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heath3381
08-11-2012, 06:13 PM
i have a the vinci and im wanting a gun that will shoot 3 1/2 looking for input on softest shooting best duck gun

BlaineT
08-11-2012, 06:14 PM
you're about to get a lot of different answers for sure.

I have an SBE2 that i like pretty good.

heath3381
08-11-2012, 06:18 PM
i like the vinci but i bought it when they first came out and were not chambered in 3 1/2 i really like the sx3 but they are so light i was worried about recoil

golfandhunter
08-11-2012, 06:28 PM
SBE II, with Pattern Master EX range, Deadly.

Gregg Leonard

Jim Person
08-11-2012, 06:35 PM
I think in autoloaders, it is just personal preference as with any gun... Benelli, Beretta, Browning. As with any type of gun you can't go wrong with a "B" gun. I'll be getting one of those next year.. This year I will get by with my Remington 1187 and 870 ,both of which I have had little to no trouble with. I have heard some pretty decent reports on the new remington autoloader too. Good luck with your choice. Jim

labman63
08-11-2012, 07:27 PM
If your looking for "soft shooting" the Versa Max is the way to go. A 3 in load feels like a 20 ga. I have one ordered. I just sold my SX3 and in my opinion it's the best gun I have ever hunted with. The only reason I'm trying the Versa Max is I had two shoulder surgeries last yr and hoping it will help a little. If not for that I'd still be shooting the SX3

Erik Vigeland
08-11-2012, 07:53 PM
If you love your Vinci, why not get the Super Vinci?

David Maddox
08-11-2012, 07:56 PM
Ford, Chevy, or Dodge???
I actually own and shoot a Remington 1187 auto, an 870, and Browning Citori Satin Hunter O/U. I have shot, and would own, a Benelli SBE if I could afford one (after fishing expenses-lol). ALL 3 are fantastic!!! My favorite is the Citori due to it's weight, balance, and fit. It simply handles 3 1/2" rounds VERY smoothly. Of course I don't get the extra shot, but hell, I never hit anything with a third anyway. I've probably saved enough money to pay for my Citori by not shooting a third shot-lol!!!

BJGatley
08-11-2012, 08:50 PM
You don't need a 3 1/2"...You need a shotgun that will fit you. 3" chamber shotgun will kill ducks and geese with no problems. It's the shooter not the waterfowl. Practice now or your dog is going to disown(sp) you.;)

blackasmollases
08-11-2012, 09:10 PM
I love my browning maxxus used it all last year very light. Very little kick. Shot hundreds of light target loads thru it also not one jam at all on anything I shot thru it as of yet. Throw a 3 1/2 heavy load and you will notice it.

mlp
08-11-2012, 09:17 PM
I bought a browning gold a few years ago in 3 1/2. I thought i needed a 3 1/2 but as time went on I realized I really didn't need it, I use a SKB o/u 12 gauge and usually only use 2 3/4 inch shells now. I kept missing ducks with the 3 1/2 '' so I asked a buddy of mine about it and he told me I was over shooting and needed to use a 2 3/4 and it worked. Just something that worked for me.

BJGatley
08-11-2012, 09:22 PM
I bought a browning gold a few years ago in 3 1/2. I thought i needed a 3 1/2 but as time went on I realized I really didn't need it, I use a SKB o/u 12 gauge and usually only use 2 3/4 inch shells now. I kept missing ducks with the 3 1/2 '' so I asked a buddy of mine about it and he told me I was over shooting and needed to use a 2 3/4 and it worked. Just something that worked for me.

Good point...:)

Newf
08-11-2012, 09:46 PM
I have a Browning BPS. Best gun Ive had yet. Seen its share of days in the field, and its still going strong. No complaints at all!

kpolley
08-11-2012, 10:09 PM
Love my Maxus. Very low recoil.

TCFarmer
08-11-2012, 10:27 PM
I've been very happy with my Beretta Xtrema2.

j towne
08-11-2012, 10:50 PM
Benelli Super Black Eagle. Get camo. the black willrust easy.

fishdogcnc
08-11-2012, 11:18 PM
got to say the 870 is the best ever i have 2 and my dad has 3 been shooting them for 20 some years and the never missed a beat

Pat M
08-11-2012, 11:38 PM
i have a the vinci and im wanting a gun that will shoot 3 1/2 looking for input on softest shooting best duck gun

so are you ready to sell your if so how much ill give .....750.00

leemac
08-11-2012, 11:46 PM
BJ Gatley got it right.
Ford, Chevy, Dodge, BMW, Cadillac, Audi, Toyota, Kia, Honda, Ferrari, Mini Cooper, ........ you can't even begin to imagine the arguments for any automobile or firearm. What really matters is how the gun fits you. If your shotgun is pointing where you are looking when you pull the trigger you will be much more successful in hitting your target. Buy the shotgun that fits you best. It takes almost as much time and research and much less guessing as finding a great pup.

7pntail
08-12-2012, 01:49 AM
Personal choice, but I sure like a synthetic stock for waterfowling. I am pretty tough on a gun. Been shooting a Benelli for the last 15 years, thousands of rounds, mud, water, driven hard put away wet at times, pretty BULLET PROOF (couldn't help myself). I do think some of the newer guns have less recoil. I may be in the market as well. Got some shoulder issues.

Steven Lacroix
08-12-2012, 03:15 AM
I have an SBE 2 and love it. A lot of my buddies dont shoot 3.5s because of the recoil. I use them for geese and dont see the difference from the 3s I shoot for ducks.....Well yes I do, they seem to drop the geese better than the 3s.
I absolutely love the gun

BonMallari
08-12-2012, 03:20 AM
I have shot registered skeet off and on since I was in my 20's, been fortunate to try just about every model target gun on the market from Kreighoff, Perazzi,Browning and high end Beretta O/U's...my personal choice of gas autoloader is a Remington 1100 because it fits me and my eye and budget....BUT if someone were just starting out and I wanted to put them in a soft recoil gas autoloader and money was not a major concern, I would put them in a Beretta Teknys or a Winchester SX2 (Browning Gold hunter)

Keith Stroyan
08-12-2012, 08:20 AM
Low recoil and 3&1/2 inch shells don't go together... Buy some Hevishot - more energy at the bird, less at the shoulder. (Presleys Outdoors still has some at last year's prices. This year's prices aren't so good...)

DKR
08-12-2012, 09:23 AM
Owned a variety of shotguns over my lifetime and Iíd haveto say the Berreta Extrema had the lowest recoil of all the guns Iíve had. I will also add every autoloader I have ever had has at one time or another turned into a single shot when hunting conditions were really poor.

A few years ago I sold my last auto and bought a Super Nova (at the time there were economic reasons also) and fell in love with it, very reliable and always effective. If I could only have one shotgun this would be it.

A couple of years later I received an O/U as a Christmas gift from my wife and daughter which is also chambered in 3 ĹĒ. It has become my main go to gun, I think sometimes simple is better.

Iím not saying Iíll never own another autoloader but for now Iím very pleased with what I have.

shawninthesticks
08-12-2012, 09:40 AM
I'm happy with my SX3, light recoil,middle price range, you can adjust the cast/ yourself and has been very reliable.
I didn't realize how much better a little shim adjustment can help in shouldering a gun and putting the bead right where it needs to be.

bamaflinger
08-12-2012, 10:06 AM
Love my Maxus, it fit the best.

Mike Boufford
08-12-2012, 10:42 AM
There is no such thing as the best shotgun, rifle, handgun, bow, or slingshot. What works for you does not necessarily work for me, and vice versa. You need to handle a lot of weapons, and have someone help you find the best fit to your frame. I personally prefer O/U's but I wouldn't dream of taking my O/U's into a boat to get banged to hell and back, and I would be extremely concerned about doing the same with my prized Belgian A5's. That's what the autoloaders are for, and in black because IMO camo is a waste of good cash that can go into building the ammo cache (5.56, M2 ball, and .45 ACP - I have enough shotgun to last 10 years). The Gold Hunter works well for me because most Brownings fit me right out of the box. Once again, this is what works for me.

heath3381
08-12-2012, 12:55 PM
thanks for all the info i will still shoot 3" but i would just like a gun that will handle 3 1/2. really like the maxuss too not as expensive as the super vinci or sbeII

kjrice
08-12-2012, 02:35 PM
I thought I'd like the 3.5" chamber too but rarely use it.

scully
08-12-2012, 02:54 PM
Sold my SBE 2 and bought a Beretta Xtrema 2 and love it. The Xtrema 2 is very soft shooting.

verne socks
08-12-2012, 04:20 PM
Like my Benelli A391 Extrema!

MooseGooser
08-12-2012, 11:30 PM
I like my Beretta 391 Urika
It has a 3" Chamber,, but its a 20 guage..

Like I said,, I like it,, Its very easy to carry,, it dont kick me, Ducks dont like it though,,kicks the heck outa them :)

P.S.
Now that I think about it,,, dont think I have ever used the 3 inch chamber in it either..

Gooser again.

terry cover
08-13-2012, 12:00 AM
I like my Beretta 391 Urika
It has a 3" Chamber,, but its a 20 guage..

Like I said,, I like it,, Its very easy to carry,, it dont kick me, Ducks dont like it though,,kicks the heck outa them :)

P.S.
Now that I think about it,,, dont think I have ever used the 3 inch chamber in it either..

Gooser again.

Beleave it or not. I love my Charles Daily. Its shoots 3.5 but I never use it. I stick to Kent number 1's for every thing.
Terry

BJGatley
08-13-2012, 11:06 AM
Remember though not only having a shotgun that fits you, but also taking it out in the field and see what she does on paper with various loads and chokes. It might be a little effort on your side, but it will reap rewards during huntiní season.

metalone67
08-13-2012, 11:14 AM
Get a Beretta A400 with kick off. One thing about shooting, if you're worried about recoil you will miss your target.
I used to shoot a 10ga BPS and never felt the recoil. I'm so jacked at birds working all that goes to the wayside.

RuDawg
08-13-2012, 11:32 AM
Was in the same boat last week and went with the Beretta A400. Thought I got a hell of a deal for $1,450 w/ free shipping. Cant post links yet but here is the address. They already went up $50. Whatever u decide look at these two sites and you can come across some deals. Good luck!

gunsamerica.com/906430484/Guns/Shotguns/Beretta-Shotguns/Autoloaders/Hunting/Beretta_A400_Xtreme_12ga_28_Max4_3_1_2_Chamber_Kic k_Of_SHIPS_FREE.htm

gunbroker.com/

BJGatley
08-13-2012, 11:39 AM
Was in the same boat last week and went with the Beretta A400. Thought I got a hell of a deal for $1,450 w/ free shipping. Cant post links yet but here is the address. They already went up $50. Whatever u decide look at these two sites and you can come across some deals. Good luck!

gunsamerica.com/906430484/Guns/Shotguns/Beretta-Shotguns/Autoloaders/Hunting/Beretta_A400_Xtreme_12ga_28_Max4_3_1_2_Chamber_Kic k_Of_SHIPS_FREE.htm

gunbroker.com/

http://www.gunsamerica.com/906430484/Guns/Shotguns/Beretta-Shotguns/Autoloaders/Hunting/Beretta_A400_Xtreme_12ga_28_Max4_3_1_2_Chamber_Kic %20k_Of_SHIPS_FREE.htm

RuDawg
08-13-2012, 11:46 AM
Thank you!

heath3381
08-13-2012, 11:52 AM
thanks alot looking at the beretta a400

Charley07
08-14-2012, 11:04 PM
I love my beretta a 400 xtreme

whiskey river
08-15-2012, 01:29 PM
Stoeger 3500 can't beat it for the price IMO

River Hill
08-15-2012, 04:44 PM
I own a Beretta A400 and a Beretta A391. I love both guns, but if I was looking for a gun today, I would take a hard look at the new Beretta A300 for the money. To be honest the recoil difference between most of newer semi-autos is minimal.

fetchtx
08-15-2012, 05:53 PM
I have been a Remington owner for many years, have a 12 and 20 Ga matched set of Skeet B 1100's that will never leave here. My workhorse is an 1187 which has shot many birds over the years. I got to try a super vinci a few months ago, liked it a lot, very low recoil, breaks apart so easy for cleaning ( one gripe about the 1187), It is significantly lighter than the 1187, so I was over swinging on birds due to weight diff. Overall I did like the SV, but price for one is unreal.

pixel shooter
09-17-2012, 03:34 PM
I have either tried or owned most semi's, my SBE2 was my go to gun but not any longer. the new Beretta A400 xtreme has to be the lightest shooting gun I have ever used, can even stay on birds when shooting, LUV this gun and not hard to look at either. Once I got it fitted, made all the difference, got to luv new technology :) , if you ever get the chance try one! 4 of my buddies picked one up after shooting mine

Jim Danis
09-18-2012, 08:46 AM
I have both the SBEII and the Beretta A400 Extrema. Both guns feel about the same as far as recoil goes. I finally got the Beretta fitted properly and am shooting it on par with my SBEII. Even though both have 3.5" chambers the only time I shoot 3.5" is for Geese or Turkey. My 14yr old son is shooting the SBEII now and I'm shooting the A400. I really don't have a preference of one over the other. It all depends upon the game being hunted. Waterfowl is a toss up. Turkey and upland game it's my SBEII because of the 24" barrel.

John Fields
09-18-2012, 11:34 AM
No one has mentioned the Beretta A-400 with the kick off. Man that is the finest gun out there for waterfowl today!!!!!!!!!!

rspringer
09-19-2012, 07:19 AM
No one has mentioned the Beretta A-400 with the kick off. Man that is the finest gun out there for waterfowl today!!!!!!!!!!

I agree. I just picked up the new A-400 in opti-fade and its by far the best shooting duck gun I have put my hands on. It will cycle 2 3/4" just as easy as 3 1/2s. All day without a glitch.

Jim Danis
09-19-2012, 08:44 AM
The A400 I have is with the kickoff. i can't tell difference between my A400 or SBEII

Chave Dakota
09-19-2012, 09:33 PM
Sbe2 is good

heath3381
09-22-2012, 01:12 PM
i purchased the browning maxus.... looks and feels great havent got to shoot it and pattern it yet.....do yall have any extended chokes yall use i had a kicks on the benelli vinci i had just wondering what was the best

KEB
10-09-2012, 03:11 PM
Cant beat the SBEII

cosmo38655
10-16-2012, 09:56 PM
looking for a left-handed SBE II