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The ultra is gone already🤙🏻I’m not a comp shooter just a social (I’m to chicken to enter a comp) I’ve only had the CG a couple of weeks, loving it. This one will be a keeper, I’m on the lookout soon for another semi auto for pigeons. 🤙🏻
Buy a Beretta 303, a cracking pigeon gun. Easy to clean and maintain and will leave you enough money for a couple of thousand cartridges too.
 
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Perhaps I can chuck in my 60 years of experience here, possibly saving you some money and CERTAINLY a lof of heartache.
I have been down the road of 'I must have a head turning gun' ! I did the Beretta SO 5, Perazzi 2000s, EELL thing, usually costing me a fair bit of money between each. Problem being, after approximately a year of each, and not being able to shoot any of them to the standard of my old Miroku 3800, I finally found success in the Prosport. I had shot that gun reasonably well for some 2 years (similar scores to yourself) and like you, do no longer shoot Competitions. However, last year, as I am getting closer to the big 80, having had a couple of minor strokes and a knackered shoulder, I was finding fatigue becoming a problem. I was missing more targets on the last 4 or 5 stands on a 100 bird shoot than enough. On 1 shoot I dropped 17 birds off the final 4 stands ! I then met an old acquaintance who said he was packing up shooting. I had taken him to buy his first gun back in 1992. He asked if I would help him sell the gun. When I saw the gun and its condition I just had to buy it. A Classic Doubles Trap gun with 2 sets of woodwork, Sporting and Trap. It was still with the original cardboard boxes and sales receipt. Also 360 of the original 1000 cartridges he bought with the gun. Suffice it to say, my ProSport has been traded for a 525 SL, my Grandson's 21st prezzie, I am shooting the CD, which weighs 8 lbs exactly, my scores are creeping back up and if has cost me £500 ! Last week I shot a friends new K80, yes I straighted the stand we were on, but I had just done the same with my gun costing £14000 less. If you are shooting the scores you quoted with a 525, then I would go for a side plated Browning or Miroku, that should tick the 'bling' box too ! Good luck with your quest.
Miroku are a solid made gun, a real work horse similar to Brownings. You don’t need to spend thousands of pounds to shoot well, it just makes you look better when you miss!
 
The most open ended question with no solid answer. But it fascinates us all as we’ve all been there..

“Not bothering with comps” does place you in the “no idea why you’re doing it then” category to me. 😅. But that doesn’t make me right, just different. However it means your drivers for change are not purely results driven so maybe you want something pretty and of a brand that rewards the pride of ownership element. So a great used Perazzi? Otherwise look at a 694 as one of your options if you want a very decent clay breaking tool that doesn’t embarrass. Plenty of dealers nearer to you. EJC, Emmett and Stone, William Evans Bisley, Park street etc..
After a round of 100 last week tried a 694 - the moment I mounted in the shop - felt great- better than my 525. Only had time to shoot 12 bin end cartridges from my boot through it - didn't miss! I will take out the shop demo for a full round next time I shoot.
 
After a round of 100 last week tried a 694 - the moment I mounted in the shop - felt great- better than my 525. Only had time to shoot 12 bin end cartridges from my boot through it - didn't miss! I will take out the shop demo for a full round next time I shoot.
I've got a mint condition 694 32in for sale that you might consider if you decide to go with Beretta.
 

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Without wanting to sound like a broken record, a 694 is a great piece of kit. Also Beretta's have a major plus in my books, as parts and accessories are so easily available from their e-store, which is not the case for most other brands. I like having the relevant spares for the expected wearables, and when something did unexpectedly break I was able to sort it on my own in a matter of days instead of weeks at a gunsmith having to order parts from where-ever.
 

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