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Some friends of mine have taken up doing some clay shooting and I want to join in. I don't have any experience with over and unders so I don't want to spend a ton of money on my first one. I am either going to buy a beginner one or trade one of my 1911s for a decent quality one. Any suggestions or do's and donts?
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just use a semi - auto to start.
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just use a semi - auto to start.
I have, looking to step into the O/U game.
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Watching this thread. It's been years but I'd like to have a go at some clays.
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I'm a big waterfowler but I do some upland from time to time. Biggest piece of advice I can give:

Test them out before you commit. For example, some guns shoot high, some shoot low, some you just cover the target with the bead and have at it. It's also a matter of how it fits you.

Other than that? Remember the 3 B's of over unders....Beretta, Browning, Benelli.
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I bird hunt with a 20ga Silver Pigeon and my dad has one in 12ga. Nice guns, IMO.
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I just picked up an ATI 20 gauge. It's a nice little cheap gun....it's been my turkey gun this year. Most of the cheaper over/unders are made in Turkey. I also have a CZ Drake Southpaw that I am picking up next week in 12 gauge. It's a pretty gun.

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Browning Citori. $1,500 - $10,000 pick your flavor.

As the other posted said stick with the 3B's. If you're hung up on an O/U you can't beat the citori. Me personally I like my semi-auto and for shooting clay pigeons my Benelli Super Sport comes out. I've had it for 15 years now and have cycled 10k + rounds through it and even ran it over with my truck in a field and I've never had a single issue or replaced anything on the gun. I am slightly partial to Benelli of the 3B's but that's probably because I use my super sport 10x more then my Beretta A400 or Citori I have.
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I bought a cheap stoeger condor and have been very happy with it. It’s heavy but I have maybe 2000k rounds through it back when I used to shoot and never had an issue. It doesn’t self eject it just lifts them out so you can grab them. I think it’s stupid feature some of these expensive guns have I watch guys guns shoot the shells out on the ground then they bend over and pick them up to through them in the bucket
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Originally Posted by Hayden01 View Post
I just picked up an ATI 20 gauge. It's a nice little cheap gun....it's been my turkey gun this year. Most of the cheaper over/unders are made in Turkey. I also have a CZ Drake Southpaw that I am picking up next week in 12 gauge. It's a pretty gun.
CZ is one of the outsiders in the BBB's that make a good OU.
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Do you shoot your current semi-auto well? If so what is it?

You can likely find something out of the box from Browning or Beretta that will work well for you. I personally shoot Brownings well out of the box, and can't shoot a Beretta to save my life. Both make excellent guns. What you are looking for here is not which is better than the other, but what fits you better for your intended use. Also keep in mind that a sporting clays gun is set up much like a field gun, where a trap gun has a vastly different line of sight. You can use one for the other, but a purpose suited gun is much better. Generally speaking, if you will casually shoot trap, shoot a field gun. Much easier to shoot occasional trap with a field/sporting model than to shoot in the field/clays with a trap gun.
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Originally Posted by HookMeUpII View Post
I'm a big waterfowler but I do some upland from time to time. Biggest piece of advice I can give:

Test them out before you commit. For example, some guns shoot high, some shoot low, some you just cover the target with the bead and have at it. It's also a matter of how it fits you.

Other than that? Remember the 3 B's of over unders....Beretta, Browning, Benelli.
Sold all of my Browning O/U shotguns when my reflexes finally went to sleep, but l still agree with the 3 B's as posted above...
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I got an 870 to start. Can't go wrong really. But you're not going to get any complements on it because everyone has had at least one in their life.
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I have a few O/U shotguns I shoot Clay's with. If your budget is tight but still want decent quality Franchi is a great choice. Beretta Silver Pigeons are a step up and really nice. Get a 30" barrel which ever brand you decide upon.
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Originally Posted by HookMeUpII View Post
CZ is one of the outsiders in the BBB's that make a good OU.

agree! Love my CZ over under. Very reasonably priced as well.
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I got an 870 to start. Can't go wrong really. But you're not going to get any complements on it because everyone has had at least one in their life.
Shot my first 25/25 in Trap with a used 870 I picked up for $150. Like both Silver Pigeon and Browning Citori's that I've shot. I have not heard good things about the "budget" O/Us.
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Ruger Red label -I have had one for over 20yrs -no dissapointments
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I have a cheap Turkish O/U, and it's never had a problem. And some day when it does, I'll get rid of it and buy something else. I can do better with a cheap but decently fitting O/U than I can with a $10,000 work of art that doesn't fit me well.

My specs were:
1) Fit
2) Cost
3) O/U rather than autoloader
4) Extractors over ejectors


Perception makes a huge difference, just like in boats.
If my cheap (think Stoeger-like cheap) Huglu has a problem, everyone will say "what do you expect, it's a cheap gun, should have bought a ....".
If I bought an expensive gun and it had the EXACT same problem,everyone would say "those are good guns, go get a gunsmith to fix it".
And at the end of the season, people would say "remember that guy with the cheap shotgun? It had problems."
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I was in a similar situation, we do one upland bird hunt a year and shoot clays at least one day a month, not a crazy amount. I drug the Winchester SX3 around for awhile, got tired of that. Dug a old 16ga Stevens side by side out of the fun cabinet, quickly got tired of that thing because the trigger guard beat my hand up (it’s had a hack job on the trigger guard before I picked it up), i ended up with a Tristar Setter in 20ga. Under $400 out the door, iirc. Been a fine gun, couple thousand rounds I would guess, dove hunts, upland hunts, clays. The tristar setter is a Turkish made gun.

It’s not one of the 3-Bs, but kills birds and clays just the same. One buddy that is with us almost all the time has a Beretta. He carried mine one day and said well if I didn’t waste $800 for what we do.

I do currently own 3 Brownings (2 shotguns and a rifle) and have owned a Benelli SBE, I didn’t like it. So I have used two of the “B”s, and I have no problem grabbing the tristar and heading out with it.
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I bought a Stoeger when I wanted to try an O/U at first.
it is functional and never failed. the finish has lost some bluing etc and the thing is heavy.

now days I have a beretta silver pigeon and love it. don't get the field safety though for trap.
friends have benelli and browning. honestly all 3 are fantastic guns.

find which one is comfortable and that's the one you want

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