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Question about youth o/u #15445567 11/23/20
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It has been many years since I have purchased a shotgun, so please bear with me. Is there currently a not-all-that-expensive (this is for a kid learning to shoot, not an investment nor a potential heirloom) o/u 20 gauge. Thanks for any help.


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Re: Question about youth o/u [Re: 5sdad] #15448310 11/23/20
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Short answer is no.

The days the less costly O/U's are coming out of Turkey. They suffer from the same problems inexpensive O/U and SxS shotguns from any era suffer from, poorly designed triggers and stocks that don't fit.

Buy a compact Remington 11-87 20 ga. Short stock and 21" barrel, as kid grows the stock can be extended and a 26" or 28" barrel can be added.

Stick with light 7/8 oz loads. Better yet Fiocchi makes a 3/4 oz load, but they are not easily found. High speed 7/8 oz and 1 oz loads in a light 20 ga gun are unpleasant. Nothing like getting the snot knocked out of them to turn a kid off.

Re: Question about youth o/u [Re: 5sdad] #15449870 11/24/20
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I bought the kid a Stevens 555 Youth 20 O/U. It isn't terrible by any means and will serve it's purpose for a couple of years.

Re: Question about youth o/u [Re: 5sdad] #15455286 11/25/20
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Fabarm makes a good one for around $1,000. To me, that's a cheap double.

I just don't have any experience with the Turkish guns. They look very nice, and they seem way better than the price would suggest. Most have forend iron fitted WAY too tight, triggers tend to suck, and of course, the "average" stock dimensions. If the gun is close enough for fit, my bet is the Turkish guns would be fine to learn with.


But Mag410 makes some really great points. Dollar for dollar, you'll never be able to match quality between a semi-auto and a double. For a grand you can get a "decent" double. For a grand you can get an excellent semi-auto. For two grand you're just getting into "good" for doubles, while you're squarely at world class for a semi-auto.

A used Remington 11-87 or 1100 is about as soft shooting as you're going to find. While they do require more maintenance than current top of the line semi-auto's, it's not by much. Both 1100 & 11-87 are VERY reliable shotguns; just clean them every 500 or so rounds (is that too much to ask?).

And the gun can grow with the shooter. Short stock & barrel when they're little, and just replace stock and barrel as they grow; the gun can last a lifetime.

I'm a Browning Auto 5 guy myself, but I won't be buying one of those for my daughter; I'll be buying her an 11-87 20ga.


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