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bclark1 05-30-2013 04:47 PM

best shotgun???
Ive been looking into buying a new semi-auto shotgun. This shotgun would be used primarily for shooting clays and pheasant hunting. I have been looking a lot at the winchester super x3 sporting model. I also like the versa max and the browning maxus. I would like to keep it around $1000 and want to buy a new shotgun. I would appreciate any recomendations or suggestions anyone could make. Thank you.

NC1760 05-30-2013 05:10 PM

Auto shotgun...
IMHO... the best choices for around $1000 would be either the Remington 1100 series; ..or a Weatherby SA-08; ... I have owned that model Remington (Brother-In-Law now has it) and currently have the Weatherby and can attest to their smoothness and reliability.

...You could always find a nice used Browning A5 also on Gunbroker (Grandad had one of those). I can also recommend an Ithaca model 51 also (Daddy had one of those!!)

kfox75 05-30-2013 05:14 PM

Bclark, have you had the caance to shoot any of the makes and models you listed above? If not, I would see if anyone you know owns one, and if they would be willing to let you try it out with them at the range.

The ones you listed are good reliable shotguns, so I am not saying that any of them are cr@p. What I am saying is if you can go out and shoot them, you will have a better idea of how they will fit you, and if they will work for you. I had to sell off an Ithaca Model 37, 1941 serial number, that I picked up, and fell in love with. I went out and shot a couple rounds of trap with it, and fell out of love in a hurry. The palm swell off the butt stock was uncomfortable to the point of pain, and the safety stuck out on the left side of the trigger group. I went home with a blistered finger, a sore wrist, and a bruised ego, but I learned something. Just because it fits in the shop when you snap it up to your shoulder, that is no gaurantee that it will work perfectly for you once you are afield. It's a lot cheaper if you can try before you buy, than it is to get home and find out what you bought just won't work for you.

And that old Ithaca, i was able to trade it off to a friend for a pair of old Stevens Springfield doubles. I now have 2 in 12 gauge, and 1 20 gauge. All in all, I'd say it worked out good in the end.

bclark1 05-30-2013 05:45 PM

I have not got to shoot any of them so far but I will definately try to before I buy one. Thanks for the help.

MattShlock 05-31-2013 11:58 PM

One word. Benelli. OK, two: "inertia."

Virginian 06-01-2013 12:06 AM

I do not like ANY inertia or long recoil action shotgun. If I was after grouse in the hills I might have a go with a Franchi 48 in 28 gauge. Beyond that gas autoloaders. Remington, Beretta, Winchester, Browning, and Mossberg. I would say find the one you like best. The VersaMax handles well for me, but I don't like plastic. Maxus also seems to have pretty happy owners.
I did not say they don't work. I said I don't like them. I have owned 10 gauge pumps, and had one specially lightened, so it is not JUST the recoil that puts me off.

Gatoragn 06-01-2013 12:54 AM


Originally Posted by MattShlock (Post 1263768)
One word. Benelli. OK, two: "inertia."

Montefeltro 20 ga, 3 inch shells, pheasant busting machine. You can tote it all day long up and down those mile long corn fields in South Dakota.

If you have the coin, get the best, Benelli.

Virginian 06-03-2013 12:06 AM

Have to hand it to Benelli for one thing, their marketing department are geniuses.

bclark1 06-03-2013 06:49 AM


Originally Posted by Virginian (Post 1265913)
Have to hand it to Benelli for one thing, their marketing department are geniuses.

Yep glue some rubber strips on the side and all of a sudden you have a completely new gun that has some super recoil reduction worth $500 extra because its this years NEW and improved model. But people still buy them so I guess if it works theyre going to keep doing it.

nicklarimore 06-03-2013 09:47 AM

I have to add myself to the benelli wagon. I have a legacy 12 ga that I will never get rid of. My favorite shotgun to shoot and I've shot plenty of autos: beretta, browning, Winchester, and Remington.

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