Advice for a new autolloader

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Advice for a new autolloader

Postby saltwaterhunter » Fri Jan 03, 2014 11:22 am

Hello everyone
This is my first post however I have been lurking and gathering info for several weeks. I just starting hunting ducks 3 years ago, have hunted all of my life but somehow ducks seemed to slip through the cracks, anyhow after my first hunt I was hooked. I purchased a used 870 wingmaster and it has served me well but now I have the itch for an autoloader. My dilemma is that I hunt in saltwater, south Texas on the Laguna Madre which is super saline, meaning it is 3 to 5 times saltier than the Gulf, very harsh environment for shotguns. Would an inertia be better suited over a gas operated, or would it really make no difference. I clean my shotgun after every use, but I was thinking that simpler might be better in this case. There are a lot of choices out there and I have been researching the Franchi Affinity, Beretta 390 (used), Versa Max Sportsman, and Remington 11-87. There are probably many more and I don't mean to open a can of worms or start a Ford Chevy debate, just need some advice on making a choice suitable for my conditions. Also I could just buy another pump, but what fun is that.
Thanks in advance for your time.
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Re: Advice for a new autolloader

Postby mudpack » Fri Jan 03, 2014 11:37 am

Brand/model is not going to make any difference in a corrosive environment.
Having a camo-dipped gun will, though.
Buy one you like in camo, keep your cleaning regime as it now is, and enjoy.
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Re: Advice for a new autolloader

Postby RefugeRat4Life » Fri Jan 03, 2014 11:44 am

My only piece of advice would be to shoulder the gun you want, and if it points well... go for it!

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Re: Advice for a new autolloader

Postby saltwaterhunter » Sun Jan 05, 2014 1:07 pm

Thanks for the replies, I have narrowed my choices to either a Beretta A300 Outlander or a Franchi Affinity, I'm currently searching for the best deal on either.
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Re: Advice for a new autolloader

Postby RefugeRat4Life » Sun Jan 05, 2014 8:24 pm

I like the affinitys.
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