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Old 08-21-2019, 07:39 PM   #41
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I love always Turkish shotgun
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Old 08-21-2019, 08:22 PM   #42
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I heard all the reservations many had about the reliability/durability of Turkish made shotguns. There is some reason for that, I suppose. After reading quite a few reviews, and despite the bad press given Turkish made shotguns, I purchased a Weatherby SA-08 Deluxe 20 gauge, and it has been one very nice shotgun. Fit and finish was/is excellent, and it doesn't jam, breaking target after target on the skeet field. I carried it hunting pheasants last fall, and every bird that I pulled up on ended in my bag. I'm not sure about the others, but I'd buy another Weatherby SA-08.
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The Weatherby semis are a great bargain and value for the money. They have a great reputation.
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Old 08-23-2019, 08:51 PM   #44
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Not with me.
I've only one experience with one SA-08, and it shot 10" left and over 2ft under POA at 32 yds on a pattern board - five shots in a row, same POI. I've never seen a single barrel gun so far off on a pattern board.
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Old 08-24-2019, 07:48 PM   #45
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Old vs New Shotguns

My first "new-in-the-box" shotgun was a 20ga Remington 1100 in 1972, a proven brand and model. It wasn't until early 2019 that I took a chance and bought another "new-in-the-box", this time a 16ga F.A.I.R. Italian-made side-by-side, but only after some on-line research. So far I am pleased with the exception that it can be quiet difficult to reassemble after separating the barrels from the receiver until you 'get-the-hang-of-it'. All of my other firearms were purchased as "used" - mainly because that was all I could afford.

The best advice one can give is to suggest that you read all the articles you can about the type of firearm you wish to purchase. Weed out those writers who have been "bought" by the gun manufacturer or magazine. Go for the real expert, sometimes a hard thing to do. Keep asking questions. But watch out for that self-proclaimed "gun expert", in-front of or behind the gun counter, or at the shooting range. Unfortunately they are the "jail house lawyers" among us honest shooters who are eager and sincere in our efforts to help new shooters.Stick with the older, PROVEN brands and models and you should not go wrong.
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Old 08-29-2019, 04:30 PM   #46
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Originally Posted by mnarcher View Post
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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I think 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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Old 09-07-2019, 06:31 AM   #47
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I have a Stevens 555 in .410 that I shoot at the skeet field a lot. It's not as nice as some of the other guns out there but it breaks clays and holds it's own if I do my part. I've shot it 50 rounds straight (doubles) and have gotten it super hot but it has never malfunctioned.

The fit and finish are good, actually really good, albeit not as shiny and polished as my Brownings or Winchester, nor is the wood anywhere near as nice. They style of the gun is basic compared to an entry level Citoti or Silver Pigeon. Of all the Turkish 410s I looked at and considered, I preferred the Stevens.

If you are on a budget, the Turkish guns are fine. If you want a Gucci gun, save your lunch money and buy one. The most important thing is that the gun fits you well. Regardless of what you decide or buy, spend money getting the gun fitted to you for best results.

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