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jralspanky
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re: best duck hunting shotgun
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anyone have experience with franchi affinity?
I have two. Would buy again.


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bigbuckdj
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re: best duck hunting shotgun
i bought a beretta a400 extreme right when they came out, I guess about 8 years ago. I havent even thought of buying another shotgun since then. I havent had a winchester or SBE so i cant comment on those. I have shot every waterfowl/dove/skeet load you can think of and it has never not cycled. I couldnt be happier with it.
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TigerDeacon
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West Monroe, LA
Member since Sep 2003
27244 posts

re: best duck hunting shotgun
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Do you have it in 3.5?

No, I don't shoot those.



You know why I shoot 3.5"?




Because they don't make 4".


AlxTgr
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Kyre Banorg
Member since Oct 2003
69960 posts

re: best duck hunting shotgun
I actually don't even shoot 3" as it turns out.


MWP
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Kingwood, TX via Monroe, LA
Member since Jul 2013
8926 posts

re: best duck hunting shotgun
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berreta A400 plus


All but one of us in our little 4 man hunting group shoot one of these except for a guy that still has his SBE 1. Yes, it is and expensive gun but it will last for years and damn it is a sweet gun. No issues at all out of any of them.


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ctowntiger
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Centreville, MS
Member since Jul 2005
712 posts

re: best duck hunting shotgun
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SBE III either jammed up or quit cycling almost every day


I know of two people that have had somewhat similar issues. I don’t know what the hell Benelli did. But my SBE2 has been the best shotgun I have ever owned. Had it over ten years, has never once given me any trouble. Very glad I decided to stay with it when the 3 came out.


TopWaterTiger
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Lake Charles, LA
Member since May 2006
7986 posts

re: best duck hunting shotgun
Generally stick to the 3 big B's, Browning, Beretta, and Benelli.

Personally I have a Browning Maxus that I have abused for over 10 years....great gun!

I also have a very old Remington 870 that still works just fine.

Depends on what you want to spend.


OntarioTiger
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Canada
Member since Nov 2007
1429 posts

re: best duck hunting shotgun
the one that fits you .... but tough to beat one of the 3 B's


MSG
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B.R.
Member since Dec 2007
10405 posts

re: best duck hunting shotgun
I have the beretta xtrema2 going on 10 years... never failed me once.


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CHSTigersFan
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Member since Jan 2005
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re: best duck hunting shotgun
Remington 870 is all you need. Reliable and reasonably priced.


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Tchefuncte Tiger
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Bat'n Rudge
Member since Oct 2004
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re: best duck hunting shotgun
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or which 12 shell for ducks (3.5 bb)


Are you serious? I use 3" #4's (#5 for teal) and never have a problem. I'll use 2.75" in case I can't find any 3".
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bbvdd
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Memphis, TN
Member since Jun 2009
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re: best duck hunting shotgun
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Remington 870 is all you need. Reliable and reasonably priced.



And a complete piece of crap

Wake up dude.

ETA: Referring to any built in the last 15-20yrs
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TigerDeacon
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West Monroe, LA
Member since Sep 2003
27244 posts

re: best duck hunting shotgun
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I actually don't even shoot 3" as it turns out.


I need all the help I can get.


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HoboDickCheese
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Tangi
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BehindU
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Lake Charles
Member since Mar 2014
399 posts

re: best duck hunting shotgun
ok I'll go

I have had the new A5, the SBE3 and the new A400 extreme.

A400 in my opinion is a the clear cut winner. It has never jammed and shoots every damn round (high brass to low brass) I put into it, even rounds that have some corrosion on them. I brake it down and clean it only after the season. it is heavier than the other two guns but its a gas driven gun so that is expected.

The A5 and SBE3 are inertia driven guns both light guns and both feel great in my hands.

My issues with A5. It is very picky on the rounds that it shoots some manufactures rounds like Winchester run significantly better than say kents. I could really go into detail in that matter as well. I also cleaned the A5 after every hunt to keep it running at its peak.

The SBE3 very similar to the A5. light weight and felt good shouldering. however, I could not hit the broad side of barn with that bitch. 1ft high and 1ft the the left out of the box.
I called Benelli, they told me this is common and I shoulder the gun wrong. Wrong? I asked????
They suggested I use the shim kit that came along with the gun and adjust it. Personally I am not taking apart a $1800 gun.

I posted about this issue on here and got hammered for not shimming the gun. I have since sold off the SBE3 and have both the A5 which I have 2 and the A400.

A400 is my daily hunter. I average 30 plus duck hunts year and it has not failed in the field 1 time.

If I only duck hunted a hand full of times a year I would probably look into more economical option but if you plan on getting HOT you will not be disappointed in the A400





Man4others
Member since Aug 2017
1655 posts

re: best duck hunting shotgun
One that goes boom boom boom when you pull the trigger

-Phil Robertson
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Cracker
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in a box
Member since Nov 2009
12155 posts

re: best duck hunting shotgun
SBE 2


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bbvdd
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Memphis, TN
Member since Jun 2009
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re: best duck hunting shotgun
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They suggested I use the shim kit that came along with the gun and adjust it. Personally I am not taking apart a $1800 gun.


The gun is designed to use shims to give the user the absolute best possible fit.

Why would you not do what it was designed to do?
That seems weird/crazy.


BehindU
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Lake Charles
Member since Mar 2014
399 posts

re: best duck hunting shotgun
feel free to get you a SBE3 and shim it up.

Weird and crazy imo is taking apart the gun. it was the beginning of the duck season and didn't feel like going to a range shimming the gun shooting it rinse and repeat until I got it right. to each their own. I did not adjust or shim any of my other guns and can shoot with the best of them.

What shotgun do shoot?



BehindU
LSU Fan
Lake Charles
Member since Mar 2014
399 posts

re: best duck hunting shotgun
are u a member of the Memphis chapter of Delta Waterfowl?


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