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Old 01-19-2013, 9:35 AM
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Thumbs up What semi auto hunting shotgun should I get?

Must be 12 gauge. 2 3/4 - 3 1/2 shells, mossy oak camo wrap.
It will be used for duck and turkey hunting.
What are my best options out there? I'm looking for feedback from people who own or have previously owned the shotgun that they are recommending.

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Old 01-19-2013, 9:46 AM
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How much money do you want to spend?
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Old 01-19-2013, 9:59 AM
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Under $1500
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Old 01-19-2013, 10:04 AM
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Get the one that fits you and comes up easily without having to adjust your head to see down the rib. For me, that gun was the Browning Maxus. Soft shooting, easy to clean and fit me well. You should be able to get one for around $1,300 before tax and fees.

Another nice option is the Winchester SX3. This was actually my first choice but the grip was too far back and my finger didn't reach the trigger comfortably. It's a great gun and you can get it for much cheaper than the browning.
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Old 01-19-2013, 10:10 AM
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Thank you for your input. Ill will look into those. Please keep the suggestions coming guys.
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Old 01-19-2013, 10:23 AM
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Check out the Benelli Super Black Eagle 2. I beleive they can be found for about $1500, probably less used.
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Old 01-19-2013, 10:32 AM
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Go to the store, pick up and hold all the ones in your price range.. And play with the action. For me, benelli felt the best. Can't afford it yet, but that's what I'll likely be getting.
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Old 01-19-2013, 10:39 AM
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The feel is important, but how it shoots and reliability is way more important
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Old 01-19-2013, 10:42 AM
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Super black eagle two or Remington versa Max.
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Old 01-19-2013, 10:42 AM
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I think most people will agree that Benelli's quality and reliability is top notch.
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Old 01-19-2013, 11:01 AM
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I'll put in my vote for a Maxus or maybe an SX3, though I don't know what camo patterns the SX3 is available in.

One of my shooting buddies picked up a Maxus for sporting clays a few months ago and I've shot it quite a bit and it's a great shooting gun. Very light recoil, sings nicely, and while I've only ever shot target loads, it's been reliable for him with pretty much all the loads he's put through it.

I've used the SX3 range rental a bit and it's a pretty damn good semi, and a good value as well IMHO.

I have a Beretta a303 myself, and after some stock work it fits me well. However in stock trim, neither the Berettas nor Benellis fit me quite right and I have trouble shooting them well. You may find the exact opposite to be true.
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Old 01-19-2013, 1:33 PM
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So that's 2 for the Maxus and 2 for the sx3. Keep the suggestions coming
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I'm in the same boat right right now, tired of my 870 pump. I've heard many good things on the SX3, for the price can't be beat. Recoil, if that's a concern, sounds to be definitely more on the M2/ SBE2. Still leaning towards the M2, it just seems to feel the best ($1,099 at Dick's). Like Newshooter said, the SX3 trigger does seem like a bit of a reach, but not much. Let me know what you end up getting!
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Old 01-19-2013, 3:09 PM
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That's funny, we are in the same boat. I'm stepping up from my 887 nitro mag
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I have the Benelli Venci 28", however you would want to look at the Super Vinci for the 3-1/2" shells.

For me it was the right fit.
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No Mossberg 930SPX fans?
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Old 01-19-2013, 3:50 PM
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Another vote for the sx3 here. Ive tried plenty at the range and eventually i just kept asking for the sx3. Light and easy to maneuver and the recoil isn't bad at all. They're a good value and sometimes can be had for under $1000 depending on sales. I think turners down here had one in camo recently. I know a few people with them and they've had no issues.

I've shot a browning maxus too and its a good gun but the sx3 just felt better to me. I would follow the advice here and try them at a gun store if you have a chance. A skeet or clay range that rents both out would be ideal.
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Old 01-19-2013, 4:20 PM
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IF.....the budget could be stretched to around 1800, anyone out there have reviews on the Beretta A400 Xtreme?
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Another vote for the sx3. It just fits me right and it will eat everything you throw at it.
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Beretta might be worth a glance. A400 or other more in line with your price range.
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The perfect shotgun for you is hands down, without hesitation, without boasting, the best hunting shotgun ever made and the only hunting shotgun I will recommend to anyone is:


The one You like.
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Old 01-19-2013, 7:53 PM
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For upland I like the Beretta 391 (now A400?). Nobody says you can't use it for waterfowl, but its blued steel, so you have to be diligent about cleaning. The waterfowl version is Extrema but with the kickoff recoil reducer the LOP is too long for me, so the Benelli SBE 2 gets the nod for waterfowl for me. So for your purposes, either the Extrema or SBE would be my picks

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Sx3 all the way, i have 2 one for fowl and the other for skeet
My fowl sx3 3.5" is mossy oak camo and has 1600 3" remington hypersonics threw it with no issues
the other is 3" gray and wood ,new with about 500 ronds so fare and no issues
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I pick up my Super Vinci on Wednesday. Feels great, and its light.
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No Mossberg 930SPX fans?
Not sure if I'd hunt with an SPX.

I have heard awesome things about the Versamax and I like how the gas for recoil is adjusted to the length of the shell. A simple but ingenious way to reduce the recoil for differing shell/load sizes.
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Great topic as I'm also looking for a SA hunting shotgun. Any opinions on the Benelli M2 Field or the Remington VersaMax?
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Both great guns one has more recoil and inertia driven (benelli). The other is a little dirtier recoils less and is gas piston operated. Its all about feel and preference
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I would recommend the A400 in a heartbeat. I shot one at a shooting fair and it was awesome. My only issue was the price which was over $400 more than the Browning. I also own a Beretta auto and I love their autos but sticker shock made me check out the other options.

I am sure I will get hammered on my next statement. A 3 1/2" she'll through a Benelli is like taking a kick from a mule. I have hunted with one and it walloped my cheek really good! I was not a huge fan of the felt recoil through that gun. I am not recoil sensitive as I shoot close to 500 rounds in a weekend at trap shoots and that doesn't bother me as much as the Benelli did.

One of my buddies has a 19 year old Black Eagle that will not cycle a target load unless it has max dram powder rating with 1 1/8 oz of shot. I have heard of black eagles having issues with lighter 2 3/4" loads which could affect the effectiveness of an "all around" gun.
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Well the SX3 is what I am going to go with. I spent 2 hrs at Bass Pro Shops trying all of them on for size with all the feedback that you guys have left in mind. And I kept going back to the SX3. The price was right, it was light weight, and it just fit me right. Thanks for all the input guys, I really appreciate it. I cant wait till next season to use it.
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Congrats on a great choice. You won't be disappointed. Don't wait until next season to use it. Get some target shells and practice busting clays. No better way to get used to a new shotgun.
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I have one and love it !

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I use a Beretta 391 in Mossy Oak camo for turkeys & ducks. It's worked great for me.
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Duck and turkey deserve 3.5"

From the rack, the SBE Comfortech is light, recoil driven, hits the POA, but kicks more than a gas gun. The Berettas KO weigh a couple ounces more, hits the spot (but some don't so beware) gas driven, costs the same, kicks less. The SP10 lacks factory ammo choices, weighs a lot more, hits the bull, kicks a lot less. The Mossbug 935 is actually a 10 ga. bore on a 12 ga gun, the POA/POI can be way off (snake barreled beeeotch), kicks much less, costs way less, and comes in colors. I rotate through them and shoot another handful of 3.5" o/u guns with 2.5 ounces of finger breaking lead.

If recoil is an issue, try the pistol grip guns. Ugly, but they transfer the punch from the grip to the web of the thumb.

Try the duck and turkey sites??? Better info on hunt guns than Calguns.
http://deserthunter.com/dhp/content/coyote-shotgun
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I LOVE my Browning Silver series. Awesome gun, mine is in Mossy Oak.
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SX3 is great choice.
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Congrats OP on your purchase! Look forward to your personal reviews. I'm gonna hold out a few weeks and hope to win one at the local DU dinner!!!
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Good choice on the SX3....

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No Mossberg is in the same class as the A400, Maxus and SX3...
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