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Need a new Semi Auto shotgun!

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Unread 08-16-2010, 09:28 PM
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Need a new Semi Auto shotgun!

I have been looking around the past couple weeks for a new auto loading shotgun and have come across a few that catch my eye. The Browning Maxus is one, the Bretta Extreme II is another and my favorite so far is the Benelli Super Black Eagle II. This will be my first auto loading shotgun and would love some advice.
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Unread 08-17-2010, 07:51 AM
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Re: Need a new Semi Auto shotgun!

For that price range, I'd also add the new Remington Versamax. The have a few videos on their site about the unique gas system that enables all shells to be fired through it, it looks very simple. My guess is that retail will be around $1100 for the basic black this fall.
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Unread 08-28-2010, 04:17 PM
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Re: Need a new Semi Auto shotgun!

I'm a big fan of the quality and simplicity of the SBEII. The stock shims will allow you to fit it properly and it will improve your shooting. It feels surprisingly lively for a duck/goose gun. I've had three hard seasons hunting ducks/geese in mud, sleet, snow, and dust and have yet to have a failure to cycle
I've shot the Maxus and, althought it cycled perfectly, it's fit didn't feel right to me.

I'm not sure if Browning offers a shim system, but it makes such a difference that I won't buy a shotgun anymore unless it offers a method to adjust cast and drop. Otherwise, it is off to the gunsmith for me.
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Unread 09-06-2010, 04:39 PM
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Re: Need a new Semi Auto shotgun!

Hey Mat..don't buy a Browning A5..I have one that my Father left me, its in perfict condition
and it kicks like a SOB its been fired maybe 5 or 6 times and it was put back in the case.
its going to be traded..I can fire my 870 all day and its nothing like that. the recoil is so bad one shot and your shoulder feels like its been dislocated.
Keith Sage.
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Unread 09-06-2010, 09:25 PM
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Re: Need a new Semi Auto shotgun!

You won't go wrong with the SBE, GREAT gun. But the Browning/Winchester or Beretta will also be a great gun, IF it fits and feels good. I have owned SBE's for 15+ years and feels great in my hands, the Browning just don't feel rite, Extrema's are to bulky feeling, and the Winny, well I like it.
If this is your first auto, you may have a more non bias feel. Where I have shot a SBE for so long, the rest dont feel rite, but not to say I would'nt get used to them.
Again, try them all on, find some one that owns them and try to shoot them to get a true "hands on" shooting feel.
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Unread 09-07-2010, 07:48 PM
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Re: Need a new Semi Auto shotgun!

I might be a bit behind on the times, but I've got a Remington 11-87 that is aweseome! It will cycle everything from the lightest target loads up to the big 3" magnums. By virtue of being gas operated, it takes quite a bit of recoil out.
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Unread 09-07-2010, 09:20 PM
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Re: Need a new Semi Auto shotgun!

If you end up with a SBEII and want a turkey choke, I'll make you a heck of a deal on a Briley. I got it thrown in when I bought my gun but already had a Kicks tube. Never been shot, still in the package!

By the way, the SBEII is an awesome gun...love mine!
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