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Question by amcclure. Uploaded on May 17, 2011
McClure, have you picked a shotgun yet? I can tell you that the Versamax is cumbersome and lacks the smoothness and precision machining as the benellis, but hey go hold some guns and shoot some guns owned by friends to form your own opinions, I want to say that the 390 is appreciated and preferred by high volume Argentina dove outfits, but I cannot quite remember if they like it more than the 3901, I think its easier to clean,here is a pretty good article
I held a side by side CZ that was nice and moderately priced,
just went and checked out a Beretta 391 urika 2 and a Benelli SBE II at Sportsman's Warehouse. I have long arms and liked the way that the Beretta fit a little better. Im definitely going to have to modify e pull and get a recoil pad if I am going to get the 3901. I'm going to go shoot my buddies Benelli M1 field grade this weekend before making the final decision. Still wanting to move to Alaska?
The difference is mostly aesthetic, although the 391 has 3.5" capability that the 390 didn't. The gas system is very similiar but a bit beefier to accomodate the 3.5" shells in the 391. The 390's I have had featured interchangeable recoil pads for LOP adjustment, as well as shims to adjust for drop and cast. Either are very good guns and very reliable. The 3901 is Beretta's entry into the 'budget' marketplace with a no frills model and the reason I feel that they didn't incorporate the 391 in to the equation is for fear of cannibalizing 391 sales.
I don't know the difference but I know I have a sweet shooting 391 in 20 gauge. Great gun, I would recommend it to anyone.
I am making a guess, but I would say the 3901 is much, much easier to clean being that feature is now in all the new autos. I watched a guy have his 390 cleaned out at the gun club by a guy that knew the 390, and it struck fear in me that I might have to do it. There were parts all over the place.
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