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Old May 26th, 2018, 05:29 PM   #1
 
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I wouldn't mind getting an O/U shotgun for upland bird hunting. Without spending $2,000 on one what is an option for $500-600? I see some by CZ, Tristar or Mossberg but are they decent for the money? I don't need anything fancy, just reliable.



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Hello,

I wouldn't mind getting an O/U shotgun for upland bird hunting. Without spending $2,000 on one what is an option for $500-600? I see some by CZ, Tristar or Mossberg but are they decent for the money? I don't need anything fancy, just reliable.
Get a savage model 555. They go for around $500. They have mechanical triggers, so they don't rely on recoil to switch barrels, and they are very light weight. Best bang for the buck IMHO. Good luck with your search.
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I have great luck with cz shotguns but I have the exposed hammed doubles.
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CZ shotguns are top notch. They are actually made in Turkey …. excellent workmanship and beautiful Turkish walnut stocks. CZ has several different models, kind of a good, better, best concept. Their O/U shotguns come with a set of screw-in chokes and are available in 12, 20, 28, and 410. Some models are also available in 16 gauge. Here's a link to one of CZ's best buys: CZ-USA CZ Upland Ultralight - CZ-USA
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Get a savage model 555. They go for around $500. They have mechanical triggers, so they don't rely on recoil to switch barrels, and they are very light weight. Best bang for the buck IMHO. Good luck with your search.
+1 on the 555

I purchased a 555 in 410 for my wife. They are made in Turkey and the stock is Turkish Walnut. Very nice for the $.
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You might find a used Citori in the 700-800 range. Cheap O/U guns are cheap guns, you ain't gonna be happy with one.
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CZ shotguns are top notch. They are actually made in Turkey …. excellent workmanship and beautiful Turkish walnut stocks. CZ has several different models, kind of a good, better, best concept. Their O/U shotguns come with a set of screw-in chokes and are available in 12, 20, 28, and 410. Some models are also available in 16 gauge. Here's a link to one of CZ's best buys: CZ-USA CZ Upland Ultralight - CZ-USA
The specs of the upland is the same as my Browing Citori. A lot less in cost
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For upland bird hunting a 20 ga. built on an actual 20 gauge frame (not a 20 gauge built on a heavy 12 gauge frame) is an awesome gun.

In the world of 20 ga. O/U, the Beretta is still hard to beat but a new one will break the bank. However, a used one can be had for less than $1500 and they are great guns.

The old Ruger Red Label 20 ga is another fine O/U. I never warmed up the the 12 Ga. Red Label but the 20 ga is fantastic shotgun.

If you want a new O/U shotgun in either 12 or 20 ga.;a CZ is hard to beat in terms of price & quality.

If it was me, I would look for a lightly used Beretta 20 ga. or Ruger Red label with screw in choke tubes.
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Get a savage model 555. They go for around $500. They have mechanical triggers, so they don't rely on recoil to switch barrels, and they are very light weight. Best bang for the buck IMHO. Good luck with your search.
I failed to mention, the savage 555 has 5 screw-in chokes. I have the 20 ga. and love it for grouse and pheasants. Zero problems.
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Thanks for the responses, everyone. I wish I could try all these out but my local ranges don't carry them. I do like the CZ ones and they are in a decent price range. I love the look of the Ruger Red Label but they are hard to come by. I'll have to poke around at used ones.
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I love my Ithika 20 gauge O/U model 500.
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sale on CZ at Cabelas

https://www.cabelas.com/catalog/prod...7&type=product
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I just purchased a CZ redhead premier 12 gauge 28” with minor factory blemishes on gun broker for $650. They normally go in the mid $800 range. I am extremely happy with it. Scored a 22/25 on trap the first day out. The action is tight, it has selectable barrels, shoots directly to point of aim and is comfortable. My buddy’s with $2000+ berettas were very impressed with it. I highly recommend it.
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