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BorrisMart
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Benelli guys - Another Shotgun Thread

Is there enough of a difference in the SBE2 and the SBE3 to justify it? I know shotguns get talked a lot on here and I have googled and read a lot of the older threads from when the 3 came out and comparing Benelli to different brands. However, I didn't find much information about people who have both (now years later after the sbe3 and new A5 came out).

Worth adding the sbe3 to a safe with a sbe2, or would it be better to get something different like the A5 or a maxus to change things up.
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re: Benelli guys - Another Shotgun Thread
I really don't know much about the SBE3.

I will say that I have the SBE2 and a Super Vinci.

I normally grab the Super Vinci


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re: Benelli guys - Another Shotgun Thread
They have some good YouTube videos comparing the SBE2 and SBE3. I don’t find there to be much difference, granted I don’t own the SB3 but have compared them side-by-side.

My personal preference would be to add something different to the safe. You may want to look into a Beretta A300 or Winchester SX4. Great guns at about half the price. They point different with rounded receivers vs. the 45 deg. receiver of the SBE's.

If money isn't an option, I'd buy an over/under or maybe a SBE3 in a 20 g.


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I have a SBE3 and like it fine enough. I wouldn’t buy a SBE3 if you had a SBE2 tho.

I’d get a Beretta A400 to mix things up.


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I shouldered my buddies brand new A5 this past weekend, and I was very impressed. It was very light. I shouldered his OLD A5 too, and it was like shouldering a short telephone pole compared to the new one.

If I wanted to drop $1400-$1600 on a shotgun, it'd be a new A5.

And thats coming from a guy who owns a Beretta and a Benelli 12ga. Not the top end models, but still.


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Sometimes it’s not about the value or the features, sometimes it’s just about satisfying a “want.”
I have a super nice Beretta 1301 Tactical but wasn’t going to be satisfied til I got that Benelli M1014 (M4). They’re very similar. Now I have both and I’m no longer burning through gun sites.


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Yeah, I try to get a new gun for hunting at a minimum every year and have been behind. My SBE2 (my dad's he got to troll me to "pass down one day") is brand new essentially and I just hunted with it and shot it for the first time ever. I just have a hole burning in my pocket to get another one, that I don't have to bother with dad's quickness. I mean the sbe2 is MINE but I want to buy one myself. But I really like the A5's or think something different might be money better spent. I'm not necessarily interested in spending the most money, but I just want another Camo duck gun. I haven't shot an A5 new or old, only shouldered them so idk if the humpback would drive me nuts or be my favorite thing ever.

Part of me thinks the SBE3 isn't worth buying if I have a new SBE2 I can use whenever I want and should get something totally different. I shouldered some Beretta's but didn't really like how they felt. Of course, a lot of stuff is out of stock right now.

ETA: I prefer inertia driven guns over gas but it isn't a deal breaker. I've watched some reviews comparing the A5 and SBE3 (Among other duck guns) but it is hard to get a good assessment, as all these companies are like looking at ford, chevy, ram trucks and comparing.
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re: Benelli guys - Another Shotgun Thread
Beretta > Benelli so start there.


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Is there enough of a difference in the SBE2 and the SBE3 to justify it?


If they really fixed the "Benelli click" problem between the SBE2 and SBE3 then it might be worth it. After the third tom my SBE2 clicked on me with, I had to stop myself from throwing it in the pond walking out. I still use the SBE2 duck hunting, but I've switched for turkey hunting


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I love my SBE3. I love it so much I bought a second one in walnut this time to use for clays. Just my opinion and what I’ve done. It’s your money make yourself happy.


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re: Benelli guys - Another Shotgun Thread
I own them both. If I could do it again, I would’ve tried to find another brand new SBE2 instead of a 3. They don’t have the same aim point. I bought my 3 and went dove hunting the next day. I couldn’t hit a damn bird and got made fun of hard for not being able to shoot. It really is a difference in the gun though. I ended up having to shim it, put a bigger front sight, and I bought the rob roberts triple threat choke tubes just to make it shoot similar to the SBE2.
Now if you didn’t already shoot the 2, I would say get the 3 because it’s a really nice and comfortable gun. It’s just hard to switch between them.


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re: Benelli guys - Another Shotgun Thread
I have a SBE2 and a Córdoba. The Cordoba is the best shotgun I have ever owned.

I keep wanting to get another just because I love it so much.



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BorrisMart
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re: Benelli guys - Another Shotgun Thread
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If they really fixed the "Benelli click" problem between the SBE2 and SBE3 then it might be worth it. After the third tom my SBE2 clicked on me with, I had to stop myself from throwing it in the pond walking out. I still use the SBE2 duck hunting, but I've switched for turkey hunting


Supposedly they did, but this is mainly a duck gun (for my purposes). But the click, when I was looking up stuff about it and playing with it before hunting I made sure to always make sure the action was fully set, but I can see how turkey hunting that could make some major mistakes.

My SBE2 shoots high, but like I said, Dad never shot it and I just took it out a few hunts and noticed it and haven't had a chance to shim it. Supposedly the early model sBE3's shot stupid high but they fixed it more to a SBE2 out of the box shot, with shims to adjust.

There is a good used gun store, that has a sbe3 in stock right now, that always has a TON of used guns so I may go look around and try to find something used that is in decent shape, or once I get to hold a new A5 and shoulder it, decide after that and then get one or the other. Thanks guys.
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re: Benelli guys - Another Shotgun Thread
I have a SBE3 and my dad has the SBE2. Honestly only difference is the look and they fixed the Benelli click problem with the 3. I have 4 other 12gauges and the SBE3 is my go to. One day I’m going to send it to Rob but right now I just don’t want to. I’m using kicks high flyer chokes with it. And it also cycles low brass.


BorrisMart
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re: Benelli guys - Another Shotgun Thread
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I have a SBE3 and my dad has the SBE2. Honestly only difference is the look and they fixed the Benelli click problem with the 3. I have 4 other 12gauges and the SBE3 is my go to. One day I’m going to send it to Rob but right now I just don’t want to. I’m using kicks high flyer chokes with it. And it also cycles low brass.



Thanks for the input. I love the sbe2, which is why I think I'd love the 3 and just get the 2 when I get the two for good. I do like the idea of the A5's though, but I have seen hit or miss reviews on them.


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re: Benelli guys - Another Shotgun Thread
I will say this though. I had to adjust the cast on it. I had to put the right hand cast and the most drop I could. Once I did that I been shooting lights out with it. I mean if want to go different you can always get the 20gauge in the SBE3. That’s going to be the next one I think. That way you would have somewhat of the set.


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re: Benelli guys - Another Shotgun Thread
I went through debating between the sbe2, sbe3, and new a5 for about 18 months. I was finally able to borrow all 3 from various friends and go shoot skeet with them. I loved the way sbe3 and a5 felt and ultimately settled on the a5 because it is what I shot best with


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re: Benelli guys - Another Shotgun Thread
I have both got a 3 because I have worn out many of the parts on my 2 and I have to make repairs on it but I still love it, it's like an old set of shoes it just fits me, have shot easily 150 cases through it I just love the gun.

I have a 3 and the only issue is make sure the point of impact is the same as your aim. Most shoot high and some need to go back to Benelli to have comb adjustments. This issue may be fixed but 3-4 years ago when I got mine it wasn't.


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Beretta A400

My FIL got one and I shot it. Damn that’s a fine gun. I went to buy one and just couldn’t pull the trigger on a $1800 shotgun (no pun intended).

I ended up buying a Supernova instead to upgrade my old 870 Express. Very happy with it. My 870 was made right at the beginning of the problem era for Remington. I’ve never had issues with the firing pin engaging but I’ve had major feed issues. Wanted something that would shoot magnum shells too.


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re: Benelli guys - Another Shotgun Thread
I’m a huge shotgun whore. Owned or currently own all the B guns and a few other ‘nice’ guns along the way.

The Benelli click is not an issue once you learn what it is and how to avoid it.

Like another poster said, I agree, the best Benelli is the Cordoba (which has sadly been discontinued) and it’s the one gun I will never part with.

The new Benellis are almost all built on the ‘Ethos’ platform. I’ve owned and gotten rid of two Ethos’ now. For me, I can’t get used to the huge length between the trigger and the palm swell on the new design. They are sweet feeling and smooth operating guns though other than that.

If you’re wanting to get the ‘poor man’s Benelli’ get a Retay. I bought and then sold a Masi Mara a few years back. Decent enough guns that worked well but they are not the fit and finish quality of a Benelli. Don’t let anyone fool you that says a Retay is as good or better.

The new A5’s are beautiful guns but I honestly enjoyed shooting my Maxus over it. Haven’t handled a new Maxus II yet but I hear they fixed the forearm issues with them.

Then there’s Beretta. I’ve had two 391’s Teknys and an A400 blue receiver at one time. Got rid of all of them over the years. My biggest gripe with them is how dirty they get and the pain in the arse to clean. Also, when I was high volume shooting, they will turn into single shots when enough gunk gets on the piston. Enjoyed them other than that.

And finally, imo, the price of SBE2’s these days make them very attractive. But they aren’t my favorite Benelli.
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