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Old 09-20-2022, 05:23 PM   #1
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Default Looking for reviews on the Beretta A300 Ultima 20ga

Looking at buying a new semi-auto just because. Have older Benellis including a M1-20 but want to add a gas gun. Shot my brother's A400 20 and an A300 12ga Outlander at clays before the Sept 2 WW hunt and really enjoyed shooting them both. My 725 will probably stay my go-to but wouldn't mind changing it up with a little softer recoil and something that moves a little better in a hot crazy dove field. Anybody have any experience with the A300 Ultima....specifically the 20, although reviews on the 12 ga are welcome as well. Heck if I like it enough, I might buy one of each eventually although I sure like being able to see those yellow hulls on the ground to pick up.. Thanks fellas,
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U can't go wrong with that 20 on the 300 Jason. Good solid gun. I would take it over the 400.
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U can't go wrong with that 20 on the 300 Jason. Good solid gun. I would take it over the 400.

That is great coming from you David with your shotgunning eperience! Appreciate the reply
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Beretta fanboy here and believe the A300 Ultima is bases off the 391 similar to the Outlander but have not had my hands on one. Having both 391's and A400's in 12 and 20ga., the only difference I've encountered is breaking them down for cleaning purpose. Both models have operated flawlesly over the years. I cussed cleaning the Outlander the first time but saving $1000 over an A400 is pretty significant for minimal effort.
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Old 09-20-2022, 09:03 PM   #6
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Beretta fanboy here and believe the A300 Ultima is bases off the 391 similar to the Outlander but have not had my hands on one. Having both 391's and A400's in 12 and 20ga., the only difference I've encountered is breaking them down for cleaning purpose. Both models have operated flawlesly over the years. I cussed cleaning the Outlander the first time but saving $1000 over an A400 is pretty significant for minimal effort.

Good stuff, glad to hear that......that $$$$ is kind of why I am looking at the 300 versus the 400. plus I like the black synthetic look.
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Berettas are by far my favorite auto shotgun.
I have 2 391s, a 12 and a 20. I have put thousands of rounds through both. The a300 is very similar to the 391.
I think you will be more than satisfied with it.
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Ive had the outlander 12ga as my main duck gun starting 5 seasons now. It has been by far the most reliable auto I've owned and does not get babied. After 4 years I had to remove the recoil spring and pour rusty water out because it got a little sluggish, but it never missed a beat. The ultima is basically the same gun, just with a high rib, kickoff system, and some other little goodies. I read somewhere the receiver is slightly lower but the guts are the same. Cleaning the gas system is waaaay easier than a 391. The 20 sure is tempting

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Just buy it!!!

Thanks for your valuable input JFT. . Would read again..
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Thanks for your valuable input JFT. . Would read again..

Haha

You know I love mine
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You know I love mine

Yes sir… y’all big money A400ers tho.
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Yes sir… y’all big money A400ers tho.

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You’re the one with the fancy O/U
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There's this gun called a Benelli Ethos.......but whatever.
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There's this gun called a Benelli Ethos.......but whatever.



Like I said in the OP...I have Benellis. I want to add a gas gun ...the Ethos being an inertia gun, doesn't qualify. The $1700 price tag nixes it as well. If I spend that kind of money, I'd add a 28 or 410 to my 725 20..

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Like I said in the OP...I have Benellis. I want to add a gas gun ...the Ethos being an inertia gun, doesn't qualify. The $1700 price tag nixes it as well. If I spend that kind of money, I'd add a 28 or 410 to my 725 20..

Get us a package deal on a couple A400 Uplands brother.
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Old 09-22-2022, 08:32 AM   #17
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Like I said in the OP...I have Benellis. I want to add a gas gun ...the Ethos being an inertia gun, doesn't qualify. The $1700 price tag nixes it as well. If I spend that kind of money, I'd add a 28 or 410 to my 725 20..
Hey, I understand. I shot Beretta's for most of my life, but, since I got my first SBE, I haven't looked back. No more jams. To each their own.
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Hey, I understand. I shot Beretta's for most of my life, but, since I got my first SBE, I haven't looked back. No more jams. To each their own.
Was that before or after you put the sure-cycle in?
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Was that before or after you put the sure-cycle in?
You shouldn't have to do that to a shotgun that costs that much. My Benelli's have run great from day one, no modifications. Like I said, to each their own. The Beretta's recoil less, but need maintenance. It just depends on your perspective.
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Was that before or after you put the sure-cycle in?

Had to put sure cycles in my Benellis to cycle the light dove loads and even then the SBE didn't like the 7/8 or 1 ounce loads real well. Put one in my M-1 20 as well.... In addition to the lighter loads, I also did it for the stainless steel factor and duck hunting wading in flooded timber. Hopefully Benelli has made them standard in the new models.


I don't mind a little maintenance for a gas gun. I probably maintain my Benellis more than folks maintain gas guns anyway so it wouldn't be much change..

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Get us a package deal on a couple A400 Uplands brother.

Pretty guns but dang Joe...I want something I can get sweat, beer, blood and bug spray on without wincing..
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I have the A400 Xplor 20 and love it. My favorite semi auto shotgun. Light weight, cycles great and really like the bronze receiver on walnut. Shoots all the cheap skeet loads and hasn't jammed on me yet. I havent seen the A300 20 but have shot the A300 12 and would have no problem buying either of them.

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You shouldn't have to do that to a shotgun that costs that much. My Benelli's have run great from day one, no modifications. Like I said, to each their own. The Beretta's recoil less, but need maintenance. It just depends on your perspective.
My perspective is that the new ones are a roll of the dice. You either get a good one or a POS. I have an old M1 that is mostly reliable. Buddy had a SBE2 that would only reliably cycle a certain brand of duck loads. Dad bought a brand new SBE3 that shot so high above point of aim that the pattern wasn't hardly on the target at 40yds. My Berettas have been flawless, both the 391 with thousands of rounds shooting clays and the A300 I abuse. To each their own.
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I have the A400 Xplor 20 and love it. My favorite semi auto shotgun. Light weight, cycles great and really like the bronze receiver on walnut. Shoots all the cheap skeet loads and hasn't jammed on me yet. I havent seen the A300 20 but have shot the A300 12 and would have no problem buying either of them.

https://www.beretta.com/en-us/a400-xplor-action/
I am struggling to understand all of the differences in the a400 models. Like xplor, xcel, upland, Xtreme.... Aesthetically there are some minor differences but I don't understand the true differences between the models.
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Pimping ain't easy brother..
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I am struggling to understand all of the differences in the a400 models. Like xplor, xcel, upland, Xtreme.... Aesthetically there are some minor differences but I don't understand the true differences between the models.
Think of it as different models of a F150. All A400 models will be their top tier usually with all the bells and whistles like Kick-off system etc. . The Xplor is a great field gun and lighter weight, Xtreme is a waterfowl gun and a workhorse it will have an aqua coating to prevent rust and such and beefy action to cycle 3.5 magnum shells, Upland is a fancy Xplor if i recall correctly with some engraving, Xcel is usually more skeet geared toward competition and the A300 is one tier below but these days the A300 is still right there IMO.

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I just bought an M2 20 in Max 5. I've hunted birds with it twice, and if I could do it over again I'd go with the A300 in Mossy Oak Bottomland. They're great guns.
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Think of it as different models of a F150. All A400 models will be their top tier usually with all the bells and whistles like Kick-off system etc. . The Xplor is a great field gun and lighter weight, Xtreme is a waterfowl gun and a workhorse it will have an aqua coating to prevent rust and such and beefy action to cycle 3.5 magnum shells, Upland is a fancy Xplor if i recall correctly with some engraving, Xcel is usually more skeet geared toward competition and the A300 is one tier below but these days the A300 is still right there IMO.
PERFECT!!! Thank you.

That a400 Upland has my eye!!! Like REALLY has my eye.
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There's this gun called a Benelli Ethos.......but whatever.
Life is too short to be caught with an abortion of a looking gun


I have 3 beretta 20s. I rate them 390, 400 then 302. The 390 is smoother and easier to strip to clean to than the 400. But, the 400 has a lighter recoil and can literally be shot one handed with dove loads. FWIW had 12s of same models and thought the same. Hence the reason I actually sold the smurf xcel

The rotator bolt business of the 400 and jamanellis just isnt as smooth as straight gas to me. Reminds me of an AR

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Hey, I understand. I shot Beretta's for most of my life, but, since I got my first SBE, I haven't looked back. No more jams. To each their own.
I also own 2 Benellis. SBE and Montefeltro 20. Both have jammed more than my Berettas.
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There's this gun called a Benelli Ethos.......but whatever.
That Benelli Ethos Upland out of the Performance Shop is a fine looking shotgun.
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This is the A400 Xplor 20 I mentioned. Bronze on Walnut
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Life is too short to be caught with an abortion of a looking gun


I have 3 beretta 20s. I rate them 390, 400 then 302. The 390 is smoother and easier to strip to clean to than the 400. But, the 400 has a lighter recoil and can literally be shot one handed with dove loads. FWIW had 12s of same models and thought the same. Hence the reason I actually sold the smurf xcel

The rotator bolt business of the 400 and jamanellis just isnt as smooth as straight gas to me. Reminds me of an AR
The Ethos comes in an awful lot of models to make that statement, but whatever.
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The Ethos comes in an awful lot of models to make that statement, but whatever.
They all have the star wars receiver/chamber and dumb trigger guard

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I have a A300 ultima the best shotgun that i have ever owned. Remington 870 and 1100 all my life not even in the same league (in my mind) as the Beretta A 300 ultima. Shot it in a clay shoot the other day shot 81 and not a sore shoulder at all. This was my second clay shoot ever.
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Well I did the deed acquiring the A300 Ultima 20ga . Hopefully I get years of enjoyment out of this thing. Sure fits and swings good. I dig the ability to shorten or lengthen the lop without cutting anything.

Fondled the 12 ga as well. Might have to add that at Christmas if I like how this 20 performs. After all these years of 20 ga only, the 12 felt big, but Beretta sure made it feel/fit good in the store. Thank yall for your input




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Well I did the deed acquiring the A300 Ultima 20ga . Hopefully I get years of enjoyment out of this thing. Sure fits and swings good. I dig the ability to shorten or lengthen the lop without cutting anything.

Fondled the 12 ga as well. Might have to add that at Christmas if I like how this 20 performs. After all these years of 20 ga only, the 12 felt big, but Beretta sure made it fit good. Thank yall for your input



Congrats Jason!
I bet you will enjoy the hell out of it!!!
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Pretty guns but dang Joe...I want something I can get sweat, beer, blood and bug spray on without wincing..

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Congrats Jason!
I bet you will enjoy the hell out of it!!!

I hope so David. Sure fits well.



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Man, she sure it pretty....nice Smart!!!
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This is the A400 Xplor 20 I mentioned. Bronze on Walnut
I really like the looks of that one!!
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