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 Post subject: M2 or SBE3?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 9:52 pm 
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I’m potentially getting ready to be in the market for a new shotgun. The primary use will be for waterfowl and I always use 3” shells and have no need for 3.5”. I’ve shouldered both the SBE3 and the M2 and both fit me extremely well. Is there any need to spend the extra $ to get an SBE3 if I don’t plan on using 3.5” shells?
I’ve also read that the SBE3 are patterning high for most people. Is this the same with the M2 also? Any input would be much appreciated.




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 Post subject: Re: M2 or SBE3?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 10:10 pm 
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nope, go M2.


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 Post subject: Re: M2 or SBE3?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2020 6:42 am 
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No. First why pay more for a capability you won’t use? Second why take a chance on the known shoot high issue for some with the SBE 3? And third, no tox heavier than steel is out there at a decent enough price for when you think you need that boomer capability. Back in the day when steel was first mandated there was nothing else but going longer in length and jamming in more shot. Not so today.


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 Post subject: Re: M2 or SBE3?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2020 9:32 am 
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Really like the M2


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 Post subject: Re: M2 or SBE3?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2020 10:37 am 
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Crazy Coot wrote:
I’m potentially getting ready to be in the market for a new shotgun.


It sounds like you have a lot of time to shop and compare.

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 Post subject: Re: M2 or SBE3?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2020 1:55 pm 
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RandyWakeman wrote:
Crazy Coot wrote:
I’m potentially getting ready to be in the market for a new shotgun.


It sounds like you have a lot of time to shop and compare.


I do. However there’s only so much that I can gain from shouldering a gun in a store. I know those 2 fit me. Just wondering if there’s any advantage to the SBE3 over the M2 if I don’t plan on using 3.5” loads.


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 Post subject: Re: M2 or SBE3?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2020 1:58 pm 
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I don’t think so. The M2’s are very good shotguns.


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 Post subject: Re: M2 or SBE3?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2020 2:07 pm 
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Crazy Coot wrote:
RandyWakeman wrote:
Crazy Coot wrote:
I’m potentially getting ready to be in the market for a new shotgun.


It sounds like you have a lot of time to shop and compare.


I do. However there’s only so much that I can gain from shouldering a gun in a store. I know those 2 fit me. Just wondering if there’s any advantage to the SBE3 over the M2 if I don’t plan on using 3.5” loads.


Yes, theoretically. Since you are just "potentially getting ready to be in the market" you might want to ask yourself what is wrong (better or worse) with a Remington V3, a Retay, various Beretta's, a Browning Maxus, and several other models that you have to choose from.

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 Post subject: Re: M2 or SBE3?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2020 2:15 pm 
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RandyWakeman wrote:
Yes, theoretically. Since you are just "potentially getting ready to be in the market" you might want to ask yourself what is wrong (better or worse) with a Remington V3, a Retay, various Beretta's, a Browning Maxus, and several other models that you have to choose from.

The main thing that's 'wrong' with those is that they don't fit me as well as the ones I've specified. I currently have a Maxus and it's at Browning for repairs for the 2nd time already. I love the feel of it, but reliability has been terrible.


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 Post subject: Re: M2 or SBE3?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2020 3:31 pm 
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M2.


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 Post subject: Re: M2 or SBE3?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2020 4:02 pm 
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Not as learned as many here, but I'd go M2 especially if it fits you well...

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 Post subject: Re: M2 or SBE3?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2020 4:47 pm 
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Crazy Coot wrote:
The main thing that's 'wrong' with those is that they don't fit me as well as the ones I've specified. I currently have a Maxus and it's at Browning for repairs for the 2nd time already. I love the feel of it, but reliability has been terrible.


What is wrong with your Maxus, specifically? Does a Maxus fit you?

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There isn't much difference in stock dimensions between any number of plastic waterfowl guns. That's not by accident, as of course all manufacturers want their stock guns to fit as many people as possible. With perhaps just a shim change or a pad change, all roads lead to similar envelope dimensions.

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 Post subject: Re: M2 or SBE3?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2020 4:52 pm 
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RandyWakeman wrote:
Crazy Coot wrote:
The main thing that's 'wrong' with those is that they don't fit me as well as the ones I've specified. I currently have a Maxus and it's at Browning for repairs for the 2nd time already. I love the feel of it, but reliability has been terrible.


What is wrong with your Maxus, specifically? Does a Maxus fit you?

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There isn't much difference in stock dimensions between any number of plastic waterfowl guns. That's not by accident, as of course all manufacturers want their stock guns to fit as many people as possible. With perhaps just a shim change or a pad change, all roads lead to similar envelope dimensions.

I really only care to hear opinions about the M2 or SBE3. That's all I asked.
My Maxus fits me just fine. However, it will not consistently shooting a box of shells without the bolt freezing. Yes, coming to a complete stop. It's less than one year old and has already been to Browning once. And it has zero to do with the gun being dirty.


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 Post subject: Re: M2 or SBE3?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2020 6:11 pm 
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I have extensive experience with M2’s. Two 12’s and a 20. I think it’s the ‘best’ Benelli.....


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 Post subject: Re: M2 or SBE3?
PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 2:13 pm 
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M2, without any second thoughts.


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 Post subject: Re: M2 or SBE3?
PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 5:38 pm 
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Crazy Coot wrote:
RandyWakeman wrote:
Crazy Coot wrote:
The main thing that's 'wrong' with those is that they don't fit me as well as the ones I've specified. I currently have a Maxus and it's at Browning for repairs for the 2nd time already. I love the feel of it, but reliability has been terrible.


What is wrong with your Maxus, specifically? Does a Maxus fit you?

Image

There isn't much difference in stock dimensions between any number of plastic waterfowl guns. That's not by accident, as of course all manufacturers want their stock guns to fit as many people as possible. With perhaps just a shim change or a pad change, all roads lead to similar envelope dimensions.

I really only care to hear opinions about the M2 or SBE3. That's all I asked.
My Maxus fits me just fine. However, it will not consistently shooting a box of shells without the bolt freezing. Yes, coming to a complete stop. It's less than one year old and has already been to Browning once. And it has zero to do with the gun being dirty.


Just ignore Randy. He is just a Benelli hater at every chance he gets.


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 Post subject: Re: M2 or SBE3?
PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:03 pm 
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