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tw1012 02-05-2011 06:06 PM

Benelli Vs. Stoeger
I was told that these guns are very similar, what is the difference?

I am looking at the SBE2 and the Stoeger model 2000

fireguy 02-07-2011 01:19 PM

I have a Stoeger m2000. I've never held a Benneli.
I can tell you my experience with the Stoeger, though.

Unless things have changed, it is only made with a 5 shot capacity. The only place I could find a magazine extension was a guy in TX who machines them from aircraft aluminum, around $80, mine works flawlessly and an easy install if you have a dremel type tool or small files.
The Stoeger inertia action is supposed to be the same as the Benelli. It needs to have a stout shell to make the action rack properly. I don't have mine nearly broken in yet and sometimes it will not cyle with game load shells.
I had some cheap shells I was using when I took it to a defensive shotgun class and that was not the place to learn. It did cycle Winchester bulk pack 12 gauge shells, though.
It shoots reduced recoil Winchester slugs and buckshot without a problem and dead on the aim point using the bead sight. When patterning the gun I put the second 1 oz. slug into the hole made from my first shot, it made the instructor do a double take to make sure I didn't miss the target at 40 yards.

The bolt release button on the side of the receiver is not as easy to operate as I would like, taking more force than I can generate repeatedly while holding the shotgun in firing position. Hopefully this will get better with use, it has only had a few hundred rounds through it.
I'm happy with mine, ymmv.

NGIB 02-07-2011 02:06 PM


Originally Posted by tw1012 (Post 437775)
I was told that these guns are very similar, what is the difference?

I am looking at the SBE2 and the Stoeger model 2000

One is a top of the line Italian shotgun, the other is a basic gun built in Turkey. Kind of like what's the difference between a Kia and a Porsche as they're both cars...

Gatoragn 02-08-2011 01:54 AM

I own a SBE II and it will handle up to 3.5 inch shells. I think the Stoeger's max. is 3 inch, but I could be wrong. If its in your budget, you will definitely enjoy the SBE II. I don't plan to ever shoot 3.5 turkey loads in a pump again. With the SBE II a 3.5 turkey load feels like a 2.75 magnum load in my old 870 pump.

Virginian 02-08-2011 08:48 AM

They both emply the Benelli style inertia action. They are both owned by Beretta. They both need two piece stocks and/or recoil attenuating devices to make either anywhere near as pleasant to shoot as any good gas operated semi auto.

tw1012 02-08-2011 03:50 PM

Gas driven?
Who makes gas driven?

NGIB 02-08-2011 03:52 PM


Originally Posted by tw1012 (Post 440123)
Who makes gas driven?

Pretty much every one else. Actually, most autoloading shotguns are gas driven...

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