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Old 02-05-2011, 06:06 PM   #1
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I was told that these guns are very similar, what is the difference?

I am looking at the SBE2 and the Stoeger model 2000

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Old 02-07-2011, 01:19 PM   #2
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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.

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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...
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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.

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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.

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Who makes gas driven?

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