I road out with a buddy 2 weeks ago to a LGS gun store. We have been hashing around buying a couple of semi-auto shotguns for dove hunting and for myself a shotgun to deer hunt with. As some of you may recall I killed my best buck every this past season with my Remington 12 ga. Magnum 1100. I was not impressed with the shotguns performance. It took 4 number 000 buck to subdue the beast at 25 yards. The Remington has a 30 inch full choke tube and probaley patterns buckshot like my A-5 Browning with the same full choke. I know for a fact that the A-5 strings the buckshot up and down. I shot 00 buck into a pine tree one day and it put all of them in at 30 yard and it put all the pellets in except for the fact they spread 3 feet straight up and down. We have looked at several makes of shotguns. I like the new Tri-star Viper 2 because its built simaler to my old Charles Daly and fits me great. Also we both liked the new Weatherby SA-08 a very well fitted gun with a very simple gas system that easily adjusts to handle 2 3/4 light loads and high brass. My buddy just ordered a Weatherby Deluxe SA-08 20 ga. While in that store I came across a Browning A-5 Light Twelve. This gun is 12 ga. with a ventilated rib.The gun is in near mint condition except some one cut the barrel down to 22 inches. At least they made a good even cut at one of the ribs up right and tapped and put a bead on it. I don't know the reason could have been a qauil hunter or possibly full choke like mine or a damaged barrel. I could have walked out the door with it for $500.00. I had the money in my pocket but that money on me was for my Father's. I called my Father later that night and told him about it, His only reply was you dumb axx. See he has a old A-5 that met up with a disaster many years ago making it none functional. My Father and I are going back tomorrow to see if its still there. If it is I am going to check it out real close. I think that this gun even with the cut down barrel will work perfect for dove and deer. It most likely will shoot slugs and buckshot just fine. Even if I have to buy another barrel with invector chokes We would have less than $800.00 in it not bad for our area because A-5's of lesser condition around here are going for $995.00 and up. I also found a Ducks Unlimited 1992 Franchi 12 ga. gas operated gun. This gun is mint condition and I can get that one for $850.00 out the door. I have researched this gun to exhaustion and can not figure out what model it is. I saw one on gunbroker's the other day the same exact model but was not in as good of condition last bid $1150.00. The gun actually appears to be a Beretta 390. I use to have a 390 Beretta, it was a great gun I just could not warm up to the safety being a head of the trigger. If the Browning is there I am sure we will come home with, a no brainer. Does anyone have a shotgun with the barrel cut down that much and how does it pattern. Sorry for the long post but I'm just bored and excited.