lovethosesooners wrote:Since I'm not a benelli "fan", easy choice for me-I have an A5 Ultimate 3" and absolutely love the gun.
Became big believer after I was able to take it on pheasant/quail hunt and shot lights out with it-points GREAT, light weight, beautiful gun, just not a thing I can think of that's negative.
It's also been used for trap and it's never had a misfire (granted it only has 200 rounds through it, but there's been no hunt of a misfire of any type).
If the ethos look is one of the things that's attracting you to it, I'd definitely take a look at the ultimate.
If it fits you nearly as well as mine fits me, you can't go wrong.
Btw, I have about every upper tier shotgun other than the benelli, so I'm no "fanboy" of any of them, just really like the A5.
I'm a bit torn on the matter. I grew up using my great uncle's Sweet Sixteen Auto 5. He put on a poly choke which is nice, but doesn't pattern center, more like 6:30 so I don't use it as often. He passed away and now i'm looking to replicate his tradition of getting a great looking gun that's "classically" yours and keeping it until the next generation takes over. As I'm really starting to get into hunting again (relocation), I was looking for a stylish gun that could be a workhorse of sorts. He took his everywhere and hunted everything with it from waterfowl to upland to deer. Since the Ethos comes in the "blued" shade as well as nickle, I was looking at the blued to be the take anywhere gun and it won't flare doves, geese, or ducks.
With that said, I love the old Auto 5 and the humpback design for the nostalgia effect it brings, but since the A5 puts me in the $1500+ I started looking at other options and came across the Ethos. Hopefully I can shoulder both of them soon (no one has them in stock).