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Old 03-22-2014, 10:54 PM   #1
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ant Well, I had to do it - new shotgun: Beretta Outlander A300



The only long shotgun I have to shoot for upland hunting and clays is an Ithaca M37 made in 1939.

It's been running a little rough, lately --- especially with the new "low brass" aluminum base shells, which tend to stick in the chamber unless I am extremely generous with the oil.

I'd been saving up for a while, and went to the gun shop with the intention of purchasing a Stoeger semi-auto, but they were sold out of them except for the camo model. I'm not too enthused about the camo guns - it is just personal preference. So, I handled the other guns in the same price range, and then picked up the Beretta. It just felt right. It was about $100 more than the Stoeger, but it is likely the last hunting shotgun I'll ever buy.

I was tempted by the over-unders, but none of them felt quite right compared to the Charles Daly/Miroku I used to have.

No reason to take pics - it is just a black gun. The stock photos are on Beretta's website here: http://www.berettausa.com/products/b...c-12ga-28-mc3/

I also like the idea of supporting a company that told the anti-gun state (Maryland) they are located in to fluff-off, they were moving out.
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Old 03-23-2014, 05:15 AM   #2
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That looks like a solid shotgun.

I never thought of berretta as a option but a quick google search shows them to be reliable and economical.

Well. Now I have another one for the list.

Let us know how it shoots!
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Dang nice, Sanders!

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Old 03-23-2014, 07:45 AM   #4
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Another big deciding factor was that the Beretta is American made and the Stoeger is made in Turkey.

American-made or muslime-made gun...hmmmmmmm - no brainer for a member.
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Nice shotgun has the same gas system as my AL391.
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nice shotty Sanders
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Old 03-23-2014, 01:15 PM   #7
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I went out and put a box of shells through it this morning, and it ran without a hiccup. I'm going to have to get used to the different loading procedure - drop one in the chamber, drop the bolt, then load the other 2 in the magazine.

I can't wait to get out and knock some clay pigeons out of the air with it, though.
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I like your final decision Sanders.

That shotgun will also put a bad guys internals on a wall behind him if necessary.

Also works on the head ... the whole flippin head

Cleanup in hallway.

Bring a mop an bucket please.
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I like your final decision Sanders.

That shotgun will also put a bad guys internals on a wall behind him if necessary.

Also works on the head ... the whole flippin head

Cleanup in hallway.

Bring a mop an bucket please.
While this one will do that quite nicely, I have a Mossberg 590 w/ 9 round mag, a 20" bbl., ghost sights, and a Streamlight flashlight on it that is dedicated to that proposition.
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Well, I have over 200 rounds through it in tournament conditions without so much as a hiccup.

I'm running the Modified choke and 7-1/2 shot for everything. Only two brands I've shot are Winchester white box and Estate target loads.

I soaked it with Militec oil. Whether or not it needs to be that well oiled, I don't know, but I'm not going to experiment with running it dry, either.
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Well done, I am another who thinks you made a good choice.

Just received the Winchester catalog, dayum, I can't believe the prices on new firearms.
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This gun just keeps getting smoother with use. I could almost swear the recoil has lessened as well. For a 12 gauge, it has very little recoil, anyway.

I cleaned it and was surprised at how little gunk there was in it for a gas operated gun. It makes very good use of the powder, and is very efficient. Maybe it really is self-cleaning as they advertise? Still, it's a good idea to keep the barrel clean of plastic wadding residue.

I ran another 150 through it, yesterday. It didn't have so much as a single hiccup. All Estate 7-1/2 target/hunting loads.

I also ordered a couple extended, ported chokes by Carlson - one in Skeet and one in "Light Modified". But I think I'll get my fundamentals down before I start trying to play the change-a-choke game. I believe those 2 chokes will cover most ranges - plus dropping the shot size down to 8 may give me a little more shot on target.
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I too love the Ithaca Model 37. However, I am afraid to try new shotguns because they might make me not like the Model 37 any more.
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I too love the Ithaca Model 37. However, I am afraid to try new shotguns because they might make me not like the Model 37 any more.
Well, the Model 37 is a tried and true shotgun. That model has been around for a long time and changes have only been cosmetic.

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I'll always love the M37, and it will be my go-to gun for quail hunting as it has a full choke barrel.

Maybe. The Beretta is really growing on me. I wish I'd bought the wood-stocked version, but at the time I didn't know it was offered with a wood stock. I checked the Beretta web site to see if I could buy just the stock, but didn't see it offered for my model.

So, I think I may just paint it Coyote Tan with some Brownell's Alumahyde II I have in the garage.
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