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Weatherby SA-08

Postby RefugeRat4Life » Wed Jun 04, 2014 9:53 am

Who else loves their Weatherby SA-08??? This workhorse does not miss a beat and shoots as strait as any other $1k+ gun out there!
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Re: Weatherby SA-08

Postby cluckmeister » Wed Jun 04, 2014 11:12 am

RefugeRat4Life wrote:Who else loves their Weatherby SA-08??? This workhorse does not miss a beat and shoots as strait as any other $1k+ gun out there!

Damn are you opening up a can of worms with that question. LOL I cant wait to see the responses from all the B gun owners.
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Re: Weatherby SA-08

Postby steelshotshooter » Wed Jun 04, 2014 11:14 am

My wife has been shooting her Weatherby SA-08 for several years and I started shooting one for the past couple of months and we both really like them. For the money, I think they are one of the better semi-automatic shotguns on the market....
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Re: Weatherby SA-08

Postby z51 » Wed Jun 04, 2014 11:21 am

I've been duck hunting with my SA-08 Waterfowler for 3 1/2 years now. Great gun and the camo dipping has held up perfectly s far. I hunted mine 38 of the 40 days I duck hunted last year. Exactly one partial FTF on a Remington Sportsman when I let it get to dirty. Easiest gas SA to clean I've ever seen. I own several big name auto but this my favorite duck gun.
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Re: Weatherby SA-08

Postby WhatDuck » Wed Jun 04, 2014 11:22 am

I love my Weatherby SA-08! I have the 20ga with the upland wood stock and a 24" barrel.

It weighs next to nothing compared to my 12ga 870 making it perfect for dove, pheasant, and clays. I've had it for nearly 2 years now and it's a work horse. Not too many parts and pieces, easy to clean, looks great, and keeps on shooting... Compared to the cost of those "B" guns, this one gets an "A"!
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Re: Weatherby SA-08

Postby RefugeRat4Life » Wed Jun 04, 2014 2:44 pm

cluckmeister wrote:
RefugeRat4Life wrote:Who else loves their Weatherby SA-08??? This workhorse does not miss a beat and shoots as strait as any other $1k+ gun out there!

Damn are you opening up a can of worms with that question. LOL I cant wait to see the responses from all the B gun owners.


I like to open some worm cans every once in awhile! But hey I have mad faith that if you have shot one of these you will have very little to complain about! :smile:
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Re: Weatherby SA-08

Postby RefugeRat4Life » Wed Jun 04, 2014 2:46 pm

z51 wrote:I've been duck hunting with my SA-08 Waterfowler for 3 1/2 years now. Great gun and the camo dipping has held up perfectly s far. I hunted mine 38 of the 40 days I duck hunted last year. Exactly one partial FTF on a Remington Sportsman when I let it get to dirty. Easiest gas SA to clean I've ever seen. I own several big name auto but this my favorite duck gun.


Couldn't agree more... The weight, lack of recoil, dependability, and price make this gun almost too good to be true! I had the same problem with a failure to cycle after not cleaning it until the very end of the season last year. She sure does clean up nice!
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Re: Weatherby SA-08

Postby Tim Terrell » Wed Jun 04, 2014 4:26 pm

I just could NOT resist the current "close-out" price on these semi-autos at MC Sports.
I bought a black synthetic 12 ga. SA-08 with 28 " barrel. I had been looking for a 'mud-gun' and I've read nothing but positive reviews on this 'shooter. They were asking $429.97+tax... retail is $599. All my guns are wood-stocked... so this is my first 'black gun.'
I've not fired it yet, but looking forward to doing so very soon. It comes up like a Remington 1100 for me.
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Re: Weatherby SA-08

Postby RefugeRat4Life » Thu Jun 05, 2014 8:29 am

Tim Terrell wrote:I just could NOT resist the current "close-out" price on these semi-autos at MC Sports.
I bought a black synthetic 12 ga. SA-08 with 28 " barrel. I had been looking for a 'mud-gun' and I've read nothing but positive reviews on this 'shooter. They were asking $429.97+tax... retail is $599. All my guns are wood-stocked... so this is my first 'black gun.'
I've not fired it yet, but looking forward to doing so very soon. It comes up like a Remington 1100 for me.
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Tim, let me know how you feel about it. I also got mine on a deal for 479.99 out the door. Unbeatable! I went in to buy a Winchester SX3 and ended up saving almost 600 hundred dollars and bought a completely new set of gear for the upcoming duck season. Not only was I happy with the deal on the gun but I was sure warm and comfortable the last two seasons! Hope you like it.
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Re: Weatherby SA-08

Postby Yuchi1 » Thu Jun 05, 2014 2:38 pm

Do the current SA-08 (turkish mfg.) have the lengthened forcing cones & overbored barrels as the ones previously manufactured in Italy did?
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Re: Weatherby SA-08

Postby RefugeRat4Life » Thu Jun 05, 2014 3:07 pm

Yuchi1 wrote:Do the current SA-08 (turkish mfg.) have the lengthened forcing cones & overbored barrels as the ones previously manufactured in Italy did?


That is a great q. I will email Weatherby and get back to you.
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Re: Weatherby SA-08

Postby steelshotshooter » Thu Jun 05, 2014 3:25 pm

My wife's 20 ga. and my 12 ga. SA-08 shotguns have lengthened forcing cones but, they are not back bored. The bores and chambers are chrome lined....
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Re: Weatherby SA-08

Postby KRB » Thu Jun 05, 2014 4:55 pm

What choke system are the new SA-08"s compatible with?
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Re: Weatherby SA-08

Postby RefugeRat4Life » Thu Jun 05, 2014 6:26 pm

I believe is it spec'd to winchester; I will look when I get home. Got the Carlson's close, mid, and long range extended chokes set up . I also have found this makes a great place to store the light or heavy piston(whichever one you aren't using at the time) that is safe and reliable. All you have to do is take a razor and custom cut out the same fit for the piston. Just keep it in my blind bag or skeet jacket when I am shooting clays.
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Re: Weatherby SA-08

Postby Tim Terrell » Thu Jun 05, 2014 7:10 pm

Weatherby SA-08 12 gauge choke tubes interchange with Winchester Win-Choke, Browning Invector, Mossberg M500, Savage and Ruger-pre-93... according to Carlson's website.
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Re: Weatherby SA-08

Postby RefugeRat4Life » Thu Jun 05, 2014 11:43 pm

Tim Terrell wrote:Weatherby SA-08 12 gauge choke tubes interchange with Winchester Win-Choke, Browning Invector, Mossberg M500, Savage and Ruger-pre-93... according to Carlson's website.
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Thanks, Tim.
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Re: Weatherby SA-08

Postby KRB » Fri Jun 06, 2014 3:48 am

Thanks guys
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Re: Weatherby SA-08

Postby z51 » Fri Jun 06, 2014 5:27 am

The gun is basically a Beretta A302 action with a simplified gas system that uses two interchangeable pistons and a captured o-ring in the gas chamber like the SX3. I have never had the light load piston in my gun.
The chokes are standard Invector available everywhere. I run Carlson Waterfowl extended chokes on mine.
It comes with 3 chokes and cast and drop shims. Weatherby customer service is top notch.
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Re: Weatherby SA-08

Postby RefugeRat4Life » Fri Jun 06, 2014 8:27 am

EDITED: I found if I use anything less than a 1 1/8 oz load for clays or dove it will not cycle the round using the heavy load piston. If I switch to the light it cycles flawlessly.
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Re: Weatherby SA-08

Postby steelshotshooter » Fri Jun 06, 2014 9:01 am

I use the "light" piston for 1 oz. and 1 1/8 oz. loads and have never had a problem. If I shoot the faster Longshot 1 1/8 oz. loads or heavier or steel shot loads, I switch over to the "heavy" piston. Over 4,000 rounds so far, and I have had "0" fail to eject and no other problems whatsoever...

This gun also has a lot softer felt recoil than what my Remington 11/87 had, and this Weatherby SA-08 is several pounds lighter....
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Re: Weatherby SA-08

Postby z51 » Fri Jun 06, 2014 1:42 pm

I use mine strictly for waterfowl. No need for the light piston. My 12 gauge Waterfowler 3.0 weighs 6 1/2 pounds, my Rem 11-87 SP weighs almost 8 pounds.
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Re: Weatherby SA-08

Postby RefugeRat4Life » Fri Jun 06, 2014 5:10 pm

z51 wrote:I use mine strictly for waterfowl. No need for the light piston. My 12 gauge Waterfowler 3.0 weighs 6 1/2 pounds, my Rem 11-87 SP weighs almost 8 pounds.


I'd like to think that I am a pro but I like to practice skeet shooting on the off season to keep me shootin' em dead. Still no need to change the piston if you shoot the 1 1/8 oz loads for skeet.
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Re: Weatherby SA-08

Postby z51 » Fri Jun 06, 2014 6:23 pm

I have 2 dedicated skeet guns and a SC gun. IMO the Weatherby is too light for serious clay sports
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Re: Weatherby SA-08

Postby RefugeRat4Life » Sat Jun 07, 2014 10:08 am

Well if I had dedicated guns(which I will at some point), then I might think that way too. I find myself shooting as good as the regulars at the skeet field. Two weeks after getting my SA08 I shot my first perfect round and now on average shoot a 22-23. Cant complain.
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