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Old 07-28-2017, 09:31 PM   #1
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Two quick questions.
1. I have an opp to purchase a 20g 500 (my first o/u). I am guessing these are fairly entry level. What should I check for regarding wear?
2. Does $425 sound about right?


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Old 07-29-2017, 07:41 AM   #3
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$425 sounds like a really great price.

Top lever, should be right of center - if center is 6 o'clock, think 5 or 4 - the more to the right the better.

Pull the forearm off and check for cracks.

Remove the barrels while the gun is cocked, with a smooth piece of soft wood against the breech, pull the triggers to make sure you get indentations from the firing pins.

What are the barrels choked? Will those constrictions work for your intended use?

With the barrels off the gun and the forearm removed, balance the barrels on the receiver hook by a fingernail and "flick" the barrels - they should ring like a bell. If you get a dull thud, then either there are ribs issues or something similar in the jointing of them.

Does the gun FIT you? I don't mean you shouldered it once or twice while looking at a ceiling fixture either. Can you shoot it? If yes, then shoot a round of trap or skeet to check fit and hit the pattern plate to see if it hits POI and POA .

Good luck! Older Japanese-made SKBs are great sleepers in the O/U market.
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What bob and one said. I LOVE mine over every other 20 I have. That said it did require some adjustment to lop for my long arms.

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I had a field 500 m/f nib about 1998. wanted to shoot it so bad, but I knew once I did, id lose the nib value. sold it off.
now its one I wish I kept.
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A very reliable gun, easy to work on, plenty of parts available, Great asking price
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Thumbs up Skb 500

I love mine. Good all around gun. Busted some clays with it a couple weeks ago after a 20 some year great from shotgunning due to heart attack. Broke first clay out and several more. It is one I am keeping while I sell several others. Would Love to locate one in 28gauge as well.
oh yeah, would settle for a set of barrels in 28gauge if I found them.
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