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MN Beretta #145941 04/30/09 12:14 AM
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MN B,

A set of used barrels will cost you around $1000 or more. Then you will have to have them fitted. So, it can be done but will not be cheap. Email me at the return address on the file I sent you if you are looking for a set of barrels.

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As far as extra barrels are concerned, long ago I figured out that searching for another SO is the way to go. A mismatched second set of barrels is not a guarantee of a good return of your investment at resale. Personally, the simplest solution to the desire for an open bored barrel is the installation of a set of Briley Ultralite 20 gauge tubes.

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A new set of barrels will cost more than you have in the gun now. How about a set of Briley thin wall choke tubes? Yeah, I know it may ruin the collectabilty, but it would improve the gun's utility. Alternatively, how about spreader loads in the present barrels?

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Originally Posted By: eightbore
As far as extra barrels are concerned, long ago I figured out that searching for another SO is the way to go. A mismatched second set of barrels is not a guarantee of a good return of your investment at resale. Personally, the simplest solution to the desire for an open bored barrel is the installation of a set of Briley Ultralite 20 gauge tubes.


Quality advice, I just sold an SO4 that was in excellent condition that had a set of ASE 90 barrels fitted to it, people acted like that gun had swine flu!!!

Short story, you will never be able to get your money out of it if you invest in another set of barrels, if you can find any for that matter.

Keep looking around for another gun or you can have choke tubes done on your S2, you will experience less value loss at the time you want to sell than you would if had invested in another set of tubes.

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The last set of barrels I saw for sale had an asking price of $3500. I missed a set some time ago at William Larkins for $850. I believe they made them fit an SO5 they have listed as a two barrel set. I talked to Rich Cole about this idea last year and the only sure way to add a barrel was sending it to Italy. The price would be eye watering. The SO's are not great collectors in general so in this case a set of Briley thin walls would, as already stated, be a very nice way to go.(IMHO) You made a great purchase to be into the S2 at $2000. The two listed now are about $4900. William Larkins had one and Cabelas had the other.
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Back to the old thread: If I remember correctly, we decided that the S or SO designation is not a sure indicator of what pin number variation you have. S marked guns have been found with the later pin variations, and the SO marked guns probably nearly always have the late pin variation. Each gun has to be examined for features beyond just looking at the model designation. The AS series small frame boxlocks are still the neatest guns to come out of the SO shop.

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Okay, so I don't think I will get a new set of barrels. Eight bore mine has 9 pins--don't know if thats the old or late variation. I'm going to try the spreaders at a sporting course this weekend--see how they work. I have put about a thousand rounds through it on sporting and found if you do your job it breaks even the close ones. Mine came from Cabela's in MN and I thought I got a pretty good deal. Thanks for the great info.

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The Abercrombie and Fitch period was a bit confusing because they seldom catalogued the S and SO guns under their real grade designations. As a previous poster mentions, the Garcia SO4 and SO5 were changed from highly engraved field and European style light pigeon guns into very different, lightly engraved, heavier competition guns in the eighties and nineties. In 1984, Beretta sent American skeet shooter Mike Thompson to the Olympics with a couple of 682s, and would have sent him with SO4s if he had wanted them. Unfortunately for Beretta, Matt Dryke won the gold medal in the Olympic Skeet event with a $300 Remington. From that point forward, Beretta initiated a well coordinated loyalty program for International shooters. In the eighties, when the SO4 competition guns were marketed, they were available at very reasonable prices compared to the very similar SO5 that replaced it in the nineties. Beretta USA was selling shelf worn unfired SO4s for less than $4000 in the mid to late eighties through their pro shop in MD. My SO2 light pigeon gun cost me exactly $2100 in 1987. It had a water mark on the checkered wood butt, but was otherwise new and unfired. Shortly after the SO6 and the second generation SO5 were introduced, the party was over and the SO5 was being sold for at least twice the price of the nearly identical SO4.

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MN,
Not sure what you mean by 9 pins? If your gun was made in the Early 70's it should have 5 pins on the right lock and 4 pins on the left lock. Go to the Griffin & Howe Used Gun website http://www.griffinhowe.com/usedgun-sg.cfm. There is a Beretta S2 listed. The photos of the gun will show you the pin configuration. Then look at the price and you did very well to get into an S2 for $2200.

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Just curious, has anyone actually seen a 60's period SO gun marked as an SO? The only ones I've seen were marked as an S2, S3, S3EL, S3EELL.

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KDGJ ASKS: To anyone else,
Just curious, has anyone actually seen a 60's period SO gun marked as an SO? The only ones I've seen were marked as an S2, S3, S3EL, S3EELL. I believe that you are correct. I just looked at a 1959 vintage gun that is marked S3EELL and a 1971 vintage gun that is marked SO4.

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