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Re: On going review and death test of a Stoeger m3500

Postby BH55 » Fri Mar 23, 2012 9:36 am

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Re: On going review and death test of a Stoeger m3500

Postby punt80 » Thu Apr 05, 2012 7:39 am

I'm thinking of buying a 3500. In hindsight, would you have preferred the 26" barrel over the 28". I can't decide which I want and would like your input. Thanks.
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Re: On going review and death test of a Stoeger m3500

Postby duckdozer » Thu Apr 05, 2012 8:21 am

That is all personal preference really, I like the way a 26swings but I am used to a 28. So it is all just whatever you want.
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Re: On going review and death test of a Stoeger m3500

Postby KC_Bandhunters » Wed Jun 06, 2012 4:54 pm

I bought a stoeger m2000 a couple years back while they were still $300! Over the past few years the finish has been damaged as a result of being exposed to water. Last week I had my buddy strip it, sand it, and refinish the stock and grip. It looks alot better than when I bought it new. You can actually see the grains in the wood. If you have similiar issues with your guns, just know its possible and cheap to refinish it yourself.
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Re: On going review and death test of a Stoeger m3500

Postby IKNOWDATSRIGHT » Thu Jul 19, 2012 1:14 pm

I also bought a 3500, black 28" traded in a POS Escort Extreme and a $100 difference. I took it to a bachelor party in Lawrence to shoot trap, and it performed flawlessly! I don't shoot much trap but I will say the first round I ever shot with the gun I went 24/25! I have never done that well, hate trap. The gun fits me great and swings nicely... For the money, you can't go wrong!
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Re: On going review and death test of a Stoeger m3500

Postby duckhunting24/7 » Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:36 pm

hey i duck hunt almost everyday ive taken this gun skeet shooting i clean it after i go, and i have still had problems with my stoeger m3500 max 4 28" barell it wont reliably eject 2 3/4 1 1/8oz shot size 7 loads and 3in 1 1/8 oz shot size 3 loads they state this gun can handle light loads but so far thats wrong i also use 3 1/2in 1 1/2oz shot size 2 loads with 3 1/2 faststeel loads work great in the gun but how ever at almost $30 a box it is very expensive to shoot do you think i have a bad factory model because thers always the chance of a failable fresh factory model if u have any ideas how i could fix it or if i should send it back because the western washington duck season starts in about 2 weeks i am 13 and it would be great to get a response back from you soo as possible.
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Re: On going review and death test of a Stoeger m3500

Postby duckdozer » Tue Oct 09, 2012 7:12 am

duckhunting24/7 wrote:hey i duck hunt almost everyday ive taken this gun skeet shooting i clean it after i go, and i have still had problems with my stoeger m3500 max 4 28" barell it wont reliably eject 2 3/4 1 1/8oz shot size 7 loads and 3in 1 1/8 oz shot size 3 loads they state this gun can handle light loads but so far thats wrong i also use 3 1/2in 1 1/2oz shot size 2 loads with 3 1/2 faststeel loads work great in the gun but how ever at almost $30 a box it is very expensive to shoot do you think i have a bad factory model because thers always the chance of a failable fresh factory model if u have any ideas how i could fix it or if i should send it back because the western washington duck season starts in about 2 weeks i am 13 and it would be great to get a response back from you soo as possible.


Is that seriously 1 sentence? I cant even read what you were implying. Sounds like a little break in period would be useful, but I cant really tell because I dont know where to start and stop reading. I have no issues with mine cycling 1oz loads, same with other ppl on here, you might make sure that your recoil reducer is tight. That is what happened to mine righ out of the gate. If you dont have it in put it in and make sure its tight. Put some loctite on it or something along those lines so it doesnt come loose.
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Re: On going review and death test of a Stoeger m3500

Postby duckhunting24/7 » Tue Oct 09, 2012 10:24 pm

Sorry for the bad grammer, thanks for the information i will try that. But in the mannual it says, "may not cycle properly with 2 3/4in loads".
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Re: On going review and death test of a Stoeger m3500

Postby Duckdaddy89 » Sat Oct 13, 2012 6:12 pm

Duckdozer - I just bought my m3500 a couple months back and I love it, haven't had any issues with it.
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Re: On going review and death test of a Stoeger m3500

Postby buck41_14 » Tue Dec 04, 2012 7:54 pm

duckdozer, what choke are you using?
Did you end up getting the Foiles choke or are you still using the skeet choke? If so, what's the effective range of that on ducks?

My wife just bought me one for Christmas (she won't let me shoot it until after Christmas) and I was wondering what to use. I've been used a modified-full in my 870 for ducks because I hate a cripple flying off.

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Re: On going review and death test of a Stoeger m3500

Postby duckdozer » Tue Dec 04, 2012 8:40 pm

buck41_14 wrote:duckdozer, what choke are you using?
Did you end up getting the Foiles choke or are you still using the skeet choke? If so, what's the effective range of that on ducks?

My wife just bought me one for Christmas (she won't let me shoot it until after Christmas) and I was wondering what to use. I've been used a modified-full in my 870 for ducks because I hate a cripple flying off.

Thanks for the post. It's been really helpful.


Never did get the Foiles choke, a buddy had a big patternmaster that he had on his nova that broke, he gave it to me for xmas last yr. I like it, seems to pattern very well. My cripple rate is very low. I do shoot the skeet choke at early season ducks and doves. I dont shoot anything past 20 yds normally so I guess that is what makes it most effective. I let my birds work and if I cant shoot them in the hole I dont shoot. Good luck withe the new gun you will not be dissapointed. Oh yea BTW I think that i only cleaned that thing once or twice last yr. Still havent this yr.
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Re: On going review and death test of a Stoeger m3500

Postby duckdozer » Tue Dec 04, 2012 8:44 pm

Oh yea I dhad my first real issue with cycling, my weapon absolutely hates the cheap RIO lead, even at 1.125oz it wouldnt cycle it. No biggie to me as it cycles my normal loads just fine, just cant be grabbing random crap out of my brothers truck to shoot out of it tho.
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Re: On going review and death test of a Stoeger m3500

Postby kchusker » Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:03 pm

The stock on my 3500 came loose and the nobs on the shim that came on the gun that holds the stock in place onto the receiver sheared off in the process. The Stoeger trademark on the pistol grip came off too and is at the bottom of the marsh. I emailed Stoeger and they not only sent me the replacement shim, but an entire new stock as well. I hesitate to use loktite to secure the stock bolt in case I may ever want to change the shims. I understand there are two kinds of loktite-one kind won't come lose but the other will. Anyone have any ideas about this? The stock has come slightly lose again, but I realized it in time. BTW, it takes a 15mm extended socket.
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Re: On going review and death test of a Stoeger m3500

Postby fowlhunter » Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:54 am

Use the blue loctite and you will be able to unscrew them later.
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Re: On going review and death test of a Stoeger m3500

Postby duckdozer » Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:48 am

Thanks fowlhunter I was not sure of what to apply, thought about thread tape but with that I have to pull the whole stock off and usually it just takes a little tightening of the recoil reducer. I just try to put extra force on the screw driver when tightening this down by putting a crescent wrench on the shaft fo the screw driver for added leverage. Works pretty good till I clean it and forget to do it again.
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Re: On going review and death test of a Stoeger m3500

Postby jdavis160 » Sun Feb 03, 2013 10:36 pm

Got my 3500 round christmas time, I've put 100+ rounds through it duck/goose hunting with 0 ftf/fte issues. Accuracy is good, recoil is very manageable with the reducer installed. I have put 2 3/4 #2 #4 #6, 3" #2 and bb and 3 1/2" #2 and bb through it. My only complaint is that literally on my first shot the Stoeger emblem on the bottom fell off. It was poorly glued on and when I emailed Stoeger about it I got no response back after almost 2 months. Overall very happy with the gun but not with their customer service.
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Re: On going review and death test of a Stoeger m3500

Postby duckdozer » Mon Feb 04, 2013 7:04 pm

That sucks, hate to hear that at least it is only a cosmetic issue and not a operational flaw. I keep beating the piss out of mine ran about 1.5 cases of 3.5 bb through it this season. It has handled everything flawlessly. Hey burns312 does it bother you that this thread is still alive?
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Re: On going review and death test of a Stoeger m3500

Postby fowlhunter » Tue Feb 05, 2013 4:44 pm

duckdozer wrote:That sucks, hate to hear that at least it is only a cosmetic issue and not a operational flaw. I keep beating the piss out of mine ran about 1.5 cases of 3.5 bb through it this season. It has handled everything flawlessly. Hey burns312 does it bother you that this thread is still alive?


It bugs the hell out of me!!!! How dare there be a thread on here that is actually useful and where there is very minimal trash talking! :umm: :nana:

I can't say i'd recomend a M2000, but everyone i know that has the m3500 has had good luck.

Hey dozer, you bout ready to throw those extensions on and kill some snows!
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Re: On going review and death test of a Stoeger m3500

Postby duckdozer » Wed Feb 06, 2013 9:14 pm

hell yea, I am ready to be a money spending OOS'r aint no cheapin it up when we roll out!! :hammer:
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Re: On going review and death test of a Stoeger m3500

Postby duckdozer » Fri Feb 08, 2013 5:33 pm

Had my first fail to eject today, I highly believe that I didnt have it up against my shoulder properly, or it could be that I havent cleaned it since spring snows last yr. Look at the bolt there is about 1/8" of crap built up on it.

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Re: On going review and death test of a Stoeger m3500

Postby Doug Hodges » Fri Feb 15, 2013 12:16 pm

First Post

My wife just bought me the 3500 in Realtree APG with 26" barrel. Ive read this thread and lots of stuff online. I have a couple questions.

Is the barrel chrome lined?

Will I need anything other than the factory chokes for ducks, snows or turkeys?

What is this extension you speak of. I am going snow hunting in the next week or so and It would be awesome to shoot 9 times.

Thanks for your help. :thumbsup:
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Re: On going review and death test of a Stoeger m3500

Postby Doug Hodges » Fri Feb 15, 2013 6:49 pm

Patterned my Stoeger today. This one is at 40 yds and I'm using a modified choke with blindside 3 1/2" #2's steel shot.
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This one is the same load through my turkey choke.
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This one is Winchester supremes 3 1/2" #6's at 40 yds with an xfull turkey choke.
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Re: On going review and death test of a Stoeger m3500

Postby duckdozer » Mon Feb 18, 2013 8:25 am

The extensions we are talking about are available from nordic components or carlsons choke tubes. I like both because they are made of metal and not plastic like some other brands. Good luck getting on in time before you leave it took me a month to get my new tube from nordic. The M3500 takes a benelli nova/beretta extrema threads on the magazine cap, it also requires you to make a shim I used a 3/4pvc coupler and cut roughly 1/4" of it to make the proper shim for it, I will post pics here shortly.

Nice patterning, I WOULD NOT ADVISE SHOOTING STEEL THROUGH THAT TURKEY CHOKE. Even though that is one nice pattern on the blind side. Dont choke over a mod with steel that is factory requirements. For snows and ducks you should be ok with your 4* or improved cyl choke if not try the mod, do not used the improved mod or full that could have some damaging side effects to your barrel. I am sure it is chrome lined check out stoegers website for that info. Congrats on the new weapon and I am glad that I and others could be of assistance to you.
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Re: On going review and death test of a Stoeger m3500

Postby Doug Hodges » Mon Feb 18, 2013 10:03 pm

Yea. It's chrome lined. Once I woke up, I looked in the barrel. Lol. I'm not liking my patterns for steel shot. I'm thinking about the Carlson set. I can get the set for what a patternmaster costs. Then I think I want to shoot Hevimetal so should I get a hevi shot choke. I'm thinking about sending it off to a guy that patterns several chokes and several loads for $175. That may be the cheapest way to go.









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Re: On going review and death test of a Stoeger m3500

Postby n2ducks » Tue Feb 19, 2013 1:35 pm

get a kicks choke tube. never met someone that didnt love it.
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