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First shotgun advice

Discussion in 'Shotguns (SGC)' started by TheBish, Feb 21, 2014.

  1. TheBish

    TheBish Junior Member

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    Hello gents I have decided to retire...... from air rifles (not completely) but I have decided to get a shotgun.
    ALL advice is welcome but here are the requirements:
    • Over and Under
    • Changeable chokes
    • Ejector
    • 12 guage
    • Under £750 (maybe push it too £800)
    Once again all help is welcome.
    Atb Alex
     
  2. snapperspike

    snapperspike Engaging Member

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    I might suggest a Miroku MK70 second hand.
    I have a couple of Miroku's, and they are very good guns.
    Look 'em up, and see what you think !
    The saying goes :-
    "you can't go wrong with a Miroku !"
    Whatever you decide, remember - FIT, FIT, FIT !!!
    Go and shoulder some, before you even THINK about spending money.
    Good luck.
     
  3. ratman60

    ratman60 Very Active

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    hello, i used a lanber O/U sporter in the 70s 80s very well made shotguns as are browning, in your price range i would look at the Miroku mk 70 28inch barrel sporter M/C O/U only 7llb compaired to lanber 7 1/2 llb, i mentioned before when i shot at oxford gun club in the early 70s a friend bought one of the first miroku o/u i think a skeet type and shot 1,000s of cartridges at competions. as snapperspike said a good fitting is top important. oh the book might help to the art of good shooting by j e ruffer, s/s and o/u shotguns
     
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  4. Big Bill

    Big Bill Engaging Member

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    I just purchased a bettinsoli xtrail over and under with multi chokes also comes with a hard case to transport it, very nice gun from a good name, brand new was £700, gun action also comes engraved with a game scene
     
  5. arrybash

    arrybash Engaging Member

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    Only just taken up with a shotgun myself. I did loads of research before committing myself to buy one. As I was going to mostly use it 50/50 for rough shooting and clays, it had to be an O/U as the posh shooters frown on semi-autos and so do some schools.


    The 2 market leaders seem to be Beretta and Browning. However Beretta own Benelli and Franchi, Browning and Miroku are also linked.

    Eventually decided on a Beretta probably more for the name and its Italian rather than a sound technical reason.

    Chose a new Silver Pigeon 1 field in 28" as it is light to carry about but will still do the clays. A new one will be outside of your budget, but a second hand one should just be within. If you buy a second hand Beretta O/U you can't go wrong and when you come to sell it you will get your money back.

    Chris
     
  6. cornish

    cornish Donator

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    I got berretta black onyx 28'' barrel great gun and miroku very good gun tad heavy
     
  7. Huntingnath1

    Huntingnath1 Banned

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    As said above you cant really go wrong with a miroku. Ive got a mk38 grade 1 and its a cracking gun but you would probably struggle to get a good one on your budget. I also have a bettinsoli as mentioned above. Great gun, comes with chokes, hard case, two different size recoil pads and looks the b****cks for the money. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  8. darklord

    darklord Can’t beat a tx200 at 30m

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    Yes the mirokus heavy but it is the better aiming gun for me. I've 682 gold E and an mk38 teague in 32 inch. love it and it handles better than the beretta as it also being heavier soaks up more recoil.

    if i want a light weight I've miroku 500 side by side weighs about 5 pounds
     
  9. swsmith20

    swsmith20 Donator

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    nice looking gun :)
     
  10. Relgubmot

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    My first gun was a baikal single barrel with a 33" barrel. Second was a silver pigeon I picked up for a whopping £75!!! Now have 6 including a browning and a side by side that only shoots out of one barrel lol
     
  11. Kyska

    Kyska Honorary Member

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    I'm a mirouku man through and through, wouldn't change.
     
  12. Jackroadkill

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    I've got an old Miroku 800s (or is it sw?) that I bought for three hundred quid. I love it. It must be thirty-odd years old but it does the job very well.
     
  13. adymorris

    adymorris Keyboard Hero

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    As already mentioned, shoulder one first, go to the shop in the gear you will be shooting in (not a thin shirt), there is nothing more sickening than paying nearly a 4 figure sum for a beautiful looking shotgun only to find you have to throw it two foot forward in order for the top of the butt to miss your armpit, I would see what fits first then choose
     

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