SOLD FOR: $1225
Model: A 303 Deluxe Sporting
Serial Number: N96084E
Year of Manufacture: 1988-1996
Gauge: 20 Gauge 3” Shells
Action Type: Semi Automatic Gas Operated Tubular Magazine
Markings: The left side of the receiver is marked “P. Beretta” in cursive, with a game scene, with the “PB” logo, “Mod. A 303-cal. 20”, and the serial number “N96084E”. The bottom of the receiver is marked with Italian proofs and a date code but they are all weak and poorly struck. The right side of the receiver is marked with a game scene, “P. Beretta / MADE IN ITALY”, and “PATENTED”.
The polished barrel is marked as such: the left side of the barrel is marked “MAGNUM / P. BERETTA – MADE IN ITALY / 20 GA. 3 IN. – 28 INCHES M”. The right side of the barrel is marked “BERBEN CORPORATION N.Y.-N.Y.”. The position of the barrel hidden by the stock is marked “ALLOYED CR. MO. QUENCHED HIGH TENSILE STEEL”, various specifications and proofs, and date code.
The matte barrel is marked as such: the left side of the barrel is marked “P. BERETTA – MADE IN ITALY / 20 GA. 2 3/4 – 28””. The right side of the barrel is marked with a two line Beretta USA Corp warning, the hidden portion is marked “ALLOYED CR. MO. QUENCHED HIGH TENSILE STEEL”, various specifications and proofs, and a date code.
Barrel Length: Both barrels are 28″ with ventilated ribs
Choke: The polished blued barrel has a Fixed Modified choke. The matte blued barrel is threaded for chokes and is installed with a Cylinder choke.
Sights / Optics: The polished blued barrel has a metal bead set on the rib at the muzzle and a smaller metal alignment bead. The matte blued barrel has a white plastic bead in a base at the muzzle and a smaller metal alignment bead.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are checkered wood with a finger groove forend, capped pistol grip, straight comb, and solid rubber buttpad. There are a few light marks from use and storage, mostly on the buttstock. The checkering is generally sharp. The LOP measures 14 1/2” & 14” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad and wood, respectively. The buttpad shows scattered minor rub wear. The stock set is in Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Black Alloy Receiver and Blue Barrels
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright. There is no erosion in either.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 97% of its metal finish with the matte blued barrel installed and 86% of its finish with the polished barrel installed. The matte barrel has a couple of scuffs and light marks. The polished barrel has scattered areas of frost, thinning, and little marks through the finish. There are a few little nicks and hairline scratches on the polished barrel. The receiver has some scattered light handling marks. There is standard operational wear. The markings are mostly clear, the markings on the bottom of the receiver are weak. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this shotgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is a serial matching box, shipping box, spare barrel as described throughout, barrel weight, manual, two Beretta buttpads, choke wrench, Modified choke, Full choke, and an Improved cylinder choke.
Our Assessment: On display is a Beretta A-303 that was manufactured in 1988-1996, it has a pair of 28″ barrels, one with a fixed choke and one that is threaded for chokes. It is 20 gauge, self-compensating gas operated semi-auto. This gun has quite clearly been well cared for over the last couple decades though the polished blued barrel has seen some more use compared to the matte barrel. This lightweight shotgun would make a terrific gun for hunting birds or for clay shooting. With the included forend weight, you can adjust the balance of the shotgun to your liking. Retaining much of its finish, this shotgun easily has another few decades years of life left in it, likely more if properly maintained. Overall this is an excellent shotgun for sporting clays & hunting. Please see our photos and good luck!