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#7216320 - 07/05/18 08:32 AM Need a new all around Shotgun
okokmoon Offline

Registered: 12/30/17
Posts: 72
I'm in the market for a good all around semi auto shotgun. Mainly for turkeys but with the ability to swap over to upland birds or ducks then maybe put a slug barrel on it for deer. I was leaning toward the Benelli SBE and was all set to pull the trigger till I seen that Cabelas has a sale on the Winchester SX3.

They have a "Black Shadow" model and a "Waterfowl" model. Besides the color does anyone know the difference between the 2. Also are these drilled and tapped to install a red dot?

My main reason is even though my old Mossberg 835 is accurate the dang muzzle rise is getting old. If I do miss, like I did this past weekend on a turkey, I can not get a follow up shot. The damn thing flys up and out of my forward hand with 3" turkey loads. Doesn't bother the shoulder a bit though. I guess I could get the barrel ported but not sure what something like that would cost.

#7216999 - 07/06/18 07:16 AM Re: Need a new all around Shotgun [Re: okokmoon]
Dodge_Rock Offline

Registered: 09/18/08
Posts: 693
I'm looking at a X4 from grabagun right now. X3 & X4 Universal Hunters are drilled/tapped for optics. Prefer the shorter 26" version. You can get a $100 rebate on the X3 or $50-X4 for another week.

#7217910 - 07/07/18 07:42 AM Re: Need a new all around Shotgun [Re: okokmoon]
duckhunter175 Offline
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Registered: 04/15/17
Posts: 340
Loc: DFW
For a gun dedicated to turkeys (and then the ability to use for waterfowl/upland) your best bet is a 26" barrel 12ga and then spend the $$ and get a cantilever mount, fully rifled slug barrel if you are serious about shooting sabot slugs accurately from the same gun.

Here's the bad news-- for pretty much any semi auto- that slug barrel is going to run you $350-500.

Go with a gas operated semi-auto if you go this route-- your shoulder will thank you when you are patterning that turkey gun and confirming your zero on the slug barrel each season.

I would probably just see if Rob Roberts (or a local smith) will port that 835 and then use the money you saved to get a dedicated duck gun the SBE-- or go buy a Savage 220 if you want a BA slug gun.

Lastly-- not sure where you are at but I'm thinking that turkey season is closed in most places.........


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