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Know anything about the Beretta 685?

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  1. GW22

    GW22 Active Member

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    I'm thinking about buying a Beretta 685 12ga with 30" barrels & fixed chokes and was hoping someone could provide more info/history on it. Actually I think it's a S685. Bluebook says the model was discontinued in 1986, but that's all I know about it. Looks similar to others in the 68_ series. Can anybody help? Thanks, Gary
     
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    I believe that they do not have ejectors, extract only. Bill Malcolm
     
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    This particular S685 has a left/right sliding button riding piggyback on the safety button. The marking is one dot, two dot, which I assume means it has selective triggers. Maybe that is what the "S" stands for in front of 685? The receiver is matte chrome finish. Were all 685s like that? I'm a little concerned about the little "cheek lugs" that serve as the hinge. It seems weak and vulnerble to wear compared to my old Beretta Mark II or even a Cirori. Are other 68_ series guns like this? The gun is tight as new and I don't plane to beat on it, so maybe it doesn't matter. Again, thanks for any/all info. -Gary
     
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    Here's a pic of my 20 ga 685 with X-tra wood. Llano Bill why do you think a different set of barrels from a 680 series won't work?

    <a href="http://s143.photobucket.com/albums/r127/kyle_c_album/?action=view&current=685-7.jpg" target="_blank">[​IMG]</a>

    Original stock was very plain and my brother had an extra stock after he re-stocked his. I'm not saying your wrong about the barrel thing but it sure looks like the same 680 series reciever.
     
  5. GW22

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    OK - THANKS everyone, this info has been very helpful -- Trunnions not a bad thing, selecive trigger & extractors only, barrels not interchangeable with other models. But what is the general opinion of the S685 as a nice shooter? Other than a well-worn Citori or some cheap gun, what else compares to this beautiful over/under for mid $600s? I've been to many gun shows and haven't seen anything this nice for the price. Saw a decent 12ga Winchester 101 for $700 but it was pre choke tube and not nearly as nice as this 685. -Gary
     
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    I'm only comparing to other over/unders, by the way. -Gary
     
  7. Heavy Hitter

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    Gary,

    I can't say much for longevity as I just bought mine last spring. The gentleman that I purchased the gun from said he didn't think he had a case of shells through it and it showed as a real closet queen. They are extremely light, haven't ever weighed mine, at least my 20 gauge is. I shot well over 1000 rounds through it at skeet and five stand this summer. The barrels were supposed to be mod/ic but when mic'd came in at a IM/LM which is what I would have ordered anyway had I ordered a new one.

    I put close to 300-400 shells through it dove, grouse and pheasant hunting this year. My bird to shell ratio for grouse and pheasant was about 1.33 to 1 so this gun will be with me for the long haul hopefully.

    Jim, you had to go and ruin my party as I really did want to find a set of choke tube 20 ga barrels for it and apparently that won't happen now :(. Oh well the gun's a shooter the way it is. I would have no hesistation buying another one if it looks to be in good condition.
     
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    OK, I bought the gun. I appreciate everyone's comments. The gun is light, but if I decide to shoot much trap with it I'll put a few tungsten weights in the buttstock and install a better recoil pad. I'll probably add a center bead sight to the rib as well. Thanks again. -Gary
     
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    I just got back from shooting the S685 for the first time. Very nice, but I was surprised to learn that the safety resets each time the gun is opened. Maybe this is common, and I suppose it's a nice safety feature for a field gun, but my Citori doesn't do this so I wasn't expecting it. Do all Beretta 68_ series guns reset the safety each time they're opened? -Gary (PS: Thanks Jim)
     
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