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Looking for some advice. A friend wants to sell me his 20ga browning lightning. Real nice shape a few scratches from hunting in the stock. He had the barrels ported and a new butt pad put on and high end chokes in it for skeet. All total he said he has $400 extra in it. He's looking for $750 I'm looking to get into skeet shooting. Does this weapon sound like a good starter? I'm looking real hard at it.
 

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Ported bbl's with screw in chokes? That don't sound like a lighting. Are you sure it's not a Citori? Does it have the Invector chokes? Ported barrels is also not sounding right either.

Is it chambered 2 3/4" or 3"
 

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Ported bbl's with screw in chokes? That don't sound like a lighting. Are you sure it's not a Citori? Does it have the Invector chokes? Ported barrels is also not sounding right either.

Is it chambered 2 3/4" or 3"
He had the barrels ported by a gunsmith. Not factory. The chokes are an after market Invector "type". Some high dollar items I believe. As we all know not everything with a large price tags means it's better. I have shot it and it does shoot and swing very nice. Just wondering if anyone knows about the going rate on a 80% lightning with said adjustments. Thanks
 

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Really don't what the values are for your area, but the being modified really hurts the re-sale value. The blue book has them going really high about 1700.00 but the last time I seen them at the gun show they were about 40% below book value, but that was 12, the 20 are worth almost double. I would say less that 80%. The book says 1375.00 for a 20g at 60% that also has a lot to do with the year. '66 to '71 have lowest values due to salt wood damage, and are difficult to sell, not sure what the book is referring to but thought you'd want to know.

The Superposed Lighting did not have screw in chokes either, was that also done by a smith. Really don't know if that's possible because the originally a choked barrel is tapered down, not just the end of the barrel. If you really like the gun, what was done to it could help you get a better price but it will be difficult to re-sell. Really a shame they are beautiful guns.

On the other hand it's really great shotgun that would be a good place to start from. Brownings have different feel and fit that most guns don't have, they are known for having short stocks, which is don't work well for me, but I still won't sell it. 750.00 for a quality over and under is low.

Just throwing out some thoughts
 

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Thanks Fullclip, thoughts are exactly what I was looking for. Also the hard #'s were nice to see. I don't pay much attention to resale values. I ask myself if this piece is worth the asking price to me. If so I buy if not I counter offer and possibly walk away.
I also agree with Browning having a different feel. I liked it.
 

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If it is a Citori, 750 sounds fair - if it is a Superposed 20 from Belgium buy it yesterday, salt gun or no.

Out here, in the Pac Nw, they are going for $2500 to $2700. The last Superposed 20 gauge I saw at the gun show was $2700 and it had Briley screw-ins. It was a like new gun too.

As far as salt guns go, one can send them in and B will clean them up and put new wood on for free if you can prove you were the original owner. If not you will have to pay but they do high quality work for the money. My friend Clyde bought a salt gun new and they sent it back to him with exhibition grade wood, for free, but them he is a well known works champion skeet shooter and methinks they gave him the hook up. My 2 cents.
 

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I guess it depends on what and how you shoot. You mentioned to shoot skeet, I personally have never liked pump shotguns so the dbbl is a great choice. It is light, comes to the shoulder nicely and I really love mine for skeet. This is a good price for the gun, buy it or tell me where I can....................I have room for another
 
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