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Thoughts on m3500

Postby landon__odell23 » Mon Dec 23, 2013 5:51 pm

What do y'all think about the m3500 before I probably buy one?
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Re: Thoughts on m3500

Postby winchester1852 » Mon Dec 23, 2013 5:59 pm

a benelli knock off that may be good or may not be good, take it for what it is.
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Re: Thoughts on m3500

Postby youngoilguy » Mon Dec 23, 2013 6:01 pm

I think it will serve you adaquately and meet it exceed your expectations. Good bang for the buck.
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Re: Thoughts on m3500

Postby SayQuack » Tue Dec 24, 2013 8:11 am

My buddy shoots one and it goes bang every time. It's heavy but seems to be a reliable gun.
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Re: Thoughts on m3500

Postby m3500 » Wed Jan 01, 2014 8:48 am

Ive had mine for 2 years or so shoots when I pull the trigger any load I give it. One thing when and if you get one strip it down and clean the packing grease off and lightly oil the parts it should feed everything no problems then.
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Re: Thoughts on m3500

Postby landon__odell23 » Wed Jan 01, 2014 12:35 pm

m3500 wrote:Ive had mine for 2 years or so shoots when I pull the trigger any load I give it. One thing when and if you get one strip it down and clean the packing grease off and lightly oil the parts it should feed everything no problems then.

I picked up one on Sunday and took it duck hunting Monday for my birthday, only shot twice but it did great! Knocked down a duck
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Re: Thoughts on m3500

Postby m3500 » Thu Jan 02, 2014 1:20 pm

Great, i'm sure you will kill many more ducks in the future. And happy late birthday.
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Re: Thoughts on m3500

Postby reconcoupe » Thu Jan 02, 2014 2:29 pm

viewtopic.php?f=31&t=153822

Kansas board has a long term 'review'.

The argument can be made that its technically the same as the Franchi, which generally gets great reviews and I recommend often, and which is almost the same as the Benelli, except the location of the spring, but stock vs mag tube. This debate has been had a few times before on here. Bottom line is you get what you pay for, even when all considered guns are part of the benelli family.

If you feel you need the 3 1/2 chamber, and you need to hit the price point, then I would consider it a great gun. However with a majority of hunting over or close to being over, and you can hold out for a few months, consider saving a bit more and looking at the Franchi Affinity for a 3 inch or Intesity for 3.5, or even the Benelli. Regardless any is a good choice, all have good warranty, and I love the rotating bolt and the recoil system.
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Re: Thoughts on m3500

Postby zoutly » Tue Jan 07, 2014 11:26 am

My buddy just bought one last week, we went out and shot some skeet with it over the weekend put a 100 rounds of win target loads through it and it didn't have one hiccup gun shot flawlessly. I'd say for the money its about a good a shotgun as you can get. It'll run toe to toe with my A5.
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Re: Thoughts on m3500

Postby JuniorPre 360 » Tue Jan 07, 2014 11:40 am

http://www.duckhuntingchat.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=390985
Here is also another thread that may help you out. I posted my experience and opinion there. Great gun!
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Re: Thoughts on m3500

Postby whackandstack » Tue Jan 07, 2014 3:34 pm

If you dont mind not having the camo or 3.5in. loads i would get the beretta a300 in synthetic. Cycles all 2 3/4 in. loads out of the box along with 3in. loads. I personally thing the quality and feel of the beretta is better but go with what you want. No break in was required with the beretta . It is also light and points well. Happy shopping! :beer:
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Re: Thoughts on m3500

Postby skelso98 » Tue Jan 07, 2014 3:54 pm

I bought (2) 3500s last year before taking my dad on a hunt in Baffin Bay. To date I have probably put 10 - 15 boxes through the one I kept. No complaints on function. However... If you can help it, don't buy the black finish. It was all I could find at the time so I bought them and we sat and watched them rust the first morning! I've tried wiping it down with gun oil, Corrosion X, Break Free, etc after each hunt and it always has surface rust when I take it out for the next hunt.

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Re: Thoughts on m3500

Postby landon__odell23 » Tue Jan 07, 2014 6:42 pm

I got it in max4
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Re: Thoughts on m3500

Postby Ariu » Wed Jan 08, 2014 12:52 pm

Good gun for the money. I have used it for two seasons with no big problems. The gun is inertia driven and comes with a recoil reducer which can be screwed back inside the stock. However, when you put this thing on it won't cycle light loads. At the begining I played with it (screwing it on and off) and ended up with a loose stock. Then I decided to leave the recoil reducer on, tighten everything up and secured with threadlock, since this is a field gun. No problems since then.
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Re: Thoughts on m3500

Postby ksuzzell » Wed Jan 08, 2014 1:25 pm

I was thinking of buying the M3000 or a Rem. 11-87 (I don't have any real need for 3.5" firepower). Is the M3000 just as good? The chamber size should be the only difference I guess. I know the M2000 was a dud. All of my friends tell me to buy a used Benelli or keep saving money for a new top end semi-auto. I've handled the M3000 and liked it. I want it strictly for duck/dove. I typically dove hunt once a year (opening day) and duck hunt once a week during NC's mid and final waterfowl seasons (none during early season). Not looking to put anymore than $700 in it and preferably less. Priced M3000 anywhere from $449.99 - 549.99 depending on barrel length and stock color.
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Re: Thoughts on m3500

Postby reconcoupe » Wed Jan 08, 2014 5:08 pm

landon__odell23 wrote:I got it in max4


Congrats, gun pron is in order, post some good pics, preferably with something dead laying on top of it.
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Re: Thoughts on m3500

Postby landon__odell23 » Wed Jan 08, 2014 5:56 pm

ksuzzell wrote:I was thinking of buying the M3000 or a Rem. 11-87 (I don't have any real need for 3.5" firepower). Is the M3000 just as good? The chamber size should be the only difference I guess. I know the M2000 was a dud. All of my friends tell me to buy a used Benelli or keep saving money for a new top end semi-auto. I've handled the M3000 and liked it. I want it strictly for duck/dove. I typically dove hunt once a year (opening day) and duck hunt once a week during NC's mid and final waterfowl seasons (none during early season). Not looking to put anymore than $700 in it and preferably less. Priced M3000 anywhere from $449.99 - 549.99 depending on barrel length and stock color.

I haven't heard much about it. But I haven't really looked into it. I'm sure it's the same gun except for a 3" chamber instead of 3.5". But I wouldn't take my word. Research it some and see which gun is more for your money. Good luck!
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Re: Thoughts on m3500

Postby landon__odell23 » Wed Jan 08, 2014 6:09 pm

reconcoupe wrote:
landon__odell23 wrote:I got it in max4


Congrats, gun pron is in order, post some good pics, preferably with something dead laying on top of it.

Any way to make file size smaller? Says its too big of a file to post...never posted a pic before.
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Re: Thoughts on m3500

Postby reconcoupe » Wed Jan 08, 2014 6:41 pm

Open in microsoft paint. Under home tab, select resize. Resize horizontal and vertical to 50 %. Should be small enough then. If not, just take it down a few more percentages. MAKE SURE TO SAVE AS. Just hitting SAVE with save it as the original file.
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Re: Thoughts on m3500

Postby landon__odell23 » Wed Jan 08, 2014 8:52 pm

reconcoupe wrote:Open in microsoft paint. Under home tab, select resize. Resize horizontal and vertical to 50 %. Should be small enough then. If not, just take it down a few more percentages. MAKE SURE TO SAVE AS. Just hitting SAVE with save it as the original file.

Maybe I can do it in iPhoto? (Mac) lol
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Re: Thoughts on m3500

Postby landon__odell23 » Wed Jan 08, 2014 9:29 pm

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Not very good pics bc of quick fix but only been once since I got the gun. Slow day. Friend killed drake mallard and I killed drake gadwall
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Re: Thoughts on m3500

Postby reconcoupe » Thu Jan 09, 2014 7:30 am

:thumbsup: congrats, hopefully it brings you years of fun.
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Re: Thoughts on m3500

Postby ksuzzell » Fri Jan 24, 2014 1:39 pm

I was in Arkansas from Monday to yesterday for a three day hunt. While driving through Stuttgart, we stopped in Mack's PW. I purchased the Stoeger M3000. Hunted Tues, Wed, and yesterday. Absolutely love the gun. Made several long shots. Great pattern. Can't say enough about this gun. I got mine in MaX 4 with 26" barrel. Wanted 28, but didn't have one. Settled for 26 and am pleased.
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Re: Thoughts on m3500

Postby C M Wings » Fri Jan 24, 2014 3:02 pm

The early M2000 guns had problems, but the later versions with the red bead on the barrel (or the waterfowl/turkey combo pack) are the best bargain basement guns out there - my opinion. They don't pattern great with the factory choke, but stick any mobile after market in there and they do just fine. I have one I use as a loaner and it runs with my Xtrema2, 11-87, 391, SBE2, A5.... take your pick. Never had an issue with it. Only thing I don't care for is that for me it shoots a little low. I have to cover a duck with the barrel.

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Re: Thoughts on m3500

Postby landon__odell23 » Fri Jan 24, 2014 10:03 pm

C M Wings wrote:The early M2000 guns had problems, but the later versions with the red bead on the barrel (or the waterfowl/turkey combo pack) are the best bargain basement guns out there - my opinion. They don't pattern great with the factory choke, but stick any mobile after market in there and they do just fine. I have one I use as a loaner and it runs with my Xtrema2, 11-87, 391, SBE2, A5.... take your pick. Never had an issue with it. Only thing I don't care for is that for me it shoots a little low. I have to cover a duck with the barrel.

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