First, the obvious answer: Get the one that fits YOU the best.
IMO (and because it fit me better and I've owned an SBE before) I chose the Xtrema II w/ Kick off. Turkey loads give a thump still, but not anywhere near as bad as my Xtrema I or my SBE I. They aren't as easy to clean as the SBE's are, but then again, they don't require an engineering degree to take apart and clean. They're actually fairly simple and easy to clean.
One suggestion, no matter WHICH one you end up with. Pick up several boxes of DIFFERENT shells and see which one YOUR gun likes the best.
When I got my SBE and again w/ the Xtrema I and II, I did this. With the Xtrema I, most shot left and high at 25 yards with a full choke. I found two loads that it liked.
When I got my Xtrema II, I did the same thing and got lucky, the loads that worked for my XI worked just as well in the XII. But, some of the other loads I tried in my gun shot to the right and some were barely on the target at 25 yards.
One of my neighbors bought an Xtrema II and I gave him a couple of the shells that I used. For his gun, they shot about a foot high at 25 yards. He ended up using one of the boxes I'd used to test my gun out and found one that worked for him.
Let me start off by saying that "I do not own either of these." I HAVE handled the SBE 2 and the Extrema 2 without the KO and almost bought the Extrema 2. The dilemma started right after that because the KO came out and I have heard nothing but GOOD about it so I decided to wait and get one with KO. You might ask "Why don't you own one yet?" My answer is simple, I have found other good deals that took a front seat to the Extrema 2. I know my input is anecdotal but I have not fallen in love with the SBE 2.
I guess my main point is in agreement with Bbear and that you should shoulder them both and buy what you like.
Welcome to SGW. Both the SBE II and Xtrema 2 are very good model especially for waterfowling. For turkey hunting I would go with the SBE II and a SteadyGrip stock out of the two. Another very good Turkey model would be the Browning Silver 3 1/2" NWTF model. It weighs about the same as the SBE II with 24" barrels on both. It does not have the SteadyGrip/pistol grip stock. It does have a larger bore diameter which will help with those large loads.
You can't really go wrong with any of these three. Just depends on which one you like the best.
Worc...by chance, do you know if the Silver is drilled and tapped? I am going thru the same decision as the original poster and was thinking Browning in addition to the Beretta and Benelli, but I want to use optics.
I went through this same issue when I was looking for a new gun.
Both guns have there differences but either gun will do the job. I liked the Xll a little better than the SBE 2 as it shoulder better for and swung better. The Xll with KO is a great option for the heavier turkey loads for the recoil. Also my buddy bought the SBE 2 and wishes that he would have bought the Xll now that he has shot mine, but says that there is still no issue with his. He just likes the way the Xll shoots.
I use mine for all bird hunting as it handles all loads that I put in it.
Xtrema 2 with KO here. I have a bad shoulder and recoil is important. The 2-3/4" shells have almost zero recoil. That is the absolute truth. I have shot everything from 1 oz target loads to 3-1/2" waterfowl loads. The gun failed to cycle only a couple of the 1 oz loads AT FIRST. Now that I have run a lot of 3" shells and quite a few 3-1/2" shells through it, it will cycle anything fine. I like the gun very much. It is not my "everyday" gun, its more of a "specialist" but I have shot clays with it many times.
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