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Weatherby or Stoeger or Tristar

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by ky4some, Sep 3, 2011.

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  1. ky4some

    ky4some Member

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    I'm just starting to do some trap shooting as I follow my son around in the AIM program. Right now I'm shooting a Weatherby PA-08 Upland, 12 gauge pump, 28" barrel, nice wood stock. I've considered trading it for a Stoeger Condor O/U 28" barrel or a Tristar Sporting Edition in either semi-auto or O/U (both are 30" barrel). Are either of these shotguns decent entry level guns or am I better off sticking with the Weatherby pump and saving my money for something better down the road?
     
  2. Rastoff

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    You are better off using your pump and saving for a good gun down the road. Buying either of those you mentioned will only put you that much farther from your goal.
     
  3. Martinpicker

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    Keep the Weatherby.
     
  4. WNCRob

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    You don't state your budget, but a great gun, not just a starter gun, is the Beretta 391 Trap (aka Parallel Target). Do not get the field or sporting configuration. The trap model is a great gun for everything. 30" bbl is great all-around length. Nice used $850-950. Some nice ones for sale on TS.com now. The models that you are referencing are not target shotguns. Do your homework, then buy.

    WNCRob
     
  5. ky4some

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    Thank you for the replies. You have confirmed what I began to think after doing some research and thinking.

    Rob - thanks for the tip on the 390 or 391. That's a great looking auto loader that I think would be a good one for me. Do they all have the slightly taller ribs or is that something that is specific to the 30" barrel on the Parallel Target model?
     
  6. WNCRob

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    The "trap" model has as slightly taller rib, whether its the 28", 30" or 32" barrel. It has a parallel comb stock, which can be adjusted to your preferred POI (check this by the quality of your breaks). It comes with 2 sets of shims to adjust the offset and the Drop...the "trap shims" will result in a slightly higher poi, and forr a few bucks you can also get the shims for the sporting clays guns if you want a little more drop at the comb to lower the poi. I think there are 2 sets, at about $10 per set (Colegun) While I have a Blaser for sporting clays, I shoot my 391 a lot for sporting (30" bbl) and skeet (28" bbl). I shoot it well for trap as well, but usually shoot my Lnjtic. But, if I had to have just one gun, it would be the 391, and I would feel that I had a great gun for all 3 games. And if you buy it right, if you ever decide to sell it, you'll get most of your $$$ back. Buy used..there are nearly new guns being sold on TS.com for great prices.

    WNCRob
     
  7. dverna

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    If you will not be shooting doubles, the BT-99 is a good gun too.

    If you get the Beretta, get a shell catcher and also get a "nub" added if you intend to shoot doubles. Tron does the nub and I know he tests them before he ships them back so you know it works when he sends it back. He is one of the vendors on the site.

    Don Verna
     
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    MIA has a 390 up for auction (ends tomorrow) that would put you miles ahead.

    $600 so far?? A real bargain possible.
     
  9. bluedsteel

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    Here's another vote for the Beretta 391, and another "thumbs down" for the Stoeger or Tristar.

    Then again, if your son is a teenager, he already considers you an embarrassment, in which case the Tristar or Stoeger will simply confirm his feelings.

    bluedsteel
     
  10. SeldomShoots

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    Yes to a 391 parallel target.
     
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