aunt betty wrote:Ohhh. It just dawned on me. The answer to his question...
Why is Benelli the benchmark? Tom Knapp is why. That world-record he set. He used a Benelli.
ANY OTHER QUESTIONS?
Patrick Flannigan beat Knapp with a Winchester.
That's why the SX3 gets so much more attention than the Browning Silver. Same exact bolt and gas system parts but for some reason the SX3 is "the fastest autoloading shotgun on the planet".
I'm new to Benellis. Been a Browning guy for a while and decided to try something different so I bought an SBE2. So far the things that I like about the Benelli are....
1. I like how there is no bare carbon steel anywhere on the gun (that I have found). The entire bore is chrome plated. The choke tubes and bolt head appear to be. The inside of the receiver upper half appears to be painted or powder coated. The plunger in the stock is stainless and everything else appears to be aluminum or synthetic. Other than the springs, I just don't see any parts that could rust.
2. I like not having to use a screwdriver to take the recoil pad off for a tear down.
3. Doesn't chuck empties 15 feet way. The bolt doesn't seem to pound the receiver hardly at all.
4. 10 year warranty
Things I don't like
1. The long, creepy trigger pull sucks. I guess its fine for wingshooting but I'd never bother fitting it with a slug barrel.
2. The mag spring is stiff as hell. It takes some serious pushin' to get a second 3.5 shell in there.
3. The camo dip job is not done as well as my Browning was. Lots of small missed spots, little bits of crude under the camo, and it gets real shiney. Not just the normal gripping spots but damn near wherever it gets handled on a semi regular basis.
4. The slow "cur-chunk" sound of the action when I'm shooting is going to take some getting used to.
Those are my pros and cons. It may be a bit easier to clean, and may require less cleaning, but my brownings are easier to take apart and reassemble so that's a wash in my book.