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I'm helping my boss select his first shotgun. Primary uses will be clay shooting/pheasant 2 times a year, and goose hunting trip 1-2 times a year. So, suffice it to say, has to be a good all around gun. Keep in mind he only wants a semi auto and it has to be able to shoot 2.75” - 3” shells (3.5” would be great but not totally needed).

Price point $1,500 (can be lower) to $2,200.

My all around gun is a Fabarm L4S Sporting but it only handles 2.75” shells.

Thanks!
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Ha! You're screwed, as I'm sure you know.

My brother came to me once asking about a truck that could pull ten to twelve thousand pounds and was also a good commuter vehicle. That's what you're looking at.
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A400

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Old 10-19-2020, 05:22 PM
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Old 10-19-2020, 05:23 PM
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I’ll second the Beretta A400.
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Old 10-19-2020, 05:27 PM
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Beretta A400 isn’t a bad choice. I would go O/U white onyx personally (it’s what I shoot so I’m biased)
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Another vote for Beretta. The A300 has a new sporting model. I have a 391 sporting and really like it.
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Originally Posted by jtburf View Post
A400

john
this, if it fits.

I also have a 300(wood) that works just fine
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Beretta a400 was the only shotgun I found when researching that will shoot cheap clay/dove loads and 3.5" duck and goose shells consistently

I have done both and it performs flawlessly, I have freinds with versamax, mosssberg and benelli's and their guns won't cycle the cheap dove loads 100% of the time like the beretta will



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Originally Posted by scubayachts13 View Post
Hi gents,
I'm helping my boss select his first shotgun. Primary uses will be clay shooting/pheasant 2 times a year, and goose hunting trip 1-2 times a year. So, suffice it to say, has to be a good all around gun. Keep in mind he only wants a semi auto and it has to be able to shoot 2.75” - 3” shells (3.5” would be great but not totally needed).

Price point $1,500 (can be lower) to $2,200.

My all around gun is a Fabarm L4S Sporting but it only handles 2.75” shells.

Thanks!

I just went through this exercise myself, and finally decided on a Franchi Affinity 3 Elite. I really wanted to like the Beretta A400 Unico, but ultimately just couldn't pull the trigger on the Beretta. It was bulky, and friends who have shot them have had hot/cold experiences. Some have been great, some have been really finicky with shells.

FWIW, the Franchi fits me like a glove, hits where I'm aiming, and (so far) has eaten every type of shell I've shoved in it without a complaint. The Elite model comes with 3 extended waterfowl choke tubes (plus a modified flush tube), has a cerakoted barrel and receiver, shims to adjust cast/cant, a lengthened forcing cone, and a great fiber optic front sight. Plus, I got it for under a grand.

Whatever he gets, he has to find a gun that fits him. The "best" shotgun on the market will be nothing but an exercise in frustration if it doesn't fit.

Chris
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Benelli Montefeltro - about $900
Benelli Legacy - ~$1600
Benelli Ethos -~$1800

The Monty is a great field gun that will do it all decently

the Legacy is what I own, very nice gun. Looks nice, some sporting clays features, but also a field gun.

Ethos - similar to the legacy with more sporting clays features

some other options:
Browning Maximus
Browning A5 - older one
Berretta A400
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Beretta A300 has served me well.
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Originally Posted by ponyboy96 View Post
Benelli Montefeltro - about $900
Benelli Legacy - ~$1600
Benelli Ethos -~$1800

The Monty is a great field gun that will do it all decently

the Legacy is what I own, very nice gun. Looks nice, some sporting clays features, but also a field gun.

Ethos - similar to the legacy with more sporting clays features
^This
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Used mid 90's Remington 11-87 special purpose. 26" barrel. Rem chokes.

Used early 80's Remington 1100. 26" and 30" barrel set. No chokes needed. Barrells are good as they are.

That's all you need.




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Winchester SX 4 would be a good choice, as would the Beretta. Of course the Benelli will always go bang but I like shooting gas guns.
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Originally Posted by double tap View Post
I just went through this exercise myself, and finally decided on a Franchi Affinity 3 Elite. I really wanted to like the Beretta A400 Unico, but ultimately just couldn't pull the trigger on the Beretta. It was bulky, and friends who have shot them have had hot/cold experiences. Some have been great, some have been really finicky with shells.

FWIW, the Franchi fits me like a glove, hits where I'm aiming, and (so far) has eaten every type of shell I've shoved in it without a complaint. The Elite model comes with 3 extended waterfowl choke tubes (plus a modified flush tube), has a cerakoted barrel and receiver, shims to adjust cast/cant, a lengthened forcing cone, and a great fiber optic front sight. Plus, I got it for under a grand.

Whatever he gets, he has to find a gun that fits him. The "best" shotgun on the market will be nothing but an exercise in frustration if it doesn't fit.

Chris
I won a Franchi Affinity A3 at a DU event, agree with all your points. It's a sweet rig.

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