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Unread 05-12-2008, 09:03 PM
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Originally Posted by J E Custom View Post
This is like using a 223 for everthing from PD's to Cape buffalo

A 410 would be great for grouse but not for turkeys or geese.


Sorry to be so long winded
you can't kill a cape buffalo with a .223rem? ;)

thanks for all the responses!

I've already got a 870 wingmaster - its from the early '80s (i think), so it is only chambered for 2.75" shells. I've also got a 20ga/.223rem overunder, its not a great gun (cheap) but it works for what it is designed to do.

I guess i should have been a bit more specific, I'm looking for a semi on the high end of shell size since i don't have anything bigger than a 2 3/4" 12ga. But i want a semi that I could put a target load in and shoot some clays or put a light 3dram load in it to kill some grouse. cause even though the 20ga/.223 would do a better job, if i buy a new shotgun you know I'm gonna use it every chance i get!!!

I'm thinking benelli SBE 2 or the Berreta xtrema2, any ideas between the two or a third option that is similar?

thanks again!!!
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Unread 05-23-2008, 09:15 PM
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I was able to get out and shoot a SBE 2, a berreta al391, and also a browning gold 3.5"

I liked the benelli and the browning the best. the browning cycled much much fast than the SBE and was $500 less however the comb isn't adjustable and the gun just didn't fit me very well so there was no way I was gonna buy a new gun that didn't fit. So I went with the SBE 2!

Got out today and shot some clays, and wow! very happy with the new gun!
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Unread 05-24-2008, 06:00 AM
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The SBE II was a good pick. You may want to stick with using 1-1/8 loads for trap and skeet. The SBE will sometimes have a hard time with anything under 1-1/8 loads.
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Unread 06-04-2008, 05:52 PM
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after 400+ rounds with the new shotgun an update...

It definitely has a little bit more recoil than gas driven semi's, this doesn't bother me too much though, i think of it as training for my .338edge! ;)

so far I haven't had any cycling issues, for target shooting I've been using cheap 3dram #8 shot that I bought a couple years ago at walmart for less than it costs me to reload my own shotshells. I have fired a box and a half of 3.5" BB loads through it, again with no cycling problems what so ever.
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