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Old 11-06-2014, 04:58 PM
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Looking at my holiday present to myself. I getting into the shooting/hunting scene, but am still fairly new. I have a Remington 20 gauge pump action and have been borrowing my old man's Remington 1100 12 gauge. I was talking to a guy at my local sportsman shop and they said that if I'm looking for a semi-auto go with a Stoeger, but pump go with Remington. Being fresh into the game I'm just looking for a good solid gun and am leaning towards a semi 12 gauge.

Apparently Benelli bought out Stoeger and is using their (Benelli's) technology in Stoeger's guns. It's cheaper because they're not using the same metal cutting technology, but are using the same specifications.

Any experiences, knowledge, opinions? Looks like I can get a Stoeger semi 12 gauge for about $500-550.

Let me know. Thanks everyone.
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Remington 870 pump skip stoeger buy benelli
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Benelli is out of my range. Maybe sometime down the road, but right now looking to keep it low, $500 ish
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Definitely not against the 870 though, which is more affordable.
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I bought my son a sa-08. Pretty nice for a Turkish gun. Look up weatherby sa-08 on the net, and check shotgunworld forums. I think you will see a lot of positive feedback.

Consider my feedback positive too. Even though I don't shoot it, I don't get any complaints and he hits what he points it at, most of the time.
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870 is arguably the best pump gun ever made
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my son has the Franchi, also made by beretta, benelli, stoeger group...it's been a great shotgun.....
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I have both stoeger and benelli in semi-auto, the benelli looks better, as far as operation I can't tell any difference. I would buy stoeger again any day. Btw its baretta that owns stoeger and benelli.
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Stoeger is a subsidiary of Benelli. IIRC, the 2000 uses the same inertia-driven action. It gets good reviews. My daughter shoots a Tri-Star semi-auto and has had no troubles. If you are only going to own one gun, the 870 is tough to beat. No frills and ultra-reliable. Try and find a used Wingmaster.
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I love my stoeger. Haven't had a single problem with it. I shoot 700-900 rounds thru it a year and have had it for the 3 years and it's been flawless.
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ive got the m3500 and love it. had it three years and never a problem

my brother has the same one, he turned me onto them. Theres a great write on duckhuntingchat about these guns. cant kill an intertia driven gun!

The best part is their very cheap! $550 for a camo version. lots of stores have sales in December, see if you cant wait then
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Have a Stoeger M3500. It shoots everything but it doesn't like 2 3/4" #8's. The lighter loads will not eject sometimes. Sometimes. I guess the inertia system isn't as good as the Benelli's. It's still a good gun. I use it for ducks and geese and I've never had it jam with the heavier loads.
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Hit the local pawn shops, a good condition Remington 1100 can usually be had for about $325. I did this when I got into Sporting Clays and won many regional shoots as well as a state shoot with that old used black Remington. Moved up to a new Berretta 682 Gold E comp gun and honestly didn't shoot any better or win any more tournaments than I did with that $250 Remington.
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Originally Posted by KingRanch View Post
I love my stoeger. Haven't had a single problem with it. I shoot 700-900 rounds thru it a year and have had it for the 3 years and it's been flawless.
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Lately, I shoot my Stoeger more than I shoot my Benelli. I would put my Stoeger M3000 up against any autoloader out there and I have a Benelli that cost 2K.
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[QUOTE=VanderLaan;7266198]Stoeger is a subsidiary of Benelli. IIRC, the 2000 uses the same inertia-driven action. It gets good reviews. QUOTE]

The Stoeger system is not the quite same as the Benelli and is somewhat of hybrid between intertia and a mechanical or recoil operated system in that it uses a similar return system. They've got a good breakdown of it on there website. The Stoeger is good shotgun.
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I have had one and have had it for years. Between hunting and clay shooting I must have a 1000-2000 rounds through it. I have used it as a walking stick in the mud. Never had an issue with it. I also like that it was a cheep gun with plastic parts that won't rust. I don't care how beet up it gets.
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For made in the USA cannot beat the 870
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Nothing at all wrong with the Stoeger M3500's. I have one set up for Turkey. Shoots really well.
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