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303 vs 391 Beretta

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by UpNorthMN, Jan 25, 2010.

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  1. UpNorthMN

    UpNorthMN Active Member

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    I am searching for a trap gun for my daughter. She is 5' 9" so full size gun is fine. I am leading towards the Beretta autos and I see the 303's selling for $500 - $650, and used 391's for $700+.

    What are the main differences?

    Is the 303 a reliable gun? I would like to save the $ if possible. But if the 391 is significantly better perhaps I should wait....
     
  2. Edwin D

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    a 303 will wear out five 391.
     
  3. cubancigar2000

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    A 303 is a better gun by far
     
  4. Tron

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    Aesthetically, the 303 is a much nicer gun, but mechanically the 391 is a better choice.

    303 Pros:

    1. Looks better, better finish on both wood and metal.

    2. Simpler design than 391 without any real gas compensation system to speak of.

    3. Better trigger assembly that is cast and not plastic.

    303 Cons:

    1. Longer recoil tube, so you are more limited to longer LOP's than a 391.

    2. Can not handle the variety of loads that the 391 can.

    3. Stock is not nearly as adjustable and does not come in as many configurations as the 391.

    391 Pros:

    1. You can easily adjust cast and drop by changing shims.

    2. Can handle a much greater variaty of loads from 3" mags to 7/8oz loads.

    3. Thinner forearm, ideal for smaller hands.

    4. Newer barrels come factory OB, lengthened forcing cones. To many this is a Pro, to others not so important.

    5. Can adjust gas system by installing lighter or heavier springs to allow more or less gas to vent.

    6. All parts are readily available.

    7. Much greater choice in after market accessories.

    391 cons:

    1. Plastic trigger housing that can not take well to a trigger job for a long duration.

    2. Aesthically inferior to the 303 in most cases.

    3. More difficult to clean (when the time comes) with it's more complex gas system...but really no big deal and you don't have to do it often.

    JUST MY THOUGHTS!! And yes, I do own both.
     
  5. tj303

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    I own both and prefer the 303.
     
  6. UpNorthMN

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    Do both guns weigh about the same?
     
  7. BAD 303

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    Another vote for the 303. They are a much better built gun. They are also a much simpler gun to work on. The 303 does weigh a little more than a similar 391. For the money a 303 can't be touched for reliabilty and durability.
     
  8. shutnlar

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    Gee, I wish my 303 was as reliable as both of my 391s. That said, the 391 grips fit MY hand better than the 303, and I like the thinner forearm better, too. The trigger is better on my 303. Cleaning, IMO, is pretty much a push. Have her fondle both types to see which she likes better,after all- SHE'S gonna shoot it..

    Larry
     
  9. Single Shooter

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    303 all the way. I have the limited edition ducks unlimited model 303...beautiful gun. no problems.
     
  10. twopipe

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    The 391 with mobile chokes will be lighter up front. She may like that. The 303 is easier to clean. You need to let her feel both of them. You can't go wrong either way, both work well. Let her decide, then it's not your fault !
     
  11. Loyac

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    Ditto to what Tron said.

    I own both also. They are both great guns in their own right. I prefer my Beretta 390 first, 303 second and 391 third. I wouldn't part with any one of them. John
     
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    here is a 303 "shooter"- beatup a lil but smokes rocks- if you want a 28" barrel on it for her- i cud do that!! $575 shipped -- hey- i wont take that fish shack for a trade!! or did you sell it? wally riebesell 660-744-4115
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  13. Stickdp

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    How bout a 30390---303 trap barrel on a al 390 silver mallard.
     
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    I should add that some 303 barrels need to be modified in order to fit a 390s forearm.
     
  17. Spanky

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    I'm not an owner of a 303 but do like the extra weight. Have shot a few rounds with one. I own (2) 391's with the Optima bores and love both guns. As much as I like to have a 303 (havn't found one in cherry shape yet to buy) no one on this site could convince me that a 303 will outlast a 391. I do prefer the longer forend on the 391. Both are a great choice. Good luck.
     
  18. Tron

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    Right now, I'm putting together a 393. The whole rear half is 303 and from the receiver forward is 390. Fun project.
     
  19. chuckles

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    Joe what happened to the 392...???

    I'm merging a 302 with a 303, the parts left make a 303 merged with a 302...

    Ideally for weight and feel I like a 303 stock, 303 receiver, 302 Forend, 302 barrel (late model mobil screw choke).

    Most notable difference between 302 & 303 is Cutoff and Forend (excluding the look of the receivers).

    For everyday meat and potato shooting I'll stick with my 391 Teknys....Fantastic shooting handleing SemiAuto...best of the Beretta Semi Auto's IMO.

    My recommendation for a young woman breaking into Clay shooting sports would be any of the 12ga 391 Urika's, Sporting Clays stock or parallel stock, 28" or 30" barrel...Adj comb and adj butt pad not required.....yet.

    IMO 302, 303's are a little heavier,bulkier...

    My 2c worth FWIW
     
  20. JONNY D

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    so can you fit a 303 trigger group into a 391!!
     
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