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    Default 20 Gauge Semi feedback

    Looking at new 20 gauge semi from Mossberg Sa20 and weatherby sa08 and Franchi element. Looking for some feedback, particularly long term reliability.

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    I know guys that have franchi 20ga's and love them. very reliable gun!

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    I am familiar with the first two and they should give you many years of great service . I own a 20 ga M-2 Benelli that has been great gun from Upland to waterfowl

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    I shoot a Weatherby SA-08 in 12 gauge. It has been my primary pheasant/quail/grouse gun for 3 years. I love the gun. Planning to get one in 20 gauge for quail. It has been very reliable. It comes with 2 pistons, one for heavy loads and one for light loads. That system has really worked well for me. The gun fits me like a glove and it is extremely light.
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    I can vouch for the Weatherby SA-08 20 gauge guns....probably the best of the Turkish semi's that everybody seems to sell a version of these days. They are gas guns that come with two gas pistons for light and heavy loads. They appear to be Beretta clones with minor differences like safety position and the aforementioned gas pistons. Lightweight (6 pounds) and surprisingly soft recoiling guns. Weatherby appears to be pushing their new Inertia semis now instead of these...

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    I have a Beneilli 20Ga M2/Synthetic/Comfortech stock. Nice little shotgun. Easy to carry, mild recoil if any at all. I truly like the adjustable stock (shims); makes it point where I'm looking.

    HOWEVER, mine has been a testament to Benelli customer service. Bought in 2012. One trip t0 SD and it went back because it was rolling the leading edge of the brass on the hull when it chambered a round. Also, it would feed an extra round out of the magazine tube, jamming up the works. Benelli was running their "No Excuses" adverts at the time. Asked for a replacement shotgun...no excuses! They of course said no. Boxed up, sent to Benelli. They hand adjusted (filed) the chamber; it no longer rolls the brass. They trimmed a coil off the magazine spring; it rarely double feeds now.

    Next season, 2013, I walked a tall native sunflower patch, with the flowers tugging at me all the way. When I came out the other side...no recoil pad! The flowers had pulled it out of the cage that holds the pad in the comfortech stock. Called Benelli after I got back; the sent me a new pad. Good customer service. They advised me to use some Gorilla Glue to hold the pad in the cage.

    A few weeks ago, I took it out of the heated (Goldenrod) gun safe and shot 150 rounds of various clay. The replacement recoil pad, now 6 years old, started crumbling into tiny black bits of padding. Looked like pepper flakes. Called Benelli, sent pictures by email. Two days later, new Gel recoil pad. Good customer service.

    The newest problem which I first noticed when shooting the clays was that the comfortech stock was getting "sticky/tacky". It's almost like pine tar tacky. I have never used solvents on it, in fact pretty much never put anything on it at all. Occasional rain maybe. I've have washed it in Dawn dish soap. Seemed to make it worse. I tried a bit of GoJo; that cleaned it up but a couple days later it was tacky again. Tried rubbing alcohol. That has worked the best but it still seems to return a bit. It's going to SD anyway; I shoot it too well to leave it home. But when I get back....Benelli customer service again. I have read online that they did have some tacky stock problems around 2012. Maybe mine was slow to develop.

    Summary. I really like the shotgun. Benelli customer service is great. Unfortunately, I have to use it too often!
    Last edited by Chestle; 10-19-2019 at 04:42 PM.

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    Can't beat a 20 gauge Montefeltro. Very light weight and reliable. And priced right at under a $1000.

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    I did a bit of research on your problem: try baking soda and water. Make a paste and scrub the stock. Apparently this works.

    Good Luck!

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    If you mean the Franchi Affinity, I bought one for a young friend who lives in SD and he really likes it. He lives on a farm and they also host hunters, He shoots a lot and it is working fine. I shoot an older Franchi AL-48 20 gauge and like it just fine. I plan to use it in SD in a couple of weeks.

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    Chestle the pad on my m2 gummed up like that. There is a sleave the pad goes into. Pulling the pad off destroyed the pad and pulled the sleave out. I ending up having to hot glue the sleave back in and replace the pad. The tolerances aren't near as tight now and have some gapping between the stock and sleave/pad now

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