Written on: 28/05/2013 by Luders
I purchased my 686 2 years ago.I have never take it for hunting and use only in the clay club.Its a very good purchase for me I have shot more than 10.000 rounds on it and did not have any problems.I think will last for many years as I only shoot 24 and 28 gr of cells.Its the hunting version not the clay version but works well for me. I paid for it 1575 Eur and I am happy with my purchase. I think its not a bad idea as its an entry level O/U from a trusted manufacturer.Its not a Perazzi but... (read more)
Written on: 09/05/2013
Hi , I have been shooting a Browning b325 on and off for 15 years , never thought I would swop this gun due to great fit and feel (at least I thought ) Now my son has started clay shooting and just purchased his new 725 sporter I decided to treat myself too. Tried the Browning range and although they felt good, when I mounted this Beretta Evo I couldnt believe how good it felt. Shot on the clay ground twice now and love it ,Feel , Fit , Balance , low recoil (at least compared with my old... (read more)
Written on: 24/05/2011
I bought a 686 White Onyx for skeet shooting Feb 2011. I've shot about 800 rounds through it and took it to a very reputable gunfitter to have the stock modified. He pattern tested the gun and discovered the upper barrel was shooting about 2-3 inches higher than the lower barrel. In my best interest he refused to modify the stock given the gun didn't shoot straight. I took the gun back to Gander and they sent the gun back to Baretta. That was a little over a week ago and I have not... (read more)
Written on: 02/05/2011 by Glenn K (1 review written)
We bought two brand new Beretta 686 in Columbus, Ga. for my kids to begin shooting on the Harris County Shotgun team in skeet and trap competitions. We took both guns to have them properly fitted by a profesional gunfitter 5 hours from my home (who's name I will with hold on his request--but he fits the top shooters in the world). He told us he has had alot of trouble with this brand being accurate. He said about 4 out of 10 shot accurately. We paper tested both guns and neither were... (read more)
Written on: 07/03/2011
I have the beretta 686 special. i have had it for about 3 years now and it has turned prety much into my best friend.
It is a great all round gun, great for clays. i mainly use it for pheasant shooting, but like i said it could be used for anything walked up stuff rough shooting whatever. Also it is a lovely weight, not to heavy and not to light. a good thing about it is it could take alot of shot too, you could fire as many shots as you wanted out of it and nothing would happen to the gun.... (read more)
Written on: 07/11/2010
I have had a 686E sporting 30inch barrels since I had my licence in March and I use it for for sporting and skeet and have used it for rough shooting, although I have now purchased a Hatsan Escort magnum for the rough shooting as I just thought the 686 was to good to use under the conditions I shoot. All in all it is a superb gun I have shot a couple of thousand rounds through it and whereas initially my scores were low they are now building up nicely. highly recommended and the build... (read more)
Written on: 03/11/2009
I bought a 30" 636 Sporting on the advise of a fellow shooter at the club where we shoot trap and skeet in a league. I had been shooting an O/U field gun that was not of the highest quality comparatively. Although I've only shot two rounds of trap since the purchase, it felt very comfortable and the added bit of length (my old gun was a 28") made locking in on the target easier. I look forward to changing out the chokes and trying a few rounds of skeet. If it's as comfortable there as with... (read more)
Written on: 12/08/2009 by johnduncan
I have owned and a 12 gauge 686E Sporter 30 inch multi choke for a little over twelve months.
This is a superb all round shotgun,it is used regularly on clay, rough shooting, pigeon and rabbit,using all types of cartridges ranging from 24 gramme steel to heavy game loads.
The beauty of this gun is that it is lightweight, making it sublime to handle, all be it on a long day out on the field ,or 50 sporting clay on a sunday morning.
Once i had this gun fitted, it is by far the best value for... (read more)
Written on: 16/07/2009
I have a Beretta 686 Silver Pigeon 28 gauge that I simply love. Like my other Berettas it is a quality firearm that performs beautifully. The only drawback is the recoil pad. It is OK for light loads but if you shoot sporting clay or heavy field loads in it you will feel it. This is mainly due to the light weight of the 686 small frame. Since I always change my recoil pads out to KickEez pads anyway this was no big problem for me, but Beretta could us a better pad on their shotguns out of... (read more)
Written on: 15/04/2009
I like the Beretta 686 because it can take out anything I want it to, pigeons, duck, geese etc. I like the stock on it. Quality gun, it would keep the price I paid for it so I wont loose much when i go to sell it. (read more)
Written on: 31/03/2009
I purchased a Beretta 686 Special 12 Ga about 5 years ago for upland game after carefully checking all other competition.This gun is the best shotgun I have ever handled from the first time I picked it up in the gun shop.At 6.8 lbs you can carry it all day. When you bring it up to the shoulder you are right on target ( with even your eyes closed). I use this gun for all my hunting which includes all upland game and wildfowl. Simple to use, love the safty features, single selective trigger.... (read more)
Written on: 31/01/2009
The Beretta 686 special is very comfortable gun. Excellent choice for its price. Made of fine wood, good assembling with precise hand operations, however the barrel locking do not have long life, the ejectors couldn't been turned off. (read more)
Written on: 16/12/2008 by fredcastiglione (1 review written)
I owned the Beretta 686 Special since the day my daughter was born in 1984, I need to tell you that today i still use it and looks a brand new as removed from the box, I am talking quality of a field gun that has served me to hunt every kind of small game to turkey, If i ever were to buy another gun i would let it be a Beretta over and under again either a Sporting a Special or even a Onyx, The shotgun was expensive in Canada in 1984 for the price of 1800.00$ then, but worth every single... (read more)
Written on: 10/04/2008 by Dom777 (1 review written)
best trap gun I ever had. The stock, barrel, design, price are all great. (read more)
Written on: 25/02/2008 by Frekie (1 review written)
Quality guns that come in a multitude of configurations and gauges. I own a 28 bore 28" multichoke 686 Silver Pigeon. The woodwork is pretty plain but straight and functional. Certainly the gun shoots where I point (Which isn't always on target). My only gripe, and the reason for the dropped rating point, is the ejectors which remain raised out of the barrel walls on removal of the barrels for cleaning. No problem if you are careful. If you're not watch out for blooded knuckles! (read more)
Written on: 09/02/2008 by jeaff
Good looking , good value. If your olny buying one for skeet/clay this is the one, try the Baretta 686 Special shotgun (read more)
Written on: 06/06/2007 by Battue (1 review written)
I bought a 686 Onyx Sporter used six months ago and I must say it is a wonderful gun. I shoot left handed and this gun was fitted with a left hand stock by Beretta for the original owner. Stock fit me perfectly with no modifications. They must have upgraded the wood as it is beautiful! The first owner did have the stock stripped, re-checkered and oil finished. I've replaced the factory chokes with Biley chokes. As mentioned I sent the gun to Cole in Maine for have the trigger creep cleaned... (read more)
Written on: 01/02/2007 by pete210540 (2 reviews written)
I previously shot a 685 game gun this 686 has a nicer finish but more effort is needed to swing no problem. Overall it's the best sporter on the market. (read more)
Written on: 03/12/2006 by biker4ever (5 reviews written)
Great gun, I do not shoot anymore, but I owned a Beretta 686 from 1997 until 2001 (my first and only gun), it was great all-rounder, and very light weight for a 12 bore shotgun, I had 4 years of very happy shooting with it, only sold it because I my licence period ran out and due to my life going in a different direction I did not renew my licence and thus by default gave up shooting, but a highly recommended gun, and if I even get back into shooting I would buy another Beretta 686, I loved it. (read more)
Written on: 10/07/2006 by fitzi (2 reviews written)
Beretta 686 special - if your a first timer buy Berretta, buy cheap buy twice, don't let a cheap gun put you off shooting. (read more)
Written on: 13/06/2006 by Eddie76 (1 review written)
I've had my Beretta 686E Sporting for 4 months now, with approx 1000 cartridges fired. It was my first purchase of a shotgun since I acquired my licence so I chose carefully. After spending months researching the different models and prices I came to the conclusion that you have to spend at least £1000+ to get a decent, reliable shotgun which will last you a lifetime. As I had decided to stretch my budget to around that amount I decided on the Beretta 686E as it had all the build quality,... (read more)
Written on: 13/01/2006 by flyfishmatt
I bought a Beretta 686 Sporting (32") 12 gauge two weeks ago. I have been to the range four times since then to shoot some clay. Let me start out by saying I went to the shop to buy a 30" Browning Cynergy Sporting ($2,500.00). The guy talked me into the 686 Onyx Sporting 32" but it took nearly two hours. As I drove home I was second guessing the purchase. I had read positive reviews about the Cynergy in a couple of publications. Well, was I ever wrong!
I was shooting simultaneous doubles... (read more)
Written on: 14/12/2005 by rajtenn (1 review written)
I bought the Beretta 686 Special gun for a 14 year old female novice trap shooter. She was shooting a 20 ga Remington, and says this 686 12 ga has less kick, and the 32 in barrel points like a laser. She shot her best scores ever on the first time out with the gun. (read more)
Written on: 20/07/2005 by keefy (1 review written)
Overall I really like the 686e. It has nice oiled wood and generally looks great. It is mechanically reliable with good strong ejectors and in 30in barrels it points and swings very well. The downside seems to be quality control. I have had a few niggly problems which have had to be rectified by the manufacturer which has slightly put me off. Not a bad gun but not as good as Beretta thinks it is. Don't just buy on Beretta's reputation - other makes should be looked at too! (read more)
Written on: 04/11/2004 by mwhelan (2 reviews written)
The Beretta 686 special is a very well made gun. Quick to point, light weight, very attractive to look at. Although some may find that they prefer something more bulky for clays (eg Browning 425) (read more)
Written on: 13/12/2003 by provokid (3 reviews written)
Overall, an outstanding, well manufactured, and extremely well engineered shotgun. A gun that so far, works well in the harsh conditions of waterfowling yet looks good and works well in the dove fields. (read more)
Written on: 09/05/2003 by Ali.
I previously owned a Beretta 686 sporting for years. Recently though I acquired a 686 onyx sporting. In my opinion it is probably the most handsome gun beretta has ever made (they previously had a 682 with similay finish).
The gun is reliable and responsive. I think it is a great value for money, since 687s and 682s, which are really the same gun with some cosmetic upgrades, cost almost twice as much.
Now to the back boring phenomenon. There is very little to gain in terms of either recoil... (read more)
Written on: 25/04/2003 by gt.
I love my 686 Onyx, but this is definately NOT an all-weather gun. During a rainy dove hunt, mine swelled up so bad that the action would not open. I inadvertantly badly scratched the stock with the lever trying to break it open to unload it. It swelled so badly that I ultimately had to discharge the shells & leave the gun in front of a small space heater for 24 hours before it dried out enough to open.
Good news is that Beretta stood behind their product & replaced all of the wood at no... (read more)
Written on: 27/01/2003 by Willie.
I have used the Beretta 686 special sporting for over 10 years now both at the range for trap/skeet and in the field on a variety of game. I have never had any problem whatsoever with this firearm. The fit and pointability are superb. An excellent waterfowl gun. The balance and weight are perfect for swingthrough and it has never let me down. The styling and engraving give it a nice apperance. A good solid firearm for the money. If I had to use just one O/U this would be my choice for... (read more)
Written on: 26/10/2002 by BGsquad.
Well, the Beretta 686 special is a real beauty...
it's handling is very easy: it just fits on my shoulder and gives me quick aiming.
it's range and precision are perfect and it's light weight... (read more)
Written on: 30/04/2002 by tally ho.
When I brought the Beretta 686 special, I had really high hopes as I had read a lot of positive reviews.
However, when I got it out of it's box, I found the stock to be badly scratched and the barrel to be well under the legal length. I wrote to Beretta and they said that was how it was designed.
I do not recommend this gun to anyone, as it is a danger to yourself when you fire it. (read more)
Written on: 27/10/2001 by Pecontools.
This is a really nice looking streamline gun, the quality of manufacture is stunning and the vented centre and top rib looks the part. It performs as well as it looks, I have had no glitches with reliability, the only grievance I have is the action is very shallow and when breaking the gun the last part of the movement is stiff. This means that you have to open the gun with some authority or have to keep ensuring the gun is fully open, otherwise the cartridge cannot be inserted into the... (read more)
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