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.
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.........