Yup, I’m at it again. Any experience with this gun? Reviews seem very positive. Looks like a decent gun for the money.
Wondering if you eventually purchased the Weatherby Orion I and, if so, what has your experience been with it. My brother was looking at a Savage 555 so I went to look at it with him. There was a Weatherby Orion sitting beside the Savage he was considering and the Weatherby looked much nicer, had a steel receiver, and just shouldered and pointed better than the Savage gun. The salesman tried to redirect him to the Savage but my brother is reevaluating now so I would like to hear from someone who has shot the Weatherby for a while.
Thanks for the reply. Her grandfather's was probably the Japanese SKB version of the Weatherby Orion. That model was discontinued and they reintroduced a new version Orion I in 2015. The new one is manufactured for Weatherby by Ata in Turkey; basically giving the Ata SP O/U a new stock and branding is as a Weatherby. The new Orion I uses a close copy of the Beretta 626 action but I'm wondering if it is as durable as the old SKB version is.My wife’s grandfather used to smoke targets with his. He can no longer shoot but I would love to have his some day to remember him. It will serve you well.
The Japanese made SKB were excellent guns. I had a Sporter during the 80's. It chewed upHAve 400 shots thru mine and no issues other than the Stock has more traditional field dimensions and chewed up my cheek. Have to work on the fit and having the adjustable comb should help. Project for fall as with ammo being short, going to stay focused on Trap for next 6 months. But otherwise the gun handles well look forward to getting some more rounds thru it.
The Athena was one of the SKB manufactured Weatherby Orions, different design than the current Ata manufactured Weatherby Orions. I'm hoping that Weatherby is maintaining the same quality level in their Ata version.Used a Weatherby Athena V in 28g when I shot skeet. A very well made, good-looking shotgun.