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franchi 20ga semi auto

Postby quackhead7606 » Sun Dec 15, 2013 12:12 pm

I am thinking of getting my girlfriend a franchi 20ga semi auto for Christmas. Anybody ever shoot one? I know benelli is the parent company of franchi and the recoil system is the same. And feedback would be great. Any other semi auto camo 20ga ideas are concidered too. Thanks.
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Re: franchi 20ga semi auto

Postby z51 » Sun Dec 15, 2013 2:30 pm

No, the Franchi 20 is long recoil much like the Browning A5 original. The Benelli is inertia recoil. I have owned one it's a nice gun and very light. It is not real comfortable shooting 3" mags. Great upland gun. The Franchi Affinity is inertia action like Benelli.
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Re: franchi 20ga semi auto

Postby jpari » Sun Dec 15, 2013 3:25 pm

Have you looked at the Benelli M2 in 20 ga.? My wife shoots one and I couldn't pry it from her hands if I had to. She loves it.
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Re: franchi 20ga semi auto

Postby orphanedcowboy » Sun Dec 15, 2013 3:41 pm

The AL48 is long recoil, the Affinity is Inertia.

My daughter has an Affinity and she love it. She is 5'3 and 100lbs sopping wet. I bought her the compact and me the full size. There has not been one issue yet and they are very easy to clean.

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Re: franchi 20ga semi auto

Postby B-Boy » Mon Dec 16, 2013 3:01 pm

What do you plan to use the gun for? It's difficult to recommend any gun until I know the guns desired use.
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Re: franchi 20ga semi auto

Postby quackhead7606 » Mon Dec 16, 2013 6:44 pm

I was looking at the affinity 20ga. Will be used for ducks and geese. Mainly ducks. And I believe the benelli is more money around here. I wish browning made a camo 20ga semi auto gun but that's expensive too lol. How is the kick on the franchi affinity? How about reliablity shooting duck loads like a hevi metal or blackcloud #2? She is 5'5" what lenght barrel should I get? 26" maybe? Thanks for the inputs! :beer:
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Re: franchi 20ga semi auto

Postby orphanedcowboy » Mon Dec 16, 2013 11:56 pm

Browning did make a camo Silver 20ga. It was a shot show special, only problem, it was camo over wood. If the Silver or Gold is to your liking, why not look at the SX3? It is basically a Browning Gold and has the speed load feature and true synthetic stocks.

I bought the daughter a Franchi Affinity compact and she loves it. She went from a Beretta 3901 20ga and never missed a beat. She is 5'3 and 100lbs sopping wet. I haven't heard her complain yet about it.

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Re: franchi 20ga semi auto

Postby cutt-down » Tue Dec 17, 2013 11:36 pm

I bought an Affinity in September & love it. Shot it during dove season & I've used it several times on ducks. Great gun so far! Shot it in temps around 17-18 degrees with no hiccups. Great little gun & great price! I really like it. I also got a set of Rob Roberts choke tubes for it & it throws a really good pattern. On decoying ducks I'm just as confident in it as I am my M-1.
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Re: franchi 20ga semi auto

Postby Slugo » Thu Dec 19, 2013 1:06 am

the Franchi Affinity is an excellent inertia driven shotgun, made in the same factory with Benelli.
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Re: franchi 20ga semi auto

Postby quackhead7606 » Sat Dec 21, 2013 7:42 pm

The price for a franchi here in delaware and maryland area is $900. Is that about normal or a little high? A 1187 20ga is $700 but I heard to many horror stories bout the 1187 tho. Glad to hear that the franchis are reliable and seam to be great guns. I held one and its light compared to my maxus :sad: how is the franchi on geese and distant shots? I know that it won't have the knockdown power as a 12ga, but is it close? And I haven't looked in the winchester but I am now that it was mentiones. Thanks again. And if I don't get on hear by than have a safe and merry Christmas and a safe and fun new years! :wink:
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Re: franchi 20ga semi auto

Postby orphanedcowboy » Sun Dec 22, 2013 1:19 am

You can buy it online for $700-$750 shipped, go to gunbroker and look at Northern Firearms and call them up, they will ship pronto and the communication is top notch.

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Re: franchi 20ga semi auto

Postby quackhead7606 » Mon Dec 23, 2013 7:35 pm

Ok cool thanks for the referral.
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Re: franchi 20ga semi auto

Postby jayclarkie » Tue Dec 24, 2013 11:25 am

been shooting a SBE for years, and picked up an Affinity on trade this season...so far so good. i did have some issues with it getting gummed up in below 0 temps, but that was my own fault...cheap ammo and too much cheap lube. it's light, shoots fast, and is a breeze to break down, now i'm shooting it dang near dry, and it's running like a top. careful with hi velocity loads like remington hypersonics though...that thing about flies out of my hands, not to mention the beating it gives my body. with normal loads, it's recoil is almost comparable to my berretta A390 20 ga shooting 3" nitro mags.
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Re: franchi 20ga semi auto

Postby mudpack » Mon Dec 30, 2013 8:42 am

While both Franchi and Benelli are both owned by Beretta Holding, they are not made in the same factory, not designed by the same engineers, not put together by the same workers, not built to the same quality standards. (contrary to popular belief)

There are reasons that Stoeger and Franchi cost half of what Benelli's and Beretta's cost.
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Re: franchi 20ga semi auto

Postby mudpack » Mon Dec 30, 2013 8:47 am

orphanedcowboy wrote:... If the Silver or Gold is to your liking, why not look at the SX3? It is basically a Browning Gold and has the speed load feature and true synthetic stocks.

Excellent suggestion. It can be had in a camo finish, too. I have a 20ga SX3 (walnut stock) and like it; it goes bang every time I've pulled the trigger (approx 900 rounds through it so far), and usually hits what I'm pointing at.
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Re: franchi 20ga semi auto

Postby orphanedcowboy » Mon Dec 30, 2013 9:37 am

mudpack wrote:While both Franchi and Benelli are both owned by Beretta Holding, they are not made in the same factory, not designed by the same engineers, not put together by the same workers, not built to the same quality standards. (contrary to popular belief)

There are reasons that Stoeger and Franchi cost half of what Benelli's and Beretta's cost.


Well, according to Franchi, they are made in the same factory and on the same line as the Benelli. Several articles point this out. They even have Benelli stamped on the receiver. I agree they probably have different engineers, but the quality of the 3 Affinity's I have, is equal to the 3 Benelli's I have.

I like the Affinity better than any of my Benelli's, I don't have to take a butt stock off to clean anything, everything comes out the front.

I also like the fact they use Mobil chokes vs the Crio chokes.

There are things that drive the price up on Benelli's, comfortech stock, pad and comb and..........?

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Re: franchi 20ga semi auto

Postby quackhead7606 » Sat Jan 11, 2014 11:23 pm

After I went and had her hold it I was told that its not the affinity like I thought but another franchi 20ga camo. How does franchi compare to the 1187 20ga? :fingerhead:
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Re: franchi 20ga semi auto

Postby orphanedcowboy » Sun Jan 12, 2014 6:05 am

If it is a 620\720 jump on it, most every one loves them that has them.

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Re: franchi 20ga semi auto

Postby 10gaOkie » Sun Jan 12, 2014 9:22 am

In my search for the best 20ga for me, I checked out the Browning Gold, Benelli M2, SX3, Franchi and Yildiz. I ended up choosing the Hatsan Escort Supreme as the one I like best.

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Re: franchi 20ga semi auto

Postby steelshotshooter » Sun Jan 12, 2014 11:01 am

Have you checked out the Weatherby SA-08 line of 20 ga. shotguns?

My wife shoots the Upland model 20 ga. and I went and purchased the synthetic model 20 ga. yesterday and I am quite impressed with it. My gun has a 28" barrel and my wife's gun has a 26". We also picked up 50 boxes of Fiocchi 3" SPEED STEEL #2, and at 30, 40 and 50 yds., patterns are very uniform with an extended full choke. The box says 1,500 fps. and 3 rounds shot over the chronograph read 1,472 fps., 1,470 fps. 1,474 fps.. I thought that was pretty good for factory ammo....
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Re: franchi 20ga semi auto

Postby 10gaOkie » Sun Jan 12, 2014 11:14 am

I checked out the Weatherby a couple months ago. After all the ones I looked at, I was not really turned on to any of them until running across the Escort. As for ammo, you would think in a town the size of OKC there would be a few places to find some 20ga steel shot shells. I managed to find one box of Fed 3" #2s and that was it. I am making a 100 mile drive to a nearby town to see if I can locate some more ammo. I have seen zero Fiocchi steel shot. I was not aware they even had a 3" loading. I was thinking of ordering a Terror extended in .595" for my new gun. Which extended full choke did you go with?

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Re: franchi 20ga semi auto

Postby orphanedcowboy » Sun Jan 12, 2014 12:40 pm

10ga, look at Able Ammo and Defender Supply in Texas, no tax and reasonable shipping and wide selection. Mack's in Arkansas, free shipping over $125 and Winchester Drylok #3 is a great choice in 20ga.

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Re: franchi 20ga semi auto

Postby 10gaOkie » Sun Jan 12, 2014 1:04 pm

Does the Win Drylock in 20ga have the thermo sealed crimps? Thanks for the tips! I might go for a case of the Win SuperX for 129 a case shipped but the Drylock is too darn much at 180 plus shipping.

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Re: franchi 20ga semi auto

Postby steelshotshooter » Sun Jan 12, 2014 7:04 pm

Chris,

if you want them, next time I go to OKC, I'll bring you 10 boxes of these Fiocchi shells. I paid $5 a box and bought 50 boxes from an individual that had to stop hunting for health issues...


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I took 3 shells apart and made a recording of them -

Ribbed wad is 1 15/16" long...

4 petals with 1" long slits in shot-cup...

Gas seal is 1/8" deep...

There was exactly 101 steel #2 pellets in each load. Pellets mic'd out at .150...

Shot column sits at least 1/8" below top of shot-cup...

I really like the crimp "taper" on these shells. So far, feeding has been flawless with my new Weatherby...

Total shot weight was 357 grains - not quite the listed 7/8 oz. load...

Oh yeah, the Choke tube I am using is a Briley .024 extended tube....
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Re: franchi 20ga semi auto

Postby orphanedcowboy » Sun Jan 12, 2014 7:07 pm

They have the thermosealed design, but trust me, the Super X Xpert does not pattern near as good as the Drylok shell in a 20ga.

The $180 price from Mack's is with free shipping.

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