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Trap semi for sporting + ported barrel ?

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I've been looking for a semi  ( just fancy a bit of variation from o/u ) . I just shoot sporting  but I can also go decoying if I fancy . I have seen a nice condition Beretta a303 for £275 which I thought would do me but have since found out it's actually a trap gun . It also has a ported barrel 

my question being would it be suitable for sporting / decoying or would I be better just getting a armsan /hatsan for that price range?

Also thoughts on ported barrel , I believe they stop barrel rise and recoil 

any advice appreciated 

 

 

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If it's in good nick, fits and a m/c .. then you can't go wrong.

If it's a fixed 3/4 choke(?) .... arguably a bit tight for some, but will suit a lot of competent shots.

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Wouldn’t put me off at all. If you like the gun then go for it. 

Not sure how effective ported barrels are. One of my trap guns has ported barrels but if it makes a difference I’m not aware of it. 

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That would be a rare gun indeed, Beretta have famously refused to cater for the Trap semi auto shooter in this country, US shooters by contrast are apparently able to order different stocks for ESP and Trap disciplines. 

First thing to do is make sure that what you've been told is factually correct, it could just be for example that someone has sourced a Trap stock from somewhere and fitted it or the original has been professionally raised, the porting is also highly likely to be an after market job, either way you're in luck because not only is the higher comb likely to function just as well (if not better) as a sporter, even if it turns out to not suit you, you can easily sell it or alter it to suit. 

What barrel length is it incidentally ? At that price it would be rude not to buy it. 

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It's a 28 inch  , I think I'll take a punt it's in good nick .its also fitted with a eazy fibre optic sight  which I may or may not leave on . The rib does not seem raised high compared to othe trap guns that I've looked on google images so Hamster your probably spot on 

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49 minutes ago, Gordon R said:

Hamster has it in a nutshell.

Thank you :) 

6 minutes ago, Scully said:

Post a couple of pics if you find the time; I'd be interested in seeing it. 

Same here :)

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The gun sounds like a Bitza to me, I have an old Beretta catalogue  that has the 303 Trap version specifications and barrel length is either  a 30"  or 32" fixed choke or m/choke and has a  two and three quarter inch chamber. 

The stock has a slight monte carlo comb and is fitted with a red ventilated pad.

The rib is flat not stepped.

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23 minutes ago, BlaserF3 said:

The gun sounds like a Bitza to me, I have an old Beretta catalogue  that has the 303 Trap version specifications and barrel length is either  a 30"  or 32" fixed choke or m/choke and has a  two and three quarter inch chamber. 

The stock has a slight monte carlo comb and is fitted with a red ventilated pad.

The rib is flat not stepped.

If you ever find one of those over here it will be worth double what the std versions go for. 

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I shot one on a regular basis in the States.  As said, 30" fixed choke (Full) barrel, Monte Carlo stock and engraved 'Trap'  on the side of the action. Oh, and it was still a 5 shot.  Just the job for a spot of DTL  or Trap over here   !  😯

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My Benelli Super Sport has ported barrel and it does keep the muzzle down.  Any semi automatic can be set up for trap shooting. With choke and weights.

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On 07/02/2019 at 18:48, figgy said:

My Benelli Super Sport has ported barrel and it does keep the muzzle down.  Any semi automatic can be set up for trap shooting. With choke and weights.

:good:

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