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Question by steve182. Uploaded on March 27, 2009
I have not seen any over/under imported by Benelli. The only thing I have seen is the Stoeger auto with the Benelli action. I shot one of those the other day. The inertia system was uncomfortable and felt like the shotgun was wrestling with me.
I will look for the O/U though. May be a good deal.
No I havnt
I go to Dick's a lot, mostly to browse around and see some prices. But I have yet to see what you are talking about.
It is made by Stoeger, actually a variation of the Stoeger Condor made specifically for Dicks called the Benelli STF 3000, by BenelliUSA. I googled it and found very mixxed reviews. Some thought it was decent(even good) for the money, others said it's garbage, belonging in a landfill, to paraphrase. Some had warranty issues too. Not exactly gonna rush out and buy it, but i still may go see how it feels in my hands, and how the fit and finish looks. Doubt my mind'll be changed now though, as i saw several poor reviews. Anyone have any experience with this gun?
I have one of those Benelli's and used it hunting pheasants in Kansas last year the action is tight and will loosen up a bit but the longer it stays tight the longer it will work for you. I have not had any miss fires or failed ejections for the money I think its a great value, especially from Dicks...hint get their credit card and get a rebate of 3% of your monthly bill use that in addition to their sale price practically give it to you
I have one of "These" Stoeger STF 3000s from Dick's. I have had it about a year and a half. I use it for birds in middle Georgia and Flordia panhandle. The country is pines, waist high grass and thorny thicket/underbrush (Best to have snake boots). I have found the 3000 to be very serviciable. Easy to carry, good action (yes a little stiff), no misfires and no ejection problems. I too was a bit suspecious of the price but I was looking for a gun that I did not have to worry about knocking about in thick cover or a golf cart. I think it is good value for what it is. Go buy a Beretta, Browning, Holland & Holland if you want but I find this a very competent choice.
Fortunately I have not!!!
I bought one. Not to bad. I like the weight and how it feels. I wouldnt have bought it if it didnt have Benelli in the add as then it would have been just a cheap gun. I am gonna see how it does for shooting trap and sporting clays. Just remember, clean the barrels really good before using for first time, dont use the full choke for steel shot. To loosen it up a little bit which I really dont mind, I oiled all sliding parts and greased the pivot area with gun grease. Its alot easier now.
Chokes are as follows (Marks on the end of choke tube)
1 mark = full choke
3 marks = modified choke
4 marks = improved cylinder choke
I just purchased one a few hours ago ($399 - $50 mail in rebate)... I've been doing quite bit of research on my 12g O/U purchase and for my needs (sub $500 O/U shotgun) and I think I have made an excellent choice. Sure, everyone's got their opinions on what they think is the best (or what is crap), but if the shotgun feels good when shouldered, and hits your price point then I think you have a winner. So much more is dependent on the shooter than the equipment, at least at the weekly league shooting level of competition, and I think that people forget that. When people talk about this shotgun being garbage I think they're too quick to judge (and/or are simply ignorant). For example: My Glock 30SF (sub compact .45ACP) required immediate warranty service (it wouldn't even fully seat a round to close the action), so even the brands with the (perceived) highest quality can have major issues. That certainly doesn't make it garbage, though a few four letter words were used during this whole situation. What about all the Ford, Chevy, and Dodge banter back and forth? Seems that whatever your daddy used is going to be the 'best' when compared to someone else's stuff.
Bottom line: If you're looking for a nice looking and inexpensive solution to your 12g O/U needs, I think you have a winner with this shotgun. Be safe and have fun.
I bought one a year or two ago for my son to use, I liked it so much I am having trouble not using it. The only thing I don't like is that you cannot change the shooting order. Always shoots top barrel first. That's fine as long as you are always shooting near shot first but during sporting clays you switch often. Then the chokes that are easily changed is nice. I have had 3 misfires out of about 400 rounds. My son said he has had none in about 5-600 rounds. It seems like the striker is not quite deep enough. Like I said, I am buying a 2nd one cause I like the way the my sons shoots.
I purchased the STF 3000 by Stoeger 2 seasons ago from Dicks. I paid 400 after taxes and this shotgun has turned out to be a bird killing machine. I hunt doves and pheasant with it, and always bag my limit. I have even shot a few waterfowl with it, b/c it will handle 3 inch shells. Some reports have said both chambers fire at the same time, but I have had no such problems. This gun just plain works every time I pull the trigger. At first it can be a little tight and hard to clean, but with some REMoil and working the action, it loosened up and is great!! I would absolutely reccommend one of these!!
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