Beretta 301,302,303 and then 390,391,3901??

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  1. duckbuster5901

    duckbuster5901 Elite Refuge Member

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    When the a303 3" first came on mkt. I bought a 26" barreled one. Shims, Mobil chokes and shot down to 1 1/8 oz. lds. perfectly as well as 3" waterfowl lds. Did a lot of quail hunting back then and used that gun for both that & waterfowl. Kept it for several years but sadly swapped it towards a Weatherby Grd. 2 over/under I just had to have. Well the o/u is long gone but been kickin myself for years for trading off that A303. They were nice guns then but are bringing stupid prices now when they can be found.
     
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  2. Sunklands

    Sunklands Elite Refuge Member

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    With the exception of the degradation of their looks, compared to older, wood models.
     
  3. stoneyhu717

    stoneyhu717 Senior Refuge Member

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    Totally agree with that. The wood on the 80s and 90s Beretta shotguns was much higher quality than even the top of the line stuff they put out today.
     
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  4. NW BIRDHUNTER

    NW BIRDHUNTER Elite Refuge Member

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    The older Beretta's had much better finish and fit as well, especially the 390's and 391 Urika Gold. I believe the 3901 was the economy 390 model. They did offer the 391 with the Mobile choke and the Optima plus choke.
     
  5. ED Vanderbeck

    ED Vanderbeck Elite Refuge Member

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    303,390 best gas auto ever made been shooting them since 1984 never bought a upgrade because they were no better than my $450 new 303. If they ever build a better one I might buy 1 but I have way to many 303 and 390 so maybe not
     
  6. stoneyhu717

    stoneyhu717 Senior Refuge Member

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    My 390 silver mallard is the best 20 gauge I've ever had, but it’s too nice to take to a duck blind. So I bought an A300 Ultima in 20 gauge. It’s a very good little autoloader as well and better suited for waterfowl hunting. Especially in flooded timber where we hunt. The 390 comes out at the skeet range and dove season.
     
  7. ED Vanderbeck

    ED Vanderbeck Elite Refuge Member

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    I love them have a few gold mallard 390 and a DU gun of the year with incredible wood I hunt them all have a DU b80 browning and a DU 303 beretta they never fail
     
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  8. NW BIRDHUNTER

    NW BIRDHUNTER Elite Refuge Member

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    Good on ya! You can't take them with you.
     
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    Once refused to take a guy out because he was perfect. Gun too.
    I was terribly afraid that I'd get that gun dirty so I asked, I mean PAID, some other guy to take him hunting.
     
  10. xtrema2

    xtrema2 Senior Refuge Member

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    I have an A303 that my father gave me. His came with a fixed full choke and I called stoeger Canada about buying a barrel with chokes so he could keep using it with steel shot and they informed me that the gun should have been sold in Europe but for some reason they sold some in Canada. That’s why they didn’t have threaded barrels. I could be wrong but at least that’s what they told me.
     

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