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Twelvette for Youth?

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I'm contemplating purchasing a Browning Twelvette that seems like it's in very good shape. The stock appears to have been shortened and has a LOP of 13". A Browning pad has replaced the original plastic butt plate. The barrel measures 27" from muzzle to receiver. The chrome lined bore is nice and shiny. It has the vented rib and a fixed modified choke. I'm wondering what the thoughts are regarding this as a youth gun. From the reading I've done, there seems to be a cult following on these and they seem to be pretty well thought of.

I coach a high school trap team and every season kids come out with guns that don't fit. It's usually the smaller framed kids that have a gun that's way too big and too long of a LOP. I'm thinking of picking this one up for the kids to use.

Thoughts?

Thanks,
Ron
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The kid will be unhappy if it has a problem. Parts are not easy to come by.

Get him a youth 1100. Better yet, get a regular LT-20 and put a youth stock on it. That way you can sell the youth stock later and keep the gun.

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They are great guns for carrying and hunting but a bit light for sustained trap shooting. I think you will find the recoil to be a bit more than a young shooter would be comfortable with. The short recoil system does not absorb the recoil as a gas system does.
 

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Find a used 1100.
 

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You won't find a bigger fan of the Browning Double Auto than me. If the one you speak of is in the condition you describe, I would not be concerned about it breaking. This model is rugged except when shot with a sustained diet of big magnum loads, some develop cracked stocks. I think that if you could buy it right, it would be much better for a kid than a single barrel or pump that doesn't fit. With that being said ou.3200's post has it right. The Double Auto is really better suited for field use. A gas gun like an 1100 won't kick as much as the Double Auto. Also, the unique loading system of the Double Auto might be tricky for a new shooter. I love how it loads, but others think the left side loading port is strange.

This pic was on the web of a young man using a Double Auto at the Indiana State shoot. As you can see, he seems to handle the DA comfortably with what looks to be Federal top gun loads. This satin grey DA has an added pad which drastically increases the comfort over just the buttplate. I put pachmyer decelerators on my shooter DA's.
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This is a pic of my Nephew when he was younger. He has laid claim to this Autumn Brown Double Auto of mine. It has a cut stock with added pad. He loves it for bunnies and birds. When he was this size, he preferred this gun over an LT-20 1100 for field use.
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Hi all,

Thanks for the replies so far. Regarding the 1100's, I love to shoot it, have owned them and 11-87's. the only thing I don't like about them for youth is that the 12 gauge tends to be heavy for small framed kids and girls and if you cut down the stock, they tend to get barrel heavy, unless you get a short barreled version.

The one thing I don't like with the 1100/11-87 is cleaning them and keeping them. A Beretta/Benelli is far easier to clean. So is a BT-99 micro, which is what I'd really like to find at a reasonable price.

Finding a youth sized gun, locally, this time of year is not easy, which is why I'm seriously looking at this one.

No concerns with magnum loads. We will be shooting 1 or 1 1/8 ounce loads at 1150 max

Ron
 
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