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Old 04-13-2021, 09:42 PM   #1
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The current high end O/U thread got me thinking about the lower end O/Us that you have or have shot. What would you rate as the best bang for your buck in this price range ($350ų$650)? Open to your thoughts, as I have considered the Yildiz and Tristar O/Us, but have not shot either one.
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Old 04-13-2021, 09:48 PM   #2
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Had a terrible experience with a Mossberg Maverick O/U (synthetic) that I won at a DU Banquet.

Welds broke allowing the bottom barrel to move forward enough to where the firing pin wouldn't make contact with the primer.

Mossberg customer service was the worst I've ever experienced-- I sent the gun back (after marking both upper and lower) and requested either credit toward a different firearm or an entire new Maverick. Weeks later, zero communication I get the same gun back with a new upper-- which worked but was a terrible experience.

Will never ever own or purchase another Mossberg product.
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Old 04-13-2021, 09:57 PM   #3
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I have some yildiz and berettas. The yildiz shoots very good. Would not hesitate to buy one again, some of them are a little tight at first but they just need to be shot and oiled and broke in.
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Old 04-13-2021, 10:10 PM   #4
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Old 04-13-2021, 10:22 PM   #5
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I have a yildiz 20 ga that is awesome so far. I have also had a CZ Redhead Deluxe for quite a few years that is great!
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Old 04-13-2021, 10:55 PM   #6
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Yildiz for that price range.
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Old 04-15-2021, 06:20 AM   #7
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Yildiz.
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Old 04-15-2021, 06:54 AM   #8
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I scoffed at the yildiz models for a long time until I shot one. It felt good in the hands, shouldered quite well, and overall was impressed when I figured I’d think it was a POS.

Found a model with the engraved receiver I wanted, and am now a proud owner. Will soon be buying the matching s/s to my o/u.
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Old 04-15-2021, 12:25 PM   #9
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I have a Baikal 12 gauge O/U from Russia. About $300 brand new.
Very robust and well made. They're not pretty. Chokes are easy to find for them.
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Old 04-15-2021, 12:29 PM   #10
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Stoeger Condor is a great gun.
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Old 04-15-2021, 12:38 PM   #11
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I'll second the CZ. I've been happy with mine.

I also have a Lanber. I have been very happy with its reliability. I don't shoot it worth a darn if I don't shoot it exclusively but that is a personal fit issue vs quality of gun. I would recommend them.
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Old 04-15-2021, 12:51 PM   #12
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My first was a Condor.
I was happy with it at first but realized it really didn't fit me correctly.
If it fits you go for it. If not definitely find something that does.
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Old 04-15-2021, 05:13 PM   #13
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Stoeger Condor is a great gun.

Iím a fan of those stoegers. I have the OU and the double in 12 gauge. There is nothing to complain about.
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Old 04-15-2021, 05:16 PM   #14
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No complaints with my Academy Yildiz 20 gauge
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Old 04-15-2021, 06:40 PM   #15
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I have this 20 ga. I might let go of. It's had about 5 boxes of Monarch dove loads shot thru it in 2 years I've had it. Still tight as new.
Has all the chokes with it. Not sure if I still have the box in came in but do have a sock for it.
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Old 04-15-2021, 06:41 PM   #16
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We have 3 Yildez 20ís and 2 of those have several thousands through each because my boys competed with them for 2 years.

9 times out of 10 my oldest son will grab his Yildez out of the safe instead of his Berretta for a dove hunt.
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Old 04-15-2021, 06:54 PM   #17
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I have this 20 ga. I might let go of. It's had about 5 boxes of Monarch dove loads shot thru it in 2 years I've had it. Still tight as new.
Has all the chokes with it. Not sure if I still have the box in came in but do have a sock for it.
Might be interested. How much you want for it?
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Old 04-15-2021, 07:15 PM   #18
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Old 04-16-2021, 01:04 PM   #19
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I have this 20 ga. I might let go of. It's had about 5 boxes of Monarch dove loads shot thru it in 2 years I've had it. Still tight as new.
Has all the chokes with it. Not sure if I still have the box in came in but do have a sock for it.
me too! Send info and price.
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Old 04-16-2021, 01:06 PM   #20
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what about the Savage/Stevens o/u they come out with recently? Good looking gun.
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Old 04-16-2021, 01:13 PM   #21
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I bought my daughter a 20 gauge youth Yildez when she was shooting with 4H. Probably has 1500 rounds or so through it and never a problem and we have shot some junk ammo through it as well as better quality rounds. I added a limb saver on it and it's a great fit for me so money well spent. It is still pretty tight on the break open though and I've oiled and greased it quit a bit. Good guns for the money.
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Old 04-16-2021, 01:35 PM   #22
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Yildiz with the limbsaver pad is a lotta gun for little $$
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Old 04-16-2021, 02:58 PM   #23
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I have a Baikal 12 gauge O/U from Russia. About $300 brand new.
Very robust and well made. They're not pretty. Chokes are easy to find for them.
I had a baikal 20 that I still regret selling when I was in college but I needed beer money. That was a great shooting gun
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Old 04-16-2021, 04:47 PM   #24
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I have a 20 gauge cz redhead deluxe I got for cheap on gunbroker. Love it.
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Old 04-16-2021, 09:40 PM   #25
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I had a mossberg silver reserve 10yrs ago. Worked well and used the mobile choke, which was one reason I bought as could use my beretta chokes. Only thing I didnít like was it was extractor only, but you get ise to that.


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Old 04-16-2021, 11:40 PM   #26
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I’ve got a yildez and for the money I have 0 complaints
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Old 04-16-2021, 11:57 PM   #27
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The guns made by Akkar are solid. I had a CZ Swamp Magnum the was as solid as they come. A lot of the CZ's are made by Huglu and can be hit and miss. I had one. It was a miss. The current Charles Daly guns are mad be Akkar. I looked a 20 gauge over real good and it appeared to be of good quality.

The best bang for your buck is an older Ithaca made by SKB or an SKB. The guns made in Japan are the good ones and can often be had for around $600. They are a quality gun. I have owned a couple of them.

I think there are basically 4 classes of O/U shotguns
Cheap $400 to $500 that are ok for occasional use but are likely to break or wear out under heavy use
Decent which can be had from around $600 to $1000 the are pretty well made and will last a good while
Good which run between $1000 and $2500 which will be really good and last a long time
Stupidly expensive over $2500 I which give you the status thing to be better than the Jone's
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Old 04-17-2021, 08:14 PM   #28
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I've got 3 Yildiz, 12, 20 & 410, no complaints!
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Old 04-17-2021, 09:02 PM   #29
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I have a yildiz in 20 and 12. Thousands of shells fired in each. Great guns.
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Old 04-18-2021, 09:28 PM   #30
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I had a Condor 2 barrel set 12/20 that I liked well. Ended up selling it for what I paid for it to help fund another Silver Pidgin.
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