Thursday, January 31, 2008

Weatherby Introduces New SA-08 Line of Semi-Auto Shotguns

January 2008

Weatherby has combined its reputation for performance and dependability with unmatched load versatility and affordability with the introduction of three new full-featured models of semi-automatic shotguns.

The new Weatherby SA-08 Semi-Auto line of shotguns features a proven dual valve system that allows shooters to quickly adapt the shotguns to accommodate the for widest load ranges. The interchangeable valves are easily accessed and changed.

The shotgun is available in three models, Upland, Youth and Synthetic. Both Upland and Youth feature oil-finished, walnut stocks. The Youth model has a scaled down stock for a proper fit with smaller shooters. The SA-08 Synthetic is similar in appearance and dimensions but features a black composite stock for added durability and affordability.

The Upland and Synthetic are available in either 12 or 20 gauge, and the Youth model is available in 20 gauge.

“With the addition of the dual-valve system, the SA-08 Semi-Auto offers the widest range of load versatility,” said Brad Ruddell, Weatherby’s vice president of sales and marketing. “Within seconds, hunters can transition from the lightest 7/8 ounce loads to the heaviest turkey and waterfowl loads. The key benefit of the dual valve system is guaranteed functioning through maximizing gas dispersal while minimizing felt recoil. The valve system efficiently uses only the gas necessary to cycle the action and bleeds off the balance.”

The SA-08‘s alloy receiver reduces overall weight and improves the balance of the shotgun. The chrome plated bolt extends bolt and receiver life by reducing friction and eases operation. The receivers also feature a unique drop-out trigger system. The trigger system can be removed and reassembled quickly for easy cleaning.

The Weatherby SA-08s have chrome-lined barrels to withstand years of high-volume shooting and reduce the effort necessary to keep the barrel clean. The shotguns‘ barrels also feature lengthened forcing cones for improved patterns and less shooter fatigue. Additionally the shotguns have three (Improved Cylinder, Modified and Full) screw-in Integral Multi-Choke System that are compatible with the Briley® thread pattern and allows shooters to tailor their shot patterns for specific hunting applications.

Upland and Youth models have an MSRP of $669. Synthetic has an MSRP of $619. For more information contact a local Weatherby dealer or Weatherby, Inc., 1605 Commerce Way, Paso Robles, Calif. 93446; (805) 227-2600. Or, visit

Founded in 1945, Weatherby, Inc.’s 2008 line features the popular Vanguard® and legendary Mark V® rifles, over/under and side-by-side shotguns in the classic Athena® and Orion® lines, semiauto and pump shotguns, premium ammunition and security/shooting accessories. The company is based in Paso Robles and invites all hunters and shooters to visit and join its new online community at


For more shotgun information, visit Shotgun Vault.

- Greg

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