I just joined this forum today as you shotgunners seem very informed.I am getting ready to retire on 15July07 from the law enforcement field. I gave up hunting 20 years ago so that i could work 2 side jobs to feed and educate my kids, I have justified spending $1500 on myself for a quality shotgun.
I have been thinking about the Beretta Extrema 2, 12 gauge 3 &1/2". Or the Benelli SBE II 12 gauge 3 &1/2". I haven't bought or researched shotguns in 22 years, a lot has changed with shotgunning in that time. I am looking for in a shotgun is :
2. fit/feel/fastswing, for my body
3. light in weight for field walking
4. soft recoil
I would like one shotgun for everything from geese to rabbits.
Or would i be better off with two Browning Gold Semi-Auto's for about the same money as one Benelli, or one Beretta? One Browning Gold in 3-1/2" to 3" in 12 gauge, and one Browning Gold that is light wieght for field use in 12auge 2 3/4" to 3". Or maybe a 20 gauge light wieght Browning Gold that takes 2 3/4" and 3" shells.
Thank You in advance for your advise and opinions. These would be hunting shotguns, and i would want the best quality i could get.