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Old 01-05-2010, 06:58 PM   #11
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I have shot them on the clays course. I have never owned one. It's great that you found a gun you really love. Are they still in production?
I'm not sure but I don't think so.
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the problem your gonna run into with semi's is the ones that allow the use of magnum shells which you will want for goose hunting there is a lot of fiddling to get the gas/recoil system reset to function everytime you switch shell types.

if your concerned about recoil get a ported barrel and a reliable pump. just my opinion but i think semi-auto shotguns are more trouble than they are worth. you can get a MUCH better shotgun in a pump or over-under for the amount your gonna spend on a semi.

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As long as you don't get excited about shooting 3 1/2" shells, most autos that's designed for up to 3" max WILL function with 2 3/4" and 3". I've been shooting autos for over 35 years now and they run fine. The better autos will function reliably with everything from the lightest 2 3/4" field/target loads up to the heaviest 3" magnums without switching ANYTHING. Just because you don't care for autos don't mean they're junk. I've shot untold thousands of shells through autos without the 1st issue whatsoever.





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the problem your gonna run into with semi's is the ones that allow the use of magnum shells which you will want for goose hunting there is a lot of fiddling to get the gas/recoil system reset to function everytime you switch shell types.

if your concerned about recoil get a ported barrel and a reliable pump. just my opinion but i think semi-auto shotguns are more trouble than they are worth. you can get a MUCH better shotgun in a pump or over-under for the amount your gonna spend on a semi.
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The Benelli is fine with all shells EXCEPT slow burning. This seems to be perculiar to a UK cartridge called "Gamebore" which it failed to cycle about every tenth attempt. Everything else so far is fine, in fact it took some time for the importer to discover the issue with the Gamebore shells.
The gun will cycle faster than you can pull the trigger - nice !!

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the problem your gonna run into with semi's is the ones that allow the use of magnum shells which you will want for goose hunting there is a lot of fiddling to get the gas/recoil system reset to function everytime you switch shell types.

if your concerned about recoil get a ported barrel and a reliable pump. just my opinion but i think semi-auto shotguns are more trouble than they are worth. you can get a MUCH better shotgun in a pump or over-under for the amount your gonna spend on a semi.
I could not disagree more. I've got a couple of Benellis with 25000 and 5000 rounds respectively. The only issues have been ammo issues(primer failures) and thats only been a handfull. I doubt you'll find a pump gun with that kind of volume with no mechanical failures. If you buy a quality auto, they are great. Many folks don't want to pay for quality in a shotgun. I can shoot magnums for hunting or light stuff for clays. Porting a barrel does not help recoil. It helps muzzle rise.
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