Weatherby Orion Sporting Over/Under 12 Gauge Shotgun
Built with craftsmanship, reliability, and safety, the Weatherby Orion Sporting Over/Under 12 Gauge Shotgun is a go-to shotgun to transform your upland hunting experience. This Weatherby Orion Shotgun is constructed from a high gloss finish “A” Grade Walnut with diamond point checkering and an adjustable comb. When you're aiming at a flock in the sky, the low-profile solid steel receiver enhances your view with ultimate precision and point-ability to direct recoil straight back to the shoulder. Even when you're in the most rugged conditions, safety is a top priority with an easy to access safety/barrel selector switch positioned on the tang. To minimize pellet deformation and to increase fast reloading time, automatic ejectors throw empty hulls while the hard-chromed-lined bores and choke tubes minimize pellet deformation.Features:
- Ambidextrous top tang safety
- Low profile receiver
- Automatic ejectors
- Chrome lined bores
- 3" chamber
- Barrel Length: 30"
- Overall Length: 47-3/4"
- Chamber Length: 3"
- Chokes Included: Improved Modified, Skeet, Improved Cylinder, Modified, and Full
- Stock: "A" Grade Walnut
- Sights: Fiber Optic Front
- Length of Pull: 14-5/8"
- Drop at Heel: 2-3/8"
- Drop at Comb: 1-1/4" - 1-5/8"
- Weight (Approximate): 7.5 lbs.
My family has always been Weatherby, through and through; if they made Mark V toilet paper, i’m sure we’d invest. Owning a number of their rifles, I took the plunge on this shotgun, my family’s first Weatherby shotgun, and i’m beyond impressed.
The value is the leader, this shotgun could probably fetch twice what it’s MSRP is and it’d probably still be worth it. The fit and finish is everything you’d expect from Weatherby, almost making you feel guilty for touching it or taking it out to the field. That is, until you actually start shooting it, then you feel guilty for putting it back in it’s case. It naturally points like second nature, the extended chokes are a very nice addition and the porting does seem to help recoil; we alternated my Orion in 12ga with 2 Wingmasters in 20ga and it was very difficult to tell them apart recoil-wise. I would buy this shotgun all over again in a heartbeat, and if they ever chamber them in 20ga, I believe my wife will. “If the Mark V deluxe decided to be a shotgun”. Outstanding job Weatherby, now make it in 20ga!!!
I’ve used it extensively for Trap, Skeet and 5 Station.
The Weatherby logo case is a nice addition (but it does need a sling for easier carry between Sporting Clays’ stations).
I like the “fatter” forend , it fits my grip well for guiding the point.
The wood is exquisite as is the deep finish on the receiver and barrels.
I would like a mid rib bead to help me quickly establish my hold on the Trap field, the adjustable comb has also helped me show new shooters how to point well and look over the barrel.
For less than a grand, you’re getting as nice a 12 gauge as a Citori or Cynergy.
Like: Gloss finish/checkering, flared pistol grip Barrel selector/safety Adjustable comb Extended choke tubes Browning/Winchester thread Beretta 686 clone receiver Low price
Dislike: Weight: 7lb 13oz Heavy triggers: 6lb 8 oz lower 6lb upper Very plain walnut, “belly” on forend green fiber optic front bead
I was disappointed that my gun weighs several ounces more than the one purchased by my friend and that the trigger is heavier (6lb 8oz for the under barrel, 6lb for the top,) her trigger pulls about one pound less. I have never liked fiber optic beads so I removed the stock one and replaced it with a HiViz Comp front sight, installing the white light pipe rather than the florescent green or orange. The wood is very plain but finished well, the gun has a safety/barrel selector similar to my Browning Citori 725 which I prefer over the rocker style selector found on my wife’s Syren and other Italian guns. Ported barrels in my experience offer no real value.
We met some friends at the gun club Monday morning, they all were impressed with the appearance of the gun and value for price.
The gun was stiff opening as expected on a new gun, but handled and pointed well. After shooting 100 targets on the “easy” course I can report gun weight and heavy trigger were both non-issues, completely unnoticed while shooting. Shooting cheap Winchester target ammo in 1 and 1 1/8oz I shot a 94 on the course, my personal best to date, considering the LOP is about 1/2″ longer than I typically shoot it was a very impressive first outing. I have a KickEez sporting clays pad on hand but may shoot it full length for a while before cutting the stock. Great job Weatherby, now build it in 20 ga!