View Full Version : franchi 20ga ?

November 16, 2008, 02:57 PM
A friend locally has a franchi 48 A1 ultra light auto in 2oga.
He wants to sell it to me.
Is it a good shotgun?
& what is it worth in good shape?

Dave McC
November 16, 2008, 09:03 PM
Very good field gun. The AL 48 has lots of happy owners.

It's quite light, so recoil can be fierce. I'd stick with light loads.

Around here, best guess is around $400-500.

November 17, 2008, 11:24 AM
I really like mine. I have the Black Magic with the English stock. Super light and reliable.

November 17, 2008, 12:41 PM
One of the raps on them a few years ago was they didn't cycle light loads / didn't handle a mix of shells very well ( but a lot of semi-autos have that problem still today ).

I'm no expert on that gun - but I believe they are selling new around $ 700. I think the used one's I've seen around lately are in the $300 price range around here.

November 18, 2008, 06:40 AM
Great shotgun, probably one of the best choices in an upland gun. Same action as a Browning A5.

I didn't see very harsh recoil from mine or my light 20, when set for the appropriate shell.

Dave is right on the price.

November 18, 2008, 09:56 AM
Set the recoil ring for heavy loads and that will ease your recoil pains. Turn it back around for light loads. Some guns will cycle everything in the heavy position. If so, leave it alone.

If you are shooting heavy loads and the recoil spring is in the light position, it will cause undue wear to the action and your shoulder.

November 18, 2008, 12:52 PM
I have a 48 AL on lay away and have learned some good stuff lately online. Don't keep those advice and tips a secret! ebutler462, do you post as evbutler on shotgunworld.com? That is a pretty good site.

November 18, 2008, 01:16 PM
That is me! I do post on SGW as evbutler.

I try to hit about 4 or 5 of these sites a day and learn what I can and maybe help someone if I can.

November 18, 2008, 06:37 PM