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Old 01-09-2018, 11:52 AM   #51
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I was between the SBE3 and the Beretta A400 Extreme. Having shot both gas and interia operated guns in the past, I'm partial to both as they both have their advantages and disadvantages. I picked the A400 due to comfort and how well I shot with it. I've used it all season, probably 30-40 hunts from tempatures between 15-70 degrees and with a few different brands of shells, it has operated flawlessly with zero issues.
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Old 01-09-2018, 11:57 AM   #52
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The old " three B's" line is worn out.

I have never heard a bad word about the versa max from anyone who shoots or has shot it. Mine has ran flawless for 5 years now. I am hard on it, never clean it. Its not the lightest shotgun but it does kick significantly less than the SBEII. I would buy another one tomorrow.
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Old 01-09-2018, 11:58 AM   #53
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My son guided goose hunts in Lubbock for a few years. He shoot a gen 1 SBE. Only gun I have seen run better the dirtier it gets. Sand and grit and all. It never fails.

Btw just seen a camo SBE 2 in the classifieds.
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Old 01-09-2018, 12:19 PM   #54
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So I stopped by Cabelas. I had pretty much decided on the Beretta a350 when I saw the Benelli M2 for the same price. I'm stuck between the 2. I feel like I'm leaning towards the Beretta based on feel alone, assuming reliability between the 2 is a push.

They had a new Venchi for a little over 1250 too.

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Old 01-09-2018, 12:49 PM   #55
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All you need to know.

If you really want one of those dumb inertia operated guns, save some money and get a Franchi.
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Old 01-09-2018, 12:53 PM   #56
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Franchi Intensity. Best shotgun I've ever owned
This is a great gun. I had it and sold it to BIL for a deal because he needed a nicer gun. I now have an SBE3 and just a little better.

Can't go wrong the Franchi, Benelli builds them
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Old 01-09-2018, 01:46 PM   #57
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The old " three B's" line is worn out.

I have never heard a bad word about the versa max from anyone who shoots or has shot it. Mine has ran flawless for 5 years now. I am hard on it, never clean it. Its not the lightest shotgun but it does kick significantly less than the SBEII. I would buy another one tomorrow.
I think people ignoring the Versa Max is more of a reflection of feelings towards Remington the company than the Versa Max specifically.
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Old 01-09-2018, 02:10 PM   #58
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I have the Versa Max Sportsman. It's an ok gun. I wouldn't get one again. Brother n law has the Versa Max Waterfowl and likes it. Heavy but no kick. I had to send my barrel back to Remington because it was bent. Stock keeps coming loose even after tightening. The shotgun bead sights came off. Hope that helps.
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Old 01-09-2018, 02:36 PM   #59
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there is a used A400 in the classifieds. i think $1100.
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Old 01-09-2018, 02:46 PM   #60
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Beretta a400
Benelli SBE3 or 2

Have both love both, Started with a Rem 870 and moss 500 but nothing beats the two series up above.
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Old 01-09-2018, 05:04 PM   #61
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I think people ignoring the Versa Max is more of a reflection of feelings towards Remington the company than the Versa Max specifically.
That, and they're a chunky gun.
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Old 01-09-2018, 05:35 PM   #62
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Man lots of good info here, thanks guys. I agree with some of you about the feel of the gun, but that's only half of the equation. Reliability is the other half which was the main intent of the thread. Heading to Cabelas today to see what they have in stock. Based on opinions here and further research, I've got the Beretta 350 or 400 and Benelli SB2 as front runners. I'll see how they both feel and go from there.

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I did this last year. I have had a Browning A5 for over 20 yrs as my only shotgun. It's been awesome. No real issues unless I don't clean it and let it sit up all summer, I did that only once.

I would have bought the new one except I thought it would be dumb to have two of the same guns and the only 2. My dad has the Beretta a400 and benelli sbe. I bought the Vinci just to try something new and it felt good. So far, I've been too busy to use it though.

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Old 01-09-2018, 06:18 PM   #63
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Might not be popular but really love my Stoeger M3500. Wanted an inertia action and not disappointed. Been beating it up in the marsh for about 4 seasons now and it's not failed me.
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Old 01-09-2018, 06:25 PM   #64
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I have had a Winchester SX2 for about 15 years and killed a pile of birds with it. Donít know much about the new ones, but based on my experience I would atleast consider them. I also have a 20gauge beretta for doves and clays
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Old 01-09-2018, 09:23 PM   #65
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If you dont need to shoot 3.5" I'd go with the M2, if you do go with a SBE2.

Havent shot the new SBE3 yet so i couldnt comment on that one yet.

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Old 01-09-2018, 10:30 PM   #66
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I have an M2 for nearly 10 years. Don't waterfowl hunt, it has a bit of recoil, you have to learn to hold it tight. Sure doesn't get dirty like the 1100. and Winchester Super X 1
I wore out.
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Old 01-10-2018, 09:38 AM   #67
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So researching info, seems like everything is about the a400 and nothing about the a350. What is the big difference that has everyone going with the 400 instead?
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Old 01-11-2018, 12:22 PM   #68
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Well stopped by Cabelas yesterday and decided upon the Beretta a350. Ran a few shots down the tube yesterday and liked how it felt. Now to see what the ducks think of it.

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Old 01-11-2018, 01:08 PM   #69
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I don't think you can go wrong with either benelli or beretta. Berettas were more popular, and I like to be different so I went Benelli.
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Old 01-11-2018, 02:07 PM   #70
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Well stopped by Cabelas yesterday and decided upon the Beretta a350. Ran a few shots down the tube yesterday and liked how it felt. Now to see what the ducks think of it.

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I bet the ducks don't like it. Nice rig, congrats
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Old 01-11-2018, 02:21 PM   #71
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My 870 Supermag gets it done.
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Old 01-11-2018, 02:26 PM   #72
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I shoot a Benelli Super Vinci and can't say enough good things about it. It is tough, reliable, doesn't jam, runs clean, is light, and manages recoil. I used to shoot a Beretta 390 but I sold it and greatly prefer the Benelli.

All that being said, a lot of guys I hunt with shoot the Franchi Intensity and/or Affinity (the difference being 3 1/2 and 3 in chambers but they recenlty discontinued the Intensity or are rebranding it) and they have been just as good of guns as anything else for about four or five seasons straight now.

I have also heard good reports on the Winchester SX4 but have not shot one.
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