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Benelli Shotguns ... School me on their autoloaders?

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May 12, 2019, 08:44 AM
T.Webb
Benelli Shotguns ... School me on their autoloaders?
My buddy is looking for a Benelli shotgun for Turkey, occasional upland birds, and Clays.

They offer the Super Black Eagle, the Vincci, and the Ethos.

What are the differences, advantages, disadvantages of each?


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May 12, 2019, 12:08 PM
cas
Expensive, more expensive and really really expensive? Big Grin


The advantage of the SBE is it fires up to 3.5" shells. A good thing for turkey and water fowl. I have a gen1 gun that I use for turkey. Rugged, standard design, should last a lifetime.

The Vincci is an odd looking gun with an odd design. A friend had one for a time and while I didn't care for how it looked (or the retail price) it pointed great for me and I shot and hit with it like I'd been shooting it for years. He sold it when strapped for cash, I wish he'd offered me a shot at it (because he got it below cost, I don't think I'd buy one for full boat).

I've seen the Ethos in person, never fired one, so no help there.


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May 12, 2019, 01:28 PM
BB61
I don't like the position of the safety on the Vincci which completely rules it out for me. Between the SBE 3 and the Ethos, you'll have to decide if you need a 3.5" chamber.


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May 12, 2019, 02:31 PM
swage
The new SBE 3 is the Ethos with the ability to shoot 3.5" shells. Same exact design as the Ethos, which has upset some of the SBE purist. If he doesn't have the need or desire to use 3.5" shells it isn't worth the premium. I can tell you they're unecessary for turkey hunting when using good TSS loads.

They've added a spring and detent inside the bolt carrier to keep the bolt in battery to avoid the "Benelli click." Benelli was notorious for coming out of battery if bumped in a duck blind and therefore the "click" instead of the "boom."

I purchased an SBE 3 in April for turkey hunting and occassional pheasant shoots we go to. It patterned about 8" high and 8" left at 25 yards with a wide range of ammunition. When looking at videos online and reading I discovered this was a very common problem. I spoke with Benelli's customer service and the issue is the stop ring on the magazine tube. It's not screwed down far enough and puts pressure on the barrel ring when reassembled. No amount of shimming will fix the shooting left or right issue. I've tried.

My buddy picked up a Beretta A 400 Extreme Plus and it's a softer shooter, shoots POA and was about $300 less expensive. Shooting them side by side, it's the better choice. It's also a gas operated gun, so if your buddy is going to shoot a lot of clays he may regret getting an inertia operated gun like the Benelli. My Benelli is on it's way back to have the stop ring readjusted. In hindsight I wish I would've purchased the Beretta.

If he's dead set on a Benelli I'd recommend the M2 if he has no need for 3.5" shells.
May 12, 2019, 06:50 PM
SR025
I have similar accuracy issues with my SBE3. Hunter for years with a SBE2 and had no issues. Wish they hadn’t fixed what wasn’t broken.
May 12, 2019, 08:59 PM
sourdough44
I have an M2 with the 3” chamber. I have no need for 3.5” ammo. When I need max performance, I shoot heavier than lead pellets.
May 12, 2019, 09:04 PM
old rugged cross
What about the Montefeltro?




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May 12, 2019, 10:33 PM
valkyrie1
I have a Montefeltro in a 20g and absolutely love the shotgun. Put hundreds of rounds thru it with no problems,target loads,birdshot,turkey loads,I will not get rid of this till my last days..
May 12, 2019, 11:36 PM
newmexican
I was obsessed with getting s Benelux this time last year, now I’m looking again because I have some chances to go down to cold bay and shoot emperor geese, black Brandt’s, king riders and all sorts of other stuff.

I’ve been looking at the SBE3....buy once, cry once I guess. All my buddies who go down there swear by their be Melli’s and 3.5” shells. Right now I have a wingmaster and a weatherby PA 08, neither of which will shoot 3.5” shells.

I have a lot of nice rifles and handguns but a nice shotgun is something I do not have yet.
May 13, 2019, 08:00 AM
fritz
Benelli shotgun tend to be lighter in weight, generally 7 pounds or less. This makes them great for carrying in the field, but not so much for recoil in high-volume shooting.

One gun for both field use and target shooting always involves some level of trade offs. It doesn't matter if one is considering a pistol, rifle, or shotgun.

IMO shotguns no longer need to be chambered for 3.5" shells, as 3" loads can be very effective. Shotguns chambered for 3.5" shells struggle to reliably cycle the soft 2-3/4" loads used for clays games.

A high-volume clays gun should weigh 8 pounds or more.
May 13, 2019, 10:54 AM
IndianaBoy
quote:
Originally posted by swage:
The new SBE 3 is the Ethos with the ability to shoot 3.5" shells. Same exact design as the Ethos, which has upset some of the SBE purist. If he doesn't have the need or desire to use 3.5" shells it isn't worth the premium. I can tell you they're unecessary for turkey hunting when using good TSS loads.

They've added a spring and detent inside the bolt carrier to keep the bolt in battery to avoid the "Benelli click." Benelli was notorious for coming out of battery if bumped in a duck blind and therefore the "click" instead of the "boom."

I purchased an SBE 3 in April for turkey hunting and occassional pheasant shoots we go to. It patterned about 8" high and 8" left at 25 yards with a wide range of ammunition. When looking at videos online and reading I discovered this was a very common problem. I spoke with Benelli's customer service and the issue is the stop ring on the magazine tube. It's not screwed down far enough and puts pressure on the barrel ring when reassembled. No amount of shimming will fix the shooting left or right issue. I've tried.

My buddy picked up a Beretta A 400 Extreme Plus and it's a softer shooter, shoots POA and was about $300 less expensive. Shooting them side by side, it's the better choice. It's also a gas operated gun, so if your buddy is going to shoot a lot of clays he may regret getting an inertia operated gun like the Benelli. My Benelli is on it's way back to have the stop ring readjusted. In hindsight I wish I would've purchased the Beretta.

If he's dead set on a Benelli I'd recommend the M2 if he has no need for 3.5" shells.



There are 3-gun gunsmiths who can fix your patterning issue with your Benelli. Benny Hill at Triangle Shooting Sports in Texas is one.



Steve Rose of Rose Action Sports in Kentucky is another.

It is an issue where the centerline of the magazine tube is not square to the centerline of the barrel.

Discussion of this topic is detailed here:

https://forums.brianenos.com/t...f-from-point-of-aim/



My M2 shoots straight to POA/POI and I love that shotgun.

FWIW, that issue is not confined just to Benelli shotguns. I know the Remington Versamax exhibits some of the same issues.


Direct quote from Kurt Miller who identified the issue:

quote:
The barrel loosely slides into the receiver. The only place it is firmly attached to the receiver is around 13" forward of the receiver and about 1.33" below the centerline of the bore where the barrel ring sits around the MAG TUBE and is screwed together with the end cap. In this configuration the barrel will always point and impact where the magazine tube is pointing. Unlike a rifle barrel which is screwed firmly to the.receiver and is centered on the center of the receiver, which is no where near where we are with shotgun barrel on a Benelli M1/M2/




Edit:

Upon further reading the Super Black Eagle design is different enough from the M2, it may not be as simple as aligning your magazine tube. It would be worth a call to Steve Rose at RAS to ask though.


2nd Edit:
Looks like maybe the stock has something to do with it.
https://www.chuckhawks.com/column115_SBE3.html
May 13, 2019, 10:56 AM
IndianaBoy
quote:
Originally posted by T.Webb:
My buddy is looking for a Benelli shotgun for Turkey, occasional upland birds, and Clays.

They offer the Super Black Eagle, the Vincci, and the Ethos.

What are the differences, advantages, disadvantages of each?



Unless he is a dedicated waterfowl hunter who needs or wants the 3.5" shells, I would point him towards the M2 Field. Perfect for upland game birds and clays, would be great for Turkeys with a 3" turkey magnum as well.
May 13, 2019, 11:04 AM
IndianaBoy
quote:
Originally posted by old rugged cross:
What about the Montefeltro?



From what I understand it is just a 'pretty' M2.


I would get the M2 field for the comfortech stock. It works!
May 13, 2019, 08:27 PM
swage
The stock theory is just that, a theory by Randy Wakeman and slow motion cameras prove that it's unsubstantiated. Rob Roberts does the work for all Benelli Custom Shop shotguns and I spoke with them. It is in fact the stop ring. He suggested sending it back to Benelli as they have had good results in getting it fixed and it's covered under warranty. Another issue with the SBE 3 is the bolt release is now held in place by a pin with a C clip. My buddy has a brand new one as well and when he was pattern testing 3.5" shells the C clip came loose and locked up the shotgun. The past models used a roll pin. Overall the SBE 3 has been a big disappointment. I wouldn't suggest anyone get one based on price vs value.
May 13, 2019, 08:30 PM
old rugged cross
quote:
From what I understand it is just a 'pretty' M2.


The "Monte" for me Wink




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May 13, 2019, 09:16 PM
cas
Interesting that the SBE3 has the exact opposite problem the SBE1 had.


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May 14, 2019, 11:24 AM
sourdough44
For the most part the 3.5” chamber is suited to those who plan to shoot steel loads waterfowl hunting. The longer shell is tailored to those loads, lighter shot.

Without higher round shooting, one can use the more expensive(and more effective), 3” loads that have heavier than lead pellets.

If I planned almost exclusively waterfowl hunting, I may very well get the 3.5” chamber. For the more ‘all around shotgun’, the 3” is fine.

Once the chamber is decided, we can move on to barrel length. That again depends on intended use.
May 15, 2019, 05:58 PM
maca
I have an Ethos and it’s a great gun. No reliability issues whatsoever.
May 16, 2019, 03:59 PM
BB61
I have a SBE 1 NIB. You can still find them out there and many prefer them to the newer models. An SBE 1 may be an option or you may want to consider an A5.


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May 18, 2019, 07:00 AM
TampaSIG
Sorry for late entry. I’m a Benelli fan. Use an SBE2 with aimpoint micro for turkey. Prior to TSS, I shot heavishot 5 3.5s and it was a solid 50 yard gun. With TSS, it’s a 60-70 yard gun though I don’t take shots that far. Wife/daughter dove shoot with a 20ga Montefeltro, I bird hunt with a Vinci Córdoba, guest gun is a Vinci turkey edition that I got on sale at gun show. All are reliable, easy to clean, eat anything.

Next is a 20 ga M2 that I’m optimizing for turkey with TSS. Getting a bit tired of lugging big gun and absorbing heavy recoil. Age catching up. I’ll report in when it’s done.