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The Firing Line

Comparing the top semi-auto shotguns

Uploaded on January 25, 2010

I am trying to make a decision between 5 very nice shotguns, the shotguns in no particular order: Mossberg 935, Browning Maxus, Winchester SX3, Beretta Extrema2, and Benelli Vinci. Based on performance, price, "feel", and features how would you rank these shotguns? Explain why

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from firehawk532 wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

If it were me I would get the Mossberg. I like Mossberg shotguns the best and economically I think they are the better value.

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from anjadams wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

I have used the Beretta Xtrema and can give no complaints. A close friend of mine hunts with one and it never seems to fail him. Duck hunting is rough on a gun and if you are planning on doing that with your new gun I would opt for one o the higher end guns such as the Beretta or Benelli. As far as the ranking them in order I would put the Benelli and Beretta as 1 and 2 in either order. Next would be the Browning. I like Browning guns but they always seem a little heavy and dont swing well to me. The Winchester and Mossberg would round out the list.

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from Sayfu wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

Those are all very good. The SX3 is getting a lot of hype for its fast recycling ability which is more hype than fact, but a good gun.
Several things to think about. The Vinci made some improvements in auto design BUT, the Vinci is still the Benelli "inertia system" that is an old blowback system that depends on kick to recycle the shells. There is NO kick reduction if that is a factor. Another big concern is do you keep your gun clean all the time? A Benelli is simple to break down and clean, and will function much better when dirty than a more complicated gas auto. Gas autos depend on being clean, and are more complicated to breakdown. I know of several dedicated duck/goose hunters that would only shoot a Benelli because they take no time to clean their Black Eagle, and are right back out there the next day not missing a round with a grungy gun. A gas gun can not do that.

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from Drew Steven Knoop wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

firehawk532, why? what makes it economical and a value?

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from Sayfu wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

And here is another thought on buying a shotgun...LOOKS!

It appears to me if you are an older person you like the classic lines of the earlier designed guns. I grew up with a Rem. 870 Wingmaster pump, and the rolled back receiver, and sleek lines of the gun appeal to me. Because of it I even felt I shot better using one. The new generation of shotgun owners seems to accept the angular lines of guns like the new Benelli Vinci. I do not, and proud ownership is a big thing with me as I know it is for others as well.

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from hnestle wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

I'm a benelli fan. They shot great, the bolt won't freeze shut, they're easy to clean and rarely need a total break down, and if you have to use it as a paddle it works great. Stay away from the gas auto's they require to much cleaning and if it's cold and wet they freeze shut.

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from Sayfu wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

hnestle, You spoke about the bolt on a Benelli auto. It is interesting to say the least that the bolt problem on a Benelli auto hasn't been addressed more. If you barely more than touch the bolt lever tapping it backward the gun will not fire. Tap the butt of the gun on the ground, and the bolt will disengage with the barrel, and not fire. After having my Benelli not fire on several game birds I figured out the problem, and the sporting goods store that sold me the gun acknowledged it. It will happen on all autos, but much, much easier to have happen on a spring operated Benelli bolt than on a gas gun. I like my Benelli, but have to address that problem, or end up walking the field for hours only to have that happen at the critical moment. And no one hates it worse than my bird dog!!

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from staleoti wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

I have shot and owned about everyone except the Browning Maxus but have been looking at purchasing.

My first Benelli was the orignal Black Eagle loved the ease of cleaning and I didn't have any problems with mine. All my friends started having problems with the first ones so I traded mine before I did on the first Beretta Xtrema. The Berretta xtrema is solid gun and I have never had an issue. Although on the post above the person mentioned the browning being heavy the Maxus is lighter the the Benelli and Beretta from what I have researed. Comes in under 7 lbs. I did purchase the Benelli Black Eagle 2 in the slug version and did have the click thing happen on me like posted above. Luckily it was a doe and nothing that I would get real upset about. My buddies could here the click thirty yards away. Gives everyone something to tease about after the hunt. Otherwise I like the black eagle two in slug version and I am going to purchase a 28 inch barrel for it so I can get double duty out of it. I want to be ready for the snow melt and the snows geese in the spring.

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from Crazyhunter wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

If your going to Go for a shotgun nothing beats a benelli in quality my super nova shoots everything i put through it and is indestructible with its synthetic stock. Benellis may be more expensive but you get your money's worth out of it. If you looking for a do everything gun go for a super black eagle its pricey but not much more than the vinci i have shot one and it shoots everything from 1 ounce target loads to big waterfowl shells. No problems and without adjustment. Planning on buying one.

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from anjadams wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

I have used the Beretta Xtrema and can give no complaints. A close friend of mine hunts with one and it never seems to fail him. Duck hunting is rough on a gun and if you are planning on doing that with your new gun I would opt for one o the higher end guns such as the Beretta or Benelli. As far as the ranking them in order I would put the Benelli and Beretta as 1 and 2 in either order. Next would be the Browning. I like Browning guns but they always seem a little heavy and dont swing well to me. The Winchester and Mossberg would round out the list.

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from Sayfu wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

Those are all very good. The SX3 is getting a lot of hype for its fast recycling ability which is more hype than fact, but a good gun.
Several things to think about. The Vinci made some improvements in auto design BUT, the Vinci is still the Benelli "inertia system" that is an old blowback system that depends on kick to recycle the shells. There is NO kick reduction if that is a factor. Another big concern is do you keep your gun clean all the time? A Benelli is simple to break down and clean, and will function much better when dirty than a more complicated gas auto. Gas autos depend on being clean, and are more complicated to breakdown. I know of several dedicated duck/goose hunters that would only shoot a Benelli because they take no time to clean their Black Eagle, and are right back out there the next day not missing a round with a grungy gun. A gas gun can not do that.

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from Drew Steven Knoop wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

firehawk532, why? what makes it economical and a value?

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from hnestle wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

I'm a benelli fan. They shot great, the bolt won't freeze shut, they're easy to clean and rarely need a total break down, and if you have to use it as a paddle it works great. Stay away from the gas auto's they require to much cleaning and if it's cold and wet they freeze shut.

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from firehawk532 wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

If it were me I would get the Mossberg. I like Mossberg shotguns the best and economically I think they are the better value.

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from Sayfu wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

And here is another thought on buying a shotgun...LOOKS!

It appears to me if you are an older person you like the classic lines of the earlier designed guns. I grew up with a Rem. 870 Wingmaster pump, and the rolled back receiver, and sleek lines of the gun appeal to me. Because of it I even felt I shot better using one. The new generation of shotgun owners seems to accept the angular lines of guns like the new Benelli Vinci. I do not, and proud ownership is a big thing with me as I know it is for others as well.

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from Sayfu wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

hnestle, You spoke about the bolt on a Benelli auto. It is interesting to say the least that the bolt problem on a Benelli auto hasn't been addressed more. If you barely more than touch the bolt lever tapping it backward the gun will not fire. Tap the butt of the gun on the ground, and the bolt will disengage with the barrel, and not fire. After having my Benelli not fire on several game birds I figured out the problem, and the sporting goods store that sold me the gun acknowledged it. It will happen on all autos, but much, much easier to have happen on a spring operated Benelli bolt than on a gas gun. I like my Benelli, but have to address that problem, or end up walking the field for hours only to have that happen at the critical moment. And no one hates it worse than my bird dog!!

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from staleoti wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

I have shot and owned about everyone except the Browning Maxus but have been looking at purchasing.

My first Benelli was the orignal Black Eagle loved the ease of cleaning and I didn't have any problems with mine. All my friends started having problems with the first ones so I traded mine before I did on the first Beretta Xtrema. The Berretta xtrema is solid gun and I have never had an issue. Although on the post above the person mentioned the browning being heavy the Maxus is lighter the the Benelli and Beretta from what I have researed. Comes in under 7 lbs. I did purchase the Benelli Black Eagle 2 in the slug version and did have the click thing happen on me like posted above. Luckily it was a doe and nothing that I would get real upset about. My buddies could here the click thirty yards away. Gives everyone something to tease about after the hunt. Otherwise I like the black eagle two in slug version and I am going to purchase a 28 inch barrel for it so I can get double duty out of it. I want to be ready for the snow melt and the snows geese in the spring.

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from Crazyhunter wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

If your going to Go for a shotgun nothing beats a benelli in quality my super nova shoots everything i put through it and is indestructible with its synthetic stock. Benellis may be more expensive but you get your money's worth out of it. If you looking for a do everything gun go for a super black eagle its pricey but not much more than the vinci i have shot one and it shoots everything from 1 ounce target loads to big waterfowl shells. No problems and without adjustment. Planning on buying one.

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