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Lightweight 3.5 in. Chamber S/A Shotgun for Turkey Hunting

Old 08-02-2004, 07:33 PM
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Default Lightweight 3.5 in. Chamber S/A Shotgun for Turkey Hunting

I'm seriously considering buying, exclusively for turkey hunting, a Tristar Diana or Charles Daly Maxi-Mag semiautomatic 12 guage shotgun with 3.5 inch chamber because of their light weights (6.750-6.875 lb.), low costs (~$500), and generous repair warranties. However, I don't want to make a mistake, particularly with limited funds. I would be grateful for input from anyone who has experience with, or other knowledge of, Tristar and/or Charles Daly S/A shotguns. I am not concerned about the "kick" and really want a semiautomatic gun weighing 7 lb. or less with a full 3.5 inch chamber. Does anyone know of any other guns that meets these two criteria? Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks.
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Old 08-02-2004, 09:11 PM
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Check out the Franchi model 912. It is a much better gun than the Daly for not a whole lot more. I think in the long run you'll be a whole lot happier with that gun. I just have heard to many bad reviews of the daly
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Old 08-03-2004, 08:18 PM
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Default RE: Lightweight 3.5 in. Chamber S/A Shotgun for Turkey Hunting

just wnat ot throw this out.....if you just want a 31/2 inch chamber....and it dousint have to be auto..the benelli nova is a great cheap gun
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Old 08-23-2004, 01:22 PM
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I wouldn't go with a light weight gun when shooting a 3 1/2" shell, trust me!!
I use to own a Mossberg 835 many years ago when they first came out in that Realtree brownleaf camo pattern. That is a light weight pump gun, and it knocked me senseless with the recoil from those 3 1/2" shells!! As a matter of fact, I'd stick with a quality 3" gun instead, you don't need a 3 1/2" gun to kill turkeys. The price of a 3" gun will be cheaper and easier on your shoulder at the very same time. Been there, done that!!
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