Weatherby SA-08

Weatherby have introduced a new line of semi-automatic shotguns for 2008.

It comes in two versions, the SA-08 Upland and the SA-08 Youth

SA-08 Upland

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Our wood stock semi-automatic is built for long days and fast shooting. The SA-08’s unique gas system is easy to access and change for the widest range of load versatility. Valve caps for light or heavy loads screw on and off in seconds. Handles the lightest 7/8 oz. to the heaviest 3″ goose loads with ease.

* Walnut stock with oil finish
* All metalwork is matte black to reduce glare
* Vent top rib dissipates heat and aids in target acquisition
* Features unique dual valve system for the widest range of load versatility
* Available in 12 and 20 gauge models

MSRP $669*

SA-08 Youth

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All the performance and dependability of a Weatherby in a scaled-down version that’s the perfect way to start a young shooter off right.

* Scaled down stock fits women and younger shooters (12 1/2″ length of pull)
* All metalwork is matte black to reduce glare
* Vented top rib dissipates heat and aids in target acquisition
* Features unique dual valve system for widest range of load versatility
* Available in 20 gauge

The SA-08’s unique gas system is easy to access and change for the widest range of load versatility. Valve caps for light or heavy loads screw on and off in seconds. Handles the lightest 7/8 oz. to the heaviest 3″ goose loads with ease.

The press release:

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 www.weatherby.com.

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, semi-auto 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 www.weatherbynation.com.

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Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • Steve Cochran

    I am looking for a barrel to shoot trap loads for a Weatherby Model 82 semi-auto. Mine has the 2 3/4 Magnum and 3′ barrell. I have the screwin chokes, just need a 28′ barrel.

  • Matt B

    I bought my SA-08 a few months ago and have taken it out a couple of times to the trap range. This is my first Weatherby and my first autoloader and I must say, it is flawless. It fits me perfectly, and the fit/finish is excellent. I was told that gas-assist shotguns are hard to maintain and difficult to clean… that is not the case with the SA-08. I thought I wouldn’t like having to change out the piston for heavy or light loads but it makes sense and it works very well. Oh, and by the way, the recoil is nothing… my wife (5’6″ 105lbs) can shoot it with no problem and no pain.

  • Where can you go to look at these gun in the Milton, Florida

  • David Stiles

    I’m looking for a turkey choke for my Weatherby SA08 12 GA. The labeling on choke tube packages is confusing. What packaging language should I look for?