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What quality gun is a SKB o/u. Is it comparable to another brand, quality wise, ...say Beretta, Browning or other..or maybe a lesser brand of some kind. I have heard a few good things about them here and there.

I'm wondering how they rate in the target shotgun circles..I've seen some for sale from time to time that looked like a pretty good deal to me....but I know less than nothing, first hand, about them.

Thanks...Stan
 

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Wow, SKB is one of the best O/U shotguns made; however, they are very under appreciated and under valued. Very well made and shoot very well. Quality compares to O/U guns priced twice as high.
 

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I own an 85TSS combo, for the money I dont think there is a much better deal in a break open gun. I have a gracoil on mine and could fire it all day long, they are very light on the recoil. The upgraded wood is a must in my opinion. They lock up tight and are very smooth. As far as comparing them to a higher end gun like a Blaser, K, P, I would say you get what you pay for. I borrowed a Browning Cynergy at the state shoot before I bought my SKB I thought they were quite similar. I know im gonna take some heat over that statement but thats my opinion. I bent an ejector and the service I got from them was great, fast on repairs and very resonable. Good luck.
 

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I own an 885 combo 34/32. I've put it up for sale and then take it to the club and shoot 25's in trap and skeet. Have shot 23 in 5 stand with it. I then take it off "for sale", It is for sale for $1600 firm, plus shipping to your FFL. PM me if anyone is interested.
 

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They are the best any money can buy. LOL. To bad there long gone out of business. Probably comparable to Mossberg silver reserve. Complete with no resale value.
 

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I've owned them since the 70's. Really good guns. Take a look at a Beretta SO or DT, then take a look at the skb action. You can get a used SKB for little over half the price of a Beretta or Browning. Heck of good value.
 

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I bought my grand son one of the 85TSS unsingle guns and am very pleased with the quality of the gun but for what ever reason the resale value seems to be lost some where. Tim
 

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A lot of people are leery of them because of the changes being made at the company at owner and production level. Reportedly a very good product regardless. I'm sure Mike B. will weigh in on this soon. Bill
 

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The biggest problem with the current gun is breaking hammer springs.
Poor resale value. No longer imported to the U.S. Parts availability
will become a problem in the future.
 

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For the reasonable price, they are one of the best values in double guns. I have 2 sxs(s) and 1 over O/U and I wouldn't get rid of any of them except maybe to my grandkids. Their 20's are very quick handling and make great upland guns. About resale value, they aren't that bad. Just see what a 280 or other sxs's are going for compared to what they cost when they were new. You'd be surprised.
 

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I own a 3 barrel set (20,28 & 410), 12 ga 85TSS and a 12 ga GC7 2 barrel set (for sale) and have not had any trouble. Great guns for the money.
 

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As an owner of several I can honestly say that they are a great shooting gun. Love them...but with the understanding that they just will not stand up to the rigors of someone who shoots a full schedule without having something break (primarily the hammer springs).

So if you shoot a lot, once a year expect a hammer spring to break. Or send the gun in at the end of every season for service and avoid any problems.

However on the plus side their repair service is second to none in terms of turnaround. And changing the springs yourself is a very straightforward exercise if you are prone to doing your own work.

From what I understand they have 20+ years of parts in Omaha so I don't consider that a problem.

Value will be in the eyes of the beholder. I am a big fan.
 

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I bought a GC7 grade III unsingle 32" and my only regret was that I didn't buy a combo. The first year I bought it, I was shooting an average of 300 rounds a week, no breaking hammer springs (knock on wood. Great gun, I wish they didn't go out of business, but I hear they do have a surplus of spare parts if needed at their company shop in Omaha, Nebraska. http://www.skbshotguns.com/

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