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I was in a gun shop this morning and came accross a Weatherby PA-08, 12 ga. shotgun. This shop had it for $359 used. Later this afternoon I called Gander Mountain and they said they'd be able to order a new one for $350. This looks like a really nice gun. Anyone have one of these? I very well might be picking one up here soon. Here is a picture from Weatherby's website.

 

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No bites?... Doing a little research, this gun just came out this year. If I don't buy this in the near future, it is definitely on the short list. Very good fit and finish.
 

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I have seen them at our local Bi-Mart. They look pretty good for the price. Just wondering if they are made outside the US for Weatherby? Seems like a lot of company's are doing that now.
 

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PA-08's are made in Turkey. I have a Huglu 20ga O/U that was made in Turkey. Very good quality.

I know Weatherby imports a bunch of their other guns from other countries. I think some of their O/U shotguns are made in Italy. My biggest hangup with the PA-08 is there is really no aftermarket support since it is a new product line. I'm trying to decide between this and a Wingmaster. They seem to be similar quality, but the Weatherby is much cheaper. Of course Wingmaster's you can get anything you want for aftermarket support, plus you know Remington will never discontinue that product line.
 

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Old Thread, but I purchased this one as my first shotgun. Made in 2015, I bought it second hand a few months ago. It's in the shop being worked on because the magazine is jamming. Otherwise, it shot well.
 

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friend of mine has one that shot 12" to the right.
i told him to lose it and he got another gun.
scores went up 100% in skeet.
 

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Bobski -- EGAD!

I just got my Weatherby back from the Gunsmith last week and took it out to the range today. The reason the magazine jammed is that the previous owner did not know enough to take the restrictor rod out of the magazine. Instead he tried filing off the shell retention lug on the magazine so the magazine would hold 4 shells. About $80 later, I have a shotgun that fires well and no longer jams.
 

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It is so sad to see names that used to be top-of-the-line guns like Weatherby being bought out and used to import pure crap to be sold at the cheapest price point, and used to suck in people who read the bullshit reviews by paid hacks, and get sucked into buying because they have heard the great old name on the guns. With shotguns, you almost always get what you pay for.
Roy Weatherby is likely turning over in his grave.
I sincerely hope you have better luck with yours, Twistofer - sometimes it happens!
 

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It is so sad to see names that used to be top-of-the-line guns like Weatherby being bought out and used to import pure crap to be sold at the cheapest price point, and used to suck in people who read the bullshit reviews by paid hacks, and get sucked into buying because they have heard the great old name on the guns. With shotguns, you almost always get what you pay for.
Roy Weatherby is likely turning over in his grave.
I sincerely hope you have better luck with yours, Twistofer - sometimes it happens!
Hey, RKB,

No doubt about it...But that's why we have gunsmiths, although they are a dying breed. Lynne, my lady gunsmith, is in her 70's and still growing strong. She did a remarkable job tuning up the gun. It's a pleasure to shoot. No, I won't be winning any competitions, but for plinking around, it serves its purpose. I knew that when I bought it. On the other hand, my Savage Stevens 555...but that's another story...
 

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Weatherby never made anything; he always had his name put on guns, same as Churchill. Back in the older days, they used top-tier gun makers; now it is all about the price point, mass production and max profit. Not that profit is a bad thing; but when you cut too many corners, it does come back to bite you
 

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I've heard that the Turks are slowly coming around with the quality of their guns. I have not been that lucky. The Savage Stevens 555 reintroduction has significant firing problems with double fires. I'm still waiting to hear from them since I returned my gun for warranty service.
 

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I own the S&W Elite Gold, now sold as the Cabela's Dickinson. Not a bad gun for the price I paid. Genuine trigger plate action, true bone charcoal case coloring, etc. Right at 6.5# in 20 - maybe a tad heavy by a few ounces. The barrel flats and water table are machine-turned. Overall, a great gun for a little over $1K. Same company made a true sidelock for Kimber. AKUS is the name.
 

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Weatherby never made anything; he always had his name put on guns, same as Churchill. Back in the older days, they used top-tier gun makers; now it is all about the price point, mass production and max profit. Not that profit is a bad thing; but when you cut too many corners, it does come back to bite you
same story with Charles Daly. Used to bring in high quality stuff but went to crap over the years.
 

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Weatherby had quite a problem with their Turkish made auto-loaders. The bolts fractured and there are no replacements. I have one that was given to me. Why do bolts fracture?
Substandard understanding of Metallurgy. Be careful and do your research!
 
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Weatherby had quite a problem with their Turkish made auto-loaders. The bolts fractured and there are no replacements. I have one that was given to me. Why do bolts fracture?
Substandard understanding of Metallurgy. Be careful and do your research!
You get what you pay for. You want a really cheap gun, you buy one, and....you get a really cheap gun! Sad to say, but there it is. Buy once, cry once, and get a quality gun. You will not regret it.
 

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Unfortunately, it usually happens to those who can least afford to replace them. Especially true with O/Us and SxSs that have all sorts of barrel regulation issues, gritty heavy triggers, poor metallurgy, etc.; but they want to look like the guys who shoot Beretta/Brownings or Krieghoff/Kolar/Perazzi.

Those guns have their issues as well - anything made by man will - but never to the degree of the cheap, price-point guns
 

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How true.
Same can go with the Savage reintroduction of the Stevens 555 (Also made in Turkey). When I checked on it, Savage Customer Service said they'll replace the gun, but they don't know when... I've talked with the LGS where I bought it. Since we don't know when it's coming in (the replacement), he may take the new one as "new stock" and give me a store credit. We'll see.
 

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If you are going to shoot trap (or any other clay game) with any modicum of regularity, you really want the heavier weight of a target gun - whether O/U or semi - and you'll be much better off with a used better quality gun, than a new lesser quality gun.
 
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