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Franchi al 48 in 20 or 28

Postby mwal » Fri Apr 23, 2004 3:52 pm

Has anyone used an al48 Auto in 20 or 28? Likes Dislikes?

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Postby muddy » Mon Apr 26, 2004 12:24 pm

What will you be using it for?
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Postby B-townhunter » Mon Apr 26, 2004 1:14 pm

I got a 20 ga. By far one of the best if not the best 20 ga. you can buy.
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Postby mwal » Tue Apr 27, 2004 8:27 am

Muddy,

I would use it for Grouse Woodcock and some pheasant hunting

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Postby muddy » Wed Apr 28, 2004 2:46 pm

Is this your going to be your only gun? If so I would go with the 20 gauge, personally, just a more versatile gun. The weight difference between the two is slight and basically a non issue. If you are extremely concerned about the recoil (not sure if you are female or male) and will primarily hunt the smallest of small game birds, only then would I consider the 28. Franchi's are notoriously hard recoiling guns.
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Postby B-townhunter » Wed Apr 28, 2004 11:26 pm

yeah because of their lightweight(5.5 lbs) they do kick...you can't shoot 3" through the 20 ga. either. Doesn't really matter though, 2 3/4" has been proven to give a better pattern than the 3". Don't over look a used 48a/l 12 ga. they stoped making them a few years ago, but it is the lightest auto 12 you can get.
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Postby blathens » Tue Jun 29, 2004 4:16 am

I have an AL48 in 20 gauge. Nicest handling auto ever. I am considering one in 28 gauge as well.

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Postby Steve Anker » Thu Jan 26, 2006 8:27 am

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Franchi AL-48, 28 gauge

Bought one of these broomsticks years ago. A very light pleasant shotgun to shoot, a double auto, so it takes some getting used to with the barrel cycling like a browning A-5, zero recoil on light loads.
Regularly we lend this shotgun out to new first time shooters down at the clay range for a nice intro to gunning. The results are most favorable.

Weighing in at around 5 1/2 # unloaded it is a first choice for long upland treks in the rough. Jokingly I kid my A-TEAMers that I dont want to load the shotgun- might make it heavy.

One warning- KEEP IT CLEAN! neglect (been there done that) will lead to
non-cycling, field stripping the shotgun is simple and cleans quickly.
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Postby Michael Medrick » Thu Dec 21, 2006 11:25 pm

I just picked up a 20 this week. Shot some Bismuth and Kent non-toxic loads on ducks over decoys. Even with IC fixed choke everything I hit came down hard. I didn't notice the recoil and wasn't bundled up. Quail loads should be a real pleasure!!! :D
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Postby vman » Fri Dec 22, 2006 12:19 am

I have an AL48 28ga. Deluxe. Very nice gun, well balanced English Stock. I am very happy with it. As mentioned keep it clean, its not a Benelli. Fastest Gun I own.
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Postby Michael Medrick » Sat Jan 06, 2007 12:50 pm

My Franchi 20 Hunter has been out on a rabbit and quail hunt and was pretty great. I did not realize until I saw it next to another shotgun, that i had found a 24 inch barrel!!
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Postby Steve Anker » Thu Jan 11, 2007 5:50 pm

Franchi-

YES! Keep it clean, the least bit of gaaaank will lead to single shots only. The rail along the receiver where the barrel slides is paramount.

IC- that's a great choke size for upland, that's what we use,
I'd rather shoot the double auto AL-48 than my older Beretta 303 gas-o-matic.
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