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Zoli Z Sport.....thoughts appreciated!!

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by DUCKDIGGLER, Aug 18, 2011.

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  1. DUCKDIGGLER

    DUCKDIGGLER TS Member

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    Howdy guys! New member here.

    I am looking at a new Sporting gun and think I have it narrowed down to the Zoli Z-Gun.....possibly the Bilanx version 32" 12ga.

    It seems through my research that this gun has a tremendously strong action, frame and internals are hardened, barrels are know for great regulation, trigger is drop out and mechanical (will probably small gauge tube the gun)and reportedly very crisp. I have been told to get these fetures in a similar gun I have to look towards they K-80, K-Gun and P-Gun at roughly double the price. The only downside I have come across so far is resale is sad.

    My question to all who care to answer is:

    Should I buy this gun or why shouldn't I??

    All thoughts and opinions are very much appreciated!

    Thank you! DD
     
  2. timb99

    timb99 Well-Known Member

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    I would. Zoli makes quality guns.
     
  3. HOJO

    HOJO Member

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    My son shoot a Z Extra and they are a very nice gun. Resale at this time is not as good as some of the big names but will improve as they are a great value. There are also some big names shooting them now and that will help. As they win with them more people will look at them and see a great gun for the money. Bradd Kidd & Ashley Hafley National Champions with Z Guns
     
  4. i_shoot

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    I have a Kronos Sport & love it. I'd really like the looks of the Bilanx. It would be a great "one gun for everything".

    i_shoot
     
  5. saintlawrence

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    I have one of the first Zoli's that came into the country. Through the use of different stocks I shoot it for ATA Trap, Int. Trap and Sporting Clays - although much more for trap. The gun is 32" and I have the Barrel Balancer weights installed. Some general observations from about 5,000 rds through the gun of factory ammo and reloads:

    Incredible value for the price.

    Warranty work done by Rich Cole who is as good as there is. I've had no issues with my gun.

    I use the flush mounted Zoli choke tubes and find them to pattern as consistently as Beretta Optima's, Comp N Choke, etc. Barrel regulation is equal to my MX-8's and one heck of a lot better than my Beretta O/U's.

    Triggers are good - not as crisp as a leaf spring Perazzi but good.

    Stock design is excellent - I use their beavertail forend which is smaller than most but larger than their sporting clays forend which I find just a bit too small (for my hands). I have an International, Sporting Clays and Adjustable Comb trap stock that interchange as easily as a Perazzi with excellent wood quality and finish. Their recoil pads are thin and I replaced all mine with Gooey's.

    The gun is lighter by about 4 - 8 oz. than a comparably barreled Perazzi trap gun depending on the P guns barrel(Zoli doesn't give you a choice of barrel weight)but I've never experienced a recoil issue even with HDCP loads and I am somewhat recoil sensitive.

    Because the gun was so similar in build to my MX-8's and I thought I could balance it to a similar 'feel', I initially decided I would use the gun as my 'mudder' for weather I didn't want to subject my Perazzi's to. Now I find the P guns stay in the case more and more while I use the Zoli.
     
  6. DUCKDIGGLER

    DUCKDIGGLER TS Member

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    Great feedback guys! Please keep it coming.


    Does anyone have anything negative to add? I want to hear it if its out there.

    I shoot 15 cases a year right now but hope to at least double that and would like a gun that will last a lifetime.


    Is this worth my $5K??

    Thank you Gentlemen. DD
     
  7. kraiza

    kraiza Active Member

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    Zoli are good guns. I have not heard any negative about them.
     
  8. earlybird

    earlybird TS Member

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    My grandson shot about 2k rounds through one from JTH Agency this Spring and early summer, and really likes it. It is trimmer and a little quicker that its predecessor LX980. The gun is at Ken Rucker's now getting BumpBuster; grandson would NOT turn loose of it for work until after State 4-H shoot in San Antonio in July. The only negative I have seen would be I don't care for factory choke tube MARKING system; tubes themselves are fine.
     
  9. sernv99

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    it's a great gun....I bought a Z gun in the fall of 08....the forearm was a real pain in the a$$ to get off though. But the wood and fit/finish was really nice. Only reason why I sold it was that I handled a K80 a few months later and preferred the heavier weight and the rib of the K80 more than the Zoli. The resale sucks so if you buy new, be prepared to take a hit big time if you decide to sell it after a few cases of shells through it.
     
  10. DUCKDIGGLER

    DUCKDIGGLER TS Member

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    I appreciate it Gents.

    Anyone form the weekend crowd have any further thoughts?

    Thanks!

    DD
     
  11. Bill Buffalo

    Bill Buffalo Member

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    I just sent mine back to Cole for the third time because the triggers were horrible and I had them worked on several times. It would feel like you were pulling 5 lbs one time and 2 lbs the next. Never have been able to shoot the gun very well because of the triggers.
     
  12. DUCKDIGGLER

    DUCKDIGGLER TS Member

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    Bill...thank you for your candor.

    Is it a Z-Sport or Kronos?

    Inertia or mechanical triggers?

    Thank you!

    DD
     
  13. Fast Oil

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    All the new guns will have mechanical triggers. I have 1 Z sport, 1 Z extra, 1 Kronas for sale here in our shop.

    Web site above - click on GUN ROOM

    Thanks
     
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