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    Default Considering an O/U Shotgun for Clays

    I am toying with the idea of buying an O/U for clays.(Mainly Trap) Looking at a Browning 725 Citori and the Beretta Silver Pigeon I
    There is a significant price difference between the two. I would like to stay around 2k-2.5K but do not want to break 3k
    Is the Browning worth the extra money? I plan on stopping at Cabelas tomorrow and handling both. Just on the shear research I've done the last 2 nights I'm leaning towards the Browning.
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    I used to be a die hard Browning guy but after owning a few I’ve lost that lovin’ feeling. My Citori used to get stuck, just momentarily between the O&U under pressure of a flushing bird. I had a lever grade11 that had feed problems. I’ve never owned a Beretta but that’s what they rent at my favorite sporting clays course and they get thousands of rounds run through them and seem to be great. I’d give serious look to the Beretta.
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    I believe the Browning is made in Japan and the Beretta is made in Italy. Both are very well made shotguns. I'd lean (very slightly) toward the Beretta. IMHO, it would boil down to a personal decision, I suggest you handle both and choose the one that feels better to hold and operate.
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    Both are great guns but i like Browning better but i also have little experience with Beretta. I also like the older ones much better. If you're not opposed to buying a used gun look at some older superposed models.
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    Thank you for the responses. They are inline with everything else I’ve read. Seems opinions are pretty much split right down the middle between these two guns. Doesn’t seem either is a bad choice. Hopefully Cabelas has both so I can handle them side by side.
    I do feel a little bad cause I have no intentions of buying from them. I can beat their prices by a significant margin all day long.
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    I have both. My Citori is 12 gauge, the Beretta 20 gauge. Both were bought 20 years ago. The Citori is grade 2 of 3. Both are very good, but if I could only keep one, it would be the 12 gauge. Buy the one that FITS you best.
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    You need to go to your trap club with a flat of GOOD ammo like Win AA or Rem STS and ask to borrow various guns, giving the owner a box of ammo as a thanks and the empties you shoot if he reloads. Just shouldering them in the store does not let you know if they fit. Brownings fit differently than Beretta for 99% of the folks, so if one fits better, than the other most likely won't. Get the one that FITS, regardless of the brand or price - using Browning and Beretta as the base line. DO NOT get the lighter (and typically cheaper) field version. This is for clay targets and you want a target version. Longer barrels - think 32", weight at least 8#. Once you start down the rabbit hole of clay target shooting, the gun is the least expense, so you might as well get the best one you can - it will last the longest, be the most reliable and have the best resale down the road.
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    Stopped at Cabela’s. They had the Citori 725 sporting they did not have a 686 Silver Pigeon. They did have a Beretta 690.
    Just on feel alone I like the Citori better. Definitely open to other suggestions.
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    I use a Charles Daly and love it, it's an older one made it Italy. I think the new ones are made by Miroku. They aren't brownings but are decent guns. My buddy just bought a CZ and i shot it a couple of nights ago. Nice gun and not overly pricey, maybe $1,100 i think he said.. Like many shotguns now it's made in Turkey. I have a mossberg that i bought when i first got back into trap. Not a great gun but Ok to start out with. My biggest gripe is it's heavy and you get tired of swinging it after a couple of rounds. Any small shops around you that have used guns? Maybe even if to check some different models out on how they feel, weigh etc?
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    If used is an option older Ithacas were decent guns, i used to shoot with a lot of guys who used them with no problems. I always like Remington 3200's too. There was a model they made after the 3200 in the 80's or 90's but i forget the model but it's one to stay away from.
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