Opinions on Stoeger 3000 or 3500?

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Opinions on Stoeger 3000 or 3500?

Postby canis » Mon Sep 30, 2013 10:38 pm

Anyone have any experience with either of these guns? I'm looking for a relatively low-budget semi-auto that will get the job done consistently, and it seems to fit the bill. Any experienced opinions would be appreciated.
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Re: Opinions on Stoeger 3000 or 3500?

Postby 35rem » Tue Oct 01, 2013 1:21 pm

Have a 3500. Works just fine.
Have handled a 3000 since. I don't see the purpose of the 3000. It weighs the same as the 3.5" version and comes with less "stuff". The only advantage is it costs less.

The 2000 was a better 3" gun, as it was a full half pound lighter.
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Re: Opinions on Stoeger 3000 or 3500?

Postby mudpack » Tue Oct 01, 2013 4:09 pm

canis wrote: I'm looking for a relatively low-budget semi-auto that will get the job done consistently,


That's the problem: low-budget autoloaders are not known for being reliable. You pays yer money and you takes yer chances.

If I had a very limited budget, I'd have to look at the Mossberg 930. They seem to be the best of the worst.
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Re: Opinions on Stoeger 3000 or 3500?

Postby TxSwampStomper » Sat Oct 05, 2013 11:44 am

About to pick up a M3500, I've researched for a while on it since its going to be my first auto. I've seen nothing but great reviews, written ones and videos on YouTube.
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Re: Opinions on Stoeger 3000 or 3500?

Postby boder » Sat Oct 05, 2013 1:53 pm

I have had an m3500 for a year or two now. I have been very pleased with it thus far. Never had any misfires or hang up. I like to take care of my guns and clean them properly though. Also broke the gun in per manufacture recommendations. I am willing to bet that there are better looking guns out there. The camo finish could b a lil better and there is a lil chip out of the stock on the bottom that I just noticed yesterday. But I have still killed birds with it and never heard any complaints from them. As stated above u might as well get the 3.5 just so u don't wish u had it later.
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Re: Opinions on Stoeger 3000 or 3500?

Postby Take em boys » Sun Oct 06, 2013 11:00 pm

I have the m3500 its my first autoloader so remember that in this little review...

Overall finish not to impressed with its a black had it for the last goose hunt last year and already scratched the barrel were it lays on my laydown blind

Taking it apart and cleaning it is a breeze I had never even shot an auto before and was a little puzzeled at first but its sooo simple

shootability is amazing thus far herd numerous things about if you want to shoot 2 3/4 then you have to buy one of the top of the lines ive put about 3 boxes of reloads thru it this summer with only 3 jam ups I had the recoil reducer in it on all 3 shots took that out and BOOM BOOM BOOM thre the lug back in and shot a box of 3's and 3.5's and I can tell you it will be allot less of a beating then my mossy 835 gave me for 12 years before she quit workin it sure don't fit in your hands like a vinci does but it fit the bill and so far so good and very excited to try her out in a few weeks!!! :beer:
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Re: Opinions on Stoeger 3000 or 3500?

Postby z51 » Mon Oct 07, 2013 4:41 am

If you don't really need a 3.5" gun get a Weatherby SA-08. Nice gun, soft shooter, light and Weatherby has excellent customer service.

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Re: Opinions on Stoeger 3000 or 3500?

Postby Cold » Mon Oct 07, 2013 6:00 am

I could have sworn I saw left-handed options on the Stoeger site a few months back, but now that doesn't seem to be the case.

Did they stop making them, or am I losing (more of) it?
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Re: Opinions on Stoeger 3000 or 3500?

Postby z51 » Mon Oct 07, 2013 6:56 am

You are probably thinking of the Benellis.
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Re: Opinions on Stoeger 3000 or 3500?

Postby tmclaimerFL » Mon Oct 07, 2013 7:50 am

canis wrote:Anyone have any experience with either of these guns? I'm looking for a relatively low-budget semi-auto that will get the job done consistently, and it seems to fit the bill. Any experienced opinions would be appreciated.

I shoot the 2000 and I enjoy it. If you are not worried about getting your gun scratched or dirty then Stoeger is a good choice. I take care of my guns internals. I dont care what the outside looks like, so I dont mind it getting scratched or dirty. Birds dont care what it looks like, so why should you? So far it has not failed me and I enjoy shooting it.
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Re: Opinions on Stoeger 3000 or 3500?

Postby Droberts » Mon Oct 14, 2013 6:12 am

Go with the 3500. I bought mine a few years ago and i haven't had any trouble at all out that thing. it will eject the cheapest low brass shells up to the best duck and turkey loads in any order that you want to shoot them. I have recommended this gun to several people. I wouldn't think twice about buying another if something happened to mine.
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Re: Opinions on Stoeger 3000 or 3500?

Postby gul123 » Mon Oct 14, 2013 6:34 am

shoot the 2000 and I enjoy it. If you are not worried about getting your gun scratched or dirty then Stoeger is a good choice. I take care of my guns internals. I dont care what the outside looks like, so I dont mind it getting scratched or dirty. Birds dont care what it looks like, so why should you? So far it has not failed me and I enjoy shooting it.
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Re: Opinions on Stoeger 3000 or 3500?

Postby tmclaimerFL » Mon Oct 14, 2013 6:42 am

gul123 wrote:shoot the 2000 and I enjoy it. If you are not worried about getting your gun scratched or dirty then Stoeger is a good choice. I take care of my guns internals. I dont care what the outside looks like, so I dont mind it getting scratched or dirty. Birds dont care what it looks like, so why should you? So far it has not failed me and I enjoy shooting it.

Agreed. With either if those that are bought new I would recommend properly breaking in the inertia system or you will have malfunctions and low brass shells won't eject. Need to put about 100+ rounds of 3" through it.
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Re: Opinions on Stoeger 3000 or 3500?

Postby elkhunt » Mon Oct 14, 2013 10:14 am

I have owned the 3500 now for two years and it has been a great gun for me. I did break it in with some old 3in shells I had. I have been shooting trap so it has just over a thousand rounds through it with out a single jam. Dove hunting it was perfect. I do not regret the purchase at all.

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Re: Opinions on Stoeger 3000 or 3500?

Postby winchester1852 » Mon Oct 14, 2013 10:24 am

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Re: Opinions on Stoeger 3000 or 3500?

Postby Jhelms » Tue Oct 15, 2013 4:25 pm

3500 I have shot mine all summer 1700 rounds in it from 23/4-- 3 1/2 inch shells not a single jam or problem. I did not clean it till 1200 round mark. My buddy shot like I said shot a sbe 2 and now shoots a stoeger 3500 so hands down buy this gun in my opinion.
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Re: Opinions on Stoeger 3000 or 3500?

Postby novicehntr_vt » Wed Oct 16, 2013 9:16 am

Had mine for six months now, and even though it may be cheaper it cycles everything without flaw. My buddy has a Benelli, and granted that is a awesome gun, but sometimes the wallet will only allow for so much....lol. All and all I love the gun, and as it was my first semi it has been great in my eyes.
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Re: Opinions on Stoeger 3000 or 3500?

Postby Frank Lopez » Wed Oct 16, 2013 11:03 am

This question comes up pretty often. And, while it is a question of reliability, it isn't as bad or as good as popular opinion. Stoeger has been an importer for a very long time. Way back when, they imported some very high quality guns. But, somewhere along the line they followed the lead of the other importers and went to manufacturers and had guns built specifically for them to a certain price point. That price point was usually pretty low, so something had to give. That something was quality control.

The M3000/M3500 guns are a perfect example. The guns are built on the Beneli design, but machining tolerances are somewhat stretch. The fit and finish is also necessarily sub par. What does all this mean to the average consumer? Mostly very little, until something breaks. The average guy wants the gun to go bang when he pulls the trigger, recycle another round and that's about it. The majority of these guns will not experience any problems in that shooter's lifetime. But because of the corners cut, there will be a much higher number of breakdowns than in the basically same Beneli. Of course, they cost a whole lot less, too, but reliability comes at a price.

Like mudpack said, you pays your money and you takes your chances.

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Re: Opinions on Stoeger 3000 or 3500?

Postby Scotty64 » Wed Oct 16, 2013 1:13 pm

I had a Stoeger M3500 for 3 years. I fired numerous shells mostly 3.5" shells through it. I have nothing but good things to say about it. It never jammed, misfired or malfunctioned in anyway shape or form. I wish I had it back. I sold it to buy a Super Vinci. My mistake.
Someone may say that it is a low budget gun but it work and worked well. I dropped it in the water and it was below freezing. I picked he gun up and shot it several times; the gun shot just like it was never wet. It was easy to clean and for the money you could beat the crap out of if and you have lost nothing. Go with the M3500, you will not be sorry.
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Re: Opinions on Stoeger 3000 or 3500?

Postby boder » Wed Oct 16, 2013 7:06 pm

Not to change the subject but what shell and choke combo is everyone using in their m3500?
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Re: Opinions on Stoeger 3000 or 3500?

Postby Fatback » Wed Oct 16, 2013 7:33 pm

Buy 2 3500's , and some shells.... cost you less then a SBE 2 and you'll have a back-up gun. Yes it is built cheaper but three years with mine and it's used hard, it's still never missed a beat... though maybe missed a few birds.
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Re: Opinions on Stoeger 3000 or 3500?

Postby HOPIN4ABOAT » Wed Oct 16, 2013 8:49 pm

I finally had a ftf, and fte this year it was during early Wood duck and teal, first shot. Then it hit me I didn't clean the gun after last year's salt marsh hunt, I shoot my 20ga for everything else. Pulled it apart threw a little 2 stroke oil in it and it went great the rest of the day. Cleaned it that night and has went off without a hitch since. I have had it since the day they were released in the US and this is the first problem I have had. My camo is worn off but I bought it to be used as a throw away paddle for the salt marsh and it has well outperformed my expectations.
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