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Discussion in 'Shooting - Reloading Forum' started by marshmob, Oct 23, 2017.
I bought a new Weatherby in 20 ga. for my adult daughter to shoot two years ago. It was a nice-enough gun with a wood finish. it was priced right too. It worked well and the two pistons were no problem. My daughter primarily shot skeet with it for several months until she wanted to try my Remington 20 ga. LT 1100. She liked the 1100 much better and believed the felt recoil was less. I agreed with her on the recoil.
The only way I was going to get my 1100 back was to sell the Weatherby and buy a second 1100. So that's what I did and now she's happy. Problem is the 1100 is a more expensive gun. But compared to the Weatherby, I believe the 1100 is a better-built firearm.
A lot of kids at the SCTP shoot and like the 1100 also, as that is what the state provides for a few guns. All seem to like it.
One man's experience.
My daughters trade off shooting a 20 ga SA-08 and a 20 ga escort youth SA.
They both prefer the escort. Its heavier and has zero recoil. I prefer the SA-08 and have shot it predominantly in the timber, but it's light frame does leave a bit more kick behind it.
Looking forward to getting mine and trying it out. Concerning weight, I sometimes add weight to shotguns. I added a magazine cap weight to my A 400 Explor unico for example.
I am 6 foot 200 pounds so I do not think the recoil of the gas operated SA-08 20 will be an issue for me like it can be for a young shooter.
Since Rice Hunter mentioned it, I'll throw in a plug for the 20ga Escort SA. I tried to stay on your topic of SA08. But if I was to buy a low-cost semi 20, and I didn't get the SA08, I'd get the Escort. I might even get it instead. Haven't shot one, but have looked and it was nicely made-- they make a great youth gun, and more models of youth 20ga than anyone else! They actually make a true Left Hand semi, with ejection on the left, for youth in 20ga--this would be my #1 pick for a lefty youth gun. I ended up buying the SA08 because I couldn't get my hands on an Escort in time for a hunt I needed a 2nd youth 20ga for. Love it, and now I'm fully armed for the kids, but still wish I had that 20ga Escort.
Where did you find an escort?
Online at grab.a.gun.
Saw at CAL Ranch.
All good discussion here concerning inexpensive 20 autos. Especially about youth models available.
When I was a kid there were two choices: Your Dad got out the saw and cut down the wood stock, or you had to grow into your first shotgun with your arms and strength.
I actually found this one used on gunbroker. It was in a small store in a town I go to on business. Had a buddy go check it out and few weeks later, went in a purchased it. I got a heck of a deal on it but knowing what I know now, would not hesitate to pay full price for it.