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Old June 3, 2012, 11:25 AM   #26
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I have a Stevens 512. It's okay but nothing special. I would not have bought it though... the story is that I did buy a new 612 SxS from gunbroker for $400 (and no shipping). I waited a year to find such a deal! Well, that gun shot okay but the stock was actually a little short for me so I had to add a recoil pad which was a little annoying.

Then, it started doubling - so I had a full auto SxS. I shipped it back to Savage and they sent me back a new 512 (silver receiver and all, it really was an upgrade). The 612 is discontinued, could not be fixed (aluminum receiver had issues it seems), etc, so they sent me a 512.

I am having to put on a rib riser on it as the gun shoots low and that annoys me. It fits great though, but I just put a 1/4" x 14" x [1/4" tappering down to 1/16"] square dowl on the rib just in front of the middle bead. When sighting along that, it shoots perfectly.

The ONE thing I hate about it is that it doesn't stay open all of the way. The extractors are still stiff or something so the action has a tendency to sort of close up a bit making getting to the under barrel a chore. If it didn't do that, the gun would be fine.

I am afraid to ship it back to Savage... I don't know what I'd get back. I wanted to have a little, lively 20ga SxS but have a slightly heavier O/U now. So odd.

The 512 is balanced a lot better than the 612, btw.
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Old June 3, 2012, 11:31 AM   #27
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NOoooooo waaayyyy!

Without a doubt= CZ

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Old June 3, 2012, 02:20 PM   #28
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I'd sell 300 Weatherby Mag before I'd sell my two Citori's.
But I could get by with a Beretta, If I had to.
It has always amazed me how few used Citori's you see at gun shops. They never make it to the shelf.
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Old June 12, 2012, 08:52 PM   #29
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I have a Ruger Red Label, and while it fits me and shoots well I cannot recommend it because of some quality issues. If I were to buy an O/U today, I would look at Caesar Guerini Woodlander or a Franchi Instinct. The Woodlander is above your budget, but I have seen the Instinct for around $1,100.
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Old June 12, 2012, 09:11 PM   #30
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+1 for the Citori, I have the 525 field and it's a keeper.
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Old June 12, 2012, 10:11 PM   #31
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I'd sell 300 Weatherby Mag before I'd sell my two Citori's.
But I could get by with a Beretta, If I had to.
It has always amazed me how few used Citori's you see at gun shops. They never make it to the shelf.


Browning Citori or Beretta 686... Whichever one feels the best...
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Old June 24, 2012, 07:11 PM   #32
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If you live in a state with Academy Sporting Goods, you will be remiss if you don't look at the Yildiz O/U. Turkish made, durable, beautiful walnut, and five chokes. Look at Shotgunworld.com in the I Love...section. Briley makes great chokes for them, and they also do the warranty work for Yildiz.
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Old June 24, 2012, 08:18 PM   #33
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Dang, the Yildiz look a LOT like the Stevens 512
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Old June 24, 2012, 08:45 PM   #34
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Gentlemen, the OP was nearly 3 years ago. I presume the decision has been made.
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Old June 24, 2012, 09:10 PM   #35
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Gentlemen, the OP was nearly 3 years ago. I presume the decision has been made.
and, the market has changed some.
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