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Stoeger M3000 Review

Postby cuppedandkilled » Wed May 22, 2013 7:00 pm

Haven't seen a lot about these price point semi-autos.

I just bought one as a back up to my Urika 2 yesterday. Of course, being excited I raced home from work and ripped it open for a good cleaning. Everything was as expected. The magazine tube was PACKED with grease. Got all that gunky funk off and threw some oil on it.
Blew the styrafoam chunks out of the crevices and grabbed a handfull of 2.75" high base steel loads and headed out the door. Functioned flawlessly. Ran another handful of 3" mags through it and it spit those out too.

The 26" barrel was LOUD but I do plan on throwing a Pattermaster (unported) on it to extend the barrel to about 27".

I plan on running the gun with light trap loads this weekend. Ill give it a cleaning cleaning when the bolt starts to slow down when cycling.

So far, I really like it!

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Re: Stoeger M3000 Review

Postby snapshotmd » Thu May 23, 2013 5:25 am

I am seriously looking at buying this gun as well. Keep us posted!
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Re: Stoeger M3000 Review

Postby cuppedandkilled » Thu May 23, 2013 7:14 am

Will do! Recoil is there...obviously more so than my gas operated Urika 2 w/ Kick-Off. I won't be adding a recoil reducer as I didn't think it was THAT bad.

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Re: Stoeger M3000 Review

Postby Uncle Jesse » Thu Jun 06, 2013 6:41 am

Get a Limbsaver pad :thumbsup: You'll start leaving the Beretta at home.
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Re: Stoeger M3000 Review

Postby SLV Ducks-n-geese » Fri Jun 28, 2013 11:02 pm

I also just picked up an M3000 and like it so far!

I also noticed the magazine tube was packed with grease and styrofoam bits. I broke the whole thing down and gave it a great cleaning and so far it functions flawlessly. I only cycled a box of 1 1/8 #6s and a box of 1 1/8 #7.5s but so far there are no issues. I plan on heading out tomorrow and cycling a box of 3"ers through it at the local trap range.

I will followup in this thread as to not start another one as things progress but so far, so good.
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Re: Stoeger M3000 Review

Postby SLV Ducks-n-geese » Sun Jun 30, 2013 7:37 am

Following up as promised...

Cycled the following yesterday at the sporting clays range.

1 - box of 3", #2 steel
1 - box of 3", #4 steel
1 - box of 2 3/4, #7.5 target

M3000 performed flawlessly. No complaints. Glad I did not get the M3500 as the M3000 does have a little bit of kick! ;)
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Re: Stoeger M3000 Review

Postby sstermer » Sun Jun 30, 2013 8:55 am

My brother bought one a few years ago, if you keep it clean there will be no problems. This is next on my list to purchase.
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Re: Stoeger M3000 Review

Postby Huskies12 » Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:21 pm

I have had mine since last fall so it has a complete waterfowl season under it's belt. I have had no problems at all. I shoot Federals and had no problems, both blue box and snow goose loads.
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Re: Stoeger M3000 Review

Postby cuppedandkilled » Thu Jul 11, 2013 8:00 pm

Sorry, I've fell off the forums for awhile.

The gun has literally not had 1 hang up. It is really starting to impress me. I've shot close to a case and half of Federal low base trap loads through it. Also another couple boxes of 20 year old hand loaded paper hull reloads. It spit those out too.

Im beginning to think Im more on target with this gun, too. It is so natural pointing.

I think I'm in love...:grin:

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Re: Stoeger M3000 Review

Postby SLV Ducks-n-geese » Sun Jul 14, 2013 1:35 pm

Another update...

Broke it down, cleaned it up, and cycled another box of 3" BBs & 2s of assorted makes and no problems at all!

Great gun...though I could not imagine shooting the M3500 with 3" loads. This sucker has some kick to it. ;)
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Re: Stoeger M3000 Review

Postby cuppedandkilled » Fri Jul 19, 2013 9:00 pm

SLV Ducks-n-geese wrote:Another update...

Broke it down, cleaned it up, and cycled another box of 3" BBs & 2s of assorted makes and no problems at all!

Great gun...though I could not imagine shooting the M3500 with 3" loads. This sucker has some kick to it. ;)



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I thought mine did too right away. Its definitely not gas operated, that's for sure. I'm wondering if SIMS recoil pad wouldn't help?

Trap loads are a breeze, though. My dad always said "you don't feel recoil in the moment of truth" which is absolutely right in my opinion.
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Re: Stoeger M3000 Review

Postby gr8white » Fri Jul 19, 2013 10:18 pm

SLV Ducks-n-geese wrote:Another update...

Broke it down, cleaned it up, and cycled another box of 3" BBs & 2s of assorted makes and no problems at all!

Great gun...though I could not imagine shooting the M3500 with 3" loads. This sucker has some kick to it. ;)


3.5's out of my M3500 will pound the crap out of you. It's defiantly not a soft shooting gun. Dead nuts reliable, but kicks like hell.
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Re: Stoeger M3000 Review

Postby cuppedandkilled » Thu Nov 14, 2013 7:22 pm

Ran another 250 rounds through it. 1oz. trap loads, 2.75" high brass & 3" mags. Hasn't skipped a beat.

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Re: Stoeger M3000 Review

Postby dukhntr » Thu Nov 14, 2013 7:43 pm

Not to hijack your post but how do you like your urika 2? I just bought one yesterday and am pumped!
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Re: Stoeger M3000 Review

Postby cuppedandkilled » Thu Nov 14, 2013 10:02 pm

dukhntr wrote:Not to hijack your post but how do you like your urika 2? I just bought one yesterday and am pumped!


Well, I loved it. I recently sold it because it started hanging up with 3" mags every once and awhile. Even though it happened about 3 times it still stuck with me and eventually I forced myself into thinking I had 0 confidence in the gun.

It was odd, spit out absolutely everything for the first 2 years. Put about 1,500 rounds through it and it decided to hate the waterfowl loads I was feeding it in the middle of the season.

Decided not to deal with it and bought an inertia gun. I do miss it though....

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Re: Stoeger M3000 Review

Postby dukhntr » Sat Nov 16, 2013 8:49 pm

Did you try and have it looked at? 1500 round through a beretta is nothing....Hope mine goes longer then that!
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Re: Stoeger M3000 Review

Postby Yuchi1 » Sat Nov 16, 2013 9:45 pm

SLV Ducks-n-geese wrote:Another update...

Broke it down, cleaned it up, and cycled another box of 3" BBs & 2s of assorted makes and no problems at all!

Great gun...though I could not imagine shooting the M3500 with 3" loads. This sucker has some kick to it. ;)



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Re: Stoeger M3000 Review

Postby cuppedandkilled » Sun Nov 17, 2013 3:31 am

dukhntr wrote:Did you try and have it looked at? 1500 round through a beretta is nothing....Hope mine goes longer then that!


Yes. The answer was to switch shells, or give it a good cleaning. I did both and neither worked. I hope yours does too!

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Re: Stoeger M3000 Review

Postby cuppedandkilled » Sun Nov 17, 2013 3:32 am

Yuchi1 wrote:
SLV Ducks-n-geese wrote:Another update...

Broke it down, cleaned it up, and cycled another box of 3" BBs & 2s of assorted makes and no problems at all!

Great gun...though I could not imagine shooting the M3500 with 3" loads. This sucker has some kick to it. ;)



See if there's a Limbsaver (drop-in) pad available. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:


There's not, as of yet.

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Re: Stoeger M3000 Review

Postby Yuchi1 » Sun Nov 17, 2013 1:52 pm

cuppedandkilled wrote:
Yuchi1 wrote:
SLV Ducks-n-geese wrote:Another update...

Broke it down, cleaned it up, and cycled another box of 3" BBs & 2s of assorted makes and no problems at all!

Great gun...though I could not imagine shooting the M3500 with 3" loads. This sucker has some kick to it. ;)



See if there's a Limbsaver (drop-in) pad available. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:


There's not, as of yet.

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Stoeger Most 12 gauge models Synthetic 10401 *
Stoeger M2000 and P-350 pump Synthetic 10008 *


* http://www.limbsaver.com/technical/cross_reference.php

A possibility?
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Re: Stoeger M3000 Review

Postby cuppedandkilled » Mon Nov 18, 2013 12:20 pm

Yuchi1 wrote:
cuppedandkilled wrote:
Yuchi1 wrote:
SLV Ducks-n-geese wrote:Another update...

Broke it down, cleaned it up, and cycled another box of 3" BBs & 2s of assorted makes and no problems at all!

Great gun...though I could not imagine shooting the M3500 with 3" loads. This sucker has some kick to it. ;)



See if there's a Limbsaver (drop-in) pad available. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:


There's not, as of yet.

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Stoeger Most 12 gauge models Synthetic 10401 *
Stoeger M2000 and P-350 pump Synthetic 10008 *


* http://www.limbsaver.com/technical/cross_reference.php

A possibility?


On another popular shotgun based forum, a few guys tried the M2000 pad on their M3000's. It didn't fit. However, one of the forum members did make it work by sanding quite a bit of the lip off.
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