Rhock19 wrote:Save a few months and have a gun that will last a lifetime. or save for a month and have a gun that will last half of a lifetime
z51 wrote:Get a Winchester SX 3 3 1/2" gun and enjoy a soft shooting gas gun that works. Less than a Benneli too.
z51 wrote:Just had a write up in the local paper about a DU snow goose hunt. They were all furnished Franchi Intensity guns and the report was most were single shots because the bolt wouldn't close completely on the second shell. More of the Benelli click issue.
Get a Winchester SX 3 3 1/2" gun and enjoy a soft shooting gas gun that works. Less than a Benneli too.
WMTribe_Kicker wrote:z51 wrote:Get a Winchester SX 3 3 1/2" gun and enjoy a soft shooting gas gun that works. Less than a Benneli too.
I'm a benelli man through and through. I believe in their reliability and their ability to kill birds, deer, etc. without a hitch. I also understand being on a budget, as I'm a college student. Personally, I have not been very impressed with the M3500, as my buddy that I hunt with uses one and tends to have a lot of problems with it. My girlfriends dad got a gently used SX3 for christmas, and all I can say about it is WOW! I'm very impressed with the quality of gun. If it fits YOU, I'd be all for it. But don't rush and just settle for a gun that isn't what YOU really want. If you want an H&R single shot because you shoot it the best, that's what you should get.
We're just here to let you know our experiences with certain firearms, but at the end of the day, you'll be the one that's pulling the trigger. Good luck with whatever you get, because trust me, buying a new gun can be stressful
MIDTENNHTR wrote:Both guns have a published minimum of an 1-1/8 oz load. Most people I've seen that have written about having cycling
issues out of these guns are shooting lighter than the published minimum loads. Beware of that when you see people on these
boards writing about their guns not cycling. I have a Stoeger M3000 and my partner next to me in the blind shoots an SBE2.
Pick one up and swing it and let your hands tell you which to buy. Last year Benelli lengthened the warranties on their Stoeger line
to match that of their Benelli line which is 5 years. For the price and length of the warranty you're getting a pretty good deal
on the Stoegers and most write ups that I've seen on the M3000/M3500 series have been positive. There's even a column on
the Brian Eno's forums about a guy using a M3000 in 3 gun competitions and running 1500 rounds through it in the first few months without a hangup. Don't be scared away by the price tags on the M3000 series of guns. I hope this helps in your search.
FWIW my buddy loves his SBE2 also.