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Looking for some advice. A friend wants to sell me his 20ga browning lightning. Real nice shape a few scratches from hunting in the stock. He had the barrels ported and a new butt pad put on and high end chokes in it for skeet. All total he said he has $400 extra in it. He's looking for $750 I'm looking to get into skeet shooting. Does this weapon sound like a good starter? I'm looking real hard at it.
 

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id buy a cheap 870 with a limbsaver, but thats just me. $750 is alot of money, although i have no idea what that guns worth.
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Ported bbl's with screw in chokes? That don't sound like a lighting. Are you sure it's not a Citori? Does it have the Invector chokes? Ported barrels is also not sounding right either.

Is it chambered 2 3/4" or 3"
 

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Ported bbl's with screw in chokes? That don't sound like a lighting. Are you sure it's not a Citori? Does it have the Invector chokes? Ported barrels is also not sounding right either.

Is it chambered 2 3/4" or 3"
He had the barrels ported by a gunsmith. Not factory. The chokes are an after market Invector "type". Some high dollar items I believe. As we all know not everything with a large price tags means it's better. I have shot it and it does shoot and swing very nice. Just wondering if anyone knows about the going rate on a 80% lightning with said adjustments. Thanks
 

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Really don't what the values are for your area, but the being modified really hurts the re-sale value. The blue book has them going really high about 1700.00 but the last time I seen them at the gun show they were about 40% below book value, but that was 12, the 20 are worth almost double. I would say less that 80%. The book says 1375.00 for a 20g at 60% that also has a lot to do with the year. '66 to '71 have lowest values due to salt wood damage, and are difficult to sell, not sure what the book is referring to but thought you'd want to know.

The Superposed Lighting did not have screw in chokes either, was that also done by a smith. Really don't know if that's possible because the originally a choked barrel is tapered down, not just the end of the barrel. If you really like the gun, what was done to it could help you get a better price but it will be difficult to re-sell. Really a shame they are beautiful guns.

On the other hand it's really great shotgun that would be a good place to start from. Brownings have different feel and fit that most guns don't have, they are known for having short stocks, which is don't work well for me, but I still won't sell it. 750.00 for a quality over and under is low.

Just throwing out some thoughts
 

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Thanks Fullclip, thoughts are exactly what I was looking for. Also the hard #'s were nice to see. I don't pay much attention to resale values. I ask myself if this piece is worth the asking price to me. If so I buy if not I counter offer and possibly walk away.
I also agree with Browning having a different feel. I liked it.
 
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