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Citori Feather Question
« on: October 10, 2018, 02:13:44 PM »
Finally in the market for a nice upland gun (for the first time in my life). I have shot a lot of Citoris in my time and definitely prefer the feel of them to many of the other O/Us out there (Beretta's, the new Benellis, 101s, etc). They fit me and I shoot them well.

I have never handled a Citori Feather 12 gauge and never even seen one, but I have read good reviews and like the idea of them. I definitely carry my gun more than I shoot it, and less weight does appeal to me. However, where I hunt the pheasants are few and the pressure is high, I shoot a lot of 3'' shells. Apart from opening weekend, I run 3'' basically the whole time. I have some concerns about recoil with these magnum guns and the lighter weight of the Feather.

Does anybody have experience shooting magnum loads out of a 12g Feather? How bad is the "ouch". I don't do high volume shooting, but also don't want to buy a gun that makes me avoid magnum loads.

Just looking for thoughts/opinions...

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Re: Citori Feather Question
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2018, 02:15:36 PM »
Should add: I do quail and chuckar and grouse hunt, and the gun would be used for that as well...but I run 2.75'' lighter loads for them.

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Re: Citori Feather Question
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2018, 03:45:12 PM »
I have a CZ Upland Ultralight that's supposed to weigh 6 lbs.  I'm in Moses Lake and if you want to try 3 inch in it let me know.  I shoot 3 inch duck loads out of a Citori 725 Field that weighs 7 lbs, 4 ounces, per the book.   

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Re: Citori Feather Question
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2018, 09:51:20 PM »
Pretty crazy busy these next few weeks as Im sure we all are this time of year, but I may take you up on that later if the offer stands. Have you fired 3s through the CZ? How do they compare to the standard weight citori?

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Re: Citori Feather Question
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2018, 07:43:45 AM »
I only use the CZ when I'm after upland.  Haven't shot steel thru it other than upland steel which is usually 2 3/4 inch.   The 7 lb Citori i shoot all types of 3 inch loads thru it other than the hypervelocity stuff. 

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Re: Citori Feather Question
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2018, 02:16:10 PM »
Think it would depend on how much I am just pheasant hunting. My experience has been lots more shooting on the covey birds. For the occasional pheasant shot, have to say never felt it. Now doing it 20x a day might be a different story. Might think on going with larger shot.
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Re: Citori Feather Question
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2018, 03:13:08 PM »
Pretty crazy busy these next few weeks as Im sure we all are this time of year, but I may take you up on that later if the offer stands. Have you fired 3s through the CZ? How do they compare to the standard weight citori?

I have the CZ U UL as well and it will rattle your teeth and make your nose run with heavy loads.  I expect the Browning is similar.  The laws of physics can't be avoided. 

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Re: Citori Feather Question
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2018, 04:34:08 PM »
Since 3 shells are overkill for all upland birds, I wouldnt worry about it.  Shoot some moderately paced 2 3/4 shells and find the gun you like.  Ive never succombed to the magnum crazy, and I never will.  I GUARANTEE you the birds I hunt are a hell of a lot more pressured than the birds in WA, yet Ive never actually seen the need for a 12 bore.

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Re: Citori Feather Question
« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2018, 05:46:38 PM »
Respectfully disagree on the magnum loads, but do appreciate the response. Apart from opening weekend and a  rare heavy snowfall, its very  rare for us to get shots under 40 yards. Almost all going away. In the thick cover, Ive found a 3 load of 4s really cuts down on unrecovered birds. Although I do have to hold off a bit  on the odd bird that gets up close.

The Feathers dont seem to differ that much in weight from the standard beretta 686s. I like the feel and weight of them better than the standard Citori, but they just dont fit well.

Thank you all for the food for thought as I make a purchase.

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Re: Citori Feather Question
« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2018, 06:28:37 PM »
You dont need to use magnum loads for birds well beyond 50-60 yards.  Youve fallen into the magnum hype.  Fedearal Premium  2 3/4 loads shoot 1 1/4oz oz lead  at 1500 FPS.  If you cant kill birds with that at 50-60 yards all day long, its not the load, its you.  Kent loads their 1 1/4 oz bismuth loads at 1350fps in 2 3/4 shells.  The 3 loads only ad 1/4 oz of shot.  If that 1/4 oz of shot is important, you need to pattern your gun and learn how to shoot, because in the real world, it wont make a damn bit of difference.  Im killing tons of late season wild birds at 40-50 yards with 7/8 oz of #5s at 1125fps with IC and MOD chokes.   BTW.  I ONLY shoot double guns.  If your looking for a good double and you like Brownings, just buy a Muroku, and save a lot of money on the name.  Unless you desperately need the name Browning next to Miroku, which is nearly, or the exact same gun at half the cost..

https://www.browning.com/support/frequently-asked-questions/firearms-manufactured.html

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Re: Citori Feather Question
« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2018, 08:53:31 PM »
Sounds like some very personal opinions are being voiced.  I had the Feather in 12 ga but only shot it at the range at 5 stand.

If you like and want to run 3 mags then do it, it is a sweet shotgun. If you can afford one then by all means do it. The Feathers have a nice recoil pad on them and I am sure you wont feel the difference between a 2-3/4 and 3 when shooting at a bird. 

If 3 is your go to then use what your confident with. Pattern it as mentioned as all ammo flies a bit different. 

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Re: Citori Feather Question
« Reply #11 on: October 13, 2018, 10:05:40 AM »
The Citori feather isnt that light of a gun to begin with so I wouldn't be too worried about it. I shoot a 26in barreled Citori and it weighs 7.5 lbs. most feathers that I have seen weight around 7 pounds. I only shoot 3/4in shells out of it but I can definitely tell the difference between a target load and a heavy field load of 5s in that gun. I wouldnt want to shoot 3in mag all day but if I had to in a hunting situation, it wouldn't bother me. Like you said, hunting involves more carrying your gun than shooting it anyway.
« Last Edit: October 16, 2018, 11:53:10 AM by nutntoit »

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Re: Citori Feather Question
« Reply #12 on: October 13, 2018, 03:05:42 PM »
The current 12 gauge Citori Feather with a 26 inch barrel is listed at 6 lbs 7 ounces and has a 3 inch chamber.

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Re: Citori Feather Question
« Reply #13 on: October 13, 2018, 03:34:51 PM »
If I am only pulling the trigger a few times a day, I really don't care how hard the recoil is.  In hunting situations you just don't really feel it.  Although, I do disagree with Jet Jockey on the magnum loads.  Better penetration of shot from the magnum loads is a factual statement.  More speed when it hits means more kinetic energy as well.  I'm not saying magnum loads will always be best out of your gun, but if they pattern well, they will be more lethal.  For me, I like the weight savings.  If you are shooting clays or trap, I would prefer a heavier gun.
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Re: Citori Feather Question
« Reply #14 on: October 15, 2018, 04:50:41 AM »
The only thing a 3 shell gives you is 1/4oz more shot.  That 1/4 oz is useless if your shooting long shots with open chokes.  Id be willing to bet that there arent many more bbs in a pattern at 50+ yards, as a matter of fact, I know there arent.  All chokes have a simlar core pattern when shooting at 50-60+ yards.  While I do agree that speed kills, theres plenty of speed in 4 and 5 shot to get more than enough penetration at 50-60 yards with shells shooting roughly 1200fps.
« Last Edit: October 15, 2018, 05:00:35 AM by jetjockey »

 

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