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Old 09-11-2018, 10:49 AM   #1
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Default Best semiauto shotgun under $1000??

I have been looking pretty hard at semiauto shottys. The Berretta A300 and the Winchester SX4 mainly because they feel and point well for me but I am also interested in the Remington V3 and Remington Versa Max but haven't handled them yet. I was really leaning towards the Winchester SX4 the way it felt in hand and pointed. Especially with the reviews on it and what has been said about it being a soft shooter but the fact that Winchester doesn't offer a warranty doesn't set well with me. I am wanting an all around durable soft shooter for hunting (dove, quail, water fowl, turkey) and sporting clays. Any insight I can get from here on the GS is appreciated.
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Old 09-11-2018, 10:59 AM   #2
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Old 09-11-2018, 11:01 AM   #3
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I think there is an A300 in the classifieds.
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Old 09-11-2018, 11:02 AM   #4
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Love my Versa Max. Always cycles a variety of ammo and is supposedly the softest shooter around. No complaints here.


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Old 09-11-2018, 11:10 AM   #5
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Macks PW has a Benelli M2 12ga on sale for $899 right now. That would be a good one.
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Old 09-11-2018, 11:14 AM   #6
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Nice I should have searched that first. I normally do but idk why I didn't. Looks like the Beretta A300 wins the vote on that thread. I am thinking that one of the others may fit and function just as well as the A300 but will be a softer shooter than it would be.
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Old 09-11-2018, 11:18 AM   #7
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Nice I should have searched that first. I normally do but idk why I didn't. Looks like the Beretta A300 wins the vote on that thread. I am thinking that one of the others may fit and function just as well as the A300 but will be a softer shooter than it would be.
No worries!

fwiw, i have an older beretta al390. old $600 walmart special i bought used like 10 years ago. Best gun purchase ive ever made. I have ABUSED this gun and its never missed a single beat. Buddy of mine just picked up a lightly used beretta urika 391 and i feel like his recoils harder than mine. the a300's are nice tho!

try to shoot a beretta and benelli.. two totally different gas systems. also, dont overlook the franchi affinity
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Old 09-11-2018, 11:34 AM   #8
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No worries!

fwiw, i have an older beretta al390. old $600 walmart special i bought used like 10 years ago. Best gun purchase ive ever made. I have ABUSED this gun and its never missed a single beat. Buddy of mine just picked up a lightly used beretta urika 391 and i feel like his recoils harder than mine. the a300's are nice tho!

try to shoot a beretta and benelli.. two totally different gas systems. also, dont overlook the franchi affinity



I wish they still sold that A390....3 of my dove lease members shoot them and I owned a 20 ga before I got dumb and sold it to buy another gun. Helluva gun at a helluva price. I'd buy another 20 ga and send anybody that asked me what economical semi-auto to buy that way....or the Weatherby SA-08..


And for the record, the Benelli is not a gas system....its an inertia system..

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Old 09-11-2018, 11:49 AM   #9
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I say this on every "which shotgun" thread, look for a used (but in good shape) Beretta 390 if you shoot Beretta guns well. I love the feel and swing of Beretta and really don't care for the other B guns, but everyone is different. I have several thousand rounds through my used 390 and it still shoots flawlessly.
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Old 09-11-2018, 11:52 AM   #10
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I have a versa max in the classifieds
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Old 09-11-2018, 12:04 PM   #11
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I wish they still sold that A390....3 of my dove lease members shoot them and I owned a 20 ga before I got dumb and sold it to buy another gun. Helluva gun at a helluva price. I'd buy another 20 ga and send anybody that asked me what economical semi-auto to buy that way....or the Weatherby SA-08..


And for the record, the Benelli is not a gas system....its an inertia system..
i wish i could find 1 more in 12 and 2 in 20

benelli inertia.. thats right.. my bad
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Old 09-11-2018, 06:23 PM   #12
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Old 09-12-2018, 01:08 PM   #13
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I wish they still sold that A390....3 of my dove lease members shoot them and I owned a 20 ga before I got dumb and sold it to buy another gun. Helluva gun at a helluva price. I'd buy another 20 ga and send anybody that asked me what economical semi-auto to buy that way....or the Weatherby SA-08..


And for the record, the Benelli is not a gas system....its an inertia system..
I was in Cabelas Buda the other day and they had about a dozen A390's in their used section for sale. All of them were $450. Also had about 6 303's. I'd guess from an outfitter or something.
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Old 09-12-2018, 01:36 PM   #14
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try to shoot a beretta and benelli.. two totally different gas systems. also, dont overlook the franchi affinity
Splitting hairs here some. But I want to say that Benelli is more inertia/recoil operated while Beretta is gas. I grew up shooting AL390 like some here, love the gun. But it makes Benelli cycling seem clunky and slow to me. I cant stand shooting Benellis.
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Old 09-12-2018, 03:07 PM   #15
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Splitting hairs here some. But I want to say that Benelli is more inertia/recoil operated while Beretta is gas. I grew up shooting AL390 like some here, love the gun. But it makes Benelli cycling seem clunky and slow to me. I cant stand shooting Benellis.
same here but grew up on a 302 then 303 and now 390. In the last year we've added an a400 xcel (12) and an xplor (20). I didnt think they could make a 390 smoother but they sure did. The 20 my wife got is NICE
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Old 09-12-2018, 03:12 PM   #16
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Splitting hairs here some. But I want to say that Benelli is more inertia/recoil operated while Beretta is gas. I grew up shooting AL390 like some here, love the gun. But it makes Benelli cycling seem clunky and slow to me. I cant stand shooting Benellis.



Covered in post 8.....Its all inertia recoil......no gas assistance with a Benelli


And Tom Knapp, if he was still alive, would argue that the Benelli action is slow....

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Old 09-12-2018, 07:02 PM   #17
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No worries!

fwiw, i have an older beretta al390. old $600 walmart special i bought used like 10 years ago. Best gun purchase ive ever made. I have ABUSED this gun and its never missed a single beat. Buddy of mine just picked up a lightly used beretta urika 391 and i feel like his recoils harder than mine. the a300's are nice tho!

try to shoot a beretta and benelli.. two totally different gas systems. also, dont overlook the franchi affinity
This. Buy a used AL 390. Spend the rest of your money on shells.

I'll shoot mine until i can't hunt anymore.

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Old 09-13-2018, 10:17 AM   #18
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Bass Pro/Cabela's has a Beretta A300 Outlander synthetic stock $679.99 wood stock $799.99
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Old 09-13-2018, 12:25 PM   #19
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Old 09-14-2018, 04:57 PM   #20
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Old 09-14-2018, 09:51 PM   #21
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Old 09-14-2018, 09:57 PM   #22
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Covered in post 8.....Its all inertia recoil......no gas assistance with a Benelli


And Tom Knapp, if he was still alive, would argue that the Benelli action is slow....
My Benelli may be slower, but Iíll pass you Beretta boys when you are cleaning and cussing while I just keep on shooting.😁
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Old 09-14-2018, 10:16 PM   #23
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anyone have any experience with the Kel-Tec KSG? Looks like a sweet gun and not priced to bad at just under a grand. sorry, i know its a pump and this is an auto topic.
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Old 09-14-2018, 10:22 PM   #24
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Benelli M2 American at Shopdunns.com for $699.
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Old 09-14-2018, 10:27 PM   #25
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Benelli M2 hands down IMO. Had one for 10 years and it has jammed one time.
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