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 Post subject: Stoeger M3000 or Beretta A300?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2020 10:33 am 
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I just got into waterfowl, dove and pheasant hunting and would like to trade in my Mossberg 500 for an autoloader. I did some research and it seems the only downside to the Berreta is the gas system gets dirty and causes issues. The downside to the Stoeger is it may not cycle light trap loads. I will maybe shoot 200-300rds a year out of this gun between goose, dove, pheasant and skeet.

I would like to keep my budget under $600 and Stoeger has a $75 rebate on the M3000 right now.




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 Post subject: Re: Stoeger M3000 or Beretta A300?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2020 5:50 pm 
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Takes this with a grain of salt because I don't have either but I did just order an A300 this morning. From my research, the A300 piston is somewhat self cleaning. I have read where people were going 2000 rounds between cleaning...this is why I chose it because I will be using for clays.
Apples and oranges...gas and inertia, but I believe the A300 has a better track record than the stoeger.
I have also read that if looking at a stoeger/inertia in that price range, most say to step up to franchi.

Hope this helps or gives you some more research ideas. I'm new to shotguns and have done at least a couple of hours of reading every day for the last couple of months and the A300 almost always comes up when someone asks about a first/budget shotgun. It seems to be the best value for the dollar!


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 Post subject: Re: Stoeger M3000 or Beretta A300?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2020 6:28 pm 
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I don't know where you heard the A300 runs dirty but it runs clean as the A400 and that is clean as gas guns get. If your budget is tight the TriStar viper G2 is better than the M3000, it seems as if the Turkish guns have kicked it up a notch or two in quality. The A300 is a time tested shooting machine.


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 Post subject: Re: Stoeger M3000 or Beretta A300?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2020 10:04 am 
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The A300 is a much better gun.


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 Post subject: Re: Stoeger M3000 or Beretta A300?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2020 10:08 am 
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I can only speak for the A300. My gun has unknown thousands of shells through it and has never failed or malfunctioned. I have gone well over 1000 shells before cleaning and then only cleaned it because I felt guilty. The A300 is a great all purpose gun.


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 Post subject: Re: Stoeger M3000 or Beretta A300?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2020 10:21 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Stoeger M3000 or Beretta A300?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2020 10:48 am 
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The challenge, as always, is to find objective, side-by-side comparisons of the guns in question. Otherwise, you get comments from fans of a given brand or model. It`s not that what they may say is not valid or inaccurate about a given gun, it`s just that the information you seek is incomplete. Just something to keep in mind.

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 Post subject: Re: Stoeger M3000 or Beretta A300?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2020 10:49 am 
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The Stoeger has a stepped rib. May not matter to some but I don’t care for it.

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 Post subject: Re: Stoeger M3000 or Beretta A300?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2020 5:19 pm 
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The A300 is probably the better quality gun, and more versatile. The gas guns do need more cleaning, but going several hundred rounds between cleanings is nothing. You'll need to clean it more often just bringing it in from the blind.

If you're primarily thinking about waterfowl a Mossberg 930 isn't a bad choice, either.


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 Post subject: Re: Stoeger M3000 or Beretta A300?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2020 6:29 pm 
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A 300. I've had one for close to 5 years and it has been flawless. It is my loaner gun when I take someone to shoot SC that has never shoot before. It will cycle just about any shell you put in it. I've ran it close to a thousand rds with no more than a good wipe down before it goes in the safe and it's really not that hard to clean when it does come time to break it down. It is also my go to gun when the local SC range has a three bird event. For the money one of the best SA on the market


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 Post subject: Re: Stoeger M3000 or Beretta A300?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2020 8:52 pm 
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A300 is a country mile better gun than the Stoeger, steak vs bologna.

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 Post subject: Re: Stoeger M3000 or Beretta A300?
PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2020 9:21 am 
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The challenge, as always, is to find objective, side-by-side comparisons of the guns in question. Otherwise, you get comments from fans of a given brand or model. It`s not that what they may say is not valid or inaccurate about a given gun, it`s just that the information you seek is incomplete. Just something to keep in mind.




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 Post subject: Re: Stoeger M3000 or Beretta A300?
PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2020 9:29 am 
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Stoeger made in Turkey or Beretta made in USA? Seems like a no brainer to me. Don't trade the Mossberg, just hold on to it.

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 Post subject: Re: Stoeger M3000 or Beretta A300?
PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2020 10:34 am 
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I guess I should add that I can get the A300 in black for $550, camo with green receiver for $650 or the Stoeger in all camo for $425 out the door. Its a really hard decision because the guys I hunt with shoot benelli and say get the stoeger cause if inertia driven. I will probably be getting the beretta today or tomorrow.


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 Post subject: Re: Stoeger M3000 or Beretta A300?
PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2020 10:56 am 
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You’re probably not going to regret the Beretta purchase.

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 Post subject: Re: Stoeger M3000 or Beretta A300?
PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2020 12:45 pm 
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Having owned 2 A300s I'll agree that they are a very reliable shotgun with very few cycling issues. They will get a bit sluggish when the piston starts to carbon up and can be a little finicky when it comes to reassembly. If you shop around you may be able to find a Franchi Affinity in your price range. A very reliable inertia gun that handles well, cycles reliability and is easy to clean when cleaning time rolls around. I've replaced both A300 and my A400s with Franchi's and have been very happy with my decision.


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 Post subject: Re: Stoeger M3000 or Beretta A300?
PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2020 1:38 pm 
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newgooser2020 wrote:
I just got into waterfowl, dove and pheasant hunting and would like to trade in my Mossberg 500 for an autoloader. I did some research and it seems the only downside to the Berreta is the gas system gets dirty and causes issues. The downside to the Stoeger is it may not cycle light trap loads. I will maybe shoot 200-300rds a year out of this gun between goose, dove, pheasant and skeet.

I would like to keep my budget under $600 and Stoeger has a $75 rebate on the M3000 right now.


If $600 is your max budget, get the black one.


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 Post subject: Re: Stoeger M3000 or Beretta A300?
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The Stoeger is no Benelli, if the guys you hunt with think it is...well don't ask them for advise about women. If they can't give you good advise about something as important as a shotgun, they won't help you on lesser matters either!

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 Post subject: Re: Stoeger M3000 or Beretta A300?
PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2020 9:47 am 
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buy both, use the Beretta for ducks, use the Stoeger for a canoe paddle.....seriously, friends don't let friends buy Stoegers


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 Post subject: Re: Stoeger M3000 or Beretta A300?
PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2020 10:14 pm 
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I have known a few people with M3000s and M3500s, I personally have a M3020 (20 ga model)
its no head turner. my main gun in a A5 new model. The 20 was bought on a family deal and its for the wife. i know the gun and its former life. its a reliable one.

They are ok, the guys I know had a rough time breaking theirs in. They shoot ok, just lacking in overall craftsmanship (bulky feeling or cheap feeling). But between your choices the Beretta is a better gun. I have the gun fever right now. I am looking at an Affinity 3 or Beretta A300. The Franchi Affinity 3 would be a heap of a gun over the Stoegie. and for only 200 more in a black model. Go check out Youtuber BobbyGuy. He hunts or hunted with one for a long while. i mean, doves, pigeons, ducks, geese, and all other manner or fur and feathered game. he loved it.

** but if the stoeger fit your budget get one. they have a warranty and if something happens they should help you out. the $75 rebate would make the black model pretty financially irresponsible not to get.




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