I'm looking for a semi-automatic shotgun. I looked at the Remington, Mossberg, Benelli and Beretta.
I've now am leaning towards either the Benelli M2 or the Beretta A400 Unico.
Any input on one over the other would be appreciated??
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To me, Beneli is the top drawer choice. Beretta, Benelli, and a couple other shotguns are not only owned by the same company but also share the designs. Honestly you can't do poorly with the Beretta but having had the same choice, I ended up with the Benelli on more than one occasion. I owned the Beretta but still wanted the Benelli instead.
I have both Benelli and Beretta and can think of positives and negatives to each. In all honesty though I would be perfectly happy with either choice if I could not have both. The Benelli is inertia driven, lighter, and fits me like a glove. The Beretta (I have 3 a400s), are gas operated, a little bit heavier, and fit me very well. The recoil system in the Beretta makes it the softest shooting shotgun I have ever shot. In the end, I settled on the Beretta platform because I like the placement of the safety in front of the trigger vs behind the trigger like the Benelli. It is more natural for me to pop the safety and continues rearward to the trigger while hunting. How does each gun fit you?
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Have both. Biggest difference is felt recoil. Benelli is recoil operated like mentioned above. Beretta gas operated. The benelli has a sharp snap to the recoil whereas the beretta is a gradual shove. Similar to comparing the .40 to the .45. Good luck.
I liked my 12 ga M2 so much I bought a similar gun in 20 ga.
A little costly but top quality.
The Beretta is probably the nicest gas operated shotgun on the market.
Inertia guns are definitely different. They recoil 'quicker' to me, but shot to shot I am faster with a lighter gun.
I opted for an M2 but I don't think you will be dissatisfied either way.
If I were buying again I would buy a Benelli again.
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As I've aged and developed fairly nagging rheumatoid arthritis, I've had a harder time with recoil on the shoulder so I tinkered with managed recoil and low recoil 00 buck and slugs and not only did they take the sharp out of the recoil but also have been totally reliable in my Benelli. I swallowed my pride and proudly run those "sissy" rounds. . I wish I'd thought to try those rounds in my Beretta 1201 before I parted with it.
I've owned both and I would take a Benelli over the FN every time.
And the FN is a very good shotgun.
Benelli has a 10 year warranty, Beretta 3.
I needed to send a Benelli shotgun in for warranty work after the tubular magazine broke. When I got the gun back (six months later), the stock was broken at the pistol grip. It took nearly a year for Benelli to notify me that they were unable to replace the wood stock as production of that design (Montefeltro) had been discontinued.
As a result of the poor customer service I received, the dealer that sold me the gun offered to give me a new model or credit towards the purchase of something else. I took the credit and bought the first version of the Beretta A400 when they came out and couldn't be happier. These GAS OPERATED semi-autos are much softer shooting than recoil operated Benellis, and I've shot thousands of rounds through mine without a hitch.
I was so happy with the original A400 (12 gauge), that I subsequently sold my Remington 1100s and replaced them with A400s in 20 and 28 gauge, and my Beretta 391 with an "Optifade" (camo) 12 gauge A400 for waterfowl hunting. I also bought the "tactical" version offered by Beretta, the 1301 Competition. I just love this system and recommend it highly!!!
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I like Benellis better in the field, but if it's a clays gun you may like the Beretta more.
I will say, though, I shot my friend's A400 on a round of skeet and was actually surprised how much punishment that gun delivered to my cheek. The felt recoil on the shoulder is very little thanks to the kick-off system, but even though the butt isn't moving much, the stock still is. And it slams right into my cheek. No thank you.
I can shoot a SBE II with 3" #2's 3 or 4 days straight in a duck blind just fine.
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I have also, i prefer the slp. I will say, though if i could not get the slp, the benelli would be a perfectly acceptable choice.
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