Considering buying a 90% citori lightning feather model. I was really curious if anyone has any experience with this particular gun, I've read a lot on superlights and the lightnings but can't find much on the lightning feather model.
My main concern is recoil from a light gun, I have a winchester 101 12 ga that I had to add a significant amount of weight to in order for it to be a decent gun to shoot for me.
I only shoot sporting clays 3-4 times per year and shoot clays from an auto thrower about 3 times a year, so my main use for this gun would be chasing the dogs on the dove, quail, and pheasants fields of the Texas panhandle! Any help is appreciated!
I don't know much about the Citori Lighting Feather, but I can speak to your 101 experience. The original 101's had a well-earned reputation for being hard recoiling guns. I shot a 12 gauge for a few rounds of skeet, and it had noticably heaver recoil than my other gun that day, a lighter sxs, using the same shells. I currently have a 20 ga 101 (I can't help I like their looks) and it also has more felt recoil than it "should".
What I am trying to say is that recoil is not just physics, it's fit. If you can shoot the Citori you're considering, or even a buddy's Citori, you should have an idea if the gun will be manageable for you, assuming the guns have factory dimensions.
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Agreed, it's best to try a gun first or at least a copy if that's not an option. I have experienced the uncomfortable felt recoil of a 101 field gun, in 12ga, and believe it to be mostly a function of how it fit me. I had a 16ga Citori that seemed to recoil heavier than it should have, compared to a Model 12 16ga, again I think it was fit more than absolute weight comparison. That Citori raised a rash on a friend's cheek, but didn't do so for mine. I never noticed recoil while hunting it though, and a lightweight would have been good for the same purposes I believe.
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I have the Superlight Feather in a 16, I believe it weighs about 1/2 pound (??) more than the Lightning Feather. I shoot the federal upland 1 1/8 oz #6 out of it at a listed at 1425 fps. I am 6'3, 230# and not real sensitive to shotgun recoil - I do not believe my feather "kicks" me much at all.
Specifics do matter though.....
I had an aftermarket pad installed, lengthening the pull to 15 1/8". Also had stock adjusted to fit by a local shotgun man.
Lastly, if one does mostly upland wing shooting with a gun, I fail to see how recoil comes into play much at all. Unless of course, you are indeed sensitive to recoil.
I am not a consistent shooter of clay, nor do I shoot any waterfowl - so can't address recoil issues there.
Hell, buy the Citori for birds, get a heavier gun for fake birds - can't have too many.
I have one and absolutely love it! It has been my go to grouse, pheasant and woodcock gun for about 3 years. The gun fits me just fine and I don't notice any recoil when I am shooting at birds. I have rarely used it for target/clay practice, but am sure that I could shoot 50-100 rounds of light target loads (1 oz.) without any concern. I agree that fit is a big factor. The gun carries, handles and shoots like a dream.
Thanks for all the replies! I think I'm going to go a different route at this time though, the local gun shop has a BPS 16 ga NIB for $400 with a $50 rebate from browning this month. That's too good of a deal to pass up and it'll go nicely with my 10, 12, and 20 BPS's!
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Location: canandaigua - western n.y. (formerly deerhunter)
how dumb was this !!... 1970ish , buddy had an FFL and our big Rochester shop was just liking Brownings . His cost : 239 for 12/20's , 249 for 28/410's . We bought about 6 20's , shot em for a year and sold them for 350 - what a deal ! Shoulda bought 20 of them ! Bought a 101 MAG with shells for 229 as the alternative . (These were Belgium guns also !)(we couldn't understand how anyone would spend the money for the 28/410's)
Enjoy both the BPS and the Feather in my collection.
The BPS w/ English stock is the best fitting of the bunch... for me at least.
I'll be swapping out the plastic but pad for a slim recoil pad on the Feather so it will be a little more forgiving on the clays range.
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