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I have the Beretta Mod 471 Silver Hawk in side by side with 26" barrels and multiple chokes (5!) Full, Improved Modified, Modified, Improved Cylinder,and Cylinder.
Right now I have the Full and Improved Modified on the barrels because my first 20 gauge was a Full Choke single shot (Savage 24 Combination 20 gauge and .22 Magnum) and I found that to be perfect for all the shooting I was doing way back when (like 1972 at starlings in flight, Trap Shooting (yes I won first place in an amateur trap shoot using that very Savage on full choke with 7 1/2 shot) and coyotes using 3 Buck.

I later got a Wingmaster Custom Deluxe in 12 to trap shoot in college (modified choke) and that worked just fine.

I have two other shotguns now; Remington 1100 in 20 gauge and Remington 870 in the Super Mag. I doubt I'll ever use the shells that make it a Super because I have had fine luck with just about an ounce of shot either way in the 20 or 12. Had a 16 and a few .410s. The .410s actually were fine for me but not as fine as the 20.

Okay now comes confession time. The most expensive gun I own since I bought the 471 Silver Hawk in 2008 is the Silver Hawk. It was close to 3 K to get brand new back then. Later Beretta discontinued this model by adding EB or something after but basically the same shotgun.

It is a "right handed" shotgun (so am I) with the butt going away instead of going in.

I'd really like to hear about your Beretta Doubles, O/U and S/S, why you have them, what you think about them, what you use them for, and how it compares to other doubles of all price ranges.
 

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I bought my Beretta 471 in '04 as a dedicated pheasant gun. I had Micheal Murphy's fit the gun to me & do I ever Love it! 7 lbs 2 ounce 28 inch barrels it truely shoots where I look. The balance is superd it carries nicely is a beauty to behold!

I spent a couple of decades with Remington auto's 1100, 1148 and yuck yuck a 1187. Another decade with a Browning Citori 12 bore ( 8lbs way to heavy for a uplander). Gave that Citori to my daughter for a clays gun & bought myself a 3 1/2 inch satin Citori for waterfowl. Early on I used a 12 bore Ithaca 37. My first gun was a Mossberg 183d .410 then a Stevens single barrel 20 then a Savage O/U .22LR .410.

My go to upland guns these days are my 20 bore SXS Ugartachea and of course my "favorite" the Beretta SilverHawk! Had it to do over again I think I would have bought the 20 bore Beretta.

But whatever the case of the guns I have mentioned the SilverHawk is by far my all time fav. Yeah a Beretta O/U is probaly easier to hit with but something about a classic Side by Side....

5 months before ya got a reply... hope ya see this post....
 
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