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Old 09-22-2022, 01:25 PM   #1
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I love to waterfowl hunt but don't get to do it nearly as much as I would like.

Trying to get my oldest son into the outdoors more, he has such a busy sports schedule and just isn't that into deer hunting. I think duck hunting is something we could enjoy together so I was thinking on giving him my current waterfowl rig, a Beretta A300 Outlander and upgrading a little bit

Tried on some guns yesterday and really liked the A400 Xtreme, liked the fit, finish and function, over the Benelli SBE II

I have zero issues or complaints about the A300 outlander, but it seems like the A400 is just a gun with more features. The A350 from what I understand is just the Outlander that can shoot a 3.5" shell which I won't shoot.


Anyone have any experience with the A400 and is it worth the extra $1000 to buy over another Outlander? This is going to be a 3-4 times a year shotgun more than likely unless he really gets into it and we go more, I haven't been duck hunting for two years now so if he doesn't get into it, it will probably be a 1 or 2 times a year gun going forward.
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Old 09-22-2022, 02:01 PM   #2
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You taking these guns to the salt??
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Old 09-22-2022, 02:01 PM   #3
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I love my A400. It's the only shotgun I've ever owned though so I have nothing to compare it to.
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Old 09-22-2022, 02:10 PM   #4
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I dont think you can go wrong with any of the above. Im a diehard benelli man. But that being said i own several browning to and wouldnt hesitate to buy a berretta if i like the fit of them. Benelli fits me the best i shoot it the best and ive had zero complaints out of any of the ones i own.

IMO i would go with what he likes fit and feel wise.
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Old 09-22-2022, 02:25 PM   #5
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If you don't care about 3.5", look at the new A300 Ultima. It has the big bolt handle, raised rib, bigger bolt release, and kickoff system like the A400, at half the price. What you get with the A400 is a newer gas system with a rotating bolt, recoil spring under the handguard instead of in the buttstock, and "better" chokes. Both are good guns, pick the one that feels best.

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Old 09-22-2022, 02:35 PM   #6
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You can’t go wrong with the 3 B’s. Beretta, Benelli, or Browning. Just depends on what you want to spend.
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Old 09-22-2022, 02:49 PM   #7
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I have owned 2 Baretta Xtrema II in the last 15 years, I have purchased 3 Baretta Xtrema II’s (1 for each of my sons) and last year I purchased what might be my last Everything (ducks, geese, pheasant, dove, quail, etc) gun - it is a Baretta A 400 Plus. My brother owns a Baretta A300 and all I can say is “the A400 is definitely worth the extra money.”
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Old 09-22-2022, 02:53 PM   #8
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I just bought a Browning Cynergy Wicked Wing and it feels awesome and shoots great. Hopefully to take it duck hunting this season. It is an Over/Under instead of a Semi-Auto but love it so far!!
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Old 09-22-2022, 02:53 PM   #9
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For the amount you are using it, I don't think the A400 is worth it. I'd be looking at the A300 Ultima.
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Old 09-22-2022, 02:57 PM   #10
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I just bought a new A400 Extreme and my son shoots the A300 Outlander. Both are great guns. The A400 is taking some getting used to..that sucker shoots fast.
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Old 09-22-2022, 03:04 PM   #11
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If the 300 feels as good or better, I would go 300. I feel the 300 is a better gun. I have had the 400 series guns. Just think the 300 is better. Save a grand for shells etc.
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Old 09-22-2022, 03:10 PM   #12
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Old 09-22-2022, 03:19 PM   #13
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Get a Beretta A400 xtreme plus and dont look back
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Old 09-22-2022, 03:23 PM   #14
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If the 300 feels as good or better, I would go 300. I feel the 300 is a better gun. I have had the 400 series guns. Just think the 300 is better. Save a grand for shells etc.

This guy knows. I will also say look at the benelli montefeltro. I shoot mine over my SBE2 and SBE3 all of the time.

Either way can't go wrong.
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Old 09-22-2022, 03:46 PM   #15
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I just bought a Browning Cynergy Wicked Wing and it feels awesome and shoots great. Hopefully to take it duck hunting this season. It is an Over/Under instead of a Semi-Auto but love it so far!!
Yes! I have just bout the same gun!!
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Old 09-22-2022, 03:51 PM   #16
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If you don't care about 3.5", look at the new A300 Ultima. It has the big bolt handle, raised rib, bigger bolt release, and kickoff system like the A400, at half the price. What you get with the A400 is a newer gas system with a rotating bolt, recoil spring under the handguard instead of in the buttstock, and "better" chokes. Both are good guns, pick the one that feels best.

Iím about to pull the trigger on an A300 Ultima myself after researching the heck out of them. Just couldnít justify the extra $1,000 for what the a300 provides and the solid reviews ..
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Old 09-22-2022, 04:23 PM   #17
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I'm not a big fan or Beretta or Benelli, but I love the Browning shotguns. Since you are talking about spending that kind of money, go find and shoulder a Browning Maxus and see how it feels. I mostly hunt with my Browning Gold 10 gauge now, but have the Browning Maxus in 12 gauge and love it (my wife loves it too and that's all she shoots now). I think Browning is now making the Maxus 2, the latest gen.
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Old 09-22-2022, 04:46 PM   #18
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Get a Beretta A400 xtreme plus and dont look back
This right here. ^^^
Love mine, it is by far my favorite and I have owned a lot of different ones when it comes to semi auto duck guns. As long as itís Beretta or Browning you canít go wrong in my opinion.
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Old 09-22-2022, 04:56 PM   #19
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Sx4 or a browning a5 have both and beat the crap outta them riding around in the boat and stuff and they go bang every time
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Old 09-22-2022, 04:59 PM   #20
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Buy the gun that you like and more importantly that fits you. Any of the B guns will always maintain their value.

I like browning gold hunters, been shooting them for over 20 years. They discontinued them, but I shoot them good and they have always been reliable. Have no interest in the latest and greatest.
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Old 09-22-2022, 05:30 PM   #21
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I've kilt a truck load of green heads and pin tails back when I was a kid with my old Model 12 modified choke and high brass Remington 2-3/4" shells #6 shot. Plowed peanut fields and stock tanks on a foggy morning were my hot spots. My family lived off of duck seemed like. Can't stand them now unless it's chicken fried like steak.
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Old 09-22-2022, 05:46 PM   #22
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The guy I introduced to duck hunting got the A400 and loves it.

The standard on duck hunting forums is always go with a "B" gun - Browning, Beretta, or Benelli.

Given the A400 is a fit you should get it.
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Old 09-22-2022, 07:19 PM   #23
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I'm not easy on shotguns by a long shot and love my 400 extrema unico.....I hunt mud ponds/sloughs and very sandy fields for both ducks and geese....love having the 3.5 inch but since changed to Boss 3 inch it's not a necessary but still nice when needing cheaper steel. Just got back from dove hunting in sand country and it never missed a beat and killed about 80 or so birds. I do like the thinner forearm on the Benelli though but not enough to trade out. Like others have said I don't think you can go wrong with pretty much any of the higher end autos but I'll just stick to my A400 Unico
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Iíve got the a300 Ultima and really like it. It seems to fit me great. I made some upgrades to it and had a little work done on the piston due to frequent hang ups of the shelf. Not many problems with it now. Really enjoy shooting it
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Old 09-22-2022, 08:22 PM   #25
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If you don't care about 3.5", look at the new A300 Ultima. It has the big bolt handle, raised rib, bigger bolt release, and kickoff system like the A400, at half the price. What you get with the A400 is a newer gas system with a rotating bolt, recoil spring under the handguard instead of in the buttstock, and "better" chokes. Both are good guns, pick the one that feels best.
I didnít know about the A300 Ultima.

That may be the route I goÖ.definitely gonna look at it.

Thanks for the recommendation
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Old 09-22-2022, 08:43 PM   #26
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I just bought a Browning Cynergy Wicked Wing and it feels awesome and shoots great. Hopefully to take it duck hunting this season. It is an Over/Under instead of a Semi-Auto but love it so far!!
Im really looking at it but i wasnt sure how bad the recoil would be for duck and geese loads with it being an O/U
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Im really looking at it but i wasnt sure how bad the recoil would be for duck and geese loads with it being an O/U

One of the reasons I like my A400 Extrema Unico with kick off system, 3.5's feel little difference than 2 3/4's. Allows me to use the 1 shotgun from doves to cranes. Gets a little heavy carrying for quail but not an issue now sadly.....
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Old 09-23-2022, 02:38 PM   #28
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I’m not shooting an O/U for waterfowl.

I use a O/U for everything else, but not ducks
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Iím about to pull the trigger on an A300 Ultima myself after researching the heck out of them. Just couldnít justify the extra $1,000 for what the a300 provides and the solid reviews ..
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That A300 in .20ga is NICE ran one in Argentina this past June
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That A300 in .20ga is NICE ran one in Argentina this past June
Jared- how were the birds in Argentina? Hope you are doing well.
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Old 09-23-2022, 09:18 PM   #32
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One of the reasons I like my A400 Extrema Unico with kick off system, 3.5's feel little difference than 2 3/4's. Allows me to use the 1 shotgun from doves to cranes. Gets a little heavy carrying for quail but not an issue now sadly.....
Yeah i like the A400 extreme its on the list to choose from as-well
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Old 09-23-2022, 09:55 PM   #33
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Based on your last few sentences, I would say not worth the extra grand in price.

I own the 300 and have shot the 350 and 400. For my style of hunting in ETX, mostly timber and bottoms the 300 shoots anything I need it to. If Im going on a trip with shots at geese, I’ll bring a different gun.

I’ve had no issues with the 300 for ducks and dove so for that reason id say, save the $1000 and put it toward a guided bird hunt or something else to get him into it.
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That A300 in .20ga is NICE ran one in Argentina this past June

Thatís great to hear because I pulled the trigger today .

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Browning bps 10 or 12 gauge!
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I sold the 10 should have kept it! It would jerk them out the sky!
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I hunted with a 400 Xtreme with the kick off for several years. Worked flawlessly. I bought the wood grain model. I seemed to lean more towards Benelli, they seem to be more slender fitting than Berretta. So I sold it to a TBHer and picked up a special Waterfowl edition M2,20ga. I also like my new model 12 Ga browning.
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Jared- how were the birds in Argentina? Hope you are doing well.

I think overall number of birds down there are up because of being shut down. We shot all we wanted, little over 24k birds 9 guys three days!


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Thatís great to hear because I pulled the trigger today .


I have the SBE 3 in .20 and love it but I wouldíve bought that first had I shot it. Need a .28ga now


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My first 'duck gun' was a gen 1 Browning Maxus that I added a Sure Cycle spring to. Then I went on a hunt in Arkansas and got to try a bunch of guns. The A400 is a soft shooting shotgun for sure! I didn't care for the ergonomics. Loved the SBE2 and ran one for years after that but decided to go back to a gas gun and went with a Browning Silver (the price was right <$900 new, 3.5", camo/cerakote).
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Iím about to pull the trigger on an A300 Ultima myself after researching the heck out of them. Just couldnít justify the extra $1,000 for what the a300 provides and the solid reviews ..
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Thatís great to hear because I pulled the trigger today .

What? You already had the second best gun ever. Would be the first if it was a 28 gauge 😄
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What? You already had the second best gun ever. Would be the first if it was a 28 gauge

In the crazy hot dove fields I hunted this years and plan to hunt in the future, Iím liking the idea of a third shellÖ and a little quicker point/snap shooting. Those 32Ē tubes are good when in an open field with few people and you can pick your shots Ö plus who doesnít like a new gun?
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