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Old 01-15-2021, 05:28 PM
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Iíve been participating in more and more Sporting Clays events and really enjoy them. I borrowed my brothers Browning Citori for the last event and decided I should go ahead and get my own gun. So...Iím looking for advice from the THT Brain Trust, what do you recommend?

Im looking at the Browning Citori, Beretta or Benelli. I want a quality gun that I can use and ultimately pass down to my grandson. Iím looking in the $2000 - $3000 price range. Donít want to spend $10,000 or more for one of the really upscale guns.

Look forward to everyoneís thoughts.
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Whichever one of the modestly priced b guns you shoot best. If you arenít hung up on asthetics, adjustable comb. Non-ported 28Ē - 30Ē would be my personal preference. 28 if it will serve double duty in the field.
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Citori special trap

you can buy new barrels if trap want work.

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Citori x3, get a CUSTOM fit and lesson. All the difference.
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Originally Posted by Fishorwife View Post
Citori special trap

you can buy new barrels if trap want work.
whatís involved in converting triggers to standard?
Old 01-15-2021, 06:47 PM
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Plenty of good guns and it's all bout the fit as you know
2000-2500 range would be Beretta Siver Pigeon 1 sporter 30" inch barrel or Browning Citori 525 sporter, also 30 inch. Both are great guns that will last forever and have the pedigree worthy of handing down
My gunsmith sells and services everything. He feels that the Browning 725 is the best over under for the money. About 500 more than the 525, but quality and features of guns costing twice as much

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Buy the gun that breaks the most targets. Gun clubs have demos you can shoot. They also host dealer days where gun reps bring all the new stuff. You will know it when you shoot it. I'm partial to Beretta, SV10 Prevail is my go to.
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I started a thread on this a while back. I searched for quite a while and drove hundreds of miles to try out different OU shotguns. I always wanted a Beretta Silver Pigeon. Well, after holding and shouldering the Beretta, I realized that the gun didn't fit me. I ended up with a Winchester Model 101. It fits me nicely and is made in Belgium by FN.
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IF you are not going to be fitted look for a gun that you can shim the stock to have it cast off or on to line up your mount with your eye. RIzinni makes some very good guns with very good balance. YOU want a 30". i used a 30 and carried a 32" set of barrels for my browning. When I shot the Ruger they only had 30" but I liked having mechanical triggers after i had some issues with the enertia triggers in my citori after about the first 10k rounds. Gun fit is what makes you shoot better. For me I had an extra-long lop at 15.25 I'm 5'7 on a good day. I had 3/8" cast off at 9" from the trigger. The comb was raised1/4 but I had the high rib so I didn't need more.
The stock had a big palm swell and that put my trigger finger in a better position for me. The longer barrels will smooth out your swing and don't believe that they are gong to make you slow. I use to walk up to the high house on the skeet field place my hand on the house for position and call for the bird at low gun and would shoot 99-100 straight for a drill. THe longer barrels also move the muzzle blast further away while also reducing felt recoil, Shooting is all about fit. The better your fit the easier it is to get to your natural point of aim. FOr me you could not throw a target through a short enough widow for me to miss however if you had a targetr that was easy to see and slow if I didn't slow myself down I would shoot 75% at best.
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Benelli is a great firearm but it takes getting used to. I have several but would not recommend one for a novice shooter. Benilli "click" is not for a novice. I would do a browning or similar priced firearm.
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Love my beretta silver pigeon.
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Since Ljutic doesn't make and over under I would get a Perazzi. I like the Mirage with adjustable stock, that shoots 60/40.
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Iíd see if you can find a used Citori 725

i just recently bought a new 725 sporting and absolutely love that thing.
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It is not a big deal to remove the release triggers takes ten minutes at most
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A clay sports gun is all about fit. Figure out which one fits you best and get that one. For me it is the Beretta SP1. I like 32" for sporting clays. Also I would not get anything ported?
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Do you guys find if one brand gun fits you then their other models fit similarly or does the brand matter as much as the individual model of gun? I have a Browning Maxxus that fits me great and have been eyeing a Citori. Just curious if the fit should transfer through the models. I haven't been able to hold one yet to see...
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Originally Posted by ndb8fxe View Post
Also I would not get anything ported?

Why is that? I know they are loud but I've been shooting Citori Gti's for 25+ years and porting has never been an issue, at least not for me. Have a 30" ported, 32" ported, and a 30" non-ported and it really doesn't matter which one I pick up. Use em for SC, skeet, trap, and box birds.

Agreed, it ain't a Perazzi or a Kemen but the targets don't know that.

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Why is that? I know thy are loud but I've been shooting Citori Gti's for 25+ years and porting has never been an issue, at least not for me. Have a 30" ported, 32" ported, and a 30" non-ported and it really doesn't matter which one I pick up. Use em for SC, skeet, trap, and box birds.

Agreed, it ain't a Perazzi or a Kemen but the targets don't know that.
Iím in the donít like porting camp. Or muzzle brakes. Absolutely hate the extra noise.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
Iím in the donít like porting camp. Or muzzle brakes. Absolutely hate the extra noise.
I was speaking to the functionality. I do notice a little less muzzle rise with ported vs non though,
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