What is everyones' take on the Benelli M1?

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What is everyones' take on the Benelli M1?

Postby Yaaker » Thu Jun 20, 2013 6:12 pm

I have been offered a Benelli M1 in trade, and the guy has a value of about $675 on it. I have been hunting with just a good ole Mossberg 835, and it has never let me down. Not sold on the semi-auto world for hunting though, as I have not had trouble taking doubles and triples with my pump, so speed is a moot point for me. Weight is honestly the biggest deciding factor. Assuming semi's are harder to clean, that has a negative aspect for them to me.


It has the realtree timber camo pattern
Sure cycle system installed
Round count of under 700.
Overall the condition of it seems quite nice - I would guess around an 8+/10.
Comes with four standard chokes, and a Briley extended skeet ported choke.
Also includes Shims, choke tube wrench, and break down case also included.
28in barrel
No HK markings (if that affects value at all)

I know absolutely nothing about these shotguns, and have more than a couple questions about them.

Is this a good shotgun in general?
Is the value he has on it pretty reasonable?
Are they easy to clean (I hear the SBE2 being very easy to clean)?
Are there things to look out for with the M1?

Thanks in advance guys.
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Re: What is everyones' take on the Benelli M1?

Postby beretta24 » Thu Jun 20, 2013 6:21 pm

M1 is not much different from an m2 when it comes to assembly. Without pics its hard to judge price. Is it 12 or 20 gauge?
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Re: What is everyones' take on the Benelli M1?

Postby Yaaker » Thu Jun 20, 2013 6:25 pm

12 ga. Forgot to mention that.

Figured you didn't need pictures with the description I gave.
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Re: What is everyones' take on the Benelli M1?

Postby beretta24 » Thu Jun 20, 2013 6:28 pm

Well 8+ is subjective to say the least. It's not a horrible price if its been taken care of but I've also seen cheaper. Won't likely get that price from a non private sale if its in really good shape.
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Re: What is everyones' take on the Benelli M1?

Postby Yaaker » Thu Jun 20, 2013 6:33 pm

Okay thanks. When I say 8+, I mean it is excellent, but shows some minor wear from being in the field. A scratch here and there is about it, of course with the usual action wear.
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Re: What is everyones' take on the Benelli M1?

Postby Yaaker » Thu Jun 20, 2013 6:34 pm

Just got more details. Specs added to original post
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Re: What is everyones' take on the Benelli M1?

Postby mawtrfowler » Thu Jun 20, 2013 6:37 pm

Its a great gun and a pretty decent price. You would have a very difficult time finding one for that price from a store
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Re: What is everyones' take on the Benelli M1?

Postby Yaaker » Thu Jun 20, 2013 6:41 pm

mawtrfowler wrote:Its a great gun and a pretty decent price. You would have a very difficult time finding one for that price from a store


That is good to hear. He mentioned the Sure Cycle system as well being a good, and expensive upgrade to the gun too.
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Re: What is everyones' take on the Benelli M1?

Postby 10gaOkie » Thu Jun 20, 2013 11:21 pm

IMO, you wont find a better shotgun, new or otherwise. You might find one as good but not better, such as the SBE. I have both the M1 and SBE. I am surprised that you didnt fall in love with the feel and balance of that M1. There is not a new gun on the market that I would trade mine for. That is a very good price. Not a bargain but very more than fair. Go to gunbroker.com and look up some M1s like it. You wont find any for that price. The Sure Cycle would cost $150 to get another one.

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Re: What is everyones' take on the Benelli M1?

Postby Swamp Gas » Fri Jun 21, 2013 12:24 am

Fair price. I bought a real clean black non HK M1 last fall for 600. Tough guns to beat. Bought my first M1in 88. If I remember right they were 550-600 retail new back then.
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Re: What is everyones' take on the Benelli M1?

Postby Rick Hall » Fri Jun 21, 2013 5:07 am

Fine gun. If something ever happens to my HK import SBE, I'll be looking for a low mileage M1.
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Re: What is everyones' take on the Benelli M1?

Postby g_maxson » Fri Jun 21, 2013 6:37 am

I've shot an HK M1 since 1997 without issue. Probably have close to 10k rounds through it. I think $675 is a bit steep and would not really consider the sure cycle an upgrade which justifies any more money. IMO, the stock spring has more tension than the sure cycle and operates better. Wish I had bought 2 back then.
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Re: What is everyones' take on the Benelli M1?

Postby The Drake » Fri Jun 21, 2013 1:32 pm

Most reliable auto ever made !!!! My group has 8 of them. I had one for 11 years and loved it, just like less recoil these days.
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Re: What is everyones' take on the Benelli M1?

Postby Dingbatter 2 » Sat Jun 22, 2013 8:59 am

I bought one new years ago for around $600 and they are great guns. Unfortunately it never fit me. I had to learn to shoot it every year. I sold it to a good friend and she has killed everything with feathers with it. Never had a malfunction or problem with it. I learned a valuable lesson from that gun though. Regardless of make or model of a gun, especially a shotgun, if it doesn't fit you properly it's just not worth the trouble and frustration. :no:
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Re: What is everyones' take on the Benelli M1?

Postby jarod1076 » Mon Jun 24, 2013 10:36 am

I have been looking for one for about a year. I have yet to find a clean one under $650.

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Re: What is everyones' take on the Benelli M1?

Postby g_maxson » Mon Jun 24, 2013 12:38 pm

jarod1076 wrote:I have been looking for one for about a year. I have yet to find a clean one under $650.

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That's crazy. In the last three years I've bought two. One for $250 and one for $300. Turned around and sold one to a friend for what I had into it and Gun Brokered the other for $550. Also picked up an HK SBE with just one box through it for $550, wood stock though.


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Re: What is everyones' take on the Benelli M1?

Postby jarod1076 » Mon Jun 24, 2013 2:49 pm

g_maxson wrote:
jarod1076 wrote:I have been looking for one for about a year. I have yet to find a clean one under $650.

Jarod


That's crazy. In the last three years I've bought two. One for $250 and one for $300. Turned around and sold one to a friend for what I had into it and Gun Brokered the other for $550. Also picked up an HK SBE with just one box through it for $550, wood stock though.


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A M1 super 90 non tactical?
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Re: What is everyones' take on the Benelli M1?

Postby 10gaOkie » Mon Jun 24, 2013 3:33 pm

Maxson
You must be the master of great deals on Benellis. I have watched the market religiously for years and never seen any at those prices. Congrats on your great buys. I paid 600 each for my two HK M1s and 700 for my HK SBE, all of which I still feel that I got bargain deals.

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Re: What is everyones' take on the Benelli M1?

Postby g_maxson » Mon Jun 24, 2013 4:35 pm

jarod1076 wrote:
g_maxson wrote:
jarod1076 wrote:I have been looking for one for about a year. I have yet to find a clean one under $650.

Jarod


That's crazy. In the last three years I've bought two. One for $250 and one for $300. Turned around and sold one to a friend for what I had into it and Gun Brokered the other for $550. Also picked up an HK SBE with just one box through it for $550, wood stock though.


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A M1 super 90 non tactical?


Super 90. Both super 90's were word of mouth purchases along with the SBE. The one super 90 deadeyedan called from the field that a guy he was hunting with made the statement he should sell his. Dan asks how much and he said 300. Dan went to the truck and handed him the cash :). The SBE, a buddy just called out of the blue that he knew of one for sale for 550. Figured I could get it for 450. After arriving at the guys house it was obvious he needed the 100 difference more than me so just handed him the asking price.

Still a large pool of people out there that don't know what Gun Broker is and figure that their 10-15 yr old gun is probably worth 1/2 what they paid for it.

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Re: What is everyones' take on the Benelli M1?

Postby jarod1076 » Mon Jun 24, 2013 5:16 pm

g_maxson wrote:
jarod1076 wrote:
g_maxson wrote:
jarod1076 wrote:I have been looking for one for about a year. I have yet to find a clean one under $650.

Jarod


That's crazy. In the last three years I've bought two. One for $250 and one for $300. Turned around and sold one to a friend for what I had into it and Gun Brokered the other for $550. Also picked up an HK SBE with just one box through it for $550, wood stock though.


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A M1 super 90 non tactical?


Super 90. Both super 90's were word of mouth purchases along with the SBE. The one super 90 deadeyedan called from the field that a guy he was hunting with made the statement he should sell his. Dan asks how much and he said 300. Dan went to the truck and handed him the cash :). The SBE, a buddy just called out of the blue that he knew of one for sale for 550. Figured I could get it for 450. After arriving at the guys house it was obvious he needed the 100 difference more than me so just handed him the asking price.

Still a large pool of people out there that don't know what Gun Broker is and figure that their 10-15 yr old gun is probably worth 1/2 what they paid for it.

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I don't check Gun Broker on a daily basis but the sales I see people know what their gun is worth. Let me know next time you come across another deal. Could be a finders fee in it for you if you come across a left handed model

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Re: What is everyones' take on the Benelli M1?

Postby Rick Hall » Mon Jun 24, 2013 5:51 pm

I always hear about the $400 and $500 Benellis after they're sold.
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Re: What is everyones' take on the Benelli M1?

Postby Yuchi1 » Mon Jun 24, 2013 9:10 pm

Rick Hall wrote:I always hear about the $400 and $500 Benellis after they're sold.


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Re: What is everyones' take on the Benelli M1?

Postby beme46 » Fri Jul 05, 2013 10:53 am

Most reliable gun Benelli has ever made in my opinion.
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