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#7159919 - 05/04/18 08:41 AM Help Which semi auto 12 to buy
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I've been tasked with identifying for a college grad a semi auto 12 to have engraved (tbd) with thought this gun would be kept and passed down vs resold later. It will be a tool to him. $1500-2000 general range
Was told no AR or pistol and he all ready has a bolt rifle he likes.

Use is couple times a year for each: Dove, Duck, Sporting clays and Turkey
So looking for more of an all around gun vs a specialty. He has been using borrowed Rem 1100s, Browning A5, and Benelli M2 all with interchangeable chokes and wood stocks but he would probably prefer camo.

What say you THF. What do you recommend brand, model, barrel length, stock, etc?

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#7159930 - 05/04/18 08:52 AM Re: Help Which semi auto 12 to buy [Re: Always ready 2 hunt]
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I do not own one myself. However I have not heard a single complain from anyone that owns a Benelli SBE III. I have seen them in duck blinds, sporting clay tournaments and out at the dove field. And it fits your budget at $1799

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#7159932 - 05/04/18 08:54 AM Re: Help Which semi auto 12 to buy [Re: Always ready 2 hunt]
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Never seen anything thatís camouflage & engraved.

And in that price range you wonít find much thatís camouflage. Most will be stainless receivers with nice wood stocks.


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#7159940 - 05/04/18 08:58 AM Re: Help Which semi auto 12 to buy [Re: Always ready 2 hunt]
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Benellis are very nice.

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#7159953 - 05/04/18 09:12 AM Re: Help Which semi auto 12 to buy [Re: trigger time]
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Originally Posted By: trigger time
Benellis are very nice.


Yep, I'm leaning towards the SBE III

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#7159998 - 05/04/18 09:47 AM Re: Help Which semi auto 12 to buy [Re: Always ready 2 hunt]
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Interesting. I have heard plenty of bad things about the SBE III. It has really hurt Benelli's reputation. The original SBE and SBE II are both great guns, but the jury still seems to be out on the SBE III.

Here is a thread on the front page of the THF migratory bird forum right now:

http://texashuntingforum.com/forum/ubbth...oul#Post7153032

Beretta A400 Xtreme, Browning A5, Browning Maxus, or Benelli Super Vinci would be better choices IMO.
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#7160000 - 05/04/18 09:49 AM Re: Help Which semi auto 12 to buy [Re: Always ready 2 hunt]
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I would strongly consider doing your reasesrch before buying the Benelli SBE III. There have been numerous complaints online regarding its Point of Impact being considerably different than its Point of Aim. Current thought is there is too much flex in the comb of the stock that is causing it. I have an SBE II and absolutely love it. I bought my son a shotgun for Christmas, and went with the Beretta A400 instead of the Benelli due to what I found and read regarding the above issue. Just do your homework before buying. Obviously most guns in that price range you canít go wrong with. Good luck.

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#7160027 - 05/04/18 10:07 AM Re: Help Which semi auto 12 to buy [Re: TTUhunter4]
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Originally Posted By: TTUhunter4
Interesting. I have heard plenty of bad things about the SBE III. It has really hurt Benelli's reputation. The original SBE and SBE II are both great guns, but the jury still seems to be out on the SBE III.

Here is a thread on the front page of the THF migratory bird forum right now:

http://texashuntingforum.com/forum/ubbth...oul#Post7153032

Beretta A400 Xtreme, Browning A5, Browning Maxus, or Benelli Super Vinci would be better choices IMO.


Wow, That really surprised me. It's the first time I have heard of these issues

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#7160310 - 05/04/18 01:45 PM Re: Help Which semi auto 12 to buy [Re: Always ready 2 hunt]
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#7160345 - 05/04/18 02:23 PM Re: Help Which semi auto 12 to buy [Re: Always ready 2 hunt]
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Anything with a B. Browning, Beretta, Benelli.

All make great guns, but all Benelli's shoot a little differently. Some people love them, some people, like me, can't hit the broadside of a barn from the inside with them.

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#7160346 - 05/04/18 02:24 PM Re: Help Which semi auto 12 to buy [Re: Always ready 2 hunt]
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Beretta A-400
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#7160354 - 05/04/18 02:28 PM Re: Help Which semi auto 12 to buy [Re: Always ready 2 hunt]
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#7160432 - 05/04/18 03:41 PM Re: Help Which semi auto 12 to buy [Re: Theringworm]
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Originally Posted By: Theringworm
I would strongly consider doing your reasesrch before buying the Benelli SBE III. There have been numerous complaints online regarding its Point of Impact being considerably different than its Point of Aim. Current thought is there is too much flex in the comb of the stock that is causing it. I have an SBE II and absolutely love it. I bought my son a shotgun for Christmas, and went with the Beretta A400 instead of the Benelli due to what I found and read regarding the above issue. Just do your homework before buying. Obviously most guns in that price range you canít go wrong with. Good luck.


Kudos, sir. You took a very objective approach to this discussion which I very much appreciate. I've put my opinions in on the other thread and don't need to rehash them here. Just wanted to thank you for your approach.

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#7160454 - 05/04/18 03:59 PM Re: Help Which semi auto 12 to buy [Re: Always ready 2 hunt]
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The new Browning A5s are sweet. Never had a problem with the one i have and i bought it as soon as the 3 1/2 in version came out. They come in camo, wood, and a few other choices. It shoots everything i feed it with no issues at all.

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#7160619 - 05/04/18 07:00 PM Re: Help Which semi auto 12 to buy [Re: Always ready 2 hunt]
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The POA/POI issues with the SBE III are real, Iíd stay away from them for now and go with a SBE II or Vinci if you go Benelli. I like Maxus and VersaMax but my favorite by far is the FABARM XLR5 Waterfowler, especially for an all around shotgun.
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