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 Post subject: 390 vs 391 vs 400
PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:53 pm 
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I've been searching and looking at old posts for days...and it still isn't clear which systems is preferred.

390 vs 391 vs 400

Which gas system and overall shotgun design do you prefer and why?




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 Post subject: Re: 390 vs 391 vs 400
PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:05 am 
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They are all good guns. I like the 391 for the slimmer forearm. Feels more like an O/U. It may take an extra 5 minutes to clean but it has a great track record. With the proper tools you can do a complete strip and clean in 20/25 minutes. Try and get a 391 with a bent carrier, the flat carriers have issues. The briley closer and forend cap are useful extras. All gas guns run a little dirty depending on what loads you use. They all require a little more attention to cleaning and lubrication. My 391 will digest eveything down to 7/8ths loads. I prefer the 391.


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 Post subject: Re: 390 vs 391 vs 400
PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:38 am 
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Ive only owned 390s and 391s. I prefer the 390


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 Post subject: Re: 390 vs 391 vs 400
PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:12 am 
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I've owned an AL390 since new and it's been a great gun and has never given me any problems, buddy has a 391 and I've used it and think it's a great gun too. I like the looks of the hump back receiver on my 390, some hate it.


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 Post subject: Re: 390 vs 391 vs 400
PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:52 am 
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I have all 3 models. I like the A-400 with KO.


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 Post subject: Re: 390 vs 391 vs 400
PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2019 10:10 am 
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My Beretta AL390 Silver Mallard is my all-time favorite shotgun. I do like the slender feel of my AL391 too.
I've never handled an A400.

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 Post subject: Re: 390 vs 391 vs 400
PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2019 10:23 am 
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I prefer the A400. It is simply quicker and easier to clean. I greatly prefer the recoil spring over the mag tube vs being in the stock. These are simply preferecnes. They are all fantastic guns.

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 Post subject: Re: 390 vs 391 vs 400
PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2019 12:00 pm 
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blackandgold wrote:
I prefer the A400. It is simply quicker and easier to clean. I greatly prefer the recoil spring over the mag tube vs being in the stock. These are simply preferecnes. They are all fantastic guns.


Yes, certainly easier to clean than the other 2 models, esp the 391.


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 Post subject: Re: 390 vs 391 vs 400
PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:31 pm 
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I have had both a 391 and a400 xcel, I enjoy the A400 more, very simple to clean and maintain, I was unaware that the forearm is slimmer on the 391.......never even really noticed a difference.

All three are great guns, and all have really proven to be great performers.

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 Post subject: Re: 390 vs 391 vs 400
PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2019 9:28 am 
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I like the 391 best. No issues with cleaning it and Seamus’s book helps with any disassembly or maintenance items. Briley and Coles have good aftermarket parts if you want to customize.


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 Post subject: Re: 390 vs 391 vs 400
PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2019 4:51 pm 
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I've owned a 390, own two 391s and have shot several A400s. I like the handling of the 391 better than the 390. The 391 action is more complex than the 390 but more accommodating of lighter loads.

The A400 is simpler to clean but they tend to have heavier triggers. The A400 stock configuration isn't quite the same as the 391 and I like the 391 slightly more. If I didn't have the 391s already I'd be equally happy with the A400.


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 Post subject: Re: 390 vs 391 vs 400
PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2019 8:26 pm 
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PJR wrote:
I've owned a 390, own two 391s and have shot several A400s. I like the handling of the 391 better than the 390. The 391 action is more complex than the 390 but more accommodating of lighter loads.

The A400 is simpler to clean but they tend to have heavier triggers. The A400 stock configuration isn't quite the same as the 391 and I like the 391 slightly more. If I didn't have the 391s already I'd be equally happy with the A400.


Totally agree with this response!

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 Post subject: Re: 390 vs 391 vs 400
PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2019 8:54 pm 
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I own 303’s, 390’s, and a 391...all good guns with a great track records...although they do have special niches in my needs for shooting and hunting...doves get the 303 20 gauge sporter...SC gets the 303 12 gauge sporter with 32 inch trap barrel...ducks get their medicine with the pair of 390 12 gauges...and the 391 12 gauge sporter belonged to my son, so it will be with me forever. I’ve never shot the A400, but I’ve held several of them and liked their balance and overall light weight. You really can’t go wrong with any of them...Beretta really has the semi’s figured out.


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 Post subject: Re: 390 vs 391 vs 400
PostPosted: Tue Nov 26, 2019 6:18 pm 
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They are all superior autos. There are always outliers but I have more than one friend that can’t get a Benelli to cycle properly


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 Post subject: Re: 390 vs 391 vs 400
PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2019 10:08 am 
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I own one of all three (390/12ga, 391/20ga, A400/28ga) and never had any real problems out of any them. My advice is to find one of the three that is the gauge & closest match to how you want your shotgun setup. Make a deal and buy it. Enjoy it the rest of your life.

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 Post subject: Re: 390 vs 391 vs 400
PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2019 10:11 am 
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Function aside, it's difficult to get past the cheap and chintzy look and feel of the A400. There may have been some technological improvements from the 300 to 400 actions, but overall build quality of Beretta semi-autos has nosedived.


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 Post subject: Re: 390 vs 391 vs 400
PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2019 10:44 am 
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S.davis wrote:
Function aside, it's difficult to get past the cheap and chintzy look and feel of the A400. There may have been some technological improvements from the 300 to 400 actions, but overall build quality of Beretta semi-autos has nosedived.


How many do you own??
Build quality is outstanding!


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 Post subject: Re: 390 vs 391 vs 400
PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2019 11:07 am 
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S.davis wrote:
Function aside, it's difficult to get past the cheap and chintzy look and feel of the A400. There may have been some technological improvements from the 300 to 400 actions, but overall build quality of Beretta semi-autos has nosedived.


I agree with you: fake wood and more and more plastic. And more plastic.

I've had (by far) the most use and enjoyment from 303's, Browning B-80s, and 390s. All with actual, real, authentic walnut, metal trigger guards, metal safeties, and so on. They don't break and they are better built.

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 Post subject: Re: 390 vs 391 vs 400
PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 4:56 pm 
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PJR wrote:

The A400 is simpler to clean but they tend to have heavier triggers.


What is the typical trigger pull on the A400? My Xcel releases at a consistent 4 lb 13 oz.


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 Post subject: Re: 390 vs 391 vs 400
PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 12:40 pm 
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2_at_low8 wrote:
PJR wrote:

The A400 is simpler to clean but they tend to have heavier triggers.


What is the typical trigger pull on the A400? My Xcel releases at a consistent 4 lb 13 oz.

I've never weighed an A400 but my 391s are 4lbs. even with a sight creep. The A400's that I've tried felt heavier.




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