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I've done messed up.

I went out with my neighbor shooting at doves and skeet last weekend, and I've got the fever. He had an old beat up Benelli Super Black Eagle 2, and it sure shot sweet for me. I have a Browning Gold Hunter (3" variety) that I didn't take hunting, opting instead to take my O/U with me.

I'd always heard that the Benelli recoils more than the Browning, but it didn't seem bad to me at all. Those of you who've shot both, what do you think? Keep the BGH, or move over to the SBE?
 

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After working on a few Benellis, I would not buy one. Just my opinion, and I know I will get beat up about it. I just do not like them. I do not like the way they are put together. To me it is hard to beat a Browning Siver, or even a good old Remington 1100.
 

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who ever said a sbe2 recoils more than a browning is a wimp!!! i will agree with possum that they are made kinda funny but they ARE the auto loading shotgun to have. I love my 1100 but i have issues every year with the O rings in it.
P.S if you dont wanna shoot 3.5 inch shells get the M2 same dang thing and $400 less
 

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Love my Benelli SBE II. Rem collector/fan, but I shoot Benelli. It is an addiction and they eat just about anything you feed them or atleast that what i've found. Call the Duck Commanders and ask them....... If it will hold up to those guys, it must be good and they are "real" people that use their shotguns for everything. I'll keep looking at my Remingtons and shooting my Benelli.
 

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I've got an SBE and an SBEII. The SBE will rock you pretty good shootin 3&1/2. But the SBEII has the lightest recoil of any shot gun i've ever used shooting 3&1/2 shells. On lighter loads i can't tell much difference. My duck hunting partner has a Winchester SX2(same an browning gold) that has been super reliable (his idea of cleaning is open bolt spray wd40 close bolt) it has never let him down. I still think the Benellis are over priced but if you shoot a lot of 3&1/2 shells they are well worth extra money. JMO
 

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I've always liked Remington 1100's and still do. They are pretty much all that I own but my brother bought a SBE several years back and now has several SBE's and SBE II's. He had been raving about how great they shoot and I took one of his out and shot it and I have to admit that it was the sweetest shooting shotgun I've ever shouldered and that is in comparison to Remington, Browning and Winchester although he tells me that the new Winchester SX3 that he recently bought is also an excellent shooter. I would by an SBE II in a heartbeat if I was much of a shotgun shooter.
 

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I got a Winchester 120 Ranger that i got from the gun show about 10 years ago and ive put a ton of rounds thru it and it rides in the sidekick every night. Its so slick and worn that it never needs cleaning.
Did i mention i paid $90 for it? :D

Ive shot a SX2, SX3, SBE, 870, 1100 and alot of other shot guns and ill still go back to my ole faithful.
 

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His was the synthetic stock, all black version, with the bluing worn off on all the edges to give it character-which just made me want it more!

Might have to look at selling the BGH and a couple other shotties to pony up!
 

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I own a Remington 1100 and I love it and have always shot skeet with it. Then G1D talked me into tryin his SBE2. Now I have the fever for a SBE2 badly. They are easy to shoot and almost shoot by themselves. Its just something about them that makes hitting a flying target easy. I still love my 1100 and use it often but G1Ds SBE2 has given me Benelli fever.
 

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i bought my sbe the first year they came out. I have shot countless ducks with it, paddled the boat, hit the dog over the head and even run over it w/ the 4-wheeler a time or two. It has failed to shoot twice. one time it was so full of mud and crud in the action that the firing pin wouldnt contact the primer took apart in duck blind, washed off with bean water put back together and went back to shooting. second time i dropped it in the water when it was 22 degrees outside..... it froze up tight.... carried it back to truck thawed it out and went back to shooting. I have seen a lot of guns used and in MY expierence the SBE is tops followed by browining gold. I have owned both of them and i kept the sbe
 

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Ok, the vote is about 50-50, so you'll hafta make your own decision. Price scares a lot off and it did me too until I shot one. I had to save a while, but it was worth it to me. The Stoeger copy isn't bad.
I'll rank my choices.
1. Benelli SBE II
2. Beretta Extrema 2
3. Winchester SX3
4. Browning Gold Hunter
5. Remington 1100 (not the 11-87)
6. Stoeger ? (Benelli copy)

All these are semi-auto 3 1/2" shotguns. The pump guns rank totally different because the Wingmaster rules the roost hands down when it comes to pumps. IMO.
 

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Get a Cordoba!

slabsides45 said:
I've done messed up.

I went out with my neighbor shooting at doves and skeet last weekend, and I've got the fever. He had an old beat up Benelli Super Black Eagle 2, and it sure shot sweet for me. I have a Browning Gold Hunter (3" variety) that I didn't take hunting, opting instead to take my O/U with me.

I'd always heard that the Benelli recoils more than the Browning, but it didn't seem bad to me at all. Those of you who've shot both, what do you think? Keep the BGH, or move over to the SBE?
There was a guy at the Magnolia range about a month ago that had a Benelli Cordoba and an automatic skeet thrower. It's named after Cordoba, Argentina where the doves just keep on coming. He let me fire it and as a life long Remington 1100 Skeet-B owner, the Benelli shot better and had less recoil. It's ported near the muzzle too. I'm not retiring the 1100, but if I had to go buy a new dove gun the Cordoba would be the first I looked at.

http://www.benelliusa.com/shotguns/benelli_cordoba.php
 

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I shoot a Stoeger Model 2000 that I love. For the money you can't beat it.
 

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The Benelli Montefeltro I just sold kicked like a mule... about like shooting a pump gun. Definitely kicks harder than a Rem 1187, beretta 391 or my beretta 686... I can't speak to the newer brownings... I think it was probably the lack of weight due to the aluminum receiver or it could have been that it didn't "fit" me worth a crap. Dunno.
 

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I have a Benelli Montefeltro Super 90 20ga and it does'nt kick bad at all.
 

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These new shotguns might be better thant the old 1100's and such but damn they are ugly! I think they are in a contest to see who can make the ugliest one. I'll take a 870 or a model 12 any day.

J.B.
 
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