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Looking for a new autoloader

Postby emartinez11 » Fri Jan 03, 2014 9:58 am

Was trying to get a feel for what are some good Autloader options that arent going to break the bank, No, i dont need a 1700 dollar autoloader.. so ill pass on that. Mossberg seems like they make good shotguns, but ive heard alot of horror storys with the 935 and 930. Plus i want it to be an all purpose gun, so it needs to shoot 2 3/4 all the way to 3 1/2 inch..

Are my sights aimed to high? Helppp :help: :beer:
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Re: Looking for a new autoloader

Postby Idaho Mike » Fri Jan 03, 2014 10:05 am

If you don't have the coin to buy NEW find yourself a good clean USED one. My Beretta 390 was a nice gun and if you shop around one can be had for under $700.

Good luck on your journey! :thumbsup:
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Re: Looking for a new autoloader

Postby emartinez11 » Fri Jan 03, 2014 10:08 am

im able to buy new, i just dont need a benelli thats going to blow my bank account to bits.

I was looking at a stoeger m3500 i believe it what its called.

If i bought a new pump, it would be a benelli nova, hands down
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Re: Looking for a new autoloader

Postby MFunk13 » Fri Jan 03, 2014 10:11 am

Winchester sx3! Best bang for your buck!!
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Re: Looking for a new autoloader

Postby SCdcomnder » Fri Jan 03, 2014 11:16 am

Stoegers are suppoedly great guns!! I'm looking at one too...
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Re: Looking for a new autoloader

Postby GoosinNoVa » Fri Jan 03, 2014 11:19 am

+1 for the sx3 i'm extremely happy with mine and my 935 has seen 500 plus rounds without a problem
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Re: Looking for a new autoloader

Postby mudpack » Fri Jan 03, 2014 11:44 am

So, tell us what your budget is so we can make an informed recommendation.
You don't want to spend $1700...what DO you want to spend?

BTW, the SX3 is a far better gun than the Stoeger.
Stoegers aren't great guns, they are only "great guns for the money". There is a difference.

If new Stoegers cost the same as a new Beretta/Browning/Benelli, how many Stoegers do you think they'd sell?
People buy Stoegers because they don't cost much.
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Re: Looking for a new autoloader

Postby Idaho Mike » Fri Jan 03, 2014 8:14 pm

mudpack wrote:So, tell us what your budget is so we can make an informed recommendation.
You don't want to spend $1700...what DO you want to spend?

BTW, the SX3 is a far better gun than the Stoeger.
Stoegers aren't great guns, they are only "great guns for the money". There is a difference.

If new Stoegers cost the same as a new Beretta/Browning/Benelli, how many Stoegers do you think they'd sell?
People buy Stoegers because they don't cost much.


Well said! :thumbsup:
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Re: Looking for a new autoloader

Postby bulldawgsierra » Fri Jan 03, 2014 9:07 pm

I personally love my stoeger. Haven't had any issues with it.
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Re: Looking for a new autoloader

Postby Theduckguru » Fri Jan 03, 2014 9:32 pm

Every 3.5" gun semi auto I have shouldered feels like a 2x6 and the recoil with inertia guns suck..
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Re: Looking for a new autoloader

Postby mudpack » Sat Jan 04, 2014 7:58 am

Sounds like every "3.5" gun semi auto" (sic) you have shouldered was a 935.
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Re: Looking for a new autoloader

Postby Catchin Zs » Sat Jan 04, 2014 9:18 am

You must have 3.5"? Ouch. My new beretta a300 outlander in max4 is the most comfortable autoloader I've ever shot. Not that recoil matters when hunting, but it kicks less than my buddy's sx3.Only shoots 3" but I despise a 3.5 " shell. Got it for $750!
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Re: Looking for a new autoloader

Postby 10gaOkie » Sat Jan 04, 2014 9:52 am

I bought my HkSBE for $700 used. If I had it all to do over again, I would do the same. I cant find another make or model of 12ga that comes close to equaling it. A new SX3 is certainly a good choice for a new gun but may be over your budjet. Maybe you could locate a used one. The main thing here is if it fits and you like the way it feels when handling it.
I too am fixing to make a new gun purchase, only getting into the world of the 20ga. I have pretty much decided on the Hatsan Escort Supreme new for $449. They also make a 12ga at the same price that has 3.5" chamber.

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Re: Looking for a new autoloader

Postby 2500hdon37s » Sat Jan 04, 2014 12:02 pm

Browning Maxus is a great option if you're willing to spend the cash. Mine has been great to me, easy to clean, recoil isnt bad at all, fits very well, and light.
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Re: Looking for a new autoloader

Postby emartinez11 » Tue Jan 07, 2014 6:12 pm

i had a nice CD maximag, i thought about getting another. It worked very well for me. Heavy, but a workhorse.

I think ill check out the mossberg 935 magnum, itll be mainly used for dove, and duck. Yes, its a bit much for dove, but i have a Mossberg 88 field that i can use for that. I plan on replacing my dove rig with a benelli nova anyway
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Re: Looking for a new autoloader

Postby LiquidA45 » Wed Jan 08, 2014 12:23 pm

Catchin Zs wrote:You must have 3.5"? Ouch. My new beretta a300 outlander in max4 is the most comfortable autoloader I've ever shot. Not that recoil matters when hunting, but it kicks less than my buddy's sx3.Only shoots 3" but I despise a 3.5 " shell. Got it for $750!


X2 on the A300. I really can't even describe how awesome it is. Shoots way softer than the 870. Water has been all over the action multiple times on days when we busted ice and never had a problem. Fits amazing. You just need to pick one up at least. I thought I needed 3.5's and used my brothers Stoeger pump for a while and then realized a good shooter doesn't need 3.5s.
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Re: Looking for a new autoloader

Postby Swampfoxforeman » Wed Jan 08, 2014 1:24 pm

I'm looking at the Mossberg 935 also. I talked to Mossberg yesterday to verify if the 935 would shoot 2 3/4 shells, because all the different information about it on the internet. Mossberg informed that the 935 will shoot 2 3/4 shell as long as they are field loads and not target loads. I like the Mossberg over stoger 3500 for the simple fact is Mossberg is MADE IN AMERICA. For the record I have a Benelli pump so I'm not opposed to imports just prefer American made. I seen on here where one gun stated he hate 3.5 shells, and I'm left asking why. People that say this to me has a narrow look on the aspect. :umm: They do cost more, they kick harder, but they also provide more pellets. Me i love a 3.5 capable gun for the fact that I can shoot 3.5, 3, and 2 3/4 more choices.
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Re: Looking for a new autoloader

Postby LiquidA45 » Wed Jan 08, 2014 3:21 pm

I may be wrong on this but from what I have seen people post (not any personal experience), the majority of issues are on the 3.5" guns. Whether it be problems shooting 2 3/4 or problems with 3.5s, it always seems like its the 3.5" guns that have issues...just saying. Correct me if I am wrong though.
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Re: Looking for a new autoloader

Postby BurninPowder » Wed Jan 08, 2014 4:14 pm

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Re: Looking for a new autoloader

Postby landon__odell23 » Wed Jan 08, 2014 6:14 pm

STOEGER M3500!!! Awesome gun that shoots everything. 2 3/4 - 3 1/2 owned by benelli with the same inertia driven system...have it myself and love it. 28" max-4
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Re: Looking for a new autoloader

Postby landon__odell23 » Wed Jan 08, 2014 6:18 pm

Also...did a ton of research before buying my m3500. (Just bought it two weeks ago) it cycles every load flawlessly but won't cycle 2 3/4"s with the recoil reducer in. Definitely recommend it
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Re: Looking for a new autoloader

Postby whackandstack » Wed Jan 08, 2014 7:28 pm

Catchin Zs wrote:You must have 3.5"? Ouch. My new beretta a300 outlander in max4 is the most comfortable autoloader I've ever shot. Not that recoil matters when hunting, but it kicks less than my buddy's sx3.Only shoots 3" but I despise a 3.5 " shell. Got it for $750!


I second on the beretta a300. Extremely pleased with mine. Shot the lightest loads out of the box. required no break in, and a super soft shooting gun.
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Re: Looking for a new autoloader

Postby Fire Captain » Wed Jan 08, 2014 7:43 pm

I've got a stoeger m3000 and I love it!! Shoots great & patterns great!! It's seen some abuse & continues to run. Won't cycle 7/8's loads but eats everything else!!
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Re: Looking for a new autoloader

Postby emartinez11 » Wed Jan 08, 2014 8:13 pm

Swampfoxforeman wrote:I'm looking at the Mossberg 935 also. I talked to Mossberg yesterday to verify if the 935 would shoot 2 3/4 shells, because all the different information about it on the internet. Mossberg informed that the 935 will shoot 2 3/4 shell as long as they are field loads and not target loads. I like the Mossberg over stoger 3500 for the simple fact is Mossberg is MADE IN AMERICA. For the record I have a Benelli pump so I'm not opposed to imports just prefer American made. I seen on here where one gun stated he hate 3.5 shells, and I'm left asking why. People that say this to me has a narrow look on the aspect. :umm: They do cost more, they kick harder, but they also provide more pellets. Me i love a 3.5 capable gun for the fact that I can shoot 3.5, 3, and 2 3/4 more choices.



agreed, i looked around and it says 3.5 only, some say all shells.. i have heard from more than a few that it DOES in fact, cycle 2.75.
Plus here at my local Dicks sporting goods, its moderately priced and comes with a turkey barrel. Which i dont REALLY need but good to have i suppose.
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Re: Looking for a new autoloader

Postby Swampfoxforeman » Wed Jan 08, 2014 9:17 pm

LiquidA45 wrote:I may be wrong on this but from what I have seen people post (not any personal experience), the majority of issues are on the 3.5" guns. Whether it be problems shooting 2 3/4 or problems with 3.5s, it always seems like its the 3.5" guns that have issues...just saying. Correct me if I am wrong though.


All guns have issues some are like women tempermental. From what I seen most people complain about 3.5 chambered guns is they generally have issues with 2 3/4 shells. Many don't like 3.5 shells for the fact they feel they are pointless bc u can do the same Thing with a 3 in as a 3.5 with out the punishment. Like I said in my earlier post u get more pellets in a 3.5.
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