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c.joe
08-16-2012, 3:13 AM
Hi everyone,

I'm tight on money right now and I have always had the mentality that if you're going to get one of something, then go high end to make it last.

After a lot of research and fiddling around, I found that the Benelli M2 Tactical works best for me.

I was also recommended the 930 SPX to start out with. Am I starting too high end with the M2? Should I go for a lower end shotgun to fully understand and appreciate everything else?

Thanks,
-Chris

1000stars
08-16-2012, 3:28 AM
Go with the M4 and be done with it . No Regrets.

The War Wagon
08-16-2012, 4:17 AM
What do you plan on using it FOR?

scglock
08-16-2012, 4:30 AM
If you're tight on money the 930 spx will last you just as long as an m2 or m4. I say spend it on the 930 spx and use the money you would've saved from buying a benelli on ammo so you can practice. Then in the future, sell your 930 and buy an m4.

EvolutionGSR
08-16-2012, 5:25 AM
I was deciding between the two. I went with the m2 because its partially for fun, home, and I just started 3 gun. Its tapped for chokes, even though it has a shorter barrel than what the good 3 gunners use, I go to 3 gun to learn to shoot what I have in a dynamic setting, not neccesarily to score the best. I would have ended up paying to put chokes in the 930. Plus buying chokes, plus got a deal on a m2 used, it was a good idea for me.

CK_32
08-16-2012, 6:17 AM
IMO if your short on cash buying a gun for a expencive sport/hobby isn't the best idea.. Wait a few weeks or months till you have money and are comfortable buying the right gun..

Doesn't add up.. tight on cash and buying a pretty high priced/end shot gun for a pretty expensive hobby/short.... Cause to me it sounds like your spending good money than you don't have at the moment for a gun you don't really need just want.

CSACANNONEER
08-16-2012, 6:41 AM
The cost of the firearm is nothing compared to the cost of ammo. If you're having trouble coming up with funds for the gun, wait a while. A gun isn't going to do you any good if you can't afford to feed it.

GW
08-16-2012, 4:23 PM
Doesn't add up.. tight on cash and buying a pretty high priced/end shot gun for a pretty expensive hobby/short.... Cause to me it sounds like your spending good money than you don't have at the moment for a gun you don't really need just want.

Hah! The story of my life!

OP--Get the M2! The 930 SPX is a fine gun but if your heart is set on the M-2 then just get it now because you are going to end up with one sooner or later.
Every time you shoot that second choice gun, you'll be thinking "I really wish I'd bought that M-2."
Save yourself the grief ;)

mif_slim
08-16-2012, 5:04 PM
Haha, so true! It'll be paperweight if you just have a great gun with no ammo.

Save up and buy benelli and wait to shoot it or buy a 590 and shoot it in 10 days. Up to you. The sport is a expensive one so either way your going to spend

Thefeeder
08-16-2012, 7:27 PM
Get what you want up front. Cry once.

That said, I would retink the Tac model....get one that you can take to the range shoot a round of clays and spend 13.00 bucks.

Not like you can't use it in an emergency.

Go practical.

c.joe
08-16-2012, 10:23 PM
Get what you want up front. Cry once.

That said, I would retink the Tac model....get one that you can take to the range shoot a round of clays and spend 13.00 bucks.

Not like you can't use it in an emergency.

Go practical.

Interesting point. What other models do you recommend?


What do you plan on using it FOR?

My main reason for a shotgun is for home defense, working towards 3 gunning, and most importantly the "cool factor." :D

Thefeeder
08-16-2012, 11:08 PM
I don't make recommendations ....its what YOU like and what feels good to You.

But I will share some more info with ya.

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=425953

jeffrice6
08-16-2012, 11:35 PM
If you have Benelli money do it! If not, Mossberg......

.300 Weatherby Mag
08-16-2012, 11:37 PM
Get the Benelli, you won't be disappointed...

EvolutionGSR
08-17-2012, 10:02 AM
Also remember that if you want to get the capacity of the 930 spx on a benelli m2 tactical, you will spend another $200 on parts to extend the magazine and parts to stay 922r compliant.

KWalkerM
08-17-2012, 2:39 PM
well, i bought a Winchester SX3 autoloader ($1300) as my first gun last year. i do not regret it at all because in my mind it was worth it. go with what you want. i saved up for a month to buy it since i was an employed 18 year old. (as opposed to a broke college kid now) buy what your heart desires. i bought mine for hunting so its a 28 inch barrel, mossy oak duck blind camo and 3 and a half inch chamber.

dinosauraphael
08-17-2012, 2:50 PM
Op, Just wondering but what do u like particularly about the m2 over 930spx? I'm mainly a rifle guy but I would rather go with the mossy 930 for low end and lotta ammo or benelli m4 for high end

Barbarossa
08-17-2012, 3:04 PM
Remington 870

:hide:

jessegpresley
08-17-2012, 3:40 PM
Buy once, buy right. It's cheaper to buy what you want first, then trying to save money by buying something less expensive only to replace it down the road.

Colt562
08-17-2012, 4:01 PM
Buy once, cry once....buy multiple times, cry multiple times

trob
08-17-2012, 4:13 PM
Nah. My very first shotgun was a benelli SBE2 @ $1,550 OTD.

A shotgun is so versatile, I knew I'd use it all year long and wanted a great gun that can cover all my needs. When you're only buying one of something, go as high as possible.

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s51/trob500/1-2.jpg

smittty
08-17-2012, 11:41 PM
The M2 is a great gun and imo much better than the M4. If you owned both you would understand. As matter of fact I recommendsthe M4.

Travis590A1
08-18-2012, 1:26 AM
My first shotgun was a Benelli M3 convertsble. $1050 of awsomeness.

ZNinerFan
08-18-2012, 5:19 AM
Buy once cry once. If that means waiting a few months to save the cash for what you want then so be it.

L84CABO
08-18-2012, 11:54 AM
You are not starting too high end. You will never be disappointed with quality...especially when it comes to firearms. And it's much cheaper in the long run. The "upgrading" of firearms gets real expensive real quick.

I own a small but very high quality collection of firearms. And it has actually probably saved me money. So far. When I see most other 1911's that pique my interest, I always come back to, "I won't end up liking it better than my Wilson CQB." Then again, my Wilson has me seriously wanting an Heirloom Precision or some other full custom. So this strategy may end up backfiring on me eventually. :D

Then again, my Benelli M4 has me seriously wanting an M2 setup for 3 Gun. And I don't even shoot 3 Gun!

TZL
08-19-2012, 12:34 AM
M2 isn't high end...Kreighoff or Perrazi

Piratelife76
08-23-2012, 6:46 PM
I was going to say save your green and buy the mossberg but what do I know, my first gun ever was a HK USP45... I cried once but for a long time.

Sand Dog
08-23-2012, 7:08 PM
:laugh:^^^.

Wait, Mossberg is way more affordable than Benelli right? What about Remington 870 for home defense? Oh, I'm brand spankin new to this hence the newb question.

RuggedJay
08-23-2012, 7:39 PM
I actually think the opposite start low budget first because if all u know is high end you will never appreciate it as much. Or maybe you will realize that its not really worth it bcuz ur budget gun works just as well. Some people make money buy preying on peoples cheapness some people make money by preying on peoples snobbery. I just buy what works and is reasonably priced.

trob
08-24-2012, 6:31 AM
I actually think the opposite start low budget first because if all u know is high end you will never appreciate it as much. Or maybe you will realize that its not really worth it bcuz ur budget gun works just as well. Some people make money buy preying on peoples cheapness some people make money by preying on peoples snobbery. I just buy what works and is reasonably priced.

go out and shoot a mossberg 500, then shoot a benelli SBE2 right after......totally worth it.

i shot a mossberg 500 one day to finish off a cripple (shot 3 times :))when my gun was empty, and it felt like someone socked me in the shoulder pretty dang hard. I dont really even notice the kick on my benelli. way nicer.

the SBE2 might have been my first shotgun, but I FULLY appreciate it :D

smittty
08-24-2012, 8:34 AM
I should add that I would never think of using my beautiful O/U for SD as I would not want to turn it in as evidence.

If the purpose is for SD then a think a basic level reliable shotgun is more appropriate. If it's for sporting purposes I would suggest save up and get what your heart desires.

Sicarius
08-24-2012, 9:03 AM
The 930 is a fine shotgun BUT if you have your heart set on an M2, buy it. You can never regret buying something that you truely want. Treat it as though it will be your only shotgun you will ever own. My personal favorite is my M1s90 I wouldn't trade it for any other shotgun.
Kevin

RuggedJay
08-24-2012, 4:39 PM
go out and shoot a mossberg 500, then shoot a benelli SBE2 right after......totally worth it.

i shot a mossberg 500 one day to finish off a cripple (shot 3 times :))when my gun was empty, and it felt like someone socked me in the shoulder pretty dang hard. I dont really even notice the kick on my benelli. way nicer.

the SBE2 might have been my first shotgun, but I FULLY appreciate it :D

Meh. I have both kinds of shotgun. The mossberg will do the job if you know how to use it. If its beating up ur shoulder ur not doing it right. The benellis are nice but only worth it if you shoot alot of shotgun and really want all the conveniences it offers.

blazeaglory
08-24-2012, 10:49 PM
Meh. I have both kinds of shotgun. The mossberg will do the job if you know how to use it. If its beating up ur shoulder ur not doing it right. The benellis are nice but only worth it if you shoot alot of shotgun and really want all the conveniences it offers.

Exactly. If your shoulder hurts its nothing a $100 shock absorbing stock cant fix. For the price, the 930 is the way to go. I dont know why people think mossberg is low budget? For almost triple the price LESS than benelli, Ill stick to mossberg.

Dhena81
08-25-2012, 12:26 AM
The Benelli is the most amazing shotgun I've ever owned or shot but its just a shotgun I'm going back to a pump so I can feed it everything my M4 is picky. From my understanding though the M2 and the 930 have a self regulating or a adjustable gas system so you'll probably be GTG with whatever you feed it. When I sell my M4 I'm getting a Remington Police magnum.

neverfinished
08-25-2012, 2:50 AM
go out and shoot a mossberg 500, then shoot a benelli SBE2 right after......totally worth it.

i shot a mossberg 500 one day to finish off a cripple (shot 3 times :))when my gun was empty, and it felt like someone socked me in the shoulder pretty dang hard. I dont really even notice the kick on my benelli. way nicer.

the SBE2 might have been my first shotgun, but I FULLY appreciate it :D
:rolleyes: I put 200 rounds of 8 shot through my Mossberg 500 in one day my first time shooting clays and my shoulder was hardly tender. I was cutting fire wood with my axe when i wasnt shooting and it still didnt bother it much. Maybe you have pre existing conditions that caused said issue.

Meh. I have both kinds of shotgun. The mossberg will do the job if you know how to use it. If its beating up ur shoulder ur not doing it right. The benellis are nice but only worth it if you shoot alot of shotgun and really want all the conveniences it offers.

socalbowhunter
08-25-2012, 3:04 AM
My first Shotgun was a very high end single shot 20ga in 1982.

http://www.kygunco.com/prodimages/24128-DEFAULT-L.jpg

Still have it, thought I honestly haven't shot it since 1988 probably. Stepped up to an 870 then. Still have it too.

And yes, I know I didn't answer your question at all. This was probably a troll post. My bad.

xxINKxx
08-25-2012, 5:17 AM
In all honesty, if you haven't shot a 12g then go test someone's out first befor you know what your getting into. They recoil hard and most ppl don't have fun plinking with it at the range.

I went through 2 pumps (mossberg 590, and a tactical style escort from big 5) and sold both because I had no desire to get my arm blown off every time I shot 20 rounds at the range. And it was kinda a waste of money to have it just sitting in my safe, and chances of having a break in and using it on someone are slim to none.

But ignore my post if you already shoot them and know how they are.

Mossberg 590a1 spx is extremely bad *** and still priced in the range ur looking at, comes with a sweet boyonet too. I want one, then add a 12" lop hogue stock to make it real compact, and add a limb saver since that helps with felt recoil. The limb saver adds length, but if you get a short stock, then the added length of the limb saver doesn't make it extremely long lop like if you add it to the factory stock.

trew10
08-25-2012, 8:21 PM
Ammo is the expensive part specialy when using 3" super shots.

bozochu
08-26-2012, 7:30 PM
For three gun, you would probably be looking for a M2 comfort tech stock with a 21-24" vented barrel.

SuperSet
08-26-2012, 7:38 PM
Bozochu has it correct! A Benelli M2 with those specs are perfect for the game. If you can afford to spend the money, you'll have no regrets.

But IMO, if you're just starting out, buy the Mossberg 930 JM Pro as it's designed to be a 3-gun shotgun and you can have it for less than $700. It has all the features that you want for a Limited/Tactical class shotgun. Once you're done with the shotgun purchase, you will need accessories to keep the shotgun loaded. So, 4 or 6-shell caddies or a Mark Otto Load 2 vest. Also remember that for the shotgun, you'll need different types of ammo - birdshot, buckshot and slugs.

sargenv
08-26-2012, 7:45 PM
Unless you are starting with a Koeller (sp?) or Perazzi, nothing we usually buy is starting "too high end"..