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Weatherby 459-SA TR

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OVERALL RATING:

Workmanship: B+
Performance: A-
Price / Value: A-

It wouldn’t be completely fair to say that the Weatherby 459-SA TR, this year’s Great Buy in the shotgun category, was a dark horse, but it might seem a bit odd to have selected a 20-gauge tactical shotgun for this honor.

Yet the Weatherby ran away with the best scores in our Price/Value category based on its versatility for home defense, its suitability for women and young shooters, its potential as a lightweight turkey gun and the pure fun we had while using it at the range.

With a compact overall length and a pistol grip for support in a 6-pound 5-ounce package, the Weatherby is the very definition of handy. It comes with a ghost-ring sight on a Picatinny rail that works extremely well—even to the point of being deadly on hard-crossing clay targets.

The oversize bolt handle is comfortable to manipulate, and the gun loaded smoothly.

We would love to see this gun offered with interchangeable chokes, which would make it a no-brainer option as a turkey gun, especially given the ease with which we were able to support the gun with one hand, thanks to the pistol grip, leaving the other free to work a call. 

The 13 1⁄2-inch length of pull and soft-recoiling gas system also make it ideal for new shooters and those with smaller frames. Make no mistake—this is a lot of gun for the $659 list price. The biggest issue would be deciding who in the family gets to shoot it next.

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from William Young wrote 8 weeks 1 day ago

I have had several of these come in to our gun shop that people have purchased through online retailers. The problem we are seeing is that the actions will not cycle reliably out of the box. In most cases the gun will not even cycle one shell without having a failure to eject or double feed. I contacted Weatherby and their line is that you have run a 100 rounds or so through the gun to "break it in". I have never heard such a stupid thing in all my life. Telling a customer that he has to feed rounds into a gun one at a time until the gun decides to start functioning properly. Weatherby will repair the gun but you have to pay to send it to them and they have an 8 week turn around. If you pay for a gun, it should work out of the box without worrying about what load weight and muzzle velocity of the load you are shooting. The customer paid $520 for this gun through Cheaper Than Dirt. The customer contacted them and they were of no help. They would not let the customer exchange the gun nor give him a refund. These guns are produced in Turkey and in my opinion poorly designed. I caution customer that you get what you pay for and if you purchase it online you are on your own it doesn't work right.

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from William Young wrote 8 weeks 1 day ago

I have had several of these come in to our gun shop that people have purchased through online retailers. The problem we are seeing is that the actions will not cycle reliably out of the box. In most cases the gun will not even cycle one shell without having a failure to eject or double feed. I contacted Weatherby and their line is that you have run a 100 rounds or so through the gun to "break it in". I have never heard such a stupid thing in all my life. Telling a customer that he has to feed rounds into a gun one at a time until the gun decides to start functioning properly. Weatherby will repair the gun but you have to pay to send it to them and they have an 8 week turn around. If you pay for a gun, it should work out of the box without worrying about what load weight and muzzle velocity of the load you are shooting. The customer paid $520 for this gun through Cheaper Than Dirt. The customer contacted them and they were of no help. They would not let the customer exchange the gun nor give him a refund. These guns are produced in Turkey and in my opinion poorly designed. I caution customer that you get what you pay for and if you purchase it online you are on your own it doesn't work right.

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