Budget coach gun!

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Budget coach gun!

Post by Jakotay22 » 11 Oct 2019, 9:14 pm

Been looking into purchasing a coach gun recently for some fun plinking on the farm. I've heard a couple good things on the stoeger coach.

Would love some opinions on brands (12g side by side preferred)

I have also seen some boito coach guns going cheap.

Thanks :)
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Post by on_one_wheel » 11 Oct 2019, 9:44 pm

If you like the Stoeger, definitely get one.

I've had a Stoeger s/s coach for about 10 years, it's still my favorite workhorse
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Post by bigpete » 12 Oct 2019, 6:44 am

Buy a cheap old hammer gun and chop the barrels off...
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Post by marksman » 12 Oct 2019, 9:47 am

bigpete wrote:Buy a cheap old hammer gun and chop the barrels off...


was thinking the exact same thing :drinks:
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Post by Diamond Jim » 13 Oct 2019, 1:11 am

If you go that route then make sure it is proofed for smokeless powder. A lot of old hammer guns aren't. They are still quality firearms but built before smokeless powder was common.
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Post by wrenchman » 13 Oct 2019, 9:55 am

i had a stoeger for years i hunted grouse and rabbits with it and it was the gun i used when running bear baits i wish i never sold it.
i did replace it with a savage 311 my son hunts grouse with.
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Post by on_one_wheel » 13 Oct 2019, 10:14 am

I've been tempted to get another stoeger.

I like the blued, stainless receiver.
I'd probably order it with a single trigger and flush screw in chokes :thumbsup:
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Post by Wombat » 13 Oct 2019, 7:35 pm

I like my 12g Rossi overland hammer gun.
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Post by Wombat » 13 Oct 2019, 7:38 pm

marksman wrote:
bigpete wrote:Buy a cheap old hammer gun and chop the barrels off...


was thinking the exact same thing :drinks:


If two cylinder bores are what you want this would be the way to go. :thumbsup:
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Post by No1Mk3 » 14 Oct 2019, 11:55 am

I bought a Lucchini for $180, cost $70 to have the barrels shortened to 20" by a gunsmith.As bigpete said, buying an older gun and having it shortened can be a money saving option, but for convenience stick to modern guns like Baikal, Lucchini, Boito etc who all have both boxlock and hammer options, Cheers.
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Post by Jakotay22 » 15 Oct 2019, 9:32 am

I am new to shotguns and slightly confused in terms of chokes.

Is something like a Stoeger coach available with screw in chokes?
With the very limited knowledge I have, I thought hey were permant.

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Post by bigpete » 15 Oct 2019, 12:02 pm

No1Mk3 wrote:I bought a Lucchini for $180, cost $70 to have the barrels shortened to 20" by a gunsmith.As bigpete said, buying an older gun and having it shortened can be a money saving option, but for convenience stick to modern guns like Baikal, Lucchini, Boito etc who all have both boxlock and hammer options, Cheers.


You PAID someone to chop the barrels !?
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Post by Wombat » 15 Oct 2019, 6:01 pm

bigpete wrote:
No1Mk3 wrote:I bought a Lucchini for $180, cost $70 to have the barrels shortened to 20" by a gunsmith.As bigpete said, buying an older gun and having it shortened can be a money saving option, but for convenience stick to modern guns like Baikal, Lucchini, Boito etc who all have both boxlock and hammer options, Cheers.


You PAID someone to chop the barrels !?


It's legally safer that way. I imagine the bead was relocated too.
I'd probably pay a smith as well, even though I could probably make a whole shotgun from scratch. :drinks:
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Post by Bridgy » 15 Oct 2019, 8:34 pm

Jakotay22 wrote:I am new to shotguns and slightly confused in terms of chokes.

Is something like a Stoeger coach available with screw in chokes?
With the very limited knowledge I have, I thought hey were permant.

Thanks :)


Yes, up until recently I had a Stoeger Coach Gun Supreme, which came with screw in chokes. You can buy the regular coach gun, which comes with fixed chokes. The 'standard' coach gun also comes with different timber and no recoil pad.

Mine was good fun, VERY handy seeing how short and light it was, but recoil was pretty stout with hunting loads, and I found that for some reason the action on mine would stiffen up (as in it was very difficult to open the action for about 20 seconds) if you shot hunting loads through it.

Bloody good fun for smashing clays though.
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Post by on_one_wheel » 16 Oct 2019, 4:14 am

Bridgy wrote:
Jakotay22 wrote:I am new to shotguns and slightly confused in terms of chokes.

Is something like a Stoeger coach available with screw in chokes?
With the very limited knowledge I have, I thought hey were permant.

Thanks :)


Yes, up until recently I had a Stoeger Coach Gun Supreme, which came with screw in chokes. You can buy the regular coach gun, which comes with fixed chokes. The 'standard' coach gun also comes with different timber and no recoil pad.

Mine was good fun, VERY handy seeing how short and light it was, but recoil was pretty stout with hunting loads, and I found that for some reason the action on mine would stiffen up (as in it was very difficult to open the action for about 20 seconds) if you shot hunting loads through it.

Bloody good fun for smashing clays though.


My stoeger was stiff to open after shooting heavy rounds. It turned out to be the rough finish in the chamber.Unlike real brass shot shells, the new brass coated steel shotgun cartridges would expand and grab.

A couple of laps with a fine brake hone in the chambers had them smoothed out and the problem never showed up again :thumbsup:
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