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What do you think of SKB Guns?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by JM_KC, Dec 2, 2010.

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  1. JM_KC

    JM_KC TS Member

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    I have been shooting Trap for several years with a Winchester Model 101 Trap Grade. I have decided that I would like to upgrade. Since I have four kids who would eventually like to go to college, my wife has suggested that I not buy a Perazzi or similarly priced gun. I told her I wanted to buy a Perazzi that cost $11,000 and I mistkenly thought that she was OK with it when she said "You can do whatever the hell you want to do." After a few nights on the couch, I have reconsidered my spending priorities. I want to get an excellent trap gun that has interchangable chokes, and an adjustable comb and butt plate. The SKB seems to foot the bill, but I really don't know anything about the company or the reputaion of the gun. Please share your opinions on this and let me know any information which you think might be useful. Thanks!
     
  2. Scootermac50

    Scootermac50 Active Member

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    Decent guns, in fact I owned one. Even shot it rather well. I think for the money I would get a browning though. Just my honest opinion.
     
  3. ntgr8

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    Not a good place to put your limited funds, much better guns to be had. Go with a Beretta or Browning easier to get parts and better resale value.
     
  4. etook

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    I agree with the last 2 posts. I looked at SKBs when i was looking for a new gun but went with the browning xt combo and i have no regrets going with browning
     
  5. Bucko43

    Bucko43 Well-Known Member

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    2 friends of mine owned newer SKB's. Both have been sent back to the dealer for repairs shortly after purchasing them because they broke things like firing pins, ejectors, etc.

    One of the friends got so pissed (because his broke twice) he sold the gun. The other friend has his SKB parked in his safe and haven't seen it in 3 years. He currently shoots Brownings.
     
  6. Calkidd

    Calkidd Well-Known Member

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    Browning Cynergy is what I am considering, because like you, I am in the same boat with family and other priorities.

    Bryan
     
  7. twotimer

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    JM KC, I have two of them, while I don't think they are the best gun out there, they sure are a lot of gun for the money. SKB quit building guns over a year ago after a 100 plus yrs. That being said, the resale will be lower because you can get such a good deal on them. Guns Unlimited in Omaha has a 30 year supply of parts for them and Rob is a good guy to work with if you ever have a problem. SKB has, in the past, built many good shotguns for Weatherby, & Ithaca. I have put well over 30K rounds through an 85tss and haven't had but one minor problem. They are just like many other makes out there, some swear by them, some swear at them. Mike
     
  8. KS-OKIE

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    JM KC Are you in the Kansas City area ? If you are I have a really nice 682 Gold E Beretta top single 34"I would like to sell.Had the Beretta people at the grand replace the top firing pin,all internal springs , and new locking block.Wood is in excellent shape.Gold is mostly worn off of trigger.Very little blueing wear.Comes with Beretta case,3 Briley 1" extended black chokes (lt full-IM-Mod).I`m asking $2,500.00 in a face to face deal...John Wiegand..KS-OKIE.
     
  9. Pull & Mark

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    JM, Yes there a nice step up from the Win. l0l. There are a good target gun and have better customer service than Browning ever will. Both were made in Japan and made about the same. They do not hold there value very well, but if you buy a used one at the right price (lower than blue book) you'll do well. Good luck and Break-em all. Jeff
     
  10. PerazziBigBore

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    You can't beat a 680 series Beretta for value.. But KTP has a Perazzi MT-6 for $1800.. I would go there.. You'll never loose a penny.. and have a GREAT gun for life..
     
  11. capvan

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    I bought mine for $1300 and have had really good luck with it. Scores steadily improve and it handles real nice. The Pres. of my club borrowed it one evening and shot a 25 with it, something he does only once in a while. He really liked it, said it had been "well trained".

    I'd buy another one...

    cap
     
  12. trinketshooter

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    I own three and they all work great. Since they fit me so well and feel so much better in my hands(not like a big blocky feeling gun that feels like your holding a two-by-four) compared to the other Japanese-made brand mentioned, and the service has been great from the folks at SKB of Omaha, I would not hesitate to recomend buying an SKB shotgun to anyone. And like other posters have said, some great deals can be found now. Neil Swenson
     
  13. blade819

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    For the dollar you can't go wrong with an SKB. Also as stated before, see who responds to a broke issue quicker...Rob with SKB or Browning or Beretta. I have a 85TRR, 5 years old with about 30 thousand rounds thru it and not one issue not even a spring replacement.

    blade819
     
  14. GW22

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    A Beretta or Browning would be a better shotgun and better value but remember... if you plan on shooting a lot, the price of the gun will be a fraction of your total expenses.

    -Gary
     
  15. Blueraven81

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    To User 1, I don't remember what trap my Son was at when that picture was taken, but he's so good he can anticipate the wind travel of a rock and he's waiting for it to come into his range. Seriously it looks like he's at trap 3 and the rock to the right is coming out of trap 6.

    Craig
     
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    Also have an 85TSS Unsingle and am very happy with it. Having shot an 1100 for years changing springs when required is no big deal on a SKB. They are easy to work on if necessary. Workmanship and product support is great.
     
  17. JM_KC

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    Thanks guys. I am new to this sight but I appreciate your input and opinions. Best Regards to All.
     
  18. xringjim

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    I've got a 85ttr that's two years old. Probably gone through about 25k rounds. Had a broken firing spring. Sent the gun to Omaha and got it back in one week. I'm shooting 97's on average from 16yds with it. Though it is a combo, I only use the single barrel. Just my opinion, but you might like a browning o/u better. Especially if it is going to be your only gun to shoot with. Keep in mind the turn around time on repairs will be considerably longer. Jim
     
  19. JIM SIMS

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    I Have a SKB 85TSS combo,I love it ,I dont think you can get more gun for
    your money anywhere else,SKB has lots of parts and GREAT customer
    service.Ask any browning owner who has sent their gun in for service
    how long it took to get back,DON at SKB normal turn around is 1 week !
    Buy the SKB and spend the $$ you save on ammo.
    Shoot Well
    JIM
     
  20. samer0214

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    Go for the SKB, you won't regret it. The 85TSS is the one to buy. I own one in a 20ga with adjustable comb that I bought from Guns Unlimited in Omaha for $1K. It was barely shot and looked like new.

    Since SKB Japan has closed it's factory after being in busines for 100 years, the prices of the SKB's have gone down, making them an even better buy than before. IMO, the best gunfor the money. Furthermore, The owner of Guns Unlimited, is also SKB USA, and as was said above has parts for many many years to come. When I bought my gun from them, I wanted to stock up on parts, and was told by them not to worry as they will have parts forever. Rob bought every single part in stock from SKB Japan, along with all the drawings, and is now looking for a factory to continue manufacturing SKB's.

    Sorry if my post was very long, but I love my SKB, and wuld not hesitate to buy another one in a heart beat.

    Samer
     
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