I’ve been used as a jon boat paddle. I’ve been belly crawled through mud. I’ve scored triples on ducks, doubles on pheasants and just cracked 100 straight at trap league. I am one tough shooter.
NO LONGER IN PRODUCTION
The SA-08™ Semi-Auto Shotgun is Available Exclusively at weatherby.com & Bass Pro Shops
The SA-08™ Semi-Auto Shotgun comes with a durable synthetic stock that is impervious to wet weather. Based on Weatherby’s dependable dual-valve gas-operated system, with a chrome-plated bolt, that cycles 2-3/4″ and 3″ shells smoothly without binding or jamming. A CNC-machined aircraft-grade alloy receiver significantly reduces the shotgun’s weight, making it one of the lightest shotguns on the market; factory swivel studs provide the option to carry gun to and from the field with a sling. A vent-ribbed barrel with a single brass bead front sight allows instant target acquisition and fluid swinging. The Weatherby SA-08 Semi-Auto Shotgun comes with 3 screw-in choke tubes (F, M, and IC); threads accept optional Weatherby choke tubes. A drop out trigger assembly allows rapid field disassembly, and the chrome-lined barrel cleans effortlessly.
- CNC machined aircraft grade aluminum receiver
- Chrome plated bolt
- Vented top rib
- Brass front bead
- Chrome lined bore
- Drop out trigger system for easy cleaning
- Dual valve gas system
- Push-button safety
- Lightweight and durable injection-molded synthetic stock
- Swivel studs
BARREL AND METALWORK:
- Available with 26-inch or 28-inch barrel
- All metalwork is matte black to reduce glare
- Improved Cylinder
Questions about Choke Tubes? View the Choke Tube Guide HERE.
How do you break in your shotgun? Check out the Shotgun section in FAQ HERE.
Guy A. Block –
I found one in camo with a 28″ barrel. A guy won it at a Ducks Unlimited banquet and never shot it. I bought it for a good price and used it this past duck season and for a few rounds of skeet. It has been flawless! I put a gasket in to reduce the drop, and it is now perfect for me. It’s light and still doesn’t have much recoil. I really like this gun.
I bought a used syn. SA-08 w the short barrel 3 yrs, ago for cheap w only the light valve and none of the shims for the stock.It was scuffed/scratched a bit but the action was stiff and tight and the chrome barrel was like a mirror.I cleaned it up and shot some clays before Dove season. I added a slip on adjustable butt pad for some more length of pull. When I went hunting I was very impressed w this shotgun.The light weight, the soft recoil, the mounting and swing were perfect and I was nailing the doves. I got the heavy valve and now it’s my favorite shotgun for dove/ducks and rabbits.
What is not to like. It is accurate, reliable, solid, light, fires every time. It is easy to swing. Comes with three chokes. I have owned mine for about 5 years and take it skeet shooting mainly. Fires more reliably than most of the other, more expensive guns on the range. I know that Turkish made guns are not necessarily the best but look at the Internet and read the reviews on this gun. It is a very, very nice firearm.
Squirrel hunter –
Best shotgun ever Never hangs up no matter the kind of shells. Use a kicks high flyer with number 3s kill ducks and squirrels. Had mine for 11 yrs hasn’t failed me yet
Sa-08 owner –
Bluebill nut –
I just purchased my 3rd SA-08, I hunt ducks
Late October- November in the north Midwest Snow 20degrees The guns performed very well. I bought the second because Im sure I wore the first one out
I bought another for a back up gun. I noticed the 2nd was made in Italy the 3rd Turkey
I didn’t see any identification on the choke tubes or in the manual, till I pulled out the old manual and counted the notches
Put thousands of rounds in it and no jams at all
This is the second year I have used my SA-08. The price was excellent and I just love this gun. It is light and easy to swing when waterfowl hunting. It is also very easy to take apart and clean. This shotgun has yet to fail even in extreme weather conditions. I would highly recommend this shotgun.
I am so pleased with this gun that I had to write another review about it. I have a 20ga 26″ synthetic SA-08. I am using it on 6-18 mile hikes across the mountains in SE Alaska to hunt Grouse and Ptarmigan. It is light and reliable. I’ve taken some bad falls and never had a misfire or accidental discharge. It also holds six shells…very important this year when a bear came after me… I load 3 slugs in first then hunt with three 7.5’s on top. You will probably never need them but the confidence this gun gives you in the wilderness is priceless. I have had many different guns over the years… This gun is hands down the BEST!
cant wait to buy another one for my wife
Waterfowl population control team –
Very affordable cycle every type of round I put through it
Kyle Mcmurtrey –
Just shot my first perfect round of skeet with this gun. Never had any issues with this gun. It just keeps cranking out shells couldn’t be happier.
Carl Soles –
I ORIGINALLY BOUGHT THE GUN FOR DOVE HUNTING BUT HAVE ACTUALLY DONE MORE TURKEY AND DEER HUNTING WITH IT. THE STOCK FULL CHOKE WORKS GREAT FOR TURKEY AND A BUCK KICKER CHOKE SHOOTS A GREAT PATTERN WITH 00 FEDERAL LOADS. CYCLES GREAT AND SHOOTS VERY FAST EVERY TIME. IT’S ALSO EASY TO CARRY ALL DAY LONG DUE TO THE LIGHT WEIGHT. I DID ADD SOME TRU-GLO SIGHTS FOR A FASTER SIGHT PICTURE. GREAT GUN!!
On Point –
Started off with the 20 gauge, I love the balance and the smooth swing of this shotgun. This is a very lightweight shotgun with a very mild kick, my daughter started using it and loves it so I had to buy another one, my new one is a SA 08 12 gauge. I use these guns on every outing, I hunt mostly upland, without any cycling problems or gun issues so far.
I can say that this is easily the BEST shotgun value on the market.
One request from Weatherby, please give us a SA 08 in 16 gauge.
On Point! –
I bought the 20 ga SA 08 to start with and absolutely love it. It has not failed, ever. My daughter wanted to try it out instead of the Mossberg 500 that she always used, now I don’t have my favorite shotgun to use.
(I have shot a Benelli Legacy for years) Since she decided that the Weatherby was the gun she wanted to use I thought I better buy another one, so I got the Weatherby SA 08 12 ga this time and absolutely love this gun too. Balance is perfect and they just don’t fail.
Weatherby please make a SA 08 in 16 gauge. PLEASE!!
Being a waterfowl guide and skeet shooting a lot over the summer. This gun is by far the smoothest shotgun I have ever fired. Before I bought the new model of the SA-08, I had the older version and there is a big difference in weight and thickness of the shot gun. You won’t be disappointed with this gun.
I have been shooting for a long time both for competition and guiding hunters. I have used many different guns in the past. My new favorite firearm is a 20 ga SA-08 with 26″ barrel. It cycles shells incredibly fast and has done so without failing ever! I usually shoot very cheap ammo on the skeet range that even jams my over and unders but not this gun! it is feather light and has a suprisingly light recoil. This gun is perfect with only one drawback: it needs to be cleaned after using. I’m surprised this firearm is not more expensive…great value!
Ring neck –
This weatherby shotgun is one of the most smoothest shooting gun I’ve ever shot.
It’s so easy to operate anyone can shoot this gun
I have put down lots of goblers with my weatherby sa-08 12gauge shotgun
I got my sa-08 about 3 years ago and have put several thousand rounds through it, hunting and shooting clays, without a single malfunction.
The gun is well balanced and very light making it very easy to carry around all day. The recoil is about average but is very linear, making follow up shots quite easy.
Have convinced several friends and family to purchase one with great results and will continue to recommend.
Bought this thing on Sat night going on 4 years ago at the local walmart, See I was invited to shoot on the following Sunday and had no gun to shoot Sporting Clays. So I have been wanting a Semi-Auto shotgun for a good many years and had never really researched what I wanted. Was in the store about 20 min bought the SA-08 because it was the only one they had that I liked the feel of and it was the only one they had left the display model, great price and felt good. took it home and google searched it and found out what a great gun I really had. By the way I out shot some high dollar guns that sunday, and have not looked back, i did have some problem with it cycling and a couple stove pipes but I got that figured out by using a hotter load and all is well thinking about one in a 20 ga next.
Ducks and Dickel –
I’ve had this gun for 3 years now and have run a lot of rounds through this gun, both in the field hunting waterfowl and also at the range shooting trap and sporting clays. This gun has outperformed every other gun I have and also some of the “B” guns my friends have brought along. I’ve never had a misfire and it’s a breeze to clean. I had some concerns with the piston system but I can change pistons in well under a minute and the first time was maybe 2. I will buy this gun for my son when he gets older and dont anticipate ever using a different shotgun again.
Good Gun for the price had a slight problem with the heavy load the porting system cracked I shoot a lot of waterfowl I’ll give it another shot this year I’ve never had any other problems with this gun
I got this Gun about 2 years ago and have not had a problems with 750 rounds through it. I love this lightweight gun and the price
This shotgun is the best I have ever owned! It has a quality build and preforms remarkable both on the range and in the field. Extremely reliable, never had it jam and I clean it twice a year. In national competitions it has never failed me. I would recommend this firearm to anyone looking for a semi-auto shotgun.
Proud Dad –
My son turned 12, so it was his year to get a new shotgun. First I bought a 28 gauge O/U and he did not like the recoil. Next I bought a .410 and he loved it, but I wanted to take him duck hunting. We kept going to the range to shoot the .410 and 20 but he always flinched with the 20. I read about the Weatherby SA-08 and how the two pistons would adjust the recoil. The season was coming soon so I bought one thinking it was a last chance effort. It worked! He still thinks the .410 is fun (so do I) but loves his semi-auto 20 gauge SA-08. We went hunting 2 days in a row and he out shot me. He completely overcame the fear of a recoil and would sometimes shoot all three rounds (even while the duck was folding and falling. This was the best purchase I ever made. He out shot me last year, but I am planning on bringing out my 16 gauge and trying to keep ahead next season. My fear, it’s not the gauge but the aim and swing. He may just be better at this game than his old dad.
Brandon P –
I purchased this shotgun in 2012 and had a little hicup with the link while shooting black clouds (mostly my fault) Weatherby sent me a new part for free no questions asked. This has been my go to shotgun ever since and I would highly recommend the SA-08 to anyone
I SHOOT 3″ 6 SHOT AND JUST HAMMER EM SYTHETIC 20 GA FUN!
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Jon Jon –
I have been tin the market for a semi 12 gauge for a while now. My friends use the remington versa max and other 1200-2000$ guns, and my new weatherby sa08 works just as well. 2 cases of VERY CHEAP 8 shot shells through the gun so far with zero failures or jams. Can not oversell this gun!
Three years going on four. I hunt next to hi end guns from dove to gees all the others have problem’s at some point. This SA-08 just keeps shooting I have shot 500 shells in the field with out cleaning it.
Chris G –
This gun MUST represent the greatest value in auto-loading shotguns. For years I had avoided auto-loaders simply because they generally clunky, picky and difficult to clean and maintain. This one is none of those things. It is sleek, cycles anything and super easy to clean and maintain. I have always been a fan of Weatherby rifles – even named my first black lab Weatherby.
Glad there will be a Weatherby back in my duck bind again!
I’ve had the 28″ 20ga for 3 years now and it is a great shooter! Super low recoil, fast follow up shots (not that you need them, as long as you do your part, the gun sure does its!) Great for small, fast game. I did have 2 failure-to-feeds first time shooting out of the box. I atribute them to it being a fresh, tight gun, me lubing it too much (I use dry Teflon lube now), and not shooting a hot enough load. Those 3 things, I believe, didn’t allow the gasses to push the bolt back far enough to grab another shell, although it did eject….barely (the first hung up like a stove pipe but ended up falling out and the 2nd didn’t fly too far away). The gun is well broke in now and I can shoot light loads without any issues, and just as fast as I can pull the trigger
I’m writing this review for the 20 guage SA-08. I bought this gun 4 years ago for my wife to learn to shoot trap and skeet. We never had the oppertunity to try it out prior to purchasing it, but I trust weatherby to make a quality product so we ordered sight unseen. The gamble paid off. The gun has been absolutely flawless and she loves it. We are members of our local gun club and we shoot probably twice a month. I don’t know exactly how many shells she’s put through it, but I bet I’ve loaded around 4,000 shells for her so far. To my knowledge the gun hasn’t jammed up once, no stove pipes, no miss fires, no failure to ejects… notta… zilch…. it has just performed perfectly. When I asked her if she wanted to upgrade to something a little fancier, she said “nope, perfectly happy with what she’s got.” This past year my buddies and I took her duck huntin a few times as well as we’ve chased around pheasants and in all the scenarios the gun has performed even when we got hit with a bitter cold 5 degree arctic blast, the gun still worked. Wish I could say the same for Beretta. I seriously can’t say enough about how reliable this gun has been. So if you’re looking for a no frills gun that just works and won’t break the bank, this shotgun has been perfect. I hope this review helps.
This is a great gun I have had it for 5 years. I have yet to have a malfunction and i’m not one to clean my guns after every time I go out…. I love the balance of the gun and it feels lightweight to lug it around miles in the field. For a 12 gage the recoil is great and my wife loves shooting it!
I bought a 26″ synthetic in Feb and really like the gun. Having put a couple of hundred rounds through it shooting clays with my Wheelybird, I am amazed at the low recoil. I had been shooting an older Orion 20 gauge I picked up last year because I was worried my old shoulder would not like firing a 12. Boy, was I wrong. The gas system is superb and no problem at all. I did purchase a ported Carlson Modified choke (Carlson says reduces recoil by about 5%) for added insurance on the recoil worries but actually doubt I would have needed it as to recoil. I like it!
As a side note, I did adjust the gun with one of the provided shims from Weatherby and it is now right on target for me. Buy one. A nice semi at a nice price!
My dad and uncle use benelli’s in the field I tried them out and couldn’t get past the weight and that thud the inertia system makes when fired. Reminds me of an AR. Same problem with the Stoeger. I finally settled on the SA08 and have never looked back. This thing rocks I put it through hell on the dove opener then quail,pheasant and turkey. Never had a misfire of any sort. Getting my son the .20 when he gets a little older. You can’t beat this shotgun.
claybuster ( mud is my camo ) –
got the gun a year ago shoot everything and anything except for 7/8 oz loads that are nobel low recoil . i love it
This gun shoulders perfectly for me. I can shoulder it look at the game and shoot and it is always accurate. My only wish is that weatherby will come out with a rifled slug barrel accessory for it.
We have twelve 20ga. SA-08’s in service at our 5-stand venue at our Boy Scout camp shooting sports complex. 3 years in service with over 45,000 shots fired with out a major malfunction in our year-round shooting sports program.
The youth are taught to break-down the shotgun and clean after each shooting session.
The felt recoil is comparatively soft, and does not discourage new shooters. The overall weight is light enough such that our youth shooters and our Venturing female shooters shoot complete 25 round games without tiring.
Got this gun a few days ago and love it. Sweet shooting gun. Thought with it being so lite it would have bad recoil and with a torn up shoulder from deployment a few years back I was 2nd guessing it but the gun felt great at Cabelas. Got home cleaned it well and went out to shoot. WOW. Great gun less recoil than I ever expected. Shot a few 7 1/2 then went to 6 shot. Felt great. Decided to push my luck and shot some 5 shot and wasnt bad. Went to 4 and wow it felt good. Ended up shooting close to 75 shells and shoulder felt good. Didnt think I would be shooting that much but man its a fun gun to shoot. All in all its a well balanced and lite gun to shoot. No failer to feed but one failer to eject but that was due to me not putting the lite load piston in. Changed it and not another one. Cant belive a gun like this is priced as low as it is. Id recommend it to anyone.
Purchased this gun last year for my son to shoot Mod. trap on gun team. Gun has been great, shoots hundreds of times consistently even with cheap shells never jams has made many Brownings & Remingtons look bad. Worth every dime.