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I am considering purchasing a hatsan escort field hunter 12g shotgun. I would naturaly prefer an 870 or mossberg 500, but they are really difficult to get hold of here, and hatsans are far cheaper.

should i bother? are they reliable or not? a good shotgun or a pile of expensive plumbing? pros/cons?

Thanks in advance,
GENT
 

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ANy gun is better than none. I have never shot a Hatsan before. I have both the 870 and the Mossberg and found them both to be a joy to shoot. How much ammo do they allow you guys to have now? I have friends wth the RAF here in the States and they can't believe how much ammo we can keep at home. I take them out to shoot their own WW2 guns. I wish you well from Dallas Texas.
 

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We are allowed any amount of shotgun ammunition provided it is not "prohibited" (any exotic ammunition, or that which contains fiewer than six projectiles), we are given limits on the amount of rifle/pistol ammunition we are permitted to buy and keep. its usually around the 1000 mark for .22's and .17hmr type things, but it can be as low as they like and usualy is very low for any bigger caliber.

Its not easy....

Thanks for your reply.

Any one else had the oppertunity to shoot a hatsan field hunter?
 

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One of the complaints I read about was the safety is located in the rear of the trigger guard. This makes it an unnatural movement to turn the safety off.

Also, there have been complaints of a long trigger pull.

You can read the review here - http://www.shootingtimes.co.uk/guns/111861/Hatsan_Escort_shotgun_review.html

A good pigeon gun
The Escort Magnum 20-bore on test is made in Turkey by the Hatsan Arms Company and follows the latest trend in gun design. In place of the optional walnut stock and glossy black finish on receiver and barrel with chrome bolt, there is a camouflage with synthetic stock and fore-end, and matt-black for bolt, carrier and trigger-guard; nothing to catch even a glint of sun and advertise your hidden presence to a cautious flock of pigeon. Imported by Edgar Brothers, it is supplied with the company's own three-year guarantee.

At just 6.1/4lb, the gun is none too light for a single-barrelled 20-bore, and the action and magazine contribute a shade under 2.3/4lb - more than 40% of the gun's total weight. With the long action the point of balance is further forward than on a side-by-side, falling almost exactly in line with the front edge of the aluminum alloy receiver.
Perfect proportions
The 25.5/8in barrel actually translates to 650mm - a length that leaves the gun looking nicely proportioned. It is proofed for 76mm (3in Magnum) cartridges at 1200bar and the 15.8mm bore size is actually a 20-bore. Slim and gently tapered, with a 6mm wide ventilated top-rib, the one nod in the direction of tradition must be the brass foresight bead. The bore is clean and well finished - an essential requirement to passing British proof ? and the breech extension where it locks into the receiver sports a fine machine-ground appearance.

Five screw-in chokes came as part of the package, each marked on the side with the degree of choke. The terms used are not quite the same as the British system and, as choke is a measurement relative to bore size, it was decided to gauge them in comparison to barrel bore. With this set, cylinder was larger than the bore, improved cylinder came out the same as open improved cylinder in our system - ie 0.003in choke - modified as tight improved cylinder (0.007in), improved modified as quarter-choke and full was actually just over half.
PROS
- Reliable operation
- Exceptional ejection
- Camouflage finish

CONS
- Long trigger pull
- Two-shot magazine
 

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Thanks kev.
I couldnt find any reviews when i typed it into google... odd, its fairly easy to find reviews for the semi, but not for the pump.

I presume the good and bad points will be similar for both. I think that it will surfice. thanks.
Any more aid to my perdicument?
 
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