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Old 05-12-2011, 12:49 PM
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Default Best shotgun for 3 Gun competition?

What's the best shotgun for 3 Gun? Pump or semi? Barrel length? Capacity? Chamber?
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Old 05-12-2011, 1:32 PM
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Predominantly, the Benelli M1 Super 90, 22" with chokes, capacity is division based, either limited or Open. Pump guns run in heavy metal division, and it also depends on whether you are talking outlaw 3 gun or USPSA multi gun. There are only a few of us that shoot 3 gun here. There are guys running Remington 1100's and 1187's, FN SLP's, Mossberg 930's, Remington 870's, Benelli M2-M4's, and Saigas in Open class.

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http://www.brianenos.com/forums/index.php?showforum=49
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Old 05-12-2011, 1:43 PM
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The Benelli M2 (and the Salient modified version) are very popular these days, as are FN SLPs.

My M2 is 21" with a +5 Nordic extension - lets me load 8+1.
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Old 05-12-2011, 3:05 PM
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As someone who started shooting 3 gun with an 870, then moved to a Remington 1100 Competition Master for 7 years, and now to the Salient Benelli. Buy the Salient and just get it over with. You will save yourself a lot of grief, and save a lot time spent cleaning your shotgun!
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Old 05-12-2011, 3:11 PM
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So mostly pump actions?
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Old 05-12-2011, 3:16 PM
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No, Semi-Auto is the way to go in 3 gun. They are faster, and if you ever have to shoot prone, which I have had to do, pumps are a problem compared to semi auto.
Also most gas operated semi auto shotguns shoot a lot softer than a pump.
The Benelli's are almost on par with a pump in my opinion. Still, I love my Salient.
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Old 05-12-2011, 3:37 PM
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where do they hold these 3 gun competitions around here? LA/OC/IE?
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Old 05-12-2011, 4:57 PM
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where do they hold these 3 gun competitions around here? LA/OC/IE?

all over SoCal, but they are not for the first time shooter, best to show up and watch how things roll. Check out some videos. And 3 gun is not cheap, expect to spend at least $1,500 for a shotgun and an AR-15, plus optics.

http://www.3gunnation.com/video/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpqufhG2mmI



matches

http://www.x3multigun.com/

http://www.uspsa2.org/pala.htm

http://www.uspsa2.org/5dogs.htm

http://www.wegc.org/wordpress/?page_id=54

The USPSA Multi Gun Nationals in Vegas

http://www.uspsa-nationals.org/

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Old 05-12-2011, 6:41 PM
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where do they hold these 3 gun competitions around here? LA/OC/IE?
There's a match this Sunday at Piru! Please see the X3 thread in this forum.

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/s...d.php?t=431340

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Old 05-13-2011, 8:35 AM
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If you have the money, consider the FNH SLP :-)
If money an issue look into a gun simular to Patrick Flannigan's Mossberg 930 (not an spx) Sweet, looks like a 10 round magazine with a 24 or 26" ribbed barrel. Jerry Michlec (sp?) has gone over to Mossberg too. Looks like my neighborhood is improving.
I think the Benelli guys are starting to look over their shoulders now.
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What shotgun would you want to use to defend yourself at home with? That would be my approach so that way you can learn the ins and outs of your weapon system that you might need someday to save your life.
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Old 05-13-2011, 9:11 AM
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What shotgun would you want to use to defend yourself at home with?

That would be one way to approach it, but running a shotgun in 3 Gun is about loading quickly while moving and managing your ammo (bird, buck and slugs) for the course of fire. Not quite the same as home defense. I have yet to see a dark house/low light course of fire for shotgun, unlike rifle and pistol.

Here are the Benellis I am currently running for 3 Gun, L R, 24 Open (9+2), 22 limited (8+1), 18 limited (7+2)



My home defense shotgun is a Remington 870 18 cylinder bore, with Trijicon night sights and a weapon mounted flashlight.
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Old 05-13-2011, 10:20 AM
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HighLander51,
How do you like the pistol grip stock on the Benelli? I have the ConfortTec on my Salient,
Had been running the Remington Pistol Grip on my 1100CM and really liked it. High Cheek weld and worked good for my Williams Slugger Fire Sights. Comfort Tec is suppose to absorbe recoil. I do notice the recoil difference between my 1100CM and the Salient.I know Taran runs the pistol grip on his Benelli's. Are you shooting the 3 Gun Nationals in Vegas this year?
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I and all my shooting buddies are top 20 guys and we (except one) shoot Benelli M2's with 24" barrels and standard stocks. All of us have Nordic tubes for a total of either 8 or 10 rounds depending on the match.
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Old 05-13-2011, 1:16 PM
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3GunFunShooter, I pretty much have to shoot a pistol grip shotgun because of my arthritis, can't really get a good hold on a straight stock. I will be at the Nationals. Maybe we can squad with TMC in the Top 20 Club...

Nordic tubes are nice because of the removal end cap, makes it easy to stuff that long spring back in.
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Old 05-13-2011, 1:52 PM
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Maybe we can squad with TMC in the Top 20 Club...
Sorry if that came off as conceited, I wasn't trying to boast just wanted to let the OP know where the advice was coming from
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Old 05-13-2011, 2:28 PM
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HighLander51, thanks for the invite, but I'm shooting with the Sac Valley 3 Gun Team.
Early estimates are about 15 of us from NCPS are heading to Vegas. Looking forward to my 6th National. Just sent my application in and USPSA cashed my check. Are you shooting the BARC in July? The pistol grip does feel much better in my hand since I had surgery on it 18 months ago. As you mentioned the standard stock is harder hold than the pistol grip.
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Glad a thread was finally started on this subject. Building a 1187 SP right now just to give three gun a shot.. how much do entrance fees run?

EDIT: just saw the links, $40 isn't bad for six stages!

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Old 05-13-2011, 7:25 PM
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Default Winchester super x practical

Winchester super x practical works for me. A little faster than Benelli.
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Old 05-13-2011, 8:30 PM
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Benelli m1 or m2. Rifle or field sights.

I like the Salient custom, designed to duplicate Tactical champ Taran Butler's competition gun:

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Old 05-13-2011, 8:31 PM
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Salient (in Ventura county) will be making the competition shotguns for Team Benelli and the Benelli custom shop.
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Old 05-14-2011, 5:46 AM
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Your Winchester might be faster, but they sure don't have any ads as nice as the Salient Benelli! Love Pop Tart in Salients product pictures!
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