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Unread 11-07-2013, 02:52 AM
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Re: Need a new Semi Auto shotgun!

I have a SBE II that is a little over 8 years old. It has been put through absolute hell. Round count is around 10,000 rounds through it and has never let me down. I hunt salt marsh to the muddy snow geese fields as well. I shoot alot of 3.5'' shells as well. This gun fits me better than any of the others but that doesn't mean it will fit you the same. I would buy what fits me the best, I think all the major brands are probably pretty good guns just get what fits YOU.

I have only dealt with Benelli customer service once to order a new butt pad but they were great then and have never heard anything but great things from others.
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Unread 11-06-2014, 10:25 AM
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Re: Need a new Semi Auto shotgun!

The shotguns you mentioned are all good ones , I have a Remington 1187 that has been my Number One for years without any problem , just take good care of and clean it after each use and you should be fine . I wish you a Wonderful Hunting Season .
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Unread 09-29-2015, 09:25 AM
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Re: Need a new Semi Auto shotgun!

I shoot a Benelli the majority of the time and love it. Beretta are great too, especially if you're recoil sensitive. I personally would stay away from the Browning Maxus just due to the fact I have 2 hunting buddies that have had to send theirs back two and three times.
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Unread 09-29-2015, 10:37 AM
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Re: Need a new Semi Auto shotgun!

Fit is everything as most shotguns are very good. I too will not go back to a 3.5 inch, you just dont need it. I have shot Benelli's Berretta's ( love the gun, hate the safety location) Winchesters, Brownings and many more as my family runs a gun shop. I just gave my Winchester Super X3 to my son. Very light weight and very low recoil. I saw him shoot it and he was hitting so well with it I just gave it to him for xmas. At the end of the day I went back and picked up the one autoloader that has served me so well over the years. Its not light, not fancy, doesnt shoot 3.5 inch rounds but arguably the finest autoloader ever made. The original Browning A5 12 gauge magnum. I got one beat up for $300 that I painted up and runs like a champ. That hump back is not for everyone and I have a A5 20 for upland so the weight isnt an issue. I love the hump backs and this one will be my go to shotgun for a while.
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Unread 12-02-2015, 11:38 PM
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Re: Need a new Semi Auto shotgun!

Depending on what your doing with the gun is most important. If you are hunting magnum sized Canadian Geese Beretta extrema ll and a400 xtreme are very hard to beat. The 3.5 bb black cloud does the number. Add a long range choke tube and they dont stand a chance @ 60 yds.
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Unread 12-14-2015, 09:56 AM
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Re: Need a new Semi Auto shotgun!

StrutNut;]Fit is everything

Strutnut nailed it -This is the most important element to felt recoil. FIT - is the sum of the mount, swing to target and the shot. There are a lot of guns that seem to feel great until you pull the trigger. If possible, actually shooting some clays with an identical gun is best. As far as autos, with maintenance, they will all work for you. Personally, I still shoot my 1976, 870 that I've had since new. I hand load 2-3/4" , shoot a tight choke and see the need for nothing more. Best of luck.....Darrel

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Unread 12-27-2015, 08:55 AM
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Re: Need a new Semi Auto shotgun!

most of the newer high end guns are just too expensive for me to beat up in the field so for a hunting autoloader i use a winchester sx2.ive had many 1187s and wd always have an o ring fail on me when i needed the gun to work.ive owned a beretta al391 that functioned flawlessly but felt really long to me.another gun that i feel is a practical buy is the stoeger m3500.comfortable,dependable,no frill get er done gun.
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