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#6439074 - 09/05/16 02:05 PM Opinions on a Beretta 686s
FishKiller Offline
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Registered: 01/29/07
Posts: 133
Loc: Weatherford, TX
Got a chance to shoot a few stations of sporting clays this weekend using a friends 686

Really liked the gun and he has offered to sell it to me since it's just a safe queen for him

Gun shoots great and is well balanced and will lake very little fitting for me

What are y'alls opinions on this for both a field gun and a sporting clays gun?

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#6439131 - 09/05/16 03:03 PM Re: Opinions on a Beretta 686s [Re: FishKiller]
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Registered: 09/19/11
Posts: 531
Loc: Benbrook, TX
Beretta makes a great O/U. The 686/7s represent some of the better values in O/Us in the market today. They preform well, can take the abuse of high-volume shooting, and cost about half as much as a P gun or a K gun. If the gun fits you well and you're breaking targets with it "pull the trigger" and add it to your collection.

One small caution some 680 series guns shoot a little flat (50/50 pattern) for American trap, and rising targets on the sporting clays course. Get to a pattern board and make sure the gun shoots where you point it. If you like to "float" targets the standard 686 might need a little tweaking to make it shoot 80/20.

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#6439279 - 09/05/16 04:41 PM Re: Opinions on a Beretta 686s [Re: FishKiller]
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Registered: 01/22/09
Posts: 11164
Loc: Sachse, TX
Buy it FK...Great guns. From a resale perspective, 32" barrels sell the best for sporting clays.
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#6439962 - 09/05/16 11:33 PM Re: Opinions on a Beretta 686s [Re: FishKiller]
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Registered: 07/17/15
Posts: 5818
Loc: Lake Texoma, TX
Buy it. Beat WAWI on squaw this winter and your whole again in no time. Very nice shotguns

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#6439969 - 09/05/16 11:53 PM Re: Opinions on a Beretta 686s [Re: FishKiller]
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Registered: 01/20/11
Posts: 1964
Loc: Justin, TX
If you shoot it well then buy it. If you don't shoot it well and want an O/U look at a Browning. Brownings and Beretta's fit quite a bit different. I like Beretta's but shoot Brownings better.
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#6440102 - 09/06/16 07:55 AM Re: Opinions on a Beretta 686s [Re: FishKiller]
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Registered: 11/07/10
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Loc: DFW
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Good advice.

Doesn't matter how pretty or nice the gun is....if you don't shoot it well you won't like it. I shoot Beretta O/Us really well. They feel like they fit me well and I happen to shoot the 686 well. Browning O/Us feel terrible to me and I shoot them terribly. However, I have a Browning Gold that feels like a turd in my hands but shoots lights out and I have a Benelli that feels like it was made for my hands that I shoot terribly with. I can pretty much shoot any Beretta semi well and they feel ok to me. Just goes to show that you can't base it solely on feel. You gotta shoot em.

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#6440254 - 09/06/16 09:44 AM Re: Opinions on a Beretta 686s [Re: FishKiller]
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Fine gun and fine balance. Wouldn't hesitate if the price is right. P_102
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#6440281 - 09/06/16 09:53 AM Re: Opinions on a Beretta 686s [Re: FishKiller]
Grandpa Lee Offline
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Registered: 08/18/16
Posts: 115
Loc: Victoria County
If it's the right barrel length for your intended purpose and a good deal then I wouldn't hesitate to purchase it. They sell brand new for as low as $1750 from certain online wholesalers so don't pay more than that for a used one. Also consider the Browning Citori 725, best O/U from Browning in decades. I have owned both 680 series Beretta's and a Browning 725 and now I have a Caesar Guerinni, I don't see myself going back to either of the B guns. Good luck with your decision and rest assured that you will have a nice forever gun should you decide to bring it home.

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#6440577 - 09/06/16 01:32 PM Re: Opinions on a Beretta 686s [Re: Grandpa Lee]
T Bone Offline
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Registered: 09/20/09
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Originally Posted By: Grandpa Lee
They sell brand new for as low as $1750 from certain online wholesalers so don't pay more than that for a used one.


Dang it, now I'm curious.. Where at?
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#6440585 - 09/06/16 01:39 PM Re: Opinions on a Beretta 686s [Re: FishKiller]
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Registered: 08/16/12
Posts: 471
Loc: Grand Prairie
Joel Etchen is usually the cheapest place unless there's one I don't know about. Gotta call for best price.

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#6440680 - 09/06/16 02:28 PM Re: Opinions on a Beretta 686s [Re: Dien]
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Originally Posted By: Dien
Joel Etchen is usually the cheapest place unless there's one I don't know about. Gotta call for best price.


Thats where I got mine. Mine was a sporting version and was right around $1850.

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#6440958 - 09/06/16 06:14 PM Re: Opinions on a Beretta 686s [Re: FishKiller]
FishKiller Offline
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Registered: 01/29/07
Posts: 133
Loc: Weatherford, TX
Ok

Looks like this model is an "E" and not an S 28" barrel with a full set of new extended chokes

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