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I have (currently) a Hatsan Escort and I’ve just about had my fill of the thing. It’s the most temperamental gun in existence, and so much so it’s about to lose its place in the cabinet. It was purchased in haste with little to no research. 

So the question is what should I look to exchange it for? I’m not looking to break the bank as I’m also looking for an o/u. First and foremost I want something reliable, it’s fine to be second hand. Budget of up to and around the £700 mark.

Any advise would be greatly appreciated,

Chris

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Any Beretta 303, Browning B80 ( Beretta basically ) Browning 2000 ( very good guns ) Beretta AL 391, Benelli, and the very much under rated excellent  Franchi 712. 

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the later versions of the beretta 300 models,for 700 you can get a good used beretta  a300 outlander,reliable and not too heavy.

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I saw an A303 advertised on freeads

Great condition Beretta 303 semi auto 27"barrel including -
3 chokes - 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 
Choke key
Spare butt pad
Beretta gun slip
Boxed cleaning kit
Jack Pike cartridge bag
Cartridge belt
250 Eley Olympic trap cartridges

All for £550, what more could you want lol

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Pick up a Remington 1100 or 11-87 for less than £400! 

Spend the rest on cartridges. 

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Just now, Pigeon Shredder. said:

That’s what l would have said until l owned one, total carp.

Mine has been faultless for three seasons, mainly on the shore! 

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I have a Fabarm Euro lion competition bought S/H £500 ,  adjustable comb,  8 chokes and extensions. I use it with home load steel for wildfowl so doesnt get a lot of use !

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hello, not forgetting the Armsans or for a bit more money the Franchi affinity, i am sure there are well known brands that have the odd gun with problems, 

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Hi 

i also had a hatstand which drove me bonkers chopped it in for a maxus and never looked back.

    Mark

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I never know why anyone buys one. Spend a little more and get an Armsan, mine (for the short time I've used it) has been faultless. Pretty much a plagiarism of design, based on the more expensive Beretta I'm led to believe.

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as farmboy states .............A303 beretta.........ive had the same one for decades.................it just needs to be swabbed out with petrol desiel mix..........no bloody "o" rings

the a303 is a multi choke....some of the early 303's were fixed.....

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1 minute ago, ditchman said:

as farmboy states .............A303 beretta.........ive had the same one for decades.................it just needs to be swabbed out with petrol desiel mix..........no bloody "o" rings

the a303 is a multi choke....some of the early 303's were fixed.....

You can't go far wrong can you ditchy, mines rougher than a cats tounge on the outside but cycles everything about 24g without complaint. 

I very much doubt I'd get rid of it even if I did by another semi. 

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There's a good M2 Benelli in the gun sales thread slightly over your budget but would be worth a look

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2 hours ago, B725 said:

My £50 Winchester 1500 xtr so far has been faultless. 

I like mine too. 👍

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For another gun i can not fault the advice for an old £00 series Beretta semi or as sully mentioned the Browning B80, they are briliant i have an old B80 its early steel action version bomb proff.

But my advice is hold off just yet unless your dead set on another gun at any cost, But my advice is sort out the Hatsan . They are not at all bad they can give issues but most are curable with proper cleaning and lubrication, if it needs parts they are readily available and for a semi auto despite the price i think they are incredible. Thats my opinion .

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  1. Franch raptor 712,does everything you need and cycles any load without ever jamming,comes with shims to adjust fit.

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Another vote for the 303.  I have owned a few different makes of auto, but the 303 comes out top of my list. Compared to ANY of the later Beretta models, and I have owned a few, the 303 is by far the easiest to clean and lubricate and as such is by far the most reliable.  The Armsan looks to be reliable and good value, as does the Franchi Raptor. Just watch for split forends on the Raptor (and the 303 too). My 303 has had several thousand rounds through it and I am now using 24 gram Cheddite without any cycling problems. After a 100 bird sporting on Wednesday, it took 20 minutes to clean the gun, ready for it's next outing.  With 1/4 or 1/2 chokes in, it will take care of anything you shoot at.

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35 minutes ago, GingerCat said:

Beretta 390, 391. Plenty of change for carts. 

AND more cleaning materials.  I have had a couple of 391's and they are simply over-engineered and thus harder to clean..

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