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    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

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    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)
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    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...)

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    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.

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    I'm happy with my SX3, light recoil,middle price range, you can adjust the cast/ yourself and has been very reliable.
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    Love my Maxus, it fit the best.

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    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.
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    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

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    I thought I'd like the 3.5" chamber too but rarely use it.
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    Sold my SBE 2 and bought a Beretta Xtrema 2 and love it. The Xtrema 2 is very soft shooting.

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