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This is a discussion on Semi-auto shotguns. Who has 'em? within the Ruger Shotguns forums, part of the Rifle & Shotgun Forum category; Originally Posted by ronlhodges FRANCHI AFFINITY in 20-ga is a terrific gun and is perfect for Upland bird hunting up close like bobwhites or pheasants ...


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Old November 3rd, 2015, 06:35 AM   #16
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FRANCHI AFFINITY in 20-ga is a terrific gun and is perfect for Upland bird hunting up close like bobwhites or pheasants and other animals such as rabbits . Actually over all a great hunting gun or trap/skeet gun . I have the 12-ga cause I have always been partial to 12-ga but I like the 12 better for wide open hunting like doves or possible waterfowl when chance arises .
Thanks you! I just seem to gravitate toward 20s for upland game. Can't stand the weight of most 12s myself, either carrying around all day through thick grass or getting on a flushing bird fast. And the only ducks I hunt are via jump shooting along a creek.

I'm thinking that Affinity would be great for me, and also for my wife and kid who's about to grow out of his Mossberg Bantam youth shotgun.



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Thanks you! I just seem to gravitate toward 20s for upland game. Can't stand the weight of most 12s myself, either carrying around all day through thick grass or getting on a flushing bird fast. And the only ducks I hunt are via jump shooting along a creek.

I'm thinking that Affinity would be great for me, and also for my wife and kid who's about to grow out of his Mossberg Bantam youth shotgun.
The 12-ga only weights in at 6.8-lbs. , the 20-ga. at 5.9-lbs for wood stock and 5.6-lbs for synthetic . Myself I am not fond of synthetic , I prefer wood . But once you let the wife and and sibling use it you may have to buy another cause you might not get to use it much or any at all . For price and quality this AFFINITY is best bargain . I actually passed up a Beretta A300 Outlander for my FRANCHI . I was going to buy the A300 but when I saw the stock (oiled wood) it was darker than I like and was slightly heavier and did not feel right when shouldered . The AFFINITY was perfect , weight , aim , drop and length of pull (LOP) . Plus when I aimed I was looking down the barrel , not up . I do the technique where you close your eyes , bring the s/g to shoulder as aiming and open my eyes to see where I'm pointing and how I'm looking . Watch this video and you'll know what I'm talking about :

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Never been fond of semi-auto shotguns myself, being partial to double barrel side by sides. My wife, however, really likes her Benelli Montefeltro, 20 gauge, light weight and points well.
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Browning A-5, two of them. Both are round knobs from the 50's. One is scoped with an extension magazine and barrel cut to the length of the mag extension. The other a stock Magnum 30" full choke. I also have a Citori O/U in 12 ga.
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My daughter has a Beretta A300 synthetic that is a very nice shotgun. She trap shoots with it.
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1964, Remington 1100 BDL, modified choked barrel. Great bird gun.
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Never had a semi-auto shotgun until two years ago. I hunted deer, ducks and pheasants with my 12 gauge, 870 pump, dove and quail with my Browning Citori O/U 20 gauge, and I won a 3 1/2 inch 12 gauge Browning BPS that I used for turkey and goose hunting.

Job change moved me away from my goose hunting buddies and I hadn't hunted goose in 8 or 9 years. Moved back into Central Illinois 3 years ago and started goose hunting again. We go snow goose hunting a couple of weekends each winter. My brother describes snow goose hunting to extreme dove hunting. The BPS was killing my shoulder putting out 3 or 4 boxes of shells during a day of snow goose hunting.

I traded the BPS for a Browning Maxxus. Also a 3 1/2 inch 12 gauge. Bought the Maxxus because it uses the same chokes as the BPS, and I had about $250 in various chokes. I trusted the claim that it was a much softer shooting shotgun.

I've now gone through one pheasant season and two turkey seasons and two snow goose seasons with it. Hasn't missed a beat with any ammunition I've tried. It's the first plastic stocked gun I ever bought. I prefer wood and blue steel myself, but if I were only limited to one shotgun, this would be the one. It has become my primary shotgun. It handles 2 3/4 upland game loans, 3 inch turkey loads, and 3 1/2 goose loads without a hitch. If I would have had some light dove loads this fall I would have tried it for dove hunting. But I got a case of 20 gauge Winchester dove loads given to me so I had no need to buy dove loads this year. I am very pleased with the Browning Maxxus.
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Same one, 9+1 and cool scales on the stock.

Had a chance to run 10 rounds as fast as I could pull the trigger. Sweet as my first kiss on a cute gal.
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I have therem as in Nj 6 shots is the limit on a semi auto shotgun. Manual repeaters no limit so 14 shot keltec and utas are fine.
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I've been shooting a Benelli M1 (older production, HK marked) for a while now. I grew up in a LE family, and I was raised around tactical stuff, so that's always been "home" for me. Since I've gotten older, I've been shifting my interest towards what's practical in my life. Getting into bird hunting, and thinking about USPSA.

Biggest trouble for me, now, is whether to stick with the M1 for hunting (and get another barrel)... or to get a dedicated bird gun, and use the Benelli for 3 gun matches.
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Take a serious look at the Remington Versamax. It is amazing.
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I've got a Browning Lite 12 my wife gave me for Christmas after returning from Vietnam in the 60's. Beautiful gun; they don't make guns or do bluing like this anymore. It was made in Belgium and she got it from Sears. Used to hunt a lot with it but it now a safe queen; never to be sold.



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Remington 1100s and 1187s for years.
same for our family .... 3 11-87's and 1 1100, all 12 ga .... have had all of them for pushing 40 years and they do well .... the 11-87's have fired 10's of thousands of rounds shooting skeet and are actively used in hunting birds and deer .... if buying today, would probably go with Remington's Versa Max .... also have a 20 ga pump, a 12 ga over and under (Ruger Red Label), a 16 ga side by side (Fox Model B) .... when we go to the vault to take out a shotgun, the 11-87 is selected the vast majority of the time

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