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    New Waterfowl Gun

    So I've been looking for a new one. I saw Bds post about the SBE and M2 so here it goes.

    -Mainly hunt goose 80% of the time, ducks the other 20%
    -Been using the old reliable.......eh..... 1100/1187 and kids 20gauge Franchi ( not sure the model)
    -Reliability of the above wains when dirty and cold in the pit.
    -Always been a 3" guy but considering 3.5"

    Been looking at the SBE, Versamax, A5 and Stoeger offerings.


    So that said what's everyone's recommendation on a new shotgun? Open to all options in all price ranges with reliability being the number one factor.

    Thanks in advance

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    Beretta A400 3.5" you be amazed!

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    For what it?s worth I really like my SBE3! Have hunted with it last season and so far this season! Have not had a issue yet! But take this with a grain of salt! I shot a 870 up to this point! Haha!


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    I'm just really not impressed with my M2. It shoots great, but I hated that I had to get it Cerakoted before it rusted into nothing, and I really don't love how you load/unload the gun.
    If I had to do it over, I would have never bought that gun, and would have bought the new A5 instead. Just my opinion, but I think Browning makes the most reliable duck gun out there. I have a BPS, Citori, Silver, and an A5, and I'd put them all up against my Benelli any day.
    I've never owned a 3.5" gun, probably never will. I've mostly been shooting 2.75"shells this year. Seems to kill the birds pretty dead. Although I will bump up to 3" when we start shooting geese.

    **Edit - Just say no to the Versamax. Bunch of my friends shoot them, not impressed. After about a season of use, those things seem to want to rattle apart.
    My mind is a raging torrent, flooded with rivulets of thought cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives.

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    Stoeger would be the choice for me. I’ve had 2 and they both have worked flawlessly
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    Buy a Beretta and keep it for a lifetime also benelli super black eagle 3 would be a great choice
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    Winchester SuperX2 (Original model with the higher rib if you can find it).

    Its the real deal and I owned most everything over the years. Spray it down with break free CLP.

    I fired 15,000 shells through my first one and sold it to "upgrade" to a SBE II. That was a poor decision.

    I liked this gun so much I bought another one and have it in my safe brand new as a backup.

    If you look hard you can find one of these for 500-600$ in 3.5"

    I would buy used if I couldn't find a new one.

    Ultimately, buy whatever fits you.

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    I've shot the browning Maxus for six years now without fail. From low brass to 3.5", below zero to laying in muddy silage fields it hasn't let me down yet. I've also shot the A5 a few times and it shouldered like a dream; just can't get over the looks.

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    I run the m2 and love it. Guys will disagree and say you should go with the sbe just because you can shoot 3.5 inch and with the m2 only being a 3 inch. But with the right choke and shell you can knock down a lot of geese with just about anything

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    If I was going to go with an SBE I would skip the 3.5" version. The recoil is too severe with those guns with the big boomers.

    If you are leaning towards a 3.5" go with a gas operated gun. Trust me on that one.

    I shoot the cheap Winchester Expert 3.5" HV #3's because I find them to be a good value for what you get and are good out to the 40 yards line. These HV Shells are tolerable out of the gas operated gun but in the inertia driven guns they are just too extreme in my opinion.

    Lots of factors come into play when you purchase a waterfowl gun.

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