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Beretta 303 vs 390, 391...

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Loyac, Mar 31, 2009.

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  1. Loyac

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    What makes a Beretta A303 Target gun great or better than the models that followed it? The one I picked up looks very similar to my AL390. I do realize the gas system is different... Other than that feature? Thanks. John
     
  2. Tron

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    Mechanically, it isn't better. In my opinion, it is prettier, generally has nicer finish all the way around and is mechanically a bit simpler being that it doesn't have the gas valve systems that the 390 or 391 have (391 is the most advanced gas valve). The 390/391/3901 offer a shim system that allows cast on/off and changes in drop, which is a great feature. The 391 can handle a much greater variety of loads, with it's gas valve system, also not a bad thing.

    The 391 is the Beretta auto that became all the rage on the Sporting Clays fields for those reasons, not the 303. Don't get me wrong, I'm NOT cutting down the 303 (or previous Beretta autos) in any way....it's just that it finally struck a cord with it's current features that set it apart from the others.

    But, like anything else, if it's no longer made, it's the greatest ever and you must have it (the SuperX-1 comes to mind).
     
  3. cubancigar2000

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    What Tron said makes sense and is probably right on but let me add this. There are two sporting clays facilities that I know of that stock loaner guns & nothing but 303's. I believe if the 303 was still available that there would be more clays shooters and owners shooting them? And yes you all know I am partial to the 303 so take it for what it's worth.
     
  4. BAD 303

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    Well i will add my two cents worth as well since i own 6 303's and a 390 and 391. I would have to agree with Tron on the 391 being a better but more complicated gas system. What i dislike about the 391 and 390 are the feel and balance of the guns. And part of that is in the barrels,as the 303 barrels are thicker walled than the 391. The 303 will last most shooters a lifetime of shooting as they are that durable from my experience. Also the 303 has many parts that are still used in the 390 and 391's. The sound of the 303 closing also sounds like it is made better than the 391 but that is in the magazine tube from what i have found. Most of us 303 shooters like the feel and balance of it better than the 390 and 391. All three of them are better than any other auto made in my opinion. I too am biased so take it for what it is worth.
     
  5. geterdone

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    Someone told me that Beretta 303 barrels and/or parts fit the Browning B-80? They look similar from the outside and I was told Browning made the 303 under an agreement with Beretta. I have 390s and 391s and just picked up a Browning B-80. Thanks for any clarification.
     
  6. chuckles

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    IMO...
    The Beretta 302 & 303's (1984 thru 1990) had more quality built into them compared to contemporary 390 and 391's, more attention to detail, better wood and wood finish and fit and IMO better balance and handleing.

    The Beretta A303 Special Trap in 30" or 32" mobil choked were the Top of the Line for the day, late 1980's...beautiful guns.

    I believe Beretta manufactured the B80's for Browning not the other way around, they were essentially 302's-303's.

    I recently sold a very nice Beretta A303 Special Trap 32" mobil choked for $750.00....if like new I think they are worth closer to a $1000...

    I have most of the Beretta catalogs thru the 1980's and 1990's and the 302's and 303's are a higher quality shotgun than the 390, 391's, I think it is due to modern production methods and high production runs compared to the early and middle 1980's...

    regards
     
  7. trap7

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    Would anyone like to trade a 303 30in special trap barrel with choke tubes for a 32in special trap fixed full choke. Thanks jerry
     
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    Jerry,
    Which do you have for trade, the 30" or the 32"? I can't tell from your posting. I have a nice 32" with chokes that I would trade for the same in 30". William
     
  9. trap7

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    I have a 32 need a 30in Thanks Jerry
     
  10. trap7

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    ok would anyone like to trade a 30in 303 special trap barrel fixed choke for a32 in fixed choke special trap barrel send pm or email xxjlr833@sbcglobal.net drop the xx thanks Jerry
     
  11. T.B. Sheets

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    I would like to buy a 32" full choke 303 special trap barrel.
    Must be unalterd & nice condition. Please PM me with price. Thanks, T.B.
     
  12. trap7

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    Hi Mr Sheets do you have a30in barrel? to trade the 32 in barrel i have is in very good condition Jerry
     
  13. T.B. Sheets

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    Hi Jerry, I don't have a 30" barrel to trade, but if you want to sell
    your barrel, let me know. Thanks, T.B.
     
  14. trap7

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    Hi sheeta if you can find a 30in special trap barrel for sale let me know and i will sell you my 32in .Jerry
     
  15. trap7

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    Hi tb would like to talk to about the 303 barrel send me a email if you can jerry XXjlr833@sbcglobal.net drop thexx thanks jerry
     
  16. JH

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    The 303 is handsomer, simpler and POINTS better than the 390 or 391. The Mobil Chokes are the equivalent of any Optimabore Choke. The only deficit is that the shims do not adjust for cast only for drop.

    In terms of sporting clays, some Master class shooters prefer them over the abundant 391. In FITASC, the 32" trap barrel/MC in a sporting 303 is the preferred set up for people in the know. There are many aftermarket "enhancements" available from Briley and Angleport.
     
  17. halfmile

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    I have a 303 with an extra Kolar Cutts equipped barrel that came from a B80. I believe if you look at B80 barrels you will see a PB (Beretta) logo.

    Before I sent the barrel to have the Cutts put on I test fired it to make sure it would work. It has been working fine ever since.

    HM
     
  18. trap7

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    Still looking for 30in trap barrel.thanks trap 7
     
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