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Old 11-24-2013, 06:06 PM
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Benelli Super Black Eagle II vs Beretta A400 KO

Hello

I'm in the market for a shotgun. I'm mainly interested in it for turkey and waterfowl hunting. I've been reading a lot about it and so far (I think) I've narrowed it down to the Benelli SBE II or the Beretta A400. I was hoping to get some opinions and thoughts on these shotguns and what I should be looking for to make my final decision.

I wanted to shoot them before buying but I don't think that's going to happen because I don't know anyone who as them nor any ranges that let you rent these models.

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Sam
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Old 11-25-2013, 09:35 PM
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Re: Benelli Super Black Eagle II vs Beretta A400 KO

Any thoughts on this?
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Old 11-29-2013, 11:47 AM
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Re: Benelli Super Black Eagle II vs Beretta A400 KO

I personally would not recommend either of these guns.

Benelli - One of the hardest recoiling shotguns out there. Shoot a lot of heavy loads and it becomes miserable. One of the least reliable guns when you are in the mud and cold. It is impossible to keep the action clean enough to cycle rounds reliably in the field. Way over priced and over rated!

Beretta - The few I have been around have jammed a lot and needed to be kept very clean to cycle.

Both feel great in hand at the store but after playing in the mud and cold with your buddies their guns that cost half the price will consistently out perform them in every way. IMO stick with Browning Winchester or Remington for semi automatic shotguns and you will spend far less money and be far happier with the results.

If I had to choose one it would be the Beretta but would be much happier with a Winchester sx3

I know a few goose guides and when they see customers bring a Benelli they bring a spare gun for them. More often then not they end up using the spare.
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Old 11-29-2013, 12:17 PM
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Re: Benelli Super Black Eagle II vs Beretta A400 KO

Thanks for the reply. I have been reading a lot about the Benellis and Berettas so I'm kind of surprised. Most of the reviews and comments on forums really indicated that these would have been the best but not cheapest choices out there. I did read that some people like the Maxus and the SX3 better but the fan boys surely like their Bs.

What do most of the outfitters and guides use themselves?

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Sam
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Old 11-29-2013, 12:22 PM
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Re: Benelli Super Black Eagle II vs Beretta A400 KO

Everyone is so proud of their expensive guns that none of the guides ever mock them. However, when you are hunting snow goose with extender tubes, a gun that does not cycle reliably when dirty becomes extremely aggravating. You get one shot when the guy next to you gets to unload. These guys shoot cases of 3" & 3-1/2" shells day after day. The Benelli's recoil gets to anyone eventually. All the guides I know prefer a Winchester sx3. With the Winchester all you need to do is bring a spray can of lube and no matter how messy it gets you can just spray the action and keep shooting. With the Brownings you are getting the same thing but spending more money to get it.

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Old 12-23-2013, 09:09 PM
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Re: Benelli Super Black Eagle II vs Beretta A400 KO

I've hunted waterfowl in some harsh conditions and my Benelli super black eagle II has been more reliable than the Remington 870 pump gun I had used in the past. Now in my opinion that is saying something. I've run cases of ammo through it without a single stoppage, I do take good care of it and if its been through a lot that day it gets cleaned (never saw a semi easier to clean), but it has run good after falling in mud and being filled with water from falling in. A gut who hunts with me shoots a beretta and I have never witnessed a problem or heard him speak negatively about it, however I've never used one. Either gun is probably going to serve you well, as for recoil the only rounds that bother me are the heaviest turkey loads but I only fire 2-3 a year. I usually use kent fasteel and even the 3 1/2" for geese don't bother me at all, however if I'm shooting at my quarry I typically don't notice the recoil.
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Old 12-24-2013, 09:23 AM
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Re: Benelli Super Black Eagle II vs Beretta A400 KO

I know this is way late.....but.....I had to chime in about the Benelli"s excessive recoil account. I've owned and shot almost every modern shotgun out there at ducks and turkeys. I use the largest shells offered from the the factory.....and BY FAR, the Benelli has WAY LESS RECOIL.....and my SBEII and my hunting partners SBEII has never had a hiccup.....and there has been many seasons where I haven't even wiped my Benelli down.....IMHO it is the best shotgun out there.....by far.
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