View Full Version : Franchi 48 al

04-12-2010, 08:14 PM
Anyone have one or have any thoughts on them. Pondering getting one.

04-12-2010, 09:43 PM
I had a 20ga. The only draw back was the 2.75" chamber. Back then they were something like $500.00. Now they are rivaling a nice used Benelli Montefeltro and it will shoot 3" shell's. If you can get one for around $500.00 it may be a good choice for a light fast swinging auto.

04-13-2010, 09:39 AM
I shot one of them in 20 ga for a good while. Light weight and good handling. In the end I didn't like the "double-shuffle" long recoil action, which is essentially the same as the Browning A5/ Rem 11/ Savage 550.

The one I shot had an aluminum receiver, and I wonder whether it will stand up like a steel one. I put maybe 1000 shells through mine and it was reliable for that long, which may be plenty for a hunting gun.

04-17-2010, 05:19 PM
There are a large # of AL48's still in service after decades of use.

They don't make them in 12 gauge anymore, my understanding was there were a few problems with stocks cracking behind the receiver. I've seen one myself--what I don't know is whether they had the friction ring set up right. I think many people do it wrong.

You can occasionally find very reasonable priced used 12's on the market and I've been very sorely tempted by them a couple of times. Some nice 20's as well.

I have not found the recoil objectionable at all, but it is a bit different feel for some. Several kids have handled mine with no problems.

I have shot a good number of pheasants with my AL48 in 20, and it does the job if I take reasonable length shots. It's short chamber is a bit of a drawback for pheasants IMO but then I don't know if I'd want to shoot a 3" shell out of one either--they are very light guns.

If you'd get a 20 (again new 12's are no longer made) and use it primarily for pheasants--and can afford the extra $2-300--I'd look at a benelli monteltro instead. A bit more versatile with their longer chambers. Or one of the lightweight Beretta 391's, which would soak up a bit more recoil with their gas action.

Mine is one of the few guns in the safe I will never sell or trade--unless it's for another one of the same. They are really nice light trim guns, just about the perfect grouse/woodcock auto in my book.

04-18-2010, 09:33 PM
Check out the pic under the main bird dog forum under "shelter dog" discussion...yep, that's an AL48 Franchi and it's a shooting machine. My buddy Brice owns it and shoots the heck out of it.

04-18-2010, 09:41 PM
I am having a hard time grasping on to the whole barrel moving during recoil thing. Any thoughts.

04-18-2010, 10:04 PM
I have shot A5 Brownings all my life. I'm use to the long recoil. Very reliable type action

04-19-2010, 09:49 PM
I'd be watching the bird that's hauling a$$ and not the barrel...but that's just MHO...:D. Just kidding; but actually the only time I notice it was when I borrowed it to shoot some clays for practice. I never notice recoil or barrel movement on a shot bird.

04-19-2010, 10:20 PM
I'd be watching the bird that's hauling a$$ and not the barrel...but that's just MHO...:D.

Maybe thats why I never hit anything.