Franchi Shotguns

Hilltop

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I held a Franchi Affinity in 12 gauge the other day and really liked the feel. Anyone have any experience with them? Reviews look ok but I trust opinions here. Appreciate any feedback.
 

Colorado Cowboy

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They are a inertia recoil shotgun very similar to Benelli. Reviews are good, but of course gunwriters never saw a gun they didn't like!! I am familiar with the older Franchi which were really underrated.

What are you thinking you will use it for. This can effect a lot of hoe the gun will work for you. For field work I like a 20 ga that is light and fast swinging. Waterfowl not so much. I had a Benelli that I used for waterfowl that was a very good gun. A tad heavy, but that helped with the recoil and a smooth swing.

I wouldn't hesitate, especially if the price is right.
 

Catahoula12

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I have a Franchi Affinity in 20ga. Love it. No issues feeding or ejecting. Lightweight and feels great in hands. Overall, very smooth operating firearm....
 

Slugz

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My son shoots the 20G model for birds and turkey......I love it and when I go by myself I grab his vice my Remington 12G.....its swings great and I love the lighter weight for our long walks on the mostly bird free barren plains of Eastern Co and our insane walks for the mountain turkeys of Colorado ( translate exercise for elk season in the spring) :)
 

Hilltop

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I would get the 12 gauge and plan to use it for an all round shotgun but keep my 870 as an option. Thanks for the feedback- I have heard enough positive I am going to pick one up soon.
 

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Hilltop, not sure the cost difference but I'd hold a Beretta A-400, I did the feel it and you'll buy try! It's a great all around gun!
 

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Hilltop, not sure the cost difference but I'd hold a Beretta A-400, I did the feel it and you'll buy try! It's a great all around gun!
This is a great point. I like to take a shotgun, shut my eyes and shoulder the gun and swing it like you are following a bird. Do this with several brands and you will easily find one or 2 that really feel much better than the others.

Hard to beat an 870! I used to have a 28 ga that I loved to shoot doves and quail with. My son talked me out of it....he would have got it someday anyway. I get to use it anytime I want, so it's still "mine".
 

Hilltop

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This is a great point. I like to take a shotgun, shut my eyes and shoulder the gun and swing it like you are following a bird. Do this with several brands and you will easily find one or 2 that really feel much better than the others.

Hard to beat an 870! I used to have a 28 ga that I loved to shoot doves and quail with. My son talked me out of it....he would have got it someday anyway. I get to use it anytime I want, so it's still "mine".
I have shot an 870 for 25 years... still love it but that Franchi felt amazing to me. Going to pick one up this weekend I think.
 

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Hilltop, not sure the cost difference but I'd hold a Beretta A-400, I did the feel it and you'll buy try! It's a great all around gun!
Believe it, or not I won a 20 gauge A-400 in a raffle earlier this year. It is a terrific handling gun, but with the bronze colored receiver and figured wood it is almost too pretty to shoot. I do not need any more safe queens, so it is going afield!