, the Italia a $2000-2250 gun and the Italia Extra a $2500-2750 gun. Maybe a bit of a discount from that for the 25 inch barrels.

They are nice guns and real work horses. I’ve owned an Italia 12 gauge and currently own an Italia Extra 20 with 70 cm barrels.

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Thanks. I’ll see if the dealer will let me take some pictures next week to post for your opinion.

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I would love to see that! Well.....and shoot it

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Originally Posted by 67galaxie
I would love to see that! Well.....and shoot it
If I decide not to buy it, I will let you know where it is.

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Mine is the 12 gauge Brescia with 30 inch barrels
Sure is fun to shoot.

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Would love that same gun in 20 gauge with 30 inch barrels

Mike

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I assume you mean the top lever is Right of center?


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Like I said on the other shotgun site, I do not believe that gun was made with 25 inch barrels. I would suggest examining the muzzles and chokes carefully.
25 inch barrels are a hard sell these days, and shortened barrels demolish the value of the gun.
The picture of a vintage ad in your other posting, shows the Brescia in 20 gauge was only available in 26 inch barrels in N. America, at that point.
I wouldn't be surprised that the gun's barrels were actually finished at 660 mm.
I am just advising due caution in examining the gun.

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Originally Posted by Nitrah
I assume you mean the top lever is Right of center?
Yes, Right of Center

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Saskbooknut, the dealer measured the barrels again at 25" The chokes measured Cyl/Mod with a plug choke gauge. The next time I am at the dealer's, I will check the chokes with a Skeets Bore Gauge.

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