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Old April 24, 2021, 02:03 PM   #1
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My Favorite Shotgun - Franchi 48 AL 20 Gauge 3" Chamber

Hi, I've been a FLF member since 2007. This is my first post in the shotgun forum. My favorite shotgun is the Franchi 48 Al, 20 gauge, 3 inch chamber (rare chambering). I'm mainly a hunter - upland game grouse and pheasant. I own SKB SXS's, Marochi O/U's, Benelli M1's, and two old Franchi 48 AL's. One is 1955 the other is 1995 vintage. I've shot in trap leagues using the Marochi's and Benelli M1's.

I started serious pheasant hunting 30 years ago with an SKB 20 gauge. Then moved on to my Marochi O/U's and Benelli M1's in 12 gauge. Twenty years ago, I retired in WI. My SKB's were too pretty to carry in WI woods for grouse, so I started looking for a light 20 gauge semi-auto. I went into a local gun shop intending to order a Franchi 48 AL. The clerk said they had a used one on the self, 20 gauge, 3" chamber. I looked it over and bought it for $200.00. I didn't notice in the store that the barrel had been cut, it was 24". That season my ruff grouse kills went up more than 100%. At the end of the season, I checked the choke - it was 16 gauge full. I used it for several years on WI grouse, while taking my Benelli M1 and Marochi out west for pheasant. During this time I had picked up a 26" ploychoke, 3" chambered barrel for it.

After several seasons I decided to take it out west for pheasants. Using 3" shells and the 26" barrel, I was surprised my pheasant kills also went up. It was light and fast, held five shells and the shells were lighter than the 12 gauge shells. Many times I limited out with the first flush of rosters. Close shots and distance shots, it made no difference - it killed. I, solely, used the Franchi 48 AL for the next fifteenth years. I ended up buying a second one with three inch chamber for a spare parts, it is still in tack and functioning. My SKB's, Marochi's and Benelli's have sat in the gunsafe, unused!
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Old April 24, 2021, 04:31 PM   #2
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The Franchi 48 Al and/or a Benelli Ultralight were the ultimate mountain woods grouse guns in my opinion. I don't know why Franchi dropped that gun other than folks no longer have any taste.
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Old April 24, 2021, 07:14 PM   #3
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I was fortunate to be able to acquire a 48AL some years ago. It runs right along with my old Winchester model 59.
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Old April 28, 2021, 12:59 AM   #4
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My uncle had one of them. If I remember correctly, it weighed less than 6 lb. Too light for me but my uncle liked it.
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Old May 6, 2021, 10:25 AM   #5
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I have an AL48 28 ga and it is a wonderfully light shot gun. Well made, reliable and super light and handy.
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