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#6540828 - 11/12/16 08:09 PM Need shotgun for crane & goose hunt
DSL Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 10/31/11
Posts: 71
Loc: Dallas, TX
Okay y'all. In the market for a cammo shotgun for a crane/goose/duck hunt. Which ones do u recommend?

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#6540875 - 11/12/16 08:46 PM Re: Need shotgun for crane & goose hunt [Re: DSL]
Just Nate Offline
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Registered: 01/14/12
Posts: 4648
Loc: Austin, TX
If you are hunting in red dirt better get a Benelli.

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#6540878 - 11/12/16 08:47 PM Re: Need shotgun for crane & goose hunt [Re: DSL]
Gumbeaux Offline
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Registered: 09/11/09
Posts: 2840
Loc: Georgetown
For cranes you want something that will shoot 3.5".

Browning or Benelli and you'll be good.
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#6540888 - 11/12/16 08:55 PM Re: Need shotgun for crane & goose hunt [Re: DSL]
Jbell99 Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 10/26/15
Posts: 202
Loc: Texas, Harris county
Really depends on budget and how much you shoot personally I shoot a berreta a400 becuase I shoot a lot but I know several people with Benneli versa max that love them

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#6540915 - 11/12/16 09:09 PM Re: Need shotgun for crane & goose hunt [Re: DSL]
DSL Offline
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Registered: 10/31/11
Posts: 71
Loc: Dallas, TX
Yeah. I will be outside of Lubbock.

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#6540919 - 11/12/16 09:12 PM Re: Need shotgun for crane & goose hunt [Re: DSL]
RLUM Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 10/03/13
Posts: 351
Loc: Montgomery, Tx
If you hunt a lot I would get an A 400, if you are just going to go once a year get an 870. No need to shoot 3 1/2" unless you like more recoil and higher ammo prices.

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#6540926 - 11/12/16 09:16 PM Re: Need shotgun for crane & goose hunt [Re: DSL]
DSL Offline
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Registered: 10/31/11
Posts: 71
Loc: Dallas, TX
Think this will be a 3-4 time a season deal.

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#6541026 - 11/12/16 11:52 PM Re: Need shotgun for crane & goose hunt [Re: DSL]
Just Nate Offline
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Registered: 01/14/12
Posts: 4648
Loc: Austin, TX
I would suggest a Benelli M2, use 3" number 2s you will be just fine.

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#6541030 - 11/13/16 12:16 AM Re: Need shotgun for crane & goose hunt [Re: DSL]
booradley Offline
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Registered: 01/20/11
Posts: 1964
Loc: Justin, TX
I would shoulder as many as possible and choose from the ones that felt right.
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#6541037 - 11/13/16 12:54 AM Re: Need shotgun for crane & goose hunt [Re: DSL]
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Registered: 09/22/09
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Loc: Azle, TX
I made the mistake of thinking 1 needed 3.5" when i goose hunted in lubbock in college. Got a good used extrema2 and 10 boxes of black cloud. Now i love the extrema, went through 4 boxes of the 3.5" and the other six have sat in the case for years now. Like others have/will say, unless you like the recoil and prices its conpletely unnecessary. I was dove hunting and had one of the black clouds in my vest from duck season the previous year. I was hammering the dove and reloading by feel. In shooting high brass all morning since the birds were flying high. Was NOT prepared for that 3.5, SOB almost took me off my feet.

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#6541101 - 11/13/16 06:56 AM Re: Need shotgun for crane & goose hunt [Re: DSL]
DSL Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 10/31/11
Posts: 71
Loc: Dallas, TX
What's the difference between the a300 and the a400 besides price?

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#6541147 - 11/13/16 07:45 AM Re: Need shotgun for crane & goose hunt [Re: DSL]
RLUM Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 10/03/13
Posts: 351
Loc: Montgomery, Tx
the A400 is the new design you get the kick off option, a rotating bolt the gas system is self cleaning,and it cycles much faster and the chokes are different. With that said my wife shoots an A300 and it has been a darn good gun.

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#6541168 - 11/13/16 08:08 AM Re: Need shotgun for crane & goose hunt [Re: DSL]
505ed Offline
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Registered: 10/15/14
Posts: 502
Loc: Blanco texas
I have an ol Mag-10 and it works great...

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#6541749 - 11/13/16 04:58 PM Re: Need shotgun for crane & goose hunt [Re: cxjcherokec]
Gone to Texas Offline
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Registered: 07/05/13
Posts: 2627
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Originally Posted By: cxjcherokec
I made the mistake of thinking 1 needed 3.5" when i goose hunted in lubbock in college. Got a good used extrema2 and 10 boxes of black cloud. Now i love the extrema, went through 4 boxes of the 3.5" and the other six have sat in the case for years now. Like others have/will say, unless you like the recoil and prices its conpletely unnecessary. I was dove hunting and had one of the black clouds in my vest from duck season the previous year. I was hammering the dove and reloading by feel. In shooting high brass all morning since the birds were flying high. Was NOT prepared for that 3.5, SOB almost took me off my feet.


I used to goose/duck hunt a lot on the east coast. Several new shooters thought you needed a 3 1/2 shotgun. I was a broke college kid so I used my Mossberg 500 shooting 3 inch 2 shot. Honestly, I shot more geese than guys with 3 1/2 inch not because I'm a better shot but because I enjoyed shooting my shotgun and didn't flinch at the recoil.

Now I shoot a Berreta Outlander and love it. The recoil is very mild. If I were you, I would look at Berreta, Franchi, and Beneli. Also, I would stay away from 3 1/2 inch, just my opinion.

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#6541888 - 11/13/16 06:19 PM Re: Need shotgun for crane & goose hunt [Re: DSL]
Gptx83 Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 12/16/13
Posts: 17
Beretta a400 xtreme in optifade camo

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