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I have about £700 to spend Im after something in cammo as Ive got an expensive over and under I dont want to mark up woodie shooting.

 

 

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I bought a Hatsan (Escort semi-auto) 12 bore for exactly the same reason and have found it to be very reliable and not too fussy on ammo. I bought the camo version and have found it to be very robust and it is still in excellent condition despite a lot of use for wild fowling, pigeon shooting and the like. I would recommend buying new which would still leave a lot of change from the £700 budget you have.

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i bought a second hand luigi franchi 30yrs ago,its still going strong,never had it serviced either.got a winchester aswell,1500xtr good gun too,i know these are budget guns ,so id go for a sx3,in your price range

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I talked to a man in the know he said Remington 1100 to , you can pic them up for under £200 then get a proper gun smith to service it and fit any worn parts for new . And you will never look back , I hear the cycle any loads all day .

I bet your £700 budget would cover all the above and you would still have half left , you can buy a couple of thousand shells with the rest ! And still have change .

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I was looking at buying a camo semi-auto, going to look at a laurona next week. Anyone have an experience with them, heard anything good or bad?

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I ended up Buying a Browning maxus today.

 

Ive got to wait ten days for it though because I ordered it in 26" as I thought it would make a better hide gun.

 

Cant wait for it now.

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I was looking at buying a camo semi-auto, going to look at a laurona next week. Anyone have an experience with them, heard anything good or bad?

No experience of there autos but there over and unders are fantastic guns.

 

As far as reliable semi autos are concerned you wont beat a fabarm for value. After that beretta, Beneli, Remington and winchester are all worth a look. Another gun worth considering is stoger if you can get your hands on one. There built by beneli on benelis old famous inertia action but at a fraction of the cost.

 

Browning Maxus can give trouble with a piston spring breaking. I've heard some horror stories about them. A friend of mine has one and has shot it hard for the last 3 or 4 years and he's only changed his once though.

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I have an sx3 and it cycles anything and its quick too

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Benelli,Benelli,Benelli,there thats 3 times lol, seriously they have no peers,another world entirely, you should get a nice m1 or m2 for your budget,and it will last a lifetime without missing a beat.

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I was looking at buying a camo semi-auto, going to look at a laurona next week. Anyone have an experience with them, heard anything good or bad?

No experience of there autos but there over and unders are fantastic guns.

 

As far as reliable semi autos are concerned you wont beat a fabarm for value. After that beretta, Beneli, Remington and winchester are all worth a look. Another gun worth considering is stoger if you can get your hands on one. There built by beneli on benelis old famous inertia action but at a fraction of the cost.

 

Browning Maxus can give trouble with a piston spring breaking. I've heard some horror stories about them. A friend of mine has one and has shot it hard for the last 3 or 4 years and he's only changed his once though.

Ive bought new so its guaranteed for 5 yrs anyway mate and the action for 10 years, but Ive been of the american wildfowlers forums and they rate em over anything else so I bought it.

 

I wont be gooseing with it anyway just pigeons with 30grm 6s so it wont be getting a real hard life with me and I like to keep em clean.

 

The deciding factor for me was the fact that the beretta extrema they had in stock second hand put me off because it had ovalled the barrel and the chokes were really hard to get in and out because of it.

 

There were a few other good reasons I bought the maxus like the fact the stock is fully adjustable and I wanted a 26" gun but it comes with a 2" turkey choke so it can be made into a 28" if need be, also I prefered the cammo finish compared to beretta as the beretta on was peeling off.

 

Also the Browning weighs nothing its only like a 20bore which is a bonus when your carrying all the decoys.

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Baikel mp153 strongest gun there is look it up on youtube with the man putting mud all over it

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Benelli,Benelli,Benelli,there thats 3 times lol, seriously they have no peers,another world entirely, you should get a nice m1 or m2 for your budget,and it will last a lifetime without missing a beat.

I nearly bought a Benelli.

 

But my mate bought one brand new for their yearly trip up to the orkney isles gooseing.

 

And it wouldnt cycle the cartridges he took so it was a long way to go to discover that.

 

So on return he took it back to the shop and they supposedly sorted it for him so he sold it to a mate, who then took it upto the orkney isles and guess what happened,

 

Then you cant get em sorted by the shop because he isnt the original owner, bit of a nightmare gun that one so I wouldnt say Benelli are without their problems you can get bad ones for some reason just like anything else.

 

Many people tell me overpriced and overrated, saying that the new browning A5 is inertia driven seems many are jumping onto the low maintenance concept which is a selling point but I will stick to gas driven at the moment as I dont mind the cleaning.

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