Thinking about buying a Beretta Silver Pigeon II instead of a 682. Do you think the engraving on the 687 looks classy or does it look cheap? Haven't looked at one in person for a while and would like some opinions. Thanks.
I have the 687 SPII that Joel Etchen sells with the 682E barrels. Both the 682 and 687 look good, it is just what you like. You give up the adjustable trigger, save a few bucks, can put the adjustable trigger on for cheap if you desire.
I put a PFS on mine, even though the wood looks very nice. Function over form I guess, but the PFS is great.
Westie - Saw and handled a 682 Beretta Silver Pigeon just the other day. My personal opinon on the engraving was that it appeared to me that while it looked nice, for my own taste it was a bit too much.
I then questioned the dealer regarding the difference between the 682 Silver Pigeon and the 682 Gold E. He related that the internal workings and the steel of both guns were similar. He then stated that if the shotgun was going to gets lots of use, that the 682 Gold E would have less "felt" recoil because of the heavier weight of the the Gold E (about 8.2 pounds) as compared to the Silver Pigeon (about 7.5 pounds). I shouldered both shotguns and found that they both fit.
Whatever you decide to get, be happy with your decision and enjoy our hobby.
It's really a matter of personal taste and preference, there's no right or wrong about it. I can't say I care for the engraving on the Etchen 687 SPII, but I'm not a big fan of engraving in general. There are a couple for sale on the board right now that are tempting, though. On the other hand, the laser-cut checkering on the current 682 Gold E looks like some sort mutated lizard scales, even worse looking than the pressed checkering that Remington used to put on the old 1100s and 870s. And the modern stylized graphic on the receiver is nothing to write home about, either. I wish they had stayed with the earlier 682 Gold, which I own and find very elegant looking. But it doesn't matter what any of us think- the gun only has to make you happy. Good luck with your decision. James Fawcett
definitely take a good look at the Joel Etchens 687 SP2, they have some good pictures of the wood and the engraving and you can decide for yourself. I certainly got hooked and that is why I bought mine. I think the Etchen 687 SP2 is right around the weight of the 682 from my observations. For your info, the price of the 687 has jumped about $500 just in a little over a year,from when I bought mine.