You all are making my decission that much more difficult! I can not, for the life of me, decide if I want the SX3 or the Maxus!
I used to love Beretta but have gotten away from them over the past year or so. I am leaning more towards Browning for my upland guns. Being one of those goofs, I like to keep it in the same family. However, that SX3 Turkey is Sweeeeet! If the Maxus came in a Turkey version, I may go with the Maxus. Love the feel and look of the SX3 though!
What to do............................
Wings and Water: I know the crossroads you are at, I went back and forth with the Maxus and the SX3 for a year before I pulled the Trigger (no pun intended). I am also a very loyal Browning goof who did not want to stray from the buckmark, but the reality is that a WInchester is a Browning and vise versa. It even says manufactured by Browning Arms Company (BACO) on the barrell of the SX3, so I wans't cheating. The things that sold me though was ...
1.) I wanted a camo gun and don't like duck blind and Love Bottomland. I also wasn't crazy about the forearm of the maxus
2.) Obviously reputation for being fast cycling and tough.
3.) (Most Important) I got to shoot one before buying, a friend had just gotten an Sx3 field and after shooting any doubts I had were erased completely and my mind was made up.
Good luck with your decision, but I know what you are going through, but I have no doubt I made the right choice for me.
Toptrigger: Im not you, but sounds like we have superb tastes in shotguns/camo patterns and can fram teal like no one's business. That is pretty funny though.