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weatherby SA-08

Postby quigby979 » Tue Feb 11, 2014 8:17 am

I have been researching for a new all around gun and this one has been coming up alot. Especially for the cost. Does anyone else have any feedback? Would appreciate any advice, Thank you.
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Re: weatherby SA-08

Postby maestromatt » Tue Feb 11, 2014 8:39 am

The only thing you would need to watch out for in the Weatherby is that it's not a guarantee that it will cycle every single load you need it to; no semi-auto under 1000$ really can.

If I were to recommend a proven semi under 1000$ that could cycle just about everything and comes in 3 1/2 inch instead of just 3", I'd go with the Stoeger M3500. Check it out, and weigh your options. It's all really about your preference.

http://www.stoegerindustries.com/m3500-shotgun
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Re: weatherby SA-08

Postby MarkM » Tue Feb 11, 2014 8:56 am

maestromatt wrote:The only thing you would need to watch out for in the Weatherby is that it's not a guarantee that it will cycle every single load you need it to; no semi-auto under 1000$ really can.

If I were to recommend a proven semi under 1000$ that could cycle just about everything and comes in 3 1/2 inch instead of just 3", I'd go with the Stoeger M3500. Check it out, and weigh your options. It's all really about your preference.

http://www.stoegerindustries.com/m3500-shotgun

What do you base that on, the fact that you bought a Stoeger 3500 instead of a Weatherby SA-08? I just checked your 8 posts and notice that you were originally going for a SA-08, but changed your mind for the 3.5" option in a 3500.

If you change out the pistons in it, it will cycle loads just fine.
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Re: weatherby SA-08

Postby quigby979 » Tue Feb 11, 2014 9:01 am

Thanks maestromatt, that is another gun below $1000 that keeps popping up. I did get some feedback that the 3500 also has trouble cycling the low base rounds. I am no gun guru but I have noticed that sometimes its not the gun but the ammunition is actually the culprit. This past season I was shooting Kent Fasteel in 3.5 and it was hanging up from my Remington Pump. I won a tristar Raptor at a DU event and the same rounds hung up on occasion from that gun. Once I stopped using that round it never happened again.
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Re: weatherby SA-08

Postby z51 » Tue Feb 11, 2014 7:45 pm

I have hunted with a SA-08 Waterfowler 3.0 for three years now. I shot 128 good ducks with it this year and never shot my 11-87 or A303 at all. I would recommend it to anyone. It comes with two piston s, light and heavy. I have never used the light piston. It will shoot light loads if you need that capability.
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The SA-08 is a solid all around field gun. I had one FTF all season under tough conditions. Highly recommend.
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Re: weatherby SA-08

Postby quigby979 » Tue Feb 11, 2014 8:14 pm

Thanks z51, that's what I was looking for was first hand experience. I have read reviews, held the gun, talked to others and all and all sounds like a solid gun, especially below $1000. Weatherby has a long history of quality guns. I am old school and stubborn about paying the big bucks. Thanks for the info.
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Re: weatherby SA-08

Postby steelshotshooter » Wed Feb 12, 2014 9:53 am

My wife shoots a Weatherby SA-08 20 ga. and between her and a couple of friends, it has a couple thousand rounds through it and so far, it has "0" problems!

I bought a synthetic stocked Weatherby SA-08 12 ga. not too long ago, and between the clay pigeons and starling, I've got close to a thousand rounds through mine, and so far, "0" problems...

My wife and I both have the "heavy" piston installed on our guns. The 20 ga. gets a fed a lot of 2 3/4" 1 oz. lead loads and a few 3" 7/8 oz. steel loads. Since I got my gun at the end of duck season, I have shot a lot of the 1 1/8 oz. Longshot high velocity lead loads and a few steel loads for patterns...

Our biggest rave about these Weatherby SA-08 shotguns is the "seemingly" reduced felt recoil. Even though my 12 ga. is about 2 lbs. than my 11/87, the felt recoil from the Weatherby seems considerably less and is more comfortable to shoot....
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weatherby SA-08

Postby Frylock » Wed Feb 12, 2014 10:16 am

Based on a lot of positive feedback about the Weatherby my hunting partner bought a SA-08 twenty gauge this past fall. She has had one recurring issue with her gun however, namely the bolt not traveling rearward smoothly or without a fair a mouth of force applied. We'll have the problem addressed this spring. It appears to be a well enough made gun and the price is hard to beat.
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