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Beretta a400 extreme

Postby bjno1300 » Mon Feb 11, 2013 11:06 pm

Topic says it all. Tell me what ya think. Goin back and forth between this and performance shop waterfowl edition. I like the optifade camo too. Thanks
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Re: Beretta a400 extreme

Postby Dbag » Tue Feb 12, 2013 2:40 am

Shot or owned all the mentioned field guns. The recoil system dose work as opposed to the questionable recoil reduction of the comfortech. Lightweight and can be carried for hours without fatigue.I think all berreta field guns are based of the 391 platform so if you shoot this gun you're shooting an augmented 391.
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Re: Beretta a400 extreme

Postby Dirty Doug » Tue Feb 12, 2013 4:59 am

I own two of them. (optifades) If you like the feel of it I say go for it. I owned a 391 before these and can really feel a difference(recoil) after a hundred rounds of sporting clays. They also come with shims and a longer butt plate to help fit the gun to you also. I always have felt whatever gun feels the best to you is the one you should go with. Good luck!
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Re: Beretta a400 extreme

Postby DroppnDrakes » Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:01 am

Try one with 3in duck loads first. I did and there is no way in hell I'd buy one. The kick is brain jarring with that stock
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Re: Beretta a400 extreme

Postby jstewart_1981 » Tue Feb 12, 2013 12:43 pm

I have never owned or shot the Beretta. I did however just get back from mailing a check off for a brand new A400. I can vouch for the Benelli Super Black Eagle II. I have 2 of them. They cycle and shoot like no gun I have ever used. Flawless 99.9% of the time. When in the swamps and muck like we always are thats all you can ask for. The only reason I am switching over to Beretta is because the guns are killing my middle finger. If its just a skeet/target load no biggie. When shooting duck loads the way the trigger guard/grip is designed it literally busts my finger open and leaves knots. Recoil I could care less about but I want to keep my finger. Im a small guy about 5-7 170 lbs so keep that in consideration...
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Re: Beretta a400 extreme

Postby marker1303 » Tue Feb 12, 2013 12:55 pm

I got rid of and SBEII to get an A400. After 2 season shooting everything that will fit in, I got no complaints and dont ever see myself buying another duck gun. No recoil at all, even with 3.5 shooting geese. Great gun. SBEII was a nice firearm, but didnt like light ammo and with 3.5 it kicked like a mule.
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Re: Beretta a400 extreme

Postby Catchin Zs » Tue Feb 12, 2013 1:11 pm

I haven't shot one, but 1700 bucks is alot... Hard to justify buying one over a Maxus, unless the difference is really that noticeable..
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Re: Beretta a400 extreme

Postby jstewart_1981 » Tue Feb 12, 2013 1:15 pm

I also would like to add about the Benelli.... I have one with and without the comfort tech stock. Save your coins and buy the American Series if you go that route. I cant tell the stock does a thing recoil wise but it will add $400 to the gun.
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Re: Beretta a400 extreme

Postby TopWop » Wed Feb 13, 2013 2:04 am

I recently purchased the a400. I too had been shooting
a 391 for a loooooong time. WOW,WOW,WOW! I'm so
happy I made that purchase. I got a pretty good deal
1580 in camo, no sales tax. Still cheaper than any
O/U I would consider buying. I would love to have a
nice O/U.

For me the gun shoots like a dream. The recoil system
is for real. Especially when talking about barrel jump.
I shot skeet for the first time the other day. Swinging
on the doubles was a breeze. I know a guy who's kid
shoots 3.5" ers all day in his a400, he weighs about 110 lbs.
I don't know what to say to the guy who said 3" kicked
too bad for him. Anyway, I highly recommend the a400.
If for some reason I don't like it anymore, I'm going back
to my 391. Although I don't see that happening.
Good Luck!
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Re: Beretta a400 extreme

Postby Dirty Doug » Thu Feb 14, 2013 8:13 pm

Droppinducks....did the 400 you shot have the kick off? :huh: I also cant believe it kicked you at all. I shot 3's and 3.5 all duck season and didn't notice anything. My 391 is being kept for sentimental reasons and that is all.Kick is so much less on the 400.
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Re: Beretta a400 extreme

Postby Dbag » Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:49 pm

Have to agree on the recoil issue. I shoot 3 in. Black Cloud and hevi shot, both 1500 GPS with very little felt recoil and no headaches afterwards. Softest shooting light weight gun.
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Re: Beretta a400 extreme

Postby Dbag » Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:52 pm

Fps not GPS, IPad thinks too much.
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Re: Beretta a400 extreme

Postby honkernut » Sat Feb 16, 2013 9:49 pm

I own 2 Berettas and recoil has never even been a thought! I wouldn't have an SBEII as a gift! Now that's a recoiling S.O.B.!!
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Re: Beretta a400 extreme

Postby SAHunter1983 » Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:30 am

I have shot the performance waterfowl SBE II. Great gun but not worth the price... A400 is a performance gun off the shelf. Purchased my A400 about 2 months ago. have put every load through it that I can find. 400+ rds with no issues whatsoever, it eats anything. 2 3/4 1 oz handicap loads cycle 3 1/2 turkey loads with no problems. Easy to clean and field strip. Runs clean to start with.... Broke the kickoff in within the first few boxes of shells. Now I can shoot hypersonic steel in 3 -3 1/2 all day long. It seems like the heavier the load, the more effective the kickoff seems to be... 3 1/3 feels like 3, 3 feels like 2 3/4, 2 3/4 feels like 20ga ... handicap loads feel like .410.... hope this helps

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Re: Beretta a400 extreme

Postby Fowlmouth Hustle » Sun Feb 24, 2013 5:56 pm

Love my A400. I had some issues with it cycling 2&3/4-7&1/2's during dove season, but I think that the problem was just with the cheap Winchester loads I put in it. Haven't tried any other dove shot since then but I'm sure I will before next September.
I did however try a number of different heavier loads during duck season and I didn't have one issue with cycling or jamming.
Overall, I don't think I could have picked out a better shotgun. I could go on about everything I love about it but the gun truly speaks for itself. Plus the Optifade is just badass. My only gripe is that it didn't come with a full set of chokes.
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Re: Beretta a400 extreme

Postby everythings ducky » Sun Feb 24, 2013 10:34 pm

Dbag wrote:Have to agree on the recoil issue. I shoot 3 in. Black Cloud and hevi shot, both 1500 GPS with very little felt recoil and no headaches afterwards. Softest shooting light weight gun.


There's nothing light about that gun. It weighs close to 8 pounds. I would hope there is less felt recoil with a heavier gun. For comparison, the A400 weighs more than 1/2 pound more than an SX3, close to a pound more than a Maxus and about the same as the Versa Max which many on here say has less felt recoil than the A400. The Versa Max has a better gas system copying the Argo gas system. The Versa Max costs hundreds less too. The Maxus has less felt recoil when the A400 is the same weight. Again hundreds less ($1270 vs $1700+). The A400 is a good gun, just overpriced and the competition is just as good for a lot less money.
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Re: Beretta a400 extreme

Postby DuckmanOK » Sun Jul 28, 2013 3:11 pm

I agree with maxus vs a400. The maxus recoil is much less than the a400. I do like the a400 safety in front but the auto load of the maxus is pretty cool! I mean really cool and fast loading more shells on maxus. That alone is worth buying the gun. With that said, my Benelli super Vinci is a nice soft kicking gun that cycles my 2 3/4 clay shells and 3.5. There was an article on all these named guns and the a400 and Benelli had the best triggers. The Benelli kicked the LESS on 3.5 inch shells . The maxus was by far the less recoil than the a400 on 3 inch shells. So with my own opinion and written opinion articles its a toss up. By what you like .

One more thing, the maxus is an oversize bore and beretta and Benelli have smaller bores so getting extra full chokes on the beretta and Benelli are going to be different (harder to pattern) than constrictions of the maxus with bbs and 3.5. So maybe IM for bbs on beretta and Benelli. I will be patterning soon once my brileys come in to verify Benelli vs browning maxus
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Re: Beretta a400 extreme

Postby xtrema13 » Sun Jul 28, 2013 3:51 pm

You think that the 24in barrel with a extended choke will work just fine?


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Re: Beretta a400 extreme

Postby Fsbirdhouse » Sun Jul 28, 2013 4:29 pm

Read with interest all of the comments, both pro and con, concerning kick with everybody's favorite gun.
Haven't shot a Maxus, but I've heard good things about them.
However, I do not believe that Benelli has ever been made a 12 ga. that kicks less than an A400, Super Vinci included.
It's an inertia driven system, they just simply are not gonna be as soft as a gas system in a quality gun, regardless what the manufacturer's hype says to sell 'em.

I know from experience that an SBEII kicks harder, and it will tear up a finger on some folks in 3 1/2" loads.
I sold mine and bought the A400. End of every problem.
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Re: Beretta a400 extreme

Postby DuckmanOK » Sun Jul 28, 2013 9:46 pm

I hear about the finger troubles on sb2 and I haven't heard any neg. comments about this on the Vinci. I know it doesnt give me problems but thats just one person talking here. i believe the inertia guns really take kick MOST off of is the 3.5 shells. Anyways, good read and thanks for sharing
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