Beretta, Beretta, Beretta Most important one that fits you
I faced this choice, along with 2 of my friends, 2 years ago. We all liked the SBE, Beretta, and Browning Maxis. The Beretta didn't fit right so it was out. SBE shouldered the best but the Maxis was close second. Shot them both and went with Browning Maxis for 2 reasons: 1. Recoil felt much smoother, 2. $500 cheaper than SBE. If price was the same probably would have went with SBE. Maybe even $200 but definitely not $500. Extremely reliable though...verdict still out on Maxis. No problems yet with all sizes/loads. BTW, both friends also decided on Browning. I think mainly because it appeared to be the clear bang-for-the-buck.
So far, I've been completely satisfied with my SBE II. 3rd year without any hiccups. I love the thin profile & light weight.
I too voted for the one I actually purchased- a Benelli SBE II. LOVE it. :)
Just to stir the pot, I'm not sure why every waterfowl hunter is hung up on semi autos. I used to shoot them when I started out. I guess everybody does. Have been shooting an over and under for years now, and I can tell you honestly, there are very few times I miss the third shot. Only time I use a "Big Ugly Gun" is goose hunting from lay out blinds when you want to make large amounts of sausage, and we're meat hunting.
I go my black eagle 1 in 1999. I have had it to the bottom on the lake 3 times. I had it cleaned each time and it still works fine.
I have a SBE II and an A400. My A400 is now my go to gun. It just fits me better and I shoot a lot better with it. The reduced recoil is an added plus as well.