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Hi people. I have been reading this forum for a few months and have posted and replied a couple of times while saving for a new shotgun. I have saved almost enough that I am going to have to make a final decision soon and would like a few more opinions from you guys. This is a little background on what I presently have. I have a Remington 1100 Lt-20 which was my first shotgun. It is still in great shape, and I have slipped on a recoil pad to give it some extra length and bought a Remchoke barrel for it. I don't use it much anymore, but hopefully my wife can get some mileage out of it. I also have a Winchester 140 which is the plain jane version of the 1400. It is also in great shape and has the original Winchokes for it. I have bought a skeet choke for this gun, and it is what I use for hunting and at the range. It is a fine functional skeet gun, but not something I am going to show off or brag about. I have pretty much decided to buy some form of the Winchester Super X2. It is basically the same gun as the Browning but without the speed loading function which gives it a lower price tag. As of now, I am thinking of buying the synthetic stocked 3 1/2 inch model to give me an all around hunting gun. If I do this, I will continue to have to shoot my old 140 at the skeet range and at doves if I wish to shoot really light shells. The other option would be to buy the sporting or field model which could shoot the light loads but not the 3 1/2 inch shells. These models also have wood stocks which would be more subject to damage out in the woods or boat. In the future, would I regret not getting the option of being able to shoot 3 1/2 inch shells? Also, would I regret not having the synthetic stock on a gun that would see a lot of use in deer, turkey, and duck hunting? I do plan on saving for a decent O/U after making this purchase to shoot at the range, but that would take another year. I know this is a long post, but any thoughts, opinions, or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Based on your planned usage, I would recommend the 3" Magnum version with the synthetic stock. That should do everything you want it to do. No, I don't think you will regret not having the 3.5" version. If you can't hit 'em with a 3" Mag, then a few more pellets and more noise isn't likely to make any difference.
 

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I agree that a 3.5" is not needed but nice to have. If you go with the 3.5" then this gun will be for heavy 2 3/4" to 3.5". You can also use it for trap since you only fire one shell but skeet would be your 140. I use my A-5 at times and set the friction ring to heavy so I don't have to bend over and pick up shells. Just pull the bolt back slow and pick out the shell. Right now Winchester has the $50 mail in rebate on the X2 so figure that in also.

Now here is the thing The sporting 3" guns come with two different gas pistons one is the standard piston that comes in the field grade, and one is for the light stuff like low recoil low noise target loads. If you order one of the light pistons from winchester like as a relpacement part you could use the 3.5" X2 for everything even with light taget loads in 1 oz or 7/8 oz. At least I sure don't see why not.

Synthetic or wood I think you will like it.
 
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