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12-01-2020, 13:54   #1
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Shotgun styles.

I always like the look and feel of timber. I'd go so far as to say i prefer dark coloured timber with the curled fore end over a rounded fore-end. Same when it comes to semi autos. I'd look for these over other variations to the point were i've passed up on a gun because of the aesthetics.

This to me is the perfect example of a shotgun i'd go for.



Does style play a big part in how you choose a gun and if so which do you prefer and why?
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12-01-2020, 16:53   #2
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Yep wood grade noting lower than a 3. Also specifically go for a monte carlo stock. Like the straight comb and more heads up position. Dont mind a schnabel or a beaver tail forend either suits me
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I like older style guns more so
I love the classic English side by sides, understated, elegant and not at all fussy. I like darker wood, straight grain without too much walnut, bit of fiddle back in the stock is always nice with an oil finish.
To be honest my own gun is a bit of a dog looks wise in my eyes(a browning ou sporter), it just looks a shooting tool.
I like the shallow lines on a beretta ou but always preferred the hefty feel of a browning ou and that’s what I plumped for.
The new berettas don’t look half a well as the older ones, although I like that their now gone back to a beaver tail for end over the tulip which feels and looks better.
Engraving wise I like a fine scroll or minimal fuss
I hate black actions( although if ya gave me a Perazzi I wouldn’t whinge😠)
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I like older style guns more so
I love the classic English side by sides, understated, elegant and not at all fussy. I like darker wood, straight grain without too much walnut, bit of fiddle back in the stock is always nice with an oil finish.
To be honest my own gun is a bit of a dog looks wise in my eyes(a browning ou sporter), it just looks a shooting tool.
I like the shallow lines on a beretta ou but always preferred the hefty feel of a browning ou and that’s what I plumped for.
The new berettas don’t look half a well as the older ones, although I like that their now gone back to a beaver tail for end over the tulip which feels and looks better.
Engraving wise I like a fine scroll or minimal fuss
I hate black actions( although if ya gave me a Perazzi I wouldn’t whinge😠)

My thoughts exactly.
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13-01-2020, 15:42   #5
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Grade 3 wood!!! Being a very rough shooter that'd have me crying at the end of a day out!

Cass, the gun in the pic would be my preferred style, on the other hand my Dad has an old AYA Yeoman. There's no denying the beauty of the way it handles. Semi auto's on the other hand... drain pipes.
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13-01-2020, 16:03   #6
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id like to think i look past style and focus just on performance but id be kidding myself.
my auto is a beretta 302 probably 35 years old and a fantastic piece of mechanical engeneering but she would not win a beauty contest. my ou however is stylish, its a 70 year old aya and purly an impulse buy because of its style and character.
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I base my opinion mostly on the functionality of the mechanism and then on whatever else.
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Hi,

When it comes to a double barrel, it's dark wood every time for me.

I like the look and feel of wood, and while the appearance of your gun shouldn't impact on how you shoot, I'm confident that it does - you simply won't shoot well with a gun that you don't like.
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Hi,

When it comes to a double barrel, it's dark wood every time for me.

I like the look and feel of wood, and while the appearance of your gun shouldn't impact on how you shoot, I'm confident that it does - you simply won't shoot well with a gun that you don't like.
Not for me. I never really liked the look of my ou that much(it’s actually the model in your photo, a browning/miruko).
I picked it over a SP 686 which to me was easier on the eye but didn’t fit as well.
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in an ideal world any decent reliable action with a TSK stock would be me.
I just need it to break clays, not win beauty pagents.

If the gun fits me (can be made fit me) and can handle thousands of rounds through it i'm good.

That is not to say that i don't admire beautiful guns, i do, but i wouldn't buy them myself

Problem with my shooting is me sadly, new gun won't help.....sad times!
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in an ideal world any decent reliable action with a TSK stock would be me.
I just need it to break clays, not win beauty pagents.

If the gun fits me (can be made fit me) and can handle thousands of rounds through it i'm good.

That is not to say that i don't admire beautiful guns, i do, but i wouldn't buy them myself

Problem with my shooting is me sadly, new gun won't help.....sad times!
What ya make of the tsk? Had a shoot off puma on an mx8 and it was the job
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reckon it's a great piece of kit. To get a gun to fit you perfectly.

At least it cuts one variable out , there are plenty more but easier to correct from a good fit.

I have a well fitting gun but clearly some other major issues as too many targets are escaping!!!!
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29-01-2020, 09:53   #13
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I recently bought a new Browning 525 Sporter One. It is just a lovely gun to me, wood is only Grade 1, grade 2 at best but the grain is nice and straight, which I like. First thing I did when I took it out of the box was take the Stock and Fore-end wood off and treat them for 48 hours with English Walnut oil (brought them up lovely). Like Cass, I to prefer the Schnabel fore-end on my guns but I think we are in a minority, particularly amongst sporting. The Beavertail fore-end is much more popular.

I hate black actions, and for me 30 inch barrels are the right size for Sporting. I don't like 32 Inch at all, guns seem far to front heavy. I like a neutral balance gun aswell. Normally that means I end up putting a 28 gram cartridge into the stock (cutting off the brass and the primer and removing the powder). I find that 1 x 28-34 gram load can bring a front heavy gun into a neutral gun.
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