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Old 12-13-2017, 09:54 AM   #1
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Question Opinions on best semi auto shotgun

I looking to replace my browning silver hunter and would like to keep it under $1500. I would like to hear from actual owners, what they like and dislike about their gun. I was raised used a sears ted Williams, and it was an extension of my eye, if I was looking, it died. My browning silver isnít that, I canít hit poop with it. Let me know what you have and Merry Christmas Bit****!
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Old 12-13-2017, 10:01 AM   #2
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Old 12-13-2017, 10:02 AM   #3
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My dad has a Benelli M2 that I really like. I think you can get a new one from $1,200-$1,350.
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Old 12-13-2017, 10:03 AM   #4
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Of course stick with the three B's... Browing, Benelli, Beretta. I shoot a silver hunter myself for dove and upland game and shoot a A5 Wicked Wing for waterfowl. As you can tell I'm a Browning fan. I shot a Benelli SBE2 and it was a good gun.

I'll add, no matter what shotgun you purchase or own for that matter, take time to pattern it and see where you are shooting. May be an easy fix for the silver hunter. Of course, you may be looking for an excuse to purchase another gun and I can't blame you there
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Old 12-13-2017, 10:04 AM   #5
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I have a Beretta A400 Xtreme, and LOVE it for waterfowl.
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Old 12-13-2017, 10:09 AM   #6
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Old 12-13-2017, 10:15 AM   #7
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Find a used Benelli super sport or sport II. I absolutely love mine. They are worth every penny. New they cost 1800-2000 but used and in good shape you might find it close to that 1500 mark.
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Old 12-13-2017, 10:25 AM   #8
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I have an older Remington 11-87. It's the premier with the engraving, pretty wood, and gold trigger. I shoot it well, but it has a lot of sentimental value to me so I don't like taking it out and running it hard anymore. I'm looking to replace it here soon, I've been eyeballing a beretta a300 outlander. I really want wood stocks, but don't want to break the bank. Another option is the Remington v3, but the way Remington has gone the last 10 years makes me want to stay away from that one. I will be keeping up with this for the responses, even though your budget is higher than mine.

If I had 1500 to drop on a shotgun right now, it would be a beretta a400 xpolr action. I love the way that gun looks, and like all beretta semi autos you can shim the stock for cast and drop to really make it fit the shooter.
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Old 12-13-2017, 10:31 AM   #9
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I got over 20,000 rds thru my a400 extreme. That's shooting sporting clays and hunting. I shot 650rds last week sporting clays
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Old 12-13-2017, 10:37 AM   #10
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Sbe 3...
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Old 12-13-2017, 10:39 AM   #11
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Benelli Super Black eagle II. Mine has taken a beating. Watefowling, dove hunting and turkey hunting but it still performs awesome and no kick with the 3-1/2Ē shells. I clean it about every 4 or 5 hunts.


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Old 12-13-2017, 11:17 AM   #12
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Any that you shoot well and function reliably.
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Old 12-13-2017, 11:26 AM   #13
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The outfitters in Argentina provide Berreta and Benellis.

I would give the edge in reliability to the Benelli, but the Beretta seems like a more refined gun IMO. Smoother with less recoil.
I own both, but I prefer Beretta.
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Old 12-13-2017, 11:28 AM   #14
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I've had great luck with Berettas over the past 15 years.
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Old 12-13-2017, 11:32 AM   #15
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I have a Beretta A 400 unico with K/O its been a great gun. I use it for dove and sporting clays. I have about 2000 rounds through it been great.
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Old 12-13-2017, 11:33 AM   #16
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A would go with a beretta a400 if I was in the market. I currently primarily shoot my benelli vinci, and if I'm not shooting it I'm shooting my browning gold 10 gauge.

The vinci has several little things I dislike about it, but overall is a great gun. The gas guns are a little softer shooting than the inertia operated.
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Old 12-13-2017, 11:52 AM   #17
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Beretta, the end
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Old 12-13-2017, 11:56 AM   #18
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Beretta, the end
This. Gas systems wins in recoil over inertia all day


My 14 year old has started competing in sporting clays with a second hand A302 Beretta I got around 1987. I waterfowl hunted the marshes of matagorda with it till about 1994 when I got a 390. I finally had to replace a recoil spring in the 390 last year.

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Old 12-13-2017, 12:15 PM   #19
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Beretta, the end
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Nuff said.
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Old 12-13-2017, 12:40 PM   #20
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A would go with a beretta a400 if I was in the market. I currently primarily shoot my benelli vinci, and if I'm not shooting it I'm shooting my browning gold 10 gauge.

The vinci has several little things I dislike about it, but overall is a great gun. The gas guns are a little softer shooting than the inertia operated.


I miss my Gold 10

I have a Benelli M2. It fits me perfectly and points better than any other shotgun Iíve held. I checked out the SBE but it didnít seem to fit as perfectly as the M2. Until I actually see a 3Ē fail me where a 3.5Ē would not have I will stick with the M2.

If I ever find another Gold 10 I will buy it just for fun
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Old 12-13-2017, 01:18 PM   #21
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Old 12-13-2017, 01:21 PM   #22
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Check the franchi affinity it's basically a cheaper benelli , the same inertia system 7 yr warranty, adjustable stock. I needed a gun to replace a worn out 390 and side by side to a benelli I couldn't see where a benelli was worth the extra. Time will tell !
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Old 12-13-2017, 01:23 PM   #23
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My Gold Hunter has eaten everything I've ever fed it with a hiccup.

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Old 12-13-2017, 01:27 PM   #24
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After owning a Beretta A400 I would not spend good money on a different shotgun. Best I have ever owned.......Period.
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Old 12-13-2017, 01:28 PM   #25
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Benelli. I have an M1 that has over 30k through it and no issue at all. I have broken it down once for a deep cleaning and thats it. It will eat up light loads without any issue. SBEII is another great choice as well.
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Old 12-13-2017, 01:31 PM   #26
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Been shooting a Beretta Xtrema 2 for some time now, love it for everything. Before that I had a Benelli M1 and a Benelli SBE...both great semi autos. The Xtrema 2 just points "right" for me so I hit better with it which is why I have stuck with it. Good luck, chasing down that "perfect" shotgun can be fun but expensive!!!
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Old 12-13-2017, 02:11 PM   #27
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Benelli M2... great gun
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Old 12-13-2017, 02:17 PM   #28
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Another vote for the A400!
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Old 12-13-2017, 02:20 PM   #29
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Benelli for me. The Beretta will have less recoil due to the gas system but also more to break.
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Old 12-13-2017, 02:30 PM   #30
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Another vote for the Benelli here. Don't overlook the Montefeltro. I have an M2 and a Montefeltro and I enjoy both equally. I would say I shoot the Montefeltro slightly better but my M2 is synthetic so I tend to take it more for dove hunting with the sweat, beer, etc factor.
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Old 12-13-2017, 02:30 PM   #31
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Old 12-13-2017, 02:35 PM   #32
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Remington Versamax, I ran every load from 2-3/4" to 3-1/2" duck loads to dove loads in every combination possible to try and jam this gun. It ran perfect without a hitch.
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Old 12-13-2017, 02:54 PM   #33
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Old 12-13-2017, 03:00 PM   #34
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Of all the higher end shotguns I've shot, my A400 blows them all away.

Used to shoot an A5, M2, SBEII, and Super Vinci. All were great but ultimately I only pick up the A400 anymore and occasionally my 870
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Old 12-13-2017, 03:05 PM   #35
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I shoot the Beretta A391 Extrema (first edition) and absolutely love it. Have shot everything from the lightest dove loads to 3 1/2 inch magnums and it has never failed me.
I also shoot a Benelli Legacy 28 and it is also the cats meow.
I can't speak for Browning because I don't own one but hear good things about them.
As stated above, stick with the 3 B's and you won't go wrong.
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Old 12-13-2017, 03:15 PM   #36
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After buying my son an A400 Xplor with KO, I sold my Benelli Legacy to get myself one. If I only shot dove and upland I would have kept the Benelli. If you hunt waterfowl the gas system and KO sure take the bite out of those magnum loads.

I grew up on Remington 1100's for what that's worth.
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Old 12-13-2017, 03:54 PM   #37
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Old 12-13-2017, 03:57 PM   #38
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Iím probably not the best one to ask, but the two guns I shoot the best are an old Browning A5 and a Franchi AL48. I have a newer Benelli Montefeltro, but I donít shoot it quite as good.

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Old 12-13-2017, 03:57 PM   #39
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Benelli M2. Bulletproof shotgun that will never fail on you. I've mistreated the same one for many years and it keeps treating me great. Beretta's are great guns also, but in my opinion the inertia system of the Benelli is superior. Good luck and hope you find one you are happy with.
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Old 12-13-2017, 04:03 PM   #40
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Used Sears Ted Williams shotgun....

If I'm out shooting and the buddies start talking bets and chores, I'll put up whatever shotgun I have, and pull out my 1968 Browning A5. My dad gave it to me when I was 12. I have shot thousands of rounds thru it. All my fancy crap goes back in the gun case.

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Old 12-13-2017, 04:45 PM   #41
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I have the old Browning A5 that was my Dad’s. It’s never been shot. For some reason I don’t want to shoot it. I know I’m a retard. And the Browning silver just isn’t natural sight line. I’ve been looking at the Benelli because and correct me if I’m wrong, but I always seem to see a lot of them for sale on here
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Old 12-13-2017, 04:51 PM   #42
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Benelli M2. Used one in Argentina. Put around 4,000 rounds in 2 days. Never miss a beat and was a pleasure to shoot.
My brother and others were using beretta's and they did well also.
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Old 12-13-2017, 04:53 PM   #43
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You might look at having your stock fitted to you, It'll make a world of difference.
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Old 12-13-2017, 05:09 PM   #44
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25 years ago I would have said get an 1100. today I would say a beretta or benelli. I have a M2, other than recoil, I love it.
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Old 12-13-2017, 06:58 PM   #45
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I agree with the 3 B's recommendations. We are a Beretta family. My kids, ages 18 & 19 now, have been shooting competition for quite a few years. Son shot a Silver Pigeon II without one malfunction ever, an O/U but you didn't ask about O/U. Daughter shoots the A400 Xplorer, son has the A400 Extreme for hunting, I always grab my A391. We run through about 20 cases a year. My experience with Beretta has been good, I would recommend.

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Old 12-13-2017, 07:04 PM   #46
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3 B’s

Benelli if you want a lighter gun
Beretta A400 for less recoil

Sold my benelli M2 and Legacy for 2 A400’s. Simply feel and shot better with them
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Old 12-13-2017, 07:54 PM   #47
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A vintage Remmy 1100 and call it a day.
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Old 12-13-2017, 08:16 PM   #48
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Old 12-13-2017, 08:20 PM   #49
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With me it depends on what I am hunting. I like my 1100 lt 20 that I got when I was 15 for dove and quail. I got a vinchie 12 ga I use for ducks because I am to old to shoot 3Ē shells through my old 870. I hurt for a week.
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Old 12-13-2017, 08:54 PM   #50
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Just out of curiosity have you messed with the stock shims at all? Iíve got a Browning Maxus and after switching out shims to better fit me I shoot it significantly better.
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