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I am thinking about picking one of these up. Seems to work well, and be a cheaper way to own a Bonelli, without going with the plastic options (Nova and such). Anybody have any experience?



 
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I have owned one for 30 years and have never regretted purchasing it. These days I use it mostly in a shotgun/handgun skills course that involves firing a lot of rounds quickly and have had no problems with it. I mostly shoot light “target” loads, but there’s never been an issue with heavy buckshot or slugs either.




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I have an M2 and it is superb.

I found a used M1 for a buddy who wanted something similar and now I regret not keeping it for myself.

Inertia drive just runs and runs. So light. I used to have an FN SLP and poo-pooed the advantage of inertia over gas but now I don't think I could ever go back.


My M2 doesn't run with the 980 FPS reduced noise AA target load but every other ammo I have ever given it runs like a champ.

Nice thing about the way that inertia springs work is they self regulate the amount of energy put into the action. If you happen to run hot ammo like 3" mags for hunting, it won't beat the action to death.
 
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I'm a believer.

The recoil is pretty stout, I'm not going to lie.

It's my go-to loaded 24/7 HD long-arm.

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I missed more than I should have here:

https://youtu.be/fz_ePPNbLsI?t=1m39s
 
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Check out the Franchi Affinity as well, if you can't find a good condition M1 for a good price.
 
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Have a m1 sbs and a m2 field and a sbe2 field. All have run without issue. When I got the m1 I did refurb it alot. But it was pretty much cosmetic and put new springs in. In the guns defense, it was a duty gun for 20 yeara prior and was beat to shit but still worked flawlessly before i touched it.
 
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Wow, I remeber a time when no one would have called an M1S90 the "cheaper" alternative.

Other than my shoulder tends to have a reverse Benelli logo shaped tattoo after a match I never had a problem, using mine in matches. I think they run better than the more complicated successors, but they say you have to run them fairly stock, extra weight messes up the recoil action. Mine is box stock except for paint on the sights.

Another good choice is the Beretta 1201, which is based on the Benelli action. One round less and a couple hundred bucks cheaper.
 
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I have one and love it but have found that it will not properly cycle light loads (7 1/2 birdshot.) Other than not cycling light loads, mine is great.
 
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I have one and love it but have found that it will not properly cycle light loads (7 1/2 birdshot.) Other than not cycling light loads, mine is great.


Mine will cycle any cheap Walmart load I throw at it.


You may need a lighter action spring. They are available.


Or shoot it a lot more and break it in.
 
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I still have the first one I bought new 25+ years ago. It currently wears wood M1 furniture, 28” rib choke tube barrel. I also have a 20” rifle sight barrel with a rail mounted to it for a red dot sight, and a 18.5” choke tube barrel.

The M1 will feed anything without fail. You can put a light target load followed by a slug and it won’t care. But as someone mentioned earlier, they will thump on you.

I also have an M4. It also will feed anything, but shoots much softer.


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Other than some buckshot and slugs, my M2 has never had anything through it but many many many boxes of cheap bulk Federal Walmart type stuff. It's one gun I've bought that I've never regretted buying and has brought me nothing but joy owning.

I like it so much that I started looking for a used, semi beater M1S90 because my M2 is "raced up" and less general purpose. (wallowed out action, +7 tube, match saver, over sized controls etc). That searched changed directions slightly and I ended up with an SBE that I chopped down instead. But even though I have no real use for it and literally have a safe full of shotguns, if I ran across an M1S90 at the right price I'd still buy it.


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I've owned several M1S90's and and earlier Benelli and it's just perfect. I started having arthritis problems in my shoulder and tried running the 00 buck and slugs with low or managed recoil rounds and it ran them flawlessly and bought me a few more years behind a Benelli. Only shotgun better than and M1 is an M2.
 
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Love mine (with 18.5" barrel, three chokes (F, M and IC) and extended magazine for 7+1+1) since 1992. Never had a problem with any and all ammo; just lucky I guess, heard some have had problems with light loads. Threw on a Mesa Tactical Urbino stock to shorten the LOP from 14+ to 12.5+, much improved to shoulder and shoot. Worth every penny.


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Threw on a Mesa Tactical Urbino stock to shorten the LOP from 14+ to 12.5+, much improved to shoulder and shoot. Worth every penny.


Now you made me go spend money!! Big Grin

I assume its a pretty simple swap out and the reliability wasn't affected

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We’ve had the 14” version since 2001 and all are still shooting fine.
Some have rust, others missing sights but they still work. They don’t get shot much, maybe 30 rounds a month.



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Now you made me go spend money!! Big Grin

I assume its a pretty simple swap out and the reliability wasn't affected

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Very simple swap and hasn't missed a beat since I installed myself! If anything, the Urbino is lighter weight than standard and may be even more conducive to the inertia system. Also, the Urbino came with a decent recoil pad compared to the "no" pad of the M1S90.
Love Benelli but the LOP has always been a bit much. More comfortable and more importantly, faster to shoulder.


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I've owned mine for over 20 years, it's my favorite shotgun. The only thing I would ever replace it with would be a Benelli M4.
 
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I have one and love it but have found that it will not properly cycle light loads (7 1/2 birdshot.) Other than not cycling light loads, mine is great.


Mine will cycle any cheap Walmart load I throw at it.

You may need a lighter action spring. They are available.
Or shoot it a lot more and break it in.


Thanks IB, I've had it for around 2 years now and have only shot it a few times. I'll take it out when I go next time and see if I can't get it to loosen up a bit.
 
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Thanks all, for the answers. I didnt know if it was considered "old" or obsolete since the M2, M3 and M4 came out. I want a Benelli shotgun, and the M1 is considerably cheaper than any of the rest. I was offered an M4 for $1500, but I’ve found an M1 fit around $800



 
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