Berretta A300 Outlander Review

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Berretta A300 Outlander Review

Postby Scotty64 » Wed Oct 16, 2013 7:10 am

I recently purchased a Beretta A300 Outlander (Camo version). I bought the gun because is was light shouldered up nicely, price was good and it had extentions for the stock if needed. I have put 3-400 rounds of 2 3/4 sporting clay loads through the gun and it has really done well. It has only jambed twice, both were because the gun was very dirty after putting 200 rounds through the gun.
I do have several small complaints about the gun. First, the gun is very, very hard to clean and reassemble. I clean my guns after it is fired every time. I hate cleaning this gun. The trigger is hard to get in place and put the pin through. My second complaint is the camo is flaking off. I have not called Beretta, but I am sure they will say it is not covered under the year warranty. I did not like the brass pin sight, I switched to a tru glow and the gun is spot on for shooting clays. The red light pipe is bright and easy to acquire the target with. :thumbsup:
I am looking forward to duck season to see how it performs. I bought a code black choke for the gun as the factory chokes are nothing to brag about. I will be shooting Winchester 3" #2's for ducks and BB's for geese. We will see if the 3" will bring down Canada Geese.
I bought my gun for 699.00 NIB, Choke was $89 still less than the list of $825. The gun was purchased through a private dealer not a big box store.
I will keep everyone upto date on how the gun does during duck season.
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Re: Beretta A300 Outlander Review

Postby Scotty64 » Mon Dec 23, 2013 11:31 am

OK, almost one season down with the A300. Here are my findings on the gun now. The gun still shoots fine. I sent the gun back to Beretta for several issues. I could not get the trigger assembly pin all the way through the hole and several areas of the camo were coming off. Beretta did fix what they called the trigger bushing they said that it was damaged. Not sure how but OK they replaced it. As for the camo, Beretta stated that this was a light coating of camo and it would chip and come off. Well, OK I can buy a little of that, but I have a Remington VersaMax and SBEII which do not chip off. The camo is completely gone off the pistol grip. The barrel has a spot that has wrinkled up and is coming off. I took the shotgun to a company that does coatings on shotguns and they told me it was not put on correctly. Beretta washed their hands of everything and told me normally finishes are not covered under their warranty. Well, I am done with Beretta 6 mo old gun and it looks like crap. If I had know that their customer service was like that, I would have spent the extra money and bought a Winchester Super X3. My error never again. The gun shots fine but the finish is CRAP.
Funny how the SBEII can be beat to hell but finish does not come off. Photos forthcoming :fingerhead:
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Re: Berretta A300 Outlander Review

Postby JBNC » Mon Dec 23, 2013 12:17 pm

I don't blame you for being upset, sounds like you got a gun that was not done right. I've got an A300 and have some buddies with other Beretta's and the finishes are holding up fine.
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Re: Berretta A300 Outlander Review

Postby Hat Flats » Mon Dec 23, 2013 12:59 pm

It's hard to get any company to warranty camo finish some will and some won't because so many things can damage it, gun solvents/oil, bug dope, hand lotion and the list goes on and on, that's why I don't and won't own a dipped gun, Painted yes because I can touch it up or remove all together if I feel the need. Resale can be tough with a dipped gun because they show wear so quickly.

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Re: Berretta A300 Outlander Review

Postby Dog Tired » Wed Dec 25, 2013 11:14 am

Ill hunt with an ugly gun, what do you want for it?

I get that its frustrating to have the camo come off, and as a result I buy my guns with the intent to use (and often abuse) them. Once I have the money to "collect" guns, it'll be time to invest in my own duck property.
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Re: Berretta A300 Outlander Review

Postby kcwellington » Mon Feb 17, 2014 12:39 pm

i have an outlander and i love it! i duck hunt so if my paint starts wearing or flaking off, i grab a can of krylon camo flat and take care of it. who cares what it looks like as long it drops em in the drink. combo the outlande r with an indian creek black diamond triumph tube i wouldnt trade for a SBE2 NO WAY NO HOW.
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Re: Berretta A300 Outlander Review

Postby LifeAndLiberty » Mon Feb 17, 2014 6:12 pm

Just got my A300 outlander and noticed some finish imperfections, near where the barrel enters the receiver. Finish definitely is thin and will likely take a beating just for normal duck hunting use. That being said, it appears to shoot great and it feels and points right to me. Also want to get rid of that brass bead ... I mean even cheap mossbergs come with fiber optics nowadays. Come on beretta
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Re: Berretta A300 Outlander Review

Postby Merganzor » Mon Feb 17, 2014 9:27 pm

Scotty or other 300 owner:

Is it accurate that they give a one year warranty on the gun? Thanks in advance.
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Re: Berretta A300 Outlander Review

Postby KRB » Tue Feb 18, 2014 9:49 am

LifeAndLiberty wrote:Just got my A300 outlander and noticed some finish imperfections, near where the barrel enters the receiver. Finish definitely is thin and will likely take a beating just for normal duck hunting use. That being said, it appears to shoot great and it feels and points right to me. Also want to get rid of that brass bead ... I mean even cheap mossbergs come with fiber optics nowadays. Come on beretta

When I shot my brother's A300 I was happy it didn't have a fiber optic bead. Any of my shotgun's that had them I removed for brass or white bead. I was taught to shoot focused on the target or bird. For me fiber optic sight draws my eye to it. If your gun fit's right it should shoot were you look. If you look at your bead your not focused on the bird and you are measuring lead. Does not work for me. Best analogy I've heard is when you drive tour truck you never really look at your hood but you know it's there. That's how you want your bead. Little of thread sorry. :thumbsup:
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Re: Berretta A300 Outlander Review

Postby Ukcatshunter » Tue Feb 18, 2014 6:43 pm

I picked up my A300 Outlander today.

One year warranty BUT if you fill out warranty card within 30 days the warranty becomes 3 years.
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Re: Berretta A300 Outlander Review

Postby Champion1 » Tue Apr 05, 2016 6:10 am

The trigger is hard to get in place and put the pin through. My second complaint is the camo is flaking off. I have not called Beretta, but I am sure they will say it is not covered under the year warranty.?????
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Re: Berretta A300 Outlander Review

Postby Rick Hall » Tue Apr 05, 2016 7:24 am

KRB wrote:
LifeAndLiberty wrote:Just got my A300 outlander and noticed some finish imperfections, near where the barrel enters the receiver. Finish definitely is thin and will likely take a beating just for normal duck hunting use. That being said, it appears to shoot great and it feels and points right to me. Also want to get rid of that brass bead ... I mean even cheap mossbergs come with fiber optics nowadays. Come on beretta

When I shot my brother's A300 I was happy it didn't have a fiber optic bead. Any of my shotgun's that had them I removed for brass or white bead. I was taught to shoot focused on the target or bird. For me fiber optic sight draws my eye to it. If your gun fit's right it should shoot were you look. If you look at your bead your not focused on the bird and you are measuring lead. Does not work for me. Best analogy I've heard is when you drive tour truck you never really look at your hood but you know it's there. That's how you want your bead. Little of thread sorry. :thumbsup:


Couple guys who'd seen my beat up old circa '90s Montefeltro 20ga blessed me with its brand new twin: identical in almost every way. And for a bit I couldn't hit pecans with it. The difference being that the new one still has its small optic bead, something long since knocked off both my old Montefeltro and the SBE I usually use for geese. Have no trouble switching from the new gun to either old one, but going from using either of them for long to the beaded gun still sometimes throws me for a bit.

Others' mileage may vary.
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Re: Berretta A300 Outlander Review

Postby dwr353 » Tue Apr 05, 2016 2:05 pm

Rick, I am with you. I put a red front sight on my old A5 . Missed birds I never did before.
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Re: Berretta A300 Outlander Review

Postby mudpack » Thu Apr 07, 2016 5:30 am

New camo Outlander purchased in Dec '15. No issues with camo finish. No issues with trigger group. No issue with bead color. (I think red/green plastic rod for a front bead is a gimmick) No issues with hitting birds with it.
Major issue with shell feeding that seems to be curing itself as I run more shells through it.
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Re: Berretta A300 Outlander Review

Postby stevetags » Sat Apr 09, 2016 12:30 pm

Can't be bad because Mudpack owns it.....you'll see. I have an a300 with missing camo it's been sent back to beretta to be fixed because of the well known problem of the forearms breaking causing severe cycling issues. I only paid 650 for mine new but i think I should have bought a higher end gun first. They aren't terrible and my gun was out of warranty and beretta fixed it free of cost. These guns kick like a mule too hence the reason for your limb saver pads. My new maxus seems like it will be an improvement.
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Re: Berretta A300 Outlander Review

Postby mudpack » Sun Apr 10, 2016 8:30 pm

stevetags wrote:Can't be bad because Mudpack owns it.....you'll see.

You've got it backwards, tags; I own one because it is a good gun. :thumbsup:

Actually, considering the recoil pad it comes with, the felt recoil on that gun is surprisingly light. I went ahead with a Limbsaver anyway, simply because I could.
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