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 Post subject: Best all around shotgun?
PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 8:15 pm 
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Hey guys, looking to purchase a new workhorse. I've already got an 870 that I hate, it doesn't fit me well, and it shoots about 2 feet high (no joke). I will say I already have my eyes set on an Benelli M1/M2, I've been borrowing a family friends M1 and I just love it. Benelli's tend to fit me well, and I shoot a lot better. The shotgun would be used for a little bit of everything, some upland hunting, a little bit of trap, just looking for a workhorse shotgun. Would I be wrong to try and find a used M1? I like it a bit better than the M2 because of metal vs polymer trigger guard and other parts.

What would be a fair price for a used M1? I've seen them go $650-$1100 on gun broker.

If there's any other notable guns I should take a look at, let me know.


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 Post subject: Re: Best all around shotgun?
PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 8:26 pm 
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I think the best all around shotgun in that price range is the Browning Gold. You can find them in mint condition or new-in-box for $600-$800.

Next I would look at the Beretta 3901/390/391 guns.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 9:03 pm 
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You should be able to pick up a used M1 Field for $750 or so, plus or minus, depending on barrel length and synthetic versus wood furniture. Great guns. If the Benelli fits you, based on my experience so will the Beretta 391, which you can get for roughly the same price...the Beretta, being a gas gun, will shoot a little softer with high velocity loads. If you get an M1, the Limbsaver pad is a great addition for taming recoil, IMO.

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 Post subject: Re: Best all around shotgun?
PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 11:22 pm 
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BayouSlide wrote:
You should be able to pick up a used M1 Field for $750 or so, plus or minus, depending on barrel length and synthetic versus wood furniture. Great guns. If the Benelli fits you, based on my experience so will the Beretta 391, which you can get for roughly the same price...the Beretta, being a gas gun, will shoot a little softer with high velocity loads. If you get an M1, the Limbsaver pad is a great addition for taming recoil, IMO.


What's the differences in the 3901 to the 390/1 other than being made in America? What makes the others more expensive?

EDIT: Would this be a good deal?

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewIt ... =294868602


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 12:23 am 
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They dont say what length barrel it has, and 26 inchers are Ok for hunting but not the best for target use.
If its got a 28 or 30 inch barrel, I'd say its a good deal, maybe very good.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 12:34 am 
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They dont say what length barrel it has, and 26 inchers are Ok for hunting but not the best for target use.
If its got a 28 or 30 inch barrel, I'd say its a good deal, maybe very good.


26 inch barrels work just fine for target shooting.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 12:46 am 
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I said, and would maintain they are not "the best".
Of course they can be fine, I have shot plenty with great results.
The extra weight is nice out front for targets.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 2:19 am 
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A new Model 37 made in Ohio. After hunting with one of those you'll forget about everything else. My buddy bought one after I let him use my 16 gauge and now he won't use anything else. It was a real beauty when he first bought it but, you should see it now. Beat to he!! and back, rusted up, he never takes care of anything, you should see his truck, but I'll have to admit, even all rusted up, that short stroking little b@stard still pumps faster than greased lightning!!


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 5:12 am 
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I would look at a Beretta autoloader 3901/391. Next, a Browning Gold or a new Silver. Just my 2 cents...

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 6:33 am 
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Nothing wrong with a M2. As far as "work horse" shotguns go, it may be one of the best. My Vinci is a great all round shotgun. Some will say the Vinci is an ugly beast but I've grown to admire its looks and its performance is undeniable.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 6:58 am 
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Went to the range yesterday thinking I was going to shoot two rounds of trap. We couldn't get a trap squad together so we , my shooting buddy and I , joined up with a skeet squad. I had my Sig Rizinni , so I changed chokes to skeet and i/c and shot quite well-- first round with a 32'' barrel. Now I will pack one gun to the range and shoot all venues. I generally shoot 16 yard trap with an imp. mod . choke


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 9:00 am 
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i guess if I were to purchase an all around shotgun at this point in time I would go with the Ithaca Model 37.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 10:39 am 
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If you like the m1/m2 I'd look at the new Franchi Affinity. It is essentially the M2 in a new set of clothes. You can find it new for $650-$700 and it shoots like a champ.

I was in the same quandary as you a few months ago -- debating spending the money on a SBE2 or Versa Max -- than shot the Affinity and fell in love. I'm 5-10 180lbs and it fit me like a glove right out the box.


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 Post subject: Re: Best all around shotgun?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 10:41 am 
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Claysmoke27 wrote:
They dont say what length barrel it has, and 26 inchers are Ok for hunting but not the best for target use.
If its got a 28 or 30 inch barrel, I'd say its a good deal, maybe very good.


It's a 28", he only put it in the title so was kinda hard to find. I think I might jump on it, seems like a killer price. I've been looking at M1's for a couple months and they never seem to sell under $800 unless they were thrown around.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 10:49 am 
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A new SX3 3" auto with a 28" barrel can do it all.

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 Post subject: Re: Best all around shotgun?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 11:02 am 
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A new SX3 3" auto with a 28" barrel can do it all.


As above :wink:

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 11:31 am 
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Rhyno37 wrote:
Claysmoke27 wrote:
They dont say what length barrel it has, and 26 inchers are Ok for hunting but not the best for target use.
If its got a 28 or 30 inch barrel, I'd say its a good deal, maybe very good.


It's a 28", he only put it in the title so was kinda hard to find. I think I might jump on it, seems like a killer price. I've been looking at M1's for a couple months and they never seem to sell under $800 unless they were thrown around.

Yes, I missed that.
The auction ends soon, seems like a very good deal.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 12:14 pm 
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Anyone with $859 to spend on a new shotgun should buy a brand new M37 Ithaca. It's the best brand new shotgun in the world with a magazine. Buy 12 gauge, 28 inch barrel.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 12:30 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Best all around shotgun?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 12:56 pm 
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Maybe the older models of the 870 but I think the Benelli Super Nova is my choice.

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