Old Beretta and "Low Recoil" Shells

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Old Beretta and "Low Recoil" Shells

Postby nick226 » Mon Aug 20, 2012 1:02 pm

I have an old Beretta 12 gauge automatic I inherited from my Grandfather. I like the gun and made it my primary upland game gun for chukar and pheasant. The only problem I've found is that it won't cycle a 2-3/4 in 1/8 oz #8 Estate Load, which is typical to what I would shoot quail/doves with. I've been told the shell is a low recoil load and that there is something in the gun that can be flipped around to shoot them. Does anyone have any similar experiences or knowledge on the subject? Thanks in Advance!
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Re: Old Beretta and "Low Recoil" Shells

Postby aunt betty » Mon Aug 20, 2012 1:15 pm

Some of the automatics have separate pistons for high power and low power shells.
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Re: Old Beretta and "Low Recoil" Shells

Postby orphanedcowboy » Mon Aug 20, 2012 4:35 pm

Is it a 3" chambered gun? If so it will not cycle these rounds reliably. It is probably an AL-1, AL-2, A-300/301/302 or possibly a 303 model
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Re: Old Beretta and "Low Recoil" Shells

Postby nick226 » Mon Aug 20, 2012 5:05 pm

Thanks guys. After googling those model numbers it looks like you're right, and yes it is a 3". I came across this link from shotgun report: http://shotgunreport.wordpress.com/2012 ... 0-beretta/, which says you can drill out the gas ports a little to shoot a lighter load.

Also I should add that I have the 2-3/4" barrel as well, neither of eject light loads.
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Re: Old Beretta and "Low Recoil" Shells

Postby maclavin » Mon Aug 20, 2012 5:59 pm

Your 2 3/4 barrel should cycle those rounds no problem. When is the last time you cleaned the recoil tube and replaced the recoil spring?





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Re: Old Beretta and "Low Recoil" Shells

Postby nick226 » Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:28 pm

It's an A302.

I have not cleaned the recoil tube or replaced the spring. Thanks I'll do that. I take it I can get to that by taking the screws out of the stock.

Thanks for the help guys!
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Re: Old Beretta and "Low Recoil" Shells

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Re: Old Beretta and "Low Recoil" Shells

Postby nick226 » Thu Aug 23, 2012 4:25 pm

orphanedcowboy wrote:Yes, here is the manual:

http://stevespages.com/pdf/beretta_a300.pdf


Thank you very much!
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