All my friends have SBEs, so I bought a Beretta Xtrema. They are good guns, but I think that the 3.5 is a waste of money. I rarely shoot 3.5 in, and even then, it is only a turkeys. The Xtrema is a fine gun, and I have actually had less trouble with it than my friends with the SBE. The only real drawback is that I can't shoot Hevi-shot through the barrel. They say it will scratch the chrome lining on the barrel. This is a problem since I do most of my turkey hunting at on a National Wilflife Refuge, where I have to use non toxic for turkey hunting. Kent Tungstem Matrix, is just as good as Hevi-Shot in my opinion, so it really isn't a problem. Hope this helps.