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Ok guys looking for a new shotgun. I have had it with mine. I am looking for a semi auto chambered in 3 or 3.5. Price range from 600-800. Let's keep the guns in this price range please. I like the beretta a300 and franchi affinity. Any information on these guns or others in the price range would be great!

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3 B's are the way to go... Berreta, Browning, Benelli

Will be tough to get one of the B's in that price range though. You may be looking at a Stoeger or something like that. Maybe a Charles Daly or Mossberg.

I use Browning Maxus and Benelli Vinci, both in the ~1500 range. I believe Beretta is more, but could be wrong.

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I would go with the Franchi.

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If you look around you might find a Winchester super x3 pretty close to that. I found mine on sale for 850 a few years back. It's a browning design made by fn Belgium. I love it. Been super reliable and shoots really well

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Beretta a300 outlander 750 beretta a300 extrema 1000

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Sx3 or the a300 are the best in your price range


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Beretta A300 shoots 3" maximum and is in your budget
Beretta A350 Xtrema Semiautomatic Shotgun can shoot 3.5" and is closer to $1,000

The A300 is a really nice shooting shotgun and will provide years of service you can pass along to future generations. Shooting a gas gun is easy on the shoulder as well. Plus it can cycle light loads to magnums just fine without changing anything. I've never had a use, need or perceived benefit from 3.5" shells. Birds don't seem to notice the difference.


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Originally Posted By: Buffs 1
I would go with the Franchi.


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I finally agree with #Hayraker on something.

Another option would be to find a used 391 or 390...those guns are built for the long haul and I wouldn't hesitate to buy a used one. Matter of fact my duck gun (391) I did buy used.


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Originally Posted By: Creek2Creek
3 B's are the way to go... Berreta, Browning, Benelli

Will be tough to get one of the B's in that price range though. You may be looking at a Stoeger or something like that. Maybe a Charles Daly or Mossberg.

I use Browning Maxus and Benelli Vinci, both in the ~1500 range. I believe Beretta is more, but could be wrong.


Stoeger is junk. Get A300 beretta for 700 bucks.


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My Remington 11-87 has out performed a Benelli SBE2 on several occasions...

Keep it clean and you won't have issues up

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Originally Posted By: Judd


Another option would be to find a used 391 or 390...



Awesome shotgun. Good luck finding one. hammer


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I shoot a Mossberg 930. Paid around $600 for the waterfowl version and after shooting several cases of 2 3/4" lead and a few cases of 3" steel, I've had zero problems. I'm still not sure what I'm missing out on by not having a "B" gun besides the coolness factor.


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I just bought a Browning Silver Hunter and I've already taken two limits with it. Great shotgun, just a little out of your price range at $960.00 on Bud's. The Sx3 is basically the same shotgun, if you absolutely have to stay in your price range that will be the ticket. Compare the two though and you'll see a big difference for not that much more coin; seeing as your already planning spending quite a bit.


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Originally Posted By: Greekangler
Originally Posted By: Creek2Creek
3 B's are the way to go... Berreta, Browning, Benelli

Will be tough to get one of the B's in that price range though. You may be looking at a Stoeger or something like that. Maybe a Charles Daly or Mossberg.

I use Browning Maxus and Benelli Vinci, both in the ~1500 range. I believe Beretta is more, but could be wrong.


Stoeger is junk. Get A300 beretta for 700 bucks.


I hunted last season in sub 0 Temps with the stoeger m3500 and had zero problems when my other guns completely crapped out. Hunted all dove season and teal season with it and lent it to someone on 4 hunts this season without a single malfunction. They are heavy and ugly, but I wouldn't call them junk, at least not the 3500. Mine has a few thousand rounds through it with zero problems.

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Originally Posted By: Cole4544
I just bought a Browning Silver Hunter and I've already taken two limits with it. Great shotgun, just a little out of your price range at $960.00 on Bud's. The Sx3 is basically the same shotgun, if you absolutely have to stay in your price range that will be the ticket. Compare the two though and you'll see a big difference for not that much more coin; seeing as your already planning spending quite a bit.


It is a little more, yes your right. But My wife and I are having our first baby boy so getting another gun is pretty good. Plus i am selling a couple guns to get this one.

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Originally Posted By: Greekangler
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3 B's are the way to go... Berreta, Browning, Benelli

Will be tough to get one of the B's in that price range though. You may be looking at a Stoeger or something like that. Maybe a Charles Daly or Mossberg.

I use Browning Maxus and Benelli Vinci, both in the ~1500 range. I believe Beretta is more, but could be wrong.


Stoeger is junk. Get A300 beretta for 700 bucks.


I'd take a Stoeger M3000 over an A300 in a heartbeat. I've owned both

Reliability, built like a tank, Inertia action, inexpensive, great customer service that's the best in the biz, and more importantly, for the simple fact it's a great shotgun that's easy to shoot, is accurate with good factory chokes, fit and finish is first rate. It looks good too.

A lot of 3 gun shooters run Stoeger M3000. They run them because their reliable, will eat any she'll you feed it, and a heck of a bargain for an inertia bolt action shotgun. High level competitors shoot a lot, 80,000 rounds up to 400k . They know reliability. And you don't see many A300 shooters. For a reason.

The Stoeger M3000 camo version can be had for less than $600,

My $.02, and worth as much....

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Originally Posted By: Greekangler
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3 B's are the way to go... Berreta, Browning, Benelli

Will be tough to get one of the B's in that price range though. You may be looking at a Stoeger or something like that. Maybe a Charles Daly or Mossberg.

I use Browning Maxus and Benelli Vinci, both in the ~1500 range. I believe Beretta is more, but could be wrong.


Stoeger is junk. Get A300 beretta for 700 bucks.


Yeah it appears I was wrong about A300. I've been taking people hunting for almost 15 years and have seen every gun in action. I clean my guns one time at end of season. They've performed at the highest level in the toughest conditions. Just my personal preference, not a cool factor like someone else stated. I wouldn't own a stoeger, but with quality shells, I have seen that they perform fine. With Experts, not so much. They are in the price range though.

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3 B's are the way to go... Berreta, Browning, Benelli

Will be tough to get one of the B's in that price range though. You may be looking at a Stoeger or something like that. Maybe a Charles Daly or Mossberg.

I use Browning Maxus and Benelli Vinci, both in the ~1500 range. I believe Beretta is more, but could be wrong.


Stoeger is junk. Get A300 beretta for 700 bucks.


I hunted last season in sub 0 Temps with the stoeger m3500 and had zero problems when my other guns completely crapped out. Hunted all dove season and teal season with it and lent it to someone on 4 hunts this season without a single malfunction. They are heavy and ugly, but I wouldn't call them junk, at least not the 3500. Mine has a few thousand rounds through it with zero problems.


I've seen the same thing on some hunts that were sub zero temps, 30 mph winds with snow blowing sideways and visibility less than a 100 feet. We heard the geese long before we could see them, dropping in corn fields in front of our blinds. Crazy birds flying in those condition. Man, they're one tough birds


Example -,Central Kansas, Feb 3-5 2014. First day is blue sky, that night, winter storm Nika hit and hit HARD. Woke up in our hotel in Huntchison KS, looked out the window, solid white, snow blowing sideways, headlights from Bobcat snow plows clearing roads, it was surreal. We're freaked, thinkin we drove a hell of a long way and dropped the money to do it for nothing, and the hunt was gonna be a bust. Couple of us had hunted there enough to know we still had a chance to get in some birds if the guide did his homework. And he did. We called the guide at 4am expecting disappointment. The opposite, the guy was pumped to the gills, said we were gonna have an epic hunt. He was right. Temps in the single digits or below zero, 40 mph gusts, you couldn't see 50 feet. And so many geese. We had the wind in our faces, and had huge flocks of honkin, hollering B-52s so loud it was deafening, swing wide on the downwind leg, come in right over the top of the cedar tree we were hiding in, then literally drop straight down to the field, right in front of our faces, as though gravity didnt matter.

It was an epic hunt, burned into my brain so deep that I'm certain that when the time comes and I'm a senile old man, hanging out in the old folks home, muttering gibberish, eating baby food, wearing diapers, farting to offend the old lady's, and constantly repeating the same story, over and over, it'll be the memory of that one goose hunt and me telling the same story about it nonstop, all day, 24/7, that's gonna drive all the other old farts batsh1t crazy.
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Out of all the shotguns used on that hunt (and we all had backups), the only shotguns that worked after being cold soaked were Stoeger M3000s and my new model A5. Around 8-10 shotguns failed to function due to the cold. There were several O/U used as well and they were crappin their pants like all the others.

I've seen too many similar incidents on a number of cold weather hunts and the facts don't lie. When a significant number of guides who hunt in weather that kills are using Stoegers, its for the simple reason that they're inexpensive and a workhorse of a shotgun. Not all that pretty or sexy, but gets the job done when the others can't.

Anyone tells you an M3000 is junk doesn't know what they're talking about.. Other Stoeger models, yea, junk

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I've had a Stoeger m2000 for 5 plus years never once a problem, I'd still be shooting it this year but I upgraded to a Benelli M2. I hear the Stoeger 3500 is a solid gun also.


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Bought a M3500 a couple of months ago and really like it. Handles all shell lengths well as long as the 23/4" shells are 11/8 oz. loads. The one ounce loads may cycle later after more use. No problems at all so far.

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