I think it is hard to beat the price and all around value of the XT unsingle combo. I had an XT 32" over under only, with browning's factory adjustable comb. It was the most unpleasant gun I ever shot, it kicked hard and was point heavy.
However a good friend of mine bought the XT unsingle combo from Gunsunlimited of Omaha 34/32 configuration with the Monte Carlo stock. I tried it and I was amazed that it did not kick, did not feel point heavy and it was a real pleasure to shoot.
I don't know if browning improved these guns since I had bought mine which was at least 3 years older than his, or if was just the fit of the monte carlo stock compared to their adjustable comb model. Just something to think about and try for yourself on the XT's. The I have shot a XT 30" O/U with factory monte carlo stock and it seemed okay, which makes me believe that you do not want the stock with the factory adjustable comb.
All in all, knowing what I know about the differences in the stocks now, I would have to say the XT is pretty good trap gun. It has a 60/40 POI at best, but it looks good, is fairly durable and you can probably buy 2 maybe 3 used XTs for what a higher grade gun like Guerini, Kolar or Krieghoff would cost you.
Just my thoughts, good luck on your decision. John Ertel
I've shot an XT for the past 8 yrs. Dead nuts reliable. Std stock wood is prettier than any P- or K- gun. About 35K rounds through it and all I've done is replace the firing pin last week. (As mentioned earlier, this is simply a maintenance issue...the pin and it's bore can get mucked up with gunk.) I replaced the pin ($10) not because it was bad, but because it was easy to do while I did the clean up. I'd love to have a Guerini, but it's hard to fault the XT.
The only downside is that is a bit heavier than most trap guns, and factory repairs (thankfully it's really reliable) can take a lifetime.
Probably the best bang for the buck out there. The lower firing pin is usually an easy parts replacement fix. The Factory comb adjustment hardware, primarily the screw, is a weak link. I'm going to attempt an upgrade on mine to stronger stuff. Mine broke, there was plenty of length in the screw for an on the spot repair, and it appeared to me at the time that there was plenty of steel in the system for a larger diameter screw. If I had the choice I would buy one without the factory adjustable comb and have one of our stellar TS.com craftsmen install one.
I've had an XT for three years and have been very pleased with it. I've thought about trading up for a more expensive gun, but every time I reach the conclusion of why?
I've never had a problem with my XT. It is a little heavier than some other guns, but that is one thing I like about it.
As someone else mentioned, the wood on these guns is great. I've had a lot of people comment on it. One person literally thought I was lying - - or just plain wrong - - when I said it is standard wood.
I had several O/Us but never a Citori, until last year. I got a great deal on a used XT from a co-worker. IMO it’s the best O/U for the money. A bit on the heavy side for some, but that translates to low recoil. I shot singles and doubles with it. It won’t replace my 90T for singles but I will keep it around doubles.