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Question by rrmont. Uploaded on September 25, 2009
No doubt in my mind the best is Benelli SBE. Had mine 10 years and wouldn't trade it for a truck load of Remchester's and brownings.
I use a Beretta 390 and its been a great shotgun.
If you are wanting to shoot 3.5 in. shells then I would go with the Beretta Extrema II or the Benelli Super Black Eagle II. Both of those auto loaders work extremely well, but I would give the SBE2 the nod just for the better recoil reduction system. Both of these guns are soft shooters, but for the 3.5 in. magnums you will start to notice a little difference; which for 3.5's a little less felt recoil is much appreciated.
If you are only going to use 2 3/4 or 3 in. shells, I would look at the Benelli Vinci or the Beretta AL391 Urika. Both of these guns have a 3 in. chamber and are touted as being highly reliable in adverse conditions.
You will be happy with any of these four guns; it is all a matter of what type of features you are looking for and what feels best for you.
Beretta Extrema, nothing compares to it in my opinion.
If you can find one I would go with a Win SX2, I think Cabeles have some on line in their gun library.
I'm on board with the Benelli SBE II. I've loved mine from day one. I picked up with Winchester SX2 and absolutely hated the feel of it. I've heard it's a great shooting gun, but it felt off balance among other things. You would appreciate the simplicity of the SBE as well, mainly for cleaning. No gas tube, just the inertia drive recoil system which is fantastic. When streack asked if you would only use 2 3/4 or 3" I would actually direct you towards the Benelli M2 if it's still waterfoul focused. They make a very sweet gun in full camo with an unpenitrable coating on the whole gun. Stands up to weather like no other. You can get the same on the SBE.
I killed a pile of snow geese with my old S&W 1000 Super 12 Waterfowler last couple of years. They don't make them anymore. Maybe the Benelli. Remingtons and Mooseburgers have too many small moving parts to suit me. I'm going to buy me another S&W 1000 (old model) just in case I wear the one I have out!
Im quite pleased with my auto loader,the 1187super mag.THERE are some real nice goose getters on the market today but they be $$pricey$$ Ialso use an old ITHICA MAG 10.I wish they had a pattern master choke tube for it.GOOD LUCK with your choice an happy hunting.
Mossberg makes a fine one.
its got a great balance for waterfowl
11-87 Supermag is a great buy, and works flawlessly with 3" and 3.5" shells. And will work just as good with high brass 2&3/4" shells. People who tout the Benelli SBE II as being the god of shotguns obviously do not count their customer support into the equation! Do a search on google and look up the horror stories of people who do have problems. And there are people who have problems, they are machines and machines break down. However also do some searching for Remington and Mossberg repair or check your local gun club for people who have had a problem with their remington and contacted remington customer service. There were multiple stories I read about people waiting 3+ weeks for Benelli customer service to contact them back. As they are not able to get in touch with anyone when they call the first time. Also test it out yourself. Call Remington Supports 1-800 number to see if you can get a real person, and then do the same with Benelli. It's ok to do this and just tell them you are testing out how long it takes to get through before you make a purchase. Sometimes there maybe higher than normal call volumes like right before hunting season but overall I think you will be impressed with the offerings from Mossberg, Remington and Winchester once you factor in the 'after the sale' support.
Can't go wrong with a Benelli SBE II if you have the money, but if money is a factor then the old Remington SPR 453 or now the Baikal is a great 3.5" auto loader for under $500.
Another one to consider would be the new Browning Maxus, or a good used Browning Gold hunter.
you can't go wrong with a Beretta or Remington 11-87. both are great, durable guns. Definitely worth the money.
Benelli Vinci. You don't need 3 1/2 inch shells. And the Vinci's stock absorbs maximum recoil.
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