The Weatherby PA-08 presents beautifully and has a great feel to the gun. The walnut forend and stock is pretty top notch, lending a much higher-end display that one would see on a shotgun at twice the price range.
We didn’t have very high hopes for this Turkish gun, but it shot every shell reliably, which was enough to help us consider the fact that it could be on par with manufacturers more known for their high-quality shotguns.
The Weatherby PA-08 is definitely on the lighter side of the scale, making it an option for young or female shooters. But on the other hand, the PA-08 is also good for more experience shooters when you consider the recoil you’ll feel from such a light gun. Our shooting tests were somewhat problematic in that we were surprised by how poorly the firearm performed at targets.
After a couple rounds of clay birds that laughably escaped their intended destruction, and the assumption that we was having an “off day” or that the noticeably heavy trigger was “messing” with us, we brought the gun over to one of our outdoor patterning lanes. The result, despite trying three different kinds of 2-3/4 shells from different manufacturers, offered poor results all around. Now is it possible that the shotgun was defective and in a state of disrepair? Sure. There are endless Weatherby PA-08 reviews that never mention any issues of accuracy. It is even more than possible that the issues were due to a broken choke tube.
However, others who own and use the shotgun for everything from pheasant and chukar hunting to filling deer tags, have only good things to say, the Weatherby PA-08 is definitely worth the consideration of comparison and purchase.
Available in 12 gauge, synthetic stock or walnut stock and standard chokes.