quackhunter99 wrote:Franchi is owned by Benelli, and uses the same ineritia operating system. Thats what I would get in your situation.
Both Franchi and Stoeger are owned by Benelli USA, and both operate on the inertia-driven operating system. If it were me, I would go with the Franchi Affinity. I shot a Stoeger 2000 (predecessor to the 3000) for 6.5 years until just recently, and it was a decent gun for the money. Unfortunately, Stoegers (can only speak for the 2000) are prone to 2 problems that I'm aware of: misfiring caused by faulty firing pins and springs, and loose hex screws in the receiver. In 6.5 years, I had to replace my firing pin/spring 3 times, and the gun still has problems misfiring. My brother also has a Stoeger 2000, and even though he purchased his gun 3 years after me, his gun has the same problem with misfiring. I've also had problems with the hex screw that holds the ejector pin in place coming loose and falling out. I never had a problem with this happening until my 5th season with the gun, but since then it has happened twice, and I've been forced to replace the scew twice and the pin once.
Now having said all of that, if there is one thing about Stoeger that impressed me repeatedly, it was the quality of customer service I received each time I had a problem. They were always quick to answer any questions, and get me the parts I needed as fast as possible. Unfortunately, the best customer service in the world isn't worth crap if your product is constantly malfunctioning.
They may have addressed all of those problems with the Stoeger 3000, but I would still recommend going with the Franchi. In terms of quality and fit-and-finish I think they're a step above the Stoegers. Just my .02