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 Post subject: Montefeltro 20ga - Experience
PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2020 11:48 am 
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I am leaning towards picking a Montefeltro 20ga up for mostly hunting and the occasional backyard clay shooting. I also considered the Beretta 390/1, but am leaning towards the Benelli. Am I missing a better shotgun in this price range? Also, where have you found the best deals? I am wanting the walnut stock.




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 Post subject: Re: Montefeltro 20ga - Experience
PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2020 3:49 pm 
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The Monte 20 is an excellent field gun. I bought a used one with the case in like new condition for $600. Of course there are gas guns that are excellent too, but for pheasants , I’ve found that the Monte suits me to a T.

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 Post subject: Re: Montefeltro 20ga - Experience
PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2020 3:53 pm 
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have owned both and don't believe you can do any better for a wood/blued gun with the possible exception of the Ultralight. Look hard enough and you may find a Legacy for a hair more $$ but they are discontinued.

Now for a plastic gun the M2 20ga is one hell of a shooter.


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 Post subject: Re: Montefeltro 20ga - Experience
PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2020 7:10 pm 
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Couple friends have montefeltro in 20 ga. They’re very reliable guns. I have a legacy in 20 ga, it’s a great shotgun.


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 Post subject: Re: Montefeltro 20ga - Experience
PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2020 7:56 pm 
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Thanks for the replies. I haven't looked into the legacy yet.


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 Post subject: Re: Montefeltro 20ga - Experience
PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2020 2:57 pm 
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I have a Montefeltro 20 and a Beretta 390 20. Ill take the Beretta any day of the week. If you by chance in Eastern KS my Montefeltro is for sale. I wont ship it. It is a camo gun however.


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 Post subject: Re: Montefeltro 20ga - Experience
PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2020 4:32 pm 
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KS_waterfowler, what are the reasons for the Beretta preference?

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 Post subject: Re: Montefeltro 20ga - Experience
PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2020 5:12 pm 
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I have a Montefeltro, 390, and 391. For hunting, I think whichever model feels better to you would be best. For clay shooting, I find the Beretta gas guns are more reliable with light target loads.

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 Post subject: Re: Montefeltro 20ga - Experience
PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2020 5:46 pm 
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A few years ago I went to Argentina for dove shooting. The outfitter rented me a Montefeltro 20 that I proceeded to put in excess of 5000 rounds through it in about a week. They told me that in their business that they had fewer problems with the Benelli guns than with other gas guns. The rental guns would go a couple of years with that punishment before they retired them. At the end of the day the bird boys would take all the guns apart, mix up the parts and wash them in kerosine, then reassemble them for the next day. That’s why I bought one and I’ve been very happy with it. The outfitter was H&H out of Nebraska.

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 Post subject: Re: Montefeltro 20ga - Experience
PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2020 7:03 pm 
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I don't think you can beat it for a 20 gauge field gun. It's actually lighter with the 26" barrel than my Remington Model 17. I have both the 12 gauge and 20 gauge and I have sporting barrels for each. They are my all purpose guns.

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 Post subject: Re: Montefeltro 20ga - Experience
PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2020 8:51 pm 
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jrmev wrote:
KS_waterfowler, what are the reasons for the Beretta preference?

Jim

Felt recoil, Benelli Click, Fit. Yes I let it slam shut. I reckon it got bumped against a layout blind door or something. Not new to inertia as my son shoot an Affinity. This is my first and will be my only Benelli. I've shot 390s since 2005ish.


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 Post subject: Re: Montefeltro 20ga - Experience
PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:16 pm 
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Send it to me, I’ll kick in a buck, and pay shipping:-)


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 Post subject: Re: Montefeltro 20ga - Experience
PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2020 6:25 am 
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I ended up picking up a Montefeltro.


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 Post subject: Re: Montefeltro 20ga - Experience
PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2020 8:06 am 
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Did you get new or used?

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 Post subject: Re: Montefeltro 20ga - Experience
PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2020 8:35 am 
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Buy a used one at 1/2 the new price. In my opinion the new ones are vastly over priced and will quickly lose much of their value

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 Post subject: Re: Montefeltro 20ga - Experience
PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2020 9:30 am 
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I bought one new for $900. The used prices I found were not much less than that for the 20ga. I found some decent used prices on the 12ga though.


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 Post subject: Re: Montefeltro 20ga - Experience
PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2020 1:22 pm 
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bwpkck wrote:
I ended up picking up a Montefeltro.


Congratulations. I bought a 12ga. Montefeltro last year as my first inertia-action semi. I love it. Shoot and enjoy your new Benelli in good health!

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 Post subject: Re: Montefeltro 20ga - Experience
PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2020 9:22 am 
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casonet wrote:
A few years ago I went to Argentina for dove shooting. The outfitter rented me a Montefeltro 20 that I proceeded to put in excess of 5000 rounds through it in about a week. They told me that in their business that they had fewer problems with the Benelli guns than with other gas guns. The rental guns would go a couple of years with that punishment before they retired them. At the end of the day the bird boys would take all the guns apart, mix up the parts and wash them in kerosine, then reassemble them for the next day. That’s why I bought one and I’ve been very happy with it. The outfitter was H&H out of Nebraska.


My experience in Argentina was virtually the same with the 20 ga. Montefeltro. I did, however, learn that gun # 8 would shoot high and right. After that the birds started raining down. The bird boy I worked with had no concept choke tunes and IC was the only choice. Cleaning seemed to consist of liberally spraying whatever oil was laying around into the action at breaks and cycling the action. I never has a malfunction the entire time.

I liked softness of recoil after thousands of rounds and got one of my own upon returning home. It has proven reliable as well.


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 Post subject: Re: Montefeltro 20ga - Experience
PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2020 1:21 am 
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I have to echo the replies about the Montefeltros in South America. Guns are super expensive in Argentina due to their import restrictions and other factors.(over $2000 USD) The Benelli 20’s are the gun of choice down there. The outfitters can keep them running reliably for hundreds of thousands of rounds with easily understood maintenance. No other autoloader can compete over the long haul. You will see some Beretta A300’s in 12 gauge for use in the duck blinds, but just a few. The 391/400 series of Berettas have a complicated gas system that is much more difficult to clean and the Monte’s just keep on ticking. The 686 Silver Pigeon O/U is the go to break open gun in SA! It’s the O/U equivalent of the Benelli semi! Tough and trouble free.




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