Re: Need a new Semi Auto shotgun!
I have always been a Remington fan, grew up that way and killed pickup truck loads of Dove, Deer, and Turkeys with them. I have an 1100 I liked, and an 11-87 I loved.
Then I started Duck and Goose hunting and the problems became apparent immediately, a little frozen mud or water in the works and the Remingtons quit cycling pretty quick. Great upland guns but not for the muck.
My brother in law shoots an SBE and I tried it but the thing fit me like a 2x4 so I did not want to go that route. Great gun no doubt about it, just not for me.
I was at a gun shop one day just looking and handled a Beretta Extrema and the decision was done. A week later I had one in my paws. 2 years later I can't make this gun fail. It gets full of briars and junk during deer season, and mud and ice Duck and Goose hunting. I don't go out of my way to abuse it obviously, but I don't go out of my way at all to protect it either and the thing just shoots and shoots and shoots. Everything from hard kicking 3 1/2 goose loads to cheapo super light clays loads cycle flawlessly. The only way I will ever replace this gun is if I find some way to wear it out. I might consider a second one if they ever build an Extrema-ish gun on the A-400 receiver.
To me there's Beretta and Benelli, and then a gap back to everyone else. Pick the one that fits you best and just try to wear it out.
"My greatest fear is that after my demise my wife will sell my guns for the price I told her I paid for them"
-don't know where it came from...but true