Franchi Affinity compact vs. Weatherby SA-08 compact

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Franchi Affinity compact vs. Weatherby SA-08 compact

Postby cyclonefan » Sat Mar 22, 2014 5:43 am

I would like some opinions of these two guns. What are your thoughts on 20 gauges for waterfowl, would my wife be better off with a 12 gauge? I don't think recoil will be an issue, mainly just weight and size of the gun. I do see you can get the Affinity in a 12 gauge compact model so that might be an option. Also how does the Beretta A300 compare. Any opinions good or bad would be appreciated. Thanks
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Re: Franchi Affinity compact vs. Weatherby SA-08 compact

Postby KRB » Sat Mar 22, 2014 7:48 am

While I think the Affinity is a great gun it will have more recoil than the gas guns. In 12ga. The A300 is a great gun low recoil, low price. Weatherby is light and gas. A 20ga. can certainly kill ducks.
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Re: Franchi Affinity compact vs. Weatherby SA-08 compact

Postby winchester1852 » Sat Mar 22, 2014 7:51 am

Any "waterfowl" gun would be fine they all weigh nothing. Clays is we're she might want a gaser somewhat lighter in the recoil department.
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Re: Franchi Affinity compact vs. Weatherby SA-08 compact

Postby hamernhonkers » Sat Mar 22, 2014 8:33 am

The 20 is actually a great duck and clays gun. My wife is currently using an a400 for her upland and clays gun and the sa-08 synthetic for her duck gun. Both have very light recoil and she shoots them both well.

I until last season had been using a combo of 20's for most my duck and goose killing for over a 7 year run. I was using a stoger o/u, 11-87 and sx-3. As you can see we like gas guns for the light recoil.

I can't tell you much about the infinity but the sa-08 has been a good solid gun to date.

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Re: Franchi Affinity compact vs. Weatherby SA-08 compact

Postby waterfowlhunter » Sun Mar 23, 2014 7:01 am

A 20ga works fine, You might also look at the Mossberg, CZ and the Escort they are made in Turkey by the same company that makes the Weatherby if I remember right. If not I think they are all under the same parent company in Turkey. The Escort might save you a few $ and if it does not work out your not out as much as you would be on the Weatherby.
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Re: Franchi Affinity compact vs. Weatherby SA-08 compact

Postby z51 » Sun Mar 23, 2014 6:33 pm

Not sure if they are the same Manf in Turkey, but those guns are all different gas actions. The Weatherby has the best quality control and customer support, that I do know. I picked the Weatherby and it's been a solid performer.
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Re: Franchi Affinity compact vs. Weatherby SA-08 compact

Postby cyclonefan » Tue Mar 25, 2014 6:08 am

Thanks for your input guys, I think we are going to go look at a Weatherby this week. I haven't heard hardly any bad things on the gun and from what everybody is saying she should do just fine with a 20 gauge. Now I just have to make sure we find the gun that she likes and fits her. I don't know if I should post this in this section but are there any certain choke and load combos you would recommend. Thanks again
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Re: Franchi Affinity compact vs. Weatherby SA-08 compact

Postby hamernhonkers » Tue Mar 25, 2014 7:54 am

The gun comes with the standard assortment chokes if IC, Mod, and Full. I really like kent's in the 3" 3 shot and with the factory tubes should pattern it ok. Also federal blue box 3 shot loads work great and being a little slower tends to pair to most choke tubes easier and it kills ducks to 40 just fine. Of course you'll have to put them on paper to find out for sure but I would start with the mod tube and go from there.

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Re: Franchi Affinity compact vs. Weatherby SA-08 compact

Postby Luvbowhuntn » Tue Mar 25, 2014 12:29 pm

My 9yr old shoots the SA-08 in a 20ga. Great guns for the price IMO. It's been rock solid for the 2 years I've owned it. It's nice that I can get adult stocks for it too when she outgrows the youth stock. Unfortunately we'll probably never need them since she's eyeballing my new M2 20ga like she's planning on getting it from me. Yes you'll do fine with the 20ga. I own lots of 12's but this season I intend on leaving my Mag Stalker in the safe and using the M2 Benelli 20ga. for almost all my duck hunting


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Re: Franchi Affinity compact vs. Weatherby SA-08 compact

Postby KRB » Tue Mar 25, 2014 5:56 pm

If your going with a 20ga I would consider the Affinity over the SA'08. Higher quality, less weight, less maint. and great warranty. Just shot one this past weekend and will be buying one.
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Re: Franchi Affinity compact vs. Weatherby SA-08 compact

Postby flyndutchman » Tue Mar 25, 2014 10:15 pm

The chokes that came with my 20ga SA-08 are adequate. They measure more open than what the notch marking system suggests. The IC measures what a skeet choke should be and the Mod is LIght mod. Haven't had a chance to put patterns on paper yet. Got the gun at the last of the season. I shot Estate 1oz of 4's, 3's, and 2's through it. The 4's didn't seem to work as well at the ranges I was shooting. I did put a Hevi shot ER choke on it the last day and it did very well with hand loaded 15/16oz 2's. Less swatting. For the money it is a great gun. The Affinity is probably a good gun too, but at my local shop, almost twice the price.
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Re: Franchi Affinity compact vs. Weatherby SA-08 compact

Postby cyclonefan » Fri Mar 28, 2014 7:15 am

Well I took my wife to look at shotguns yesterday and she decided she likes the Benelli montefeltro the best so far. I guess she has more expensive taste than I thought. We didn't get to look at the Weatherby so hopefully we can look at it today. What are your thoughts on the Benelli. Does it come in a synthetic stock compact model? Thanks for your input.
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Re: Franchi Affinity compact vs. Weatherby SA-08 compact

Postby KRB » Fri Mar 28, 2014 7:26 am

Not sure about the monty but the Affinity does
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Re: Franchi Affinity compact vs. Weatherby SA-08 compact

Postby Luvbowhuntn » Fri Mar 28, 2014 12:45 pm

I know you can get the Montefeltro in a wood stock combo that includes youth and adult stocks both. Really good deal on a great gun. Not sure if they're available in synthetic though


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Re: Franchi Affinity compact vs. Weatherby SA-08 compact

Postby z51 » Mon Mar 31, 2014 2:25 pm

cyclonefan wrote:Well I took my wife to look at shotguns yesterday and she decided she likes the Benelli montefeltro the best so far. I guess she has more expensive taste than I thought. We didn't get to look at the Weatherby so hopefully we can look at it today. What are your thoughts on the Benelli. Does it come in a synthetic stock compact model? Thanks for your input.


The Affinity is basically a entry level Monty. Both will kick you harder than the Weatherby. If you have the coin the Monty is nice but 3" shells kick hard.
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Re: Franchi Affinity compact vs. Weatherby SA-08 compact

Postby cyclonefan » Tue Apr 01, 2014 4:57 am

We finally got to check out the Weatherby and she liked it but she really likes the Benellis. She likes the M2 and the Monte. Are they worth the extra money? We were also told it was almost impossible to get the M2 in a compact version, is there any truth to that or was the salesman at scheels full of it.
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Re: Franchi Affinity compact vs. Weatherby SA-08 compact

Postby flyndutchman » Tue Apr 01, 2014 12:23 pm

She really needs to have a chance to actually shoot them as felt recoil could be the deciding factor. Do you have any local range or gun clubs that might give her that chance. I love the feel of the Benelli M2 and the Monte but I won't put up with the recoil.
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Re: Franchi Affinity compact vs. Weatherby SA-08 compact

Postby z51 » Tue Apr 01, 2014 4:19 pm

cyclonefan wrote:We finally got to check out the Weatherby and she liked it but she really likes the Benellis. She likes the M2 and the Monte. Are they worth the extra money? We were also told it was almost impossible to get the M2 in a compact version, is there any truth to that or was the salesman at scheels full of it.


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Re: Franchi Affinity compact vs. Weatherby SA-08 compact

Postby cyclonefan » Tue Apr 01, 2014 6:48 pm

Thanks for the input guys. Do the Benellis have a lot of recoil in the 20 gauge. She is shooting an 870 now and it doesn't bother her. She doesn't think a 12 would be to much kick it is just hard to get one in a compact model.
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Re: Franchi Affinity compact vs. Weatherby SA-08 compact

Postby flyndutchman » Tue Apr 01, 2014 7:12 pm

Is she shooting the 870 in 12 or 20 and is she shooting it with 3" steel loads? If she can tolerate the 870 in 12ga with steel loads, she should tolerate any of the autos she tries. As far as the M2 in a "compact" version, I've never seen one, although they make a thin recoil pad to fit the comfortec stock. How short of a length of pull does she need?
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Re: Franchi Affinity compact vs. Weatherby SA-08 compact

Postby Rick Hall » Wed Apr 02, 2014 4:26 am

cyclonefan wrote:Do the Benellis have a lot of recoil in the 20 gauge. She is shooting an 870 now and it doesn't bother her.


Shooting the same loads, my 12ga SBE has appreciably less recoil than my 12ga 870, enough so that I'm always surprised by the 870's jolt. And I see no reason why that wouldn't also be the case in 20 gauge. But be advised that when outfitting camp guests with a 20, none I can recall who have been offered the option of a gas operated one has chosen to use my Montefeltro 20 after firing both it and the gas operated 20 on our clays range. The difference between Benelli's inertia system and a gas one is apparently significant.
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Re: Franchi Affinity compact vs. Weatherby SA-08 compact

Postby KRB » Wed Apr 02, 2014 5:40 pm

You can get the Affinity in compact camo 20ga
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Re: Franchi Affinity compact vs. Weatherby SA-08 compact

Postby Luvbowhuntn » Wed Apr 02, 2014 8:23 pm

I owned a Montefeltro 20ga and now own a M2 20ga. There's a fairly large difference between the two as far as recoil. The Monte definitely has more recoil than the M2. The M2 is a fairly soft shooter but does have slightly more recoil than gas 20's. I also own a Browning Gold Classic FLD 20 that's the lightest recoiling shotgun I've ever shot period. Its a dove hunter's dream. Although I never get to shoot it since my wife has pretty much taken over it lol

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