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#7215463 - 07/04/18 06:31 AM What's your choice for current production semi auto?
Brian C. Offline
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Registered: 11/14/14
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Currently in the market after selling my 15 yr old Browning Gold Stalker 3˝. Looking for a new model. Personally looking for a 12ga 3˝ that will cycle lighter dove loads as the Browning did. I have my eye on the Beretta A400 series. What's your guys thoughts? I'll be slamming waterfowl and gobblers mostly.
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#7215550 - 07/04/18 08:48 AM Re: What's your choice for current production semi auto? [Re: Brian C.]
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Registered: 05/12/18
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i was in the same boat as you earlier this year. I've had my gold for close to 20 years and got the itch for something new. I really liked the A400, the Maxus was nice but didn't fit me as well. Decided to just stick with the gold as it still operates flawlessly. I'd go shoulder the guns your interested in and see what gun fit you the best. That's the most important thing to consistent shooting.

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#7215586 - 07/04/18 09:41 AM Re: What's your choice for current production semi auto? [Re: Brian C.]
Barny Topwater Offline
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Registered: 11/22/09
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Loc: New Braunfels TX USA
Franchi Affinity 3.5 less than a grand
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#7215785 - 07/04/18 01:05 PM Re: What's your choice for current production semi auto? [Re: Brian C.]
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Registered: 01/08/13
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A400 all the way! You want be disappointed.

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#7215830 - 07/04/18 01:56 PM Re: What's your choice for current production semi auto? [Re: Brian C.]
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Registered: 03/03/16
Posts: 146
Loc: Jersey Village
A400

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#7215889 - 07/04/18 03:01 PM Re: What's your choice for current production semi auto? [Re: Brian C.]
68A Offline
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Registered: 09/29/12
Posts: 2865
Loc: North Texas
Until I can drop the coin on an A400, I’ll have to settle for my A300’s. I say that with a grain of salt because I have been extremely happy with the A300.

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#7215968 - 07/04/18 04:47 PM Re: What's your choice for current production semi auto? [Re: Brian C.]
KingHunter17 Offline
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Registered: 10/15/17
Posts: 58
New Browning A5! Works flawlessly with any load I have used form light dove loads to heavy goose loads.

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#7216081 - 07/04/18 06:56 PM Re: What's your choice for current production semi auto? [Re: Brian C.]
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I have had great luck with a benelli cordoba and I hunt a lot

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#7216149 - 07/04/18 08:53 PM Re: What's your choice for current production semi auto? [Re: Brian C.]
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semi auto 12's are for "blasters" , you're basically admitting you are going to miss the first 2 shots,,, so why take them?-------- hunters use 20 ga. over and unders.

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#7216276 - 07/05/18 07:17 AM Re: What's your choice for current production semi auto? [Re: Barny Topwater]
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Registered: 12/19/09
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Originally Posted By: Barny Topwater
Franchi Affinity 3.5 less than a grand


You will not find a better gun for the money. My Fiancee got one a 3" affinity about 2 years ago and won't even pick up her SBE 2 anymore.
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#7216313 - 07/05/18 08:22 AM Re: What's your choice for current production semi auto? [Re: nate33]
BradyBuck Offline
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Registered: 10/18/07
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Originally Posted By: nate33
semi auto 12's are for "blasters" , you're basically admitting you are going to miss the first 2 shots,,, so why take them?-------- hunters use 20 ga. over and unders.


Or you believe you'll shoot triples....

I've got the new A5, shoots every duck load flawlessly. The dove loads not so much. I use it exclusively for waterfowl so I couldn't be happier.

Next gun is going to be a Browning Cynergy waterfowl addition. If I can find one.
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#7216496 - 07/05/18 12:29 PM Re: What's your choice for current production semi auto? [Re: john paul]
MS1454 Offline
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Originally Posted By: john paul
Originally Posted By: Barny Topwater
Franchi Affinity 3.5 less than a grand


You will not find a better gun for the money. My Fiancee got one a 3" affinity about 2 years ago and won't even pick up her SBE 2 anymore.


Wrong, stoeger
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#7216501 - 07/05/18 12:31 PM Re: What's your choice for current production semi auto? [Re: nate33]
MS1454 Offline
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Originally Posted By: nate33
semi auto 12's are for "blasters" , you're basically admitting you are going to miss the first 2 shots,,, so why take them?-------- hunters use 20 ga. over and unders.


Haha. The guys always teased me about my 20 OU, I shot my fair share of ducks compared to them and their 12s.
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#7216585 - 07/05/18 02:59 PM Re: What's your choice for current production semi auto? [Re: MS1454]
john paul Offline
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Registered: 12/19/09
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Originally Posted By: MS1454
Originally Posted By: john paul
Originally Posted By: Barny Topwater
Franchi Affinity 3.5 less than a grand


You will not find a better gun for the money. My Fiancee got one a 3" affinity about 2 years ago and won't even pick up her SBE 2 anymore.


Wrong, stoeger


Wrong, mossberg
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#7216899 - 07/05/18 10:22 PM Re: What's your choice for current production semi auto? [Re: Brian C.]
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I have both Beretta A400 and Franchi Affinity. Both have been great trouble free guns but are very different in price and feel.
A400 being the 3.5in is a heavier built gun that still handles well and shoots dove loads all day long.
Affinity 3in is a lighter/quicker gun that handles all loads (excluding 3.5in) very well too.
Recoil is subjective to the individual and I don't see a huge difference, sorry.

Both guns share several design features even though the A400 is gas and the Affinity is inertia, that make clean up very easy with the main thing being the recoil spring located on the magazine tube instead of in the butt stock. A problem area for some guns if not maintained.

Go fondle the ones you're interested in and research on gun forums like shotgun world (the best)

You can buy nearly 3 Affinitys to 1 A400 if that bothers you.

It is what it is. Good luck

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