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What's your choice for current production semi auto? #7215463 07/04/18 11:31 AM
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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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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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Franchi Affinity 3.5 less than a grand


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A400 all the way! You want be disappointed.

Re: What's your choice for current production semi auto? [Re: Brian C.] #7215830 07/04/18 06:56 PM
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A400

Re: What's your choice for current production semi auto? [Re: Brian C.] #7215889 07/04/18 08:01 PM
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Until I can drop the coin on an A400, Ill have to settle for my A300s. I say that with a grain of salt because I have been extremely happy with the A300.

Re: What's your choice for current production semi auto? [Re: Brian C.] #7215968 07/04/18 09:47 PM
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New Browning A5! Works flawlessly with any load I have used form light dove loads to heavy goose loads.

Re: What's your choice for current production semi auto? [Re: Brian C.] #7216081 07/04/18 11:56 PM
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I have had great luck with a benelli cordoba and I hunt a lot

Re: What's your choice for current production semi auto? [Re: Brian C.] #7216149 07/05/18 01:53 AM
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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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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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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.

Re: What's your choice for current production semi auto? [Re: john paul] #7216496 07/05/18 05:29 PM
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Originally Posted By: john paul
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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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Re: What's your choice for current production semi auto? [Re: nate33] #7216501 07/05/18 05:31 PM
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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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I'll take a Black Female every time.

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Originally Posted By: MS1454
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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.


Wrong, stoeger


Wrong, mossberg


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Re: What's your choice for current production semi auto? [Re: Brian C.] #7216899 07/06/18 03:22 AM
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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

Re: What's your choice for current production semi auto? [Re: Brian C.] #7217938 07/07/18 01:32 PM
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Shoot what fits you. If the drop and cast are off you will find yourself shooting at a disadvantage. I'm a left hand shooter, so I'm a believer in buying a gun with the custom cast and drop shims. I opted for the Beretta line. I own both the A300 and A400. The A300 has a reversible safety and shims for left hand cast. The A400 is the left hand model. Both are great dove guns.

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Re: What's your choice for current production semi auto? [Re: Brian C.] #7218330 07/07/18 11:39 PM
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Ive got a matched set of Benelli Cordobas that I really like.

Re: What's your choice for current production semi auto? [Re: Brian C.] #7219398 07/09/18 02:30 PM
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Re: What's your choice for current production semi auto? [Re: Brian C.] #7219483 07/09/18 03:44 PM
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Originally Posted By: Brian C.
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.

Are you hunting honkers or cranes? If not you should consider getting a 3" instead.

If I had to do it all over again I would get a cheaper 3" semi-auto designed for dove/ducks and a cheap pump for turkeys.


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Hands down the beretta A391 aka xtrema2
I had that one for almost 10 yrs and never failed on me

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I have used all three Benelli, Beretta, and Browning. I am currently using the Browning maxus and I have no complaints as I shot 3-4 cases a year the last 4 years while in Louisiana marsh water. I think you cant go wrong with any of those three brands, but truly it is all about your comfort level with the gun.


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Re: What's your choice for current production semi auto? [Re: Brian C.] #7220488 07/10/18 02:39 PM
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Appreciate all the insight fellows. Going to the shops to see if I can get my hands on a few models to see what feels and fits. Yes honkers and gobblers are on the list so a 3 is my interest. I have a really good 20 but the wife usually tags along and uses it. Trying to get the most outta one purchase. Thanks again!


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I shoot my Benelli SBE-II

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Was the maxus, I couldn't miss with it and it was a really soft shooter. Started giving me problems snd I sold it.


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I'll take a Black Female every time.

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I shoot my Benelli SBE-II
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