08-29-2019, 05:30 PM
Join Date: Jan 2019
Originally Posted by mnarcher
I have been looking at a lot of new shotguns. Used guns are slim pickings around here, so I am looking at brand new. I want a semi-auto brush beater. So far, most of them I am finding are made in Turkey.
How do you all feel about Turkish made firearms, shotguns, in particular?
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that most of the bad press on Turk shotguns comes from the clays community. Some of the criticism may be valid for a trap/skeet/5 stand shooter because they normally fire more rounds in a day that a hunter will fire in a year which requires higher quality than what a hunter actually needs. Trap shooters are constantly having their even high price guns repaired because of the number of rounds fired. As a contrast, I still have my mother's hunting shotgun from the 1930s that still works flawlessly.
The other issue, also mostly from clay shooters has to do with fit and finish and other cosmetic issues. There is a fairly large segment of clay shooters who pay for upgrades in wood and engraving and are very critical of guns that don't show off well.
If all I wanted was a shotgun for hunting, my main concern would be how well regulated the barrels were. I would not buy a shotgun without a 100% return policy that I had not taken to a pattern board first before paying for it. Lower price guns are more likely to have barrel regulation problems, but even higher priced guns can have the same problem - especially the newer and new ones.
All that said, if the gun fits and balances correctly for you, and the barrels are properly regulated, the Turk guns are fine for hunters.
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Last edited by ChanceMcCall; 08-29-2019 at 05:32 PM.
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