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Shotgun recommendations?
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I'm looking at getting a new semi-auto shotgun this year. Looking at spending $1700 or less though. Any thoughts or recommendations? The few I've looked at (online only) are the Browning A5, Browning Maxus, Benelli Super Vinci and the Benelli M2. It's been years since I've had a good gun that will function flawlessly through all load sizes, in all weather conditions. Want a gun that is easy to clean that has an action smooth as silk.

So any help would be appreciated!

Posted on: 9/4 17:44:55
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Re: Shotgun recommendations?
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That's a large budget. Why not just go SBE III?
Too bad, Cabela's just had their 5% off guns/ammo coupon; that would have covered most of the taxes.

I picked up a SBE II 25th Anniversary Edition earlier this year that I have not shot yet so I can't comment on it yet. But the reputation sold me, and it fits me well (at least the sights line up every time I shoulder it).
I've been shooting a Browning Gold 3.5 for the last 10-12 years that I liked, but quit ejecting 3.5" shells until I replaced some parts last year. It works fine too; that piston and other internals can get pretty carboned up though.

Your list seems solid, you'll probably have to hit a Scheels or Cabela's and see which one fits best.

Posted on: 9/4 19:27:40
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Re: Shotgun recommendations?
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I have had a 12 gauge m2 for about 14 years now. It has always fired flawlessly

Posted on: 9/4 19:33:13
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Re: Shotgun recommendations?
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Depends on what you want to use it for Eric?

For Grouse and Pheasant, I have not ever had a smoother operating shotgun than my Remington 1100 LT-20 Special Field.

Posted on: 9/4 19:44:24
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Re: Shotgun recommendations?
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Yeah I should've mentioned..... waterfowl. I hunt all the way through freeze up, so a gun that functions smoothly when snowing or when it's 15 degrees out with 25 mph winds. My previous 3 guns have only lasted 2-4 years and then they start malfunctioning.... and I clean thoroughly after each hunt. I should've never gotten rid of my Browning A500. That gun was flawless but I wanted to shoot 3.5" and that was an error on my part.

Anyhow, there are a couple gun shops not far from me and I'll be going to them to shop, but was hoping to get some feedback first.

The SBE III has caught my eye, but is a bit higher priced from what I could tell. If I can find a deal on one then it'll make the list. Or a nice SBEII. The SBE II is a bit higher priced but has better reviews than the III from what I've seen thus far. Still researching and reading though.

Posted on: 9/4 20:24:42
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I have a SBE, and my Dad has a SBE2, and they both are good guns. On my SBE, I replaced the recoil spring/tube with a stainless one after 12 years of heavy use. My old man's eagle 2 is still all original and functions beautiful in any weather. I waterfowl hunt extensively and IMO the black eagle is the way to go. I do not have any first hand experience with the SBE3 so I have no relevant opinion on it, but if it's like it's predecessor it should be a great gun too.

Posted on: 9/4 22:03:59
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Re: Shotgun recommendations?
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I think for the money, the browning maxus is the best way to go. I bought one a couple years ago and I don't regret it one bit. The gun works flawlessly in all weather conditions and shoots all loads including 3.5" without jamming. That being said, if your looking for a shotgun with a 3.5" chamber, I would shy away from the browning A5. My buddy bought one last year and it will not eject 2 3/4" shells. I have heard this is a very common issue with the A5 with 3.5" chamber. If you don't want to buy a SBE, then I would suggest the maxus is gunna be your next best option especially at the price. It's a solid and very quick shooting gun!!!

Posted on: 9/5 9:12:30
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Re: Shotgun recommendations?
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SBEII/III. Hands down.

Maxus a solid second.

Posted on: 9/5 10:18:47
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Re: Shotgun recommendations?
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Eric, excellent high end price range for a semi~

Most of the shotguns today are pretty darn good,however I have a great gunsmith here in town,whats makes him great over most smiths is he is an accomplished shooter international master class sporting clays,so everything from gunfit to tweaking your shotgun or custom work rifle or pistol he is great,he's been around the shotgun world a long time so I value his opinion.

I've had 3 generations of benelli SBE's,all were great except the SBE2,pretty sure I had a lemon but can't stand a malfuction in the field and the cycling issue was intermittent,my smith said "dump it" he told me the guyz that hammer away with 3.5"ammo with benelli will have issues as the gun is very light weight,asked his opinion on a handful of waterfowl shotguns coming thru his shop for repairs,all new A5,said pass,maxus issues with the "o" ring spliting causing no cycle but that was two years ago,he strongly recommended the new redesigned beretta A400 xtreme even tho I rarely shoot 3.5" shells (hevi shot,no need).

To date not one malfunction and I hunt waterfowl/upland from sept thru april so lots of shooting, the beretta not quite as easy to break down compared to benelli but easy none the less,more moving parts being partcial gas operated,the "kick -off" recoil system makes it very soft shooting if felt recoil is an issue,cycles all ammo sizes w/o a hitch,beretta lengthened the forcing cone and back bored the barrel to enhance the shot pattern when they redesigned this shotgun from the extrema2.

Down side for me is the safety,they put the dang thing in front of the trigger guard,but dealing with it.

I would take a look at this beretta and also consider the new SBE3,either way money well spent and will function in all weather conditions especially cold weather.

I know of a sporting goods shop thats worth checking with on price if your interested.PM me.

Posted on: 9/5 10:22:16
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Re: Shotgun recommendations?
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The best thing to do is go to the store and see how each gun feels and fits for you personally. My brother has a Super Black Eagle and has had good luck with that. I have the A5 and I personally love the gun and how the hump back lines up with my line of site- but it will not cycle 2 3/4 shells with less than 1oz of shot, also with any inertia driven system making sure you have the gun firmly against your shoulder is a must. I've had issues with gas systems getting gummed up too. Like others have stated you have a lot of good options in Benelli, Beretta and Browning. Reeds has some great deals on shotguns so I'd call them!!!

Posted on: 9/5 15:08:11
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