First semi auto shotgun?

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by 270 win, Jan 3, 2010.

  1. 270 win

    270 win New Member

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    I am looking at buying a semi-auto shotgun. I need a little info. First, would the recoil of a 12 guage be softer? Second, what brand would you suggest? I would like to keep it fairly cheap. Thanks
     
  2. jimbobpissypants

    jimbobpissypants New Member

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    Felt recoil will be less in a semi compared to a pump or o/u. What is fairly cheap? How much are you gonna shoot this gun? What is it's intended use?
     

  3. Calvin534

    Calvin534 New Member

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    I just picked up a Franchi I-12. This was my first shotgun purchase and so far I love it. Included:

    STANDARD FEATURES
    CHOKE TUBES: C, IC, M, IM, F, wrench
    FINISHES: Advantage® Max-4 HD™, Realtree® APG HD™, black synthetic, or satin walnut
    TSA RECOIL PAD: Twin Shock Absorber™ gel-insert recoil pad
    SHIM KIT: For adjustment of drop and cast

    http://www.franchiusa.com/firearms/images/i12_black_12ga_lg.jpg
     
  4. 270 win

    270 win New Member

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    The intended use for this gun will be shooting ducks, geese. Fairly cheap would be 700 to 800 dollars. It would be fired a fair bit.
     
  5. Calvin534

    Calvin534 New Member

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    I purchased mine for Deer and Turkey hunting. I paid around $730. As I understood it Franchi is owned by Benelli and the inner workings are the same. There may be better options out there, but this is what I settled on.

    Good Luck
     
  6. jimbobpissypants

    jimbobpissypants New Member

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    If you are o.k. with a used gun, I highly recommend a Benelli. They are the ak47 of the shotgun world. I own 2. I know guys who have dropped them out of a blind/boat. They went to the bottom of the river. The just retrieve them, dump the water out of em, and keep shooting. I use mine mostly for clays. I have about 25000 rounds through one of em. The only problem was ammo related. My other only has 5000. Same reliability. The bad news, I doubt you'll be able to get a new one at that price. I've had numerous autos. None match the Benelli.
     
  7. bowtecbowhunter

    bowtecbowhunter New Member

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    Have you tried an auto 5 dang good gun. Got to admit it's my 1st semi-auto shotgun but it's my last I love it, it won't take 3.5" shells but that's why I've got other shotguns and I didn't buy it because of the size shell it'd shoot I bought it because it's a GREAT SHOOTER.
     
  8. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Active Member

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    I have a Stoeger 2000 and it's inertia operated exactly like the Benellis. It came with 5 choke tubes and features a fiber optic bead-all for 400$. You'd be hard pressed to find a shotgun in that price range that shoots as good as that.
     
  9. jimbobpissypants

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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?
     
  10. photopro

    photopro New Member

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    Semi-auto 12g

    I would have to go with a Benelli (which I did) the enertia system is very clean in operation since it doesn't use part of the combustion gases to recycle the mechanism. All 12g's kick a tad but the tad increases to a TAD if you start using magnum shells, however I've used 50g goose shells in mine and it really is fine.
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  11. bowtecbowhunter

    bowtecbowhunter New Member

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    I'm not sure but I don't think so.
     
  12. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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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.
     
  13. stalkingbear

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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.





     
  14. photopro

    photopro New Member

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    Benelli

    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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  15. jimbobpissypants

    jimbobpissypants New Member

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    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.