Gun Report

Weatherby SBS Athena D'Italia ADX1228SGM

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The Weatherby swings in a lovely, controllable manner and is responsive enough to address a wide range of targets. We did find the balance forward a bit on this gun, a factor that was different from the Beretta, rather than a positive or negative. Would like a better selection of chokes, but $700 between the Athena and the Beretta prices buys a lot of tubes.

Weatherby SBS Athena D'Italia ADX1228SGM

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Home Defense
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Trigger Pull Weight Bottom
Trigger Pull Weight Top

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Both the buttstock and the forend exhibit what Weatherby calls a New Scottish checkering pattern. It's a tight 20-lpi diamond-spaced cross-hatch pattern. It was superbly executed, we thought.
False sideplates in full-coverage Acanthus scroll-style engraving were every bit as handsome as the Beretta.
We found the double triggers on the Weatherby to be heavy when dry firing against caps.The right barrel pulled an unwieldy 7.25 pounds and the left more than 8 pounds.

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