I've got a 28 ga. My dealer never was able to get a 20 ga. and so I just took the 28 ga. when it came in. He has had both on order for months for me and still hasn't seen a 20 ga.
They are not bad guns. The stock is a bit fat at the wrist but otherwise feels real good. I've not had mine long and still haven't fired it but have picked it up and faked it a few times. Comes up to shoulder well and feels good. Wood is kinda cheap but what do you expect on a $330 out the door gun? Wood to metal fit on mine is excellent and so is the execution of checkering.
By now you have probably either purchased the gun, or decided on something else.I just got around to reading you post. I purchased an Uplander 20ga with screw in chokes a little over two years ago. I have used it for two consecutive upland bird seasons now. I really like it. I think it is the ideal SxS for the guy like me that doesn't have a lot of money to spend. I took it out right after I bought it and shot some clay birds, found I had only missed a few and that was mostly my fault. I would recommend the gun. It's not an SKB but then the money is a lot less. I would compare it to the old Stevens 311. Sort of built for the common man. No domestic manufacturers make a good SxS anymore. I have an affection for the SxS myself, moreso that the OU. Good luck with your shotgun if you have it by now. If not, don't hesitate to buy it, it's a good purchase.
Wow, the price is right on these to be sure. I almost wish that I had not gotten my nova 12g lol. This gives me a good reason to pick up a 20ga for dedicated upland i guess. quality of wood does not bother me as I can make a stock/foregrip with ease as I make bamboo fly rods and am a bowyer.
I also like the single shots -brings back memories of my youth and 16GA hunting back in PA. At only $109 and weighing like 5 1/2 pounds, they look like very fun upland guns - just gotta make that one shot count.
If anyone has one of the 20ga singles, let me know.
The newer Stoegers seem to be of higher quality than those of just a few years back----but still very fat in the grip.
I bought a new Baikal 20ga SxS a couple weeks ago---stoutly built---trim in the stock---and a pretty nice piece of wood too. Single selective trigger---choke tubes and selective ejectors for $349-----You might want to look into Baikals too.
Actually some of the Baikal and Stoeger SxS's are pretty nice guns for cheap----you can get a decent gun without taking out a 2nd mortgage---it hasn't been this good for 20 to 25 years.
Actually the grips on the Stoegers seems to vary a lot. On my 28 ga. the grip felt really fat in my hand and I was planning to reduce it but traded it for the 20 ga. without ever firing a round. The 20 ga. has a nice slender grip. Best to pick them up and feel them if you can. Could go either way from my experience.
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