Joined: 08 Oct 2006
Location: Tappahannock, Virginia
Iíd put it in the Ďyou get what you pay for categoryí. Iíve handled the 20 and 28ga guns. They balance and point well enough, I just donít think the quality is there. Chances are you will have headaches sooner or later.
CZ is about the lowest priced guns I ever recommend. Not that they donít have problems, but they do have their act together, and fix them. Moving up from there, Franchi and FAIR are really the only safe bets if purchase price of a new gun is a main determining factor. Just my opinion.
Joined: 21 Dec 2005
Location: Napoleon, MI
So far you guys are supporting my same concerns.
I had some early non-CZ Huglu shotguns, both Ringnecks...they were a great buy at 400.00 for the 20ga and 600.00 for the 28ga. Handled, pointed, and shot very well...but that was 15yrs ago, things have changed in manufacturing...both good AND bad.
I suspected that if purchased, in the long (or short run really) I'd be displeased. Metal, everywhere, felt "soft"...
Back to my vintage pumps and autoloaders!
_________________ Good luck & great hunting,
I own a 555E in 28 gauge and a 555E in the 20 as well! Both have been excellent guns and in my opinion better than any CZ model. Nicer wood than any CZ I've ever seen!! I will be getting a 555E in 16 very soon.
I have 2 CZ shotguns. 16 O/U and a 16 SXS. They have performed fantastic over the last 3 years. The wood is good and they lock up and have never has a fail to fire.
I hunt 1 to 3 times a week and they are all I use for upland birds.
I buy guns to carry in the field and not to brag about.
I very much appreciate the fine guns that guys on this forum have and lust for some of them. The case hardening treatment on my SxS CZ has drawn many compliments.
It is probably because nobody around here uses a SxS or a 16 ga.
I just like shotguns. Bring them on, all of them. To each his own and I am old and hard core.
Thanks for letting me vent.
Joined: 13 Oct 2014
Location: North Shore of Boston
I owned a 555 in .410, it was a fairly decent gun - I sold it because it was on the light side and a little too whippy for me in order to get a good sight picture.
One of my friends who is one of the best shooters I know, and who can afford pretty much any gun he wants, owns a 555 in 28 GA and absolutely loves it. And this guy shoots a lot of birds, more than some of us shoot in a lifetime.
My general comment is the 555 is a good gun for the money.
The big determinent with any gun is fit, if it fits you - you can hit with it, and if you can hit what you are shooting at then itís a good gun for you.
Yes it is an entry level O/U - so what. I think of all the Stevens 311ís that are there with which a whole of people had a whole lot of shooting sports fun with.
There is an old saying which goes, ďa man can only understand that which his wallet allows him to.Ē Not everybody has $1,500+ to spend on an O/U, I say buy it and have some fun.
_________________ Bill K
North of Boston
Browning New A5 Sweet Sixteen circa 2019
Browning Citori Upland 16 GA circa 2013
Browning Sweet Sixteen 16 GA circa 1957
Savage Fox Sterlingworth 16 GA circa 1934
Joined: 31 May 2009
I own a Stevens 555 in 28 Ga., a CZ Bobwhite G1 in 28 Ga. and a DeHaan S2 in 16 Ga. Only the Bobwhite required any service for failing to fire, but I bought it used from a guy who shot it hard for a lot for years.
Where most folks get into problems with Turkish guns is that people try to turn them into degated clays guns; something they were not designed for; hunting upland birds YES; hundreds of rounds at the trap or skeet or sporting clays range NO.
_________________ I have more 16ga. shotguns than I need, but fewer than I want...At present: DeHaan S2, Remington M31L, Browning BPS, Remington Wingmaster 870.
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