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Posts: 9157 | Location: Back in the Republic of Texas... time to secede!! | Registered: 12 February 2004Reply With Quote
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MY money would be on a Benelli M2.
 
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No idea of today’s.

Years ago it was the Browning B2000.

We used a number of them, shooting literally hundreds of thousands of various ammo through them.

They worked, and worked, and worked.

Never had any problems whatsoever!


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I like my Winchester SX3. Tried a Benelli but though recoil was softer than the SX3. That said, a lot of duck/goose guides love Benellis.


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If you are capable of maintenance it’s a toss up between a Benelli or a Beretta.

The Benelli is a bit more reliable and lighter.

The Beretta has a gas system and recoils less.

Personally, the Benelli fits me better, and fit is everything in shotguns.

Try a few and what fits best is what to get.
 
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If durability is your thing, find a low-use Winchester Super X-1...built like a tank.
 
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Browning A5!! Sweet 16. Hunt the classics
 
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I go along with Biebs on the Winchester Super X-1, but my friend who guides goose hunts in Alberta and would know something about long term reliability tells me they use Benelli's.


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Its got to be Benelli hands down, but having said that I own and shoot dozens of shotguns but do not have nor want a single semi auto. Sure they have their place but not in my gun room.

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I'm still shooting my stable of Browning Auto 5s and Citoris, in 12, 16, and 20. Literally hundreds of ducks and pheasants have fallen to those shotguns. The vast majority of the Auto 5s are between 50-60 years old; some of the newer ones in the minority shoot steel shot and have the screw in choke tube system. The Citoris are, on average, around 25-30 years old and one Lightning Sporting Clays has had over 100,000 shells through it and still locks up tight and on face. The only thing that I have ever did to any of them was to add a recoil pad on some. I have never had to replace any parts on any of them. Big Grin John Browning was indeed a genius. tu2 I also shoot Browning BPS pumps and Model 12s and have a number of them. I have other shotguns in various manufacturers as well including Berretta, Franchi, Benelli, Ithaca, Weatherby, Mossberg, and a few others. Just my firsthand experience and my two centavos worth of opinion.
 
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Semi auto now days?? I hate cleaning them and have had the best luck with Benelli (any model) and Remington versamax. I abuse them terribly and people complain about how I use them. Two versamaxs have been sunk five feet in mud etc, pulled up and continue to shoot like champs with no jams etc. I haven't dropped a Benelli in the pond but still never clean them and they just work. My benellis shoot 5000-10,000 rounds a year each with all types of people using them and no issues.

Every beretta I have had starts jamming somewhere about 500-1000 rounds and just becomes a single shot. I don't currently own any but will probably in a moment of weakness, foolishly buy a new one for duck season just to become mad at it and give it to some kid who likes cleaning stuff. I don't learn well apparently. The last couple a400 whatever's I had I brought benellis as backups and had one jamming in 50 rounds and the other in about 100.

I have had great success with weatherby, franchi and tristar but nowhere near the round count to really compare but would choose any of those three (and do when taking kids out) over berettas any day.

I had terrible luck with two mossberg semi autos I won, no cycling right out of the box.

Old guns that work well for me have been the first browning A500 when they were recoil operated only, browning 2000 and Winchester sx1, but that is not what you asked.

Please don't think I'm beretta bashing as I own and love several, just all over unders. Also remember I won't clean them, people who do seem to really like beretta semi autos.

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MY money would be on a Benelli M2.


I agree. I bought an M2 a few years ago and use it for goose hunting from layout blinds and it's also my rainy day pheasant gun. Works perfectly.


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I would put the top two as the benelli (SBE or M2, but check out the Rob Roberts customized ones) or the Beretta A400.

Trade off comes down to the A400 being a softer shooter if you care about recoil and most will say the benelli handles and points better. Benelli might handle cold, mud, etc a bit better but my A400's have run fine in everything and very cold temps.

If you are not worried about recoil (either gun is a great gun), I would make an effort to handle both of them and see what feels better to you.
 
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MY money would be on a Benelli M2.


I agree. I bought an M2 a few years ago and use it for goose hunting from layout blinds and it's also my rainy day pheasant gun. Works perfectly.


I use a super M1-90 works well most of the time. It is the only simi-auto I own.

But for udder reliability feeding and going bang with most any thing you could stuff in a shotgun.

Give me a 870 or model 12.
 
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Buy a Girsan MC312 and save about $1500.00 over a Benelli. Great gun. Read the r
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those Girsan's are pretty decent guns, if I ever see one in 20ga. I'd probably give it a good look over.
it'd have to be pretty good to replace my Win. super X-2 I been trying to wear out since the 90's though.
 
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I think one of the best deals for the price is the Beretta A300. My son and I each have one and they work great. We shoot target loads of 1 oz. at about 1150 fps (manual says about 7500 lup) up to 3" steel waterfowl loads and neither of us has had a single malfunction. We have been using them about 5 years. I think you can still buy one for about $700.
 
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Benelli is the king in Louisiana. My son and I personally shoot an M1-90 and my son in law shoots a Benelli SBE, he kills more waterfowl than anybody I know (that is saying a lot because Louisiana guys are duck and goose killing machines). He hunts about 50 days a year from Geese and ducks in Kansas, to Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

I have shot a Benelli M1-90 20 gauge on dove shoots twice in Argentina, once in Uruguay, and once in Bolivia. 1000s of rounds. Never a problem.

They are inertia guns so they kick more than gas guns. I have my barrels ported by magnaport. That reduces recoil slightly but drastically reduces barrel jump giving me a quick second and third shot.

They are indestructible.

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Saeed is right. My go to gun before the Benelli was the Browning B 2000. They were discontinued and parts became hard to find so I unloaded the 4 I had. They were sweet shooting shotguns.


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I don’t semi autos that much, but bang for the buck it has to be Tristar.


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"Best" semiauto is a little vague, as it could mean best value, best fit, best reliability rating, best handling characteristics -- all of which change according to who is doing the shooting.
The Benellis have a great reputation for reliability all right. We sold a lot of them, especially to hard-core waterfowlers.
I have been impressed with some of the Turkish imports -- the Weatherbys, for example.
Had not heard of the Girsan. Looks interesting for the price point.
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If you are capable of maintenance it’s a toss up between a Benelli or a Beretta.

The Benelli is a bit more reliable and lighter.

The Beretta has a gas system and recoils less.

Personally, the Benelli fits me better, and fit is everything in shotguns.

Try a few and what fits best is what to get.


We had people using both Benelli and Beretta, and some Franchi too.

Non.

Not a single one was as reliable as the Browning B2000.

Those shotguns just worked.

Non stop.

I had one which always stayed in the trunk of my car.


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Well, a few years ago I bought a CZ 912 which I use for skeet. I am sure that it costs a lot less than the guns previously mentioned, and I do not pretend to be a high volume shooter. Neither am I an expert on semi autos. Just a thought.
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Most of the guns provided for Argentine dove hunts seem to be Benellis. And those get more use out of them in a month than most people do in a lifetime.
 
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High volume sport shooters who shoot semi auto's instead of O/U's overwhelmingly pick Beretta's. Hunters overwhelmingly pick a Benelli. I've seen both (and all semi autos) develop jamming problems, generally fixable. Often related to cleaning, but sometimes spring or battering related.

Also, Randy Wakeman has reviewed all of them. He really liked the new Remington V3 and the Weatherby S-08's IIRC, as well as the Beretta's and Benellis. Berettas and all gas guns shoot softer than intertia guns.

There are also a bunch of guns set up for heavy loads/3.5" loads (I think Browning Maxus, Winchester SX3, and and Remington VersaMax's and Beretta A400's) but they are incredibly bulky and don't seem like they'd be very lively, but might be good for waterfowl in a blind.
 
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Still shooting a Remington 11-48 (got for Christmas in 1968) and a Remington 11-87 that I bought in 1988. Never had any problems with either.
 
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I'm shooting an 80's 1100. I've managed to shoot it dirty enough to jam, and I've tried my light 7/8 oz loads in cold weather and had it be unreliable. But it's my favorite. No rib. Steel receiver. Lively, well-balanced gun.
 
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I am a turkey hunter first and foremost. If I were going to use a semi it would be a Super Black Eagle 11.
I think ducks ant geese need similar gun. If not my 10 gauge BPS, I would buy a Super Black Eagle II of or Browning A5 for ducks and geese. I killed a 3 year old Tom at 42 yards with a new A5 and Winchester High Brass 1300 FPS 7.5 and Browning factory full choke. The new A5 is just an inertia gun with a little Auto5 styling.

My wife has a wonderful Benelli 28 Gauge.
 
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