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Posted: 10/17/2004 6:40:12 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/19/2004 4:31:08 PM EDT by bear3351]
Why would you buy a side by side over a semi-auto shotgun?

Is there more to it besides the look and the huge price on these guns?
Link Posted: 10/17/2004 6:43:14 PM EDT
Nothings quicker than a double. They barely shift under recoil, and are absolutely reliable. You can also carry two different loads or chokes to respond to a situation.

FWIW, I used to shoot an 870, now I have a Franchi O/U, which I'll keep when I buy a Benelli Semi.
Link Posted: 10/17/2004 6:47:03 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 3:39:14 AM EDT
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 12:45:01 PM EDT
If you had ever stared down the muzzle of a sawed-off 12ga, "twice barrel" held by a scared shitless home owner's wife at 3AM, you would KNOW!
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 2:39:35 PM EDT
I am such an ass. I should not drink and post at the same time, I meant to say Over Under shotguns. I bought one and the recoil alone makes me wonder if that was a good move. Why did I buy it you ask? Well, it looks very pretty and it felt great in my arms (lol) I took it to the range and OUCH! that thing kicks like an ass. I used my semi-auto the rest of the day.

OT. Mike, are we going to see you this coming Saturday?
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 2:42:07 PM EDT
What brand did you get??? and Model???

They tend to be light weight...that makes them a pleasure to pack in the field.

Link Posted: 10/18/2004 5:36:30 PM EDT

Originally Posted By MT_Pockets:
What brand did you get??? and Model???

They tend to be light weight...that makes them a pleasure to pack in the field.


The O/U Shotgun is a Browning Citori Feather Lightning, maybe I am just too spoiled with my semi-auto another Browning Gold Sporting Clays. The O/U is a beauty though.
Link Posted: 10/19/2004 12:18:54 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/19/2004 1:49:54 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/19/2004 1:52:03 PM EDT
Maybe I'm tough or something, but low brass in my Franchi is a non issue.
Link Posted: 10/19/2004 5:10:54 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/19/2004 5:11:25 PM EDT by bear3351]

Originally Posted By mike103:
One major advantage to a O/U is skeet shooting. Skeet is shot in four gauges, 12, 20, 28 and 410 bore. With an O/U you can buy one gun with a set of sub-gauge tubes and use one gun for all events. That way you are used to the one gun. Retards like me shoot four different shotguns and have the difference in weight and length to deal with. MIKE..

Humm, Now that makes sense, I just have to learn to deal with the recoil and it does shoot nicely. Thanks.
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 5:31:43 PM EDT
You do realize that the under will kick noticably less than the over. (more direct hold i suppose). Most people set their O/U's to shoot bottom first (since even in skeet you shoot singles) Yeah, most skeet/trap/clays shotguns are heavy because you shoot a LOT and you don't generally have to carry it long distance. Most hunting O/U's are light since they aren't shot as much but carried a lot.

Go out to the clay's course (pick your poison, all addictive as all heck) and shoot away. Bruises heal. Brian H
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 5:46:33 PM EDT

Originally Posted By VA-gunnut:
Most of the skeet shooters I know have their O/U ported to help reduce the recoil.

been shooting skeet for 12 years, started with a semi auto, about 7 years ago got a beretta 682 o/u under 12 gauge with ported bbls.

o/u's rock for skeet. One is you dont have to pick up any empties, you just snag them right after you shoot when you break the action open.

Secondly they're built to last. You'll rag out a semi auto after 3-4 years of heavy skeet shooting, ask me , I know!

Thirdly, they point a lot more naturally than semi autos. Most stock semi autos have a stock that's too short, you end up seeing too much of the vent rib which makes the gun shoot high at point of aim.

Fourthly, you can have two different chokes in the gun at the same time, good for sporting clays, not that useful for skeet where you should have skeet or cylinder bore chokes in both tubes.

Fifthly, you can get tube sets for 4 gauge skeet shooting events, but I'd rather have 4 different shotguns :-)
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