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Old August 16, 2014, 09:59 PM   #1
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all around semi auto 12 ga

Looking for an all around semi auto 12 ga shotgun. Specifically the Browning maxis, a5 and Remington versamax. We hunt pheasants, grouse, squirrel, ducks, shoot clays ect. Don't have the change to get a couple different shotguns. Looking to upgrade from my Mossberg. Anybody have experience with any of these guns? Anything to steer clear of? Thanks in advance.
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Old August 16, 2014, 11:13 PM   #2
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I've been thinking the same thing myself. Personally I like the way the new A5s feel and look. The hump back design seems to aid with the bead. I'm leaning that way myself.
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Old August 16, 2014, 11:36 PM   #3
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Ive owned and shot most semi autos and I like Benelli best. The inertia system is great. Id recommend you give them a look.
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Old August 17, 2014, 12:09 AM   #4
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I think the 'new' Browning A5 is an inertia gun. Benelli reliability and Browning good looks.
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Old August 17, 2014, 07:20 AM   #5
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I would say a Beretta 390/3901, but since they don't make 'em anymore ...

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Old August 17, 2014, 09:18 AM   #6
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If that's all you are going to do with it, I would save a lot of money and go with a Rem 1100. Yes I have two of the others mentioned but the 1100 is probably one of the best all around shotguns ever made in my opinion.
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Old August 17, 2014, 09:40 AM   #7
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I will NEVER own another inertia gun, but if you like them I would suggest the Franchi Affinity. You aren't paying for the Benelli "name".
Never liked the original Auto 5 - hated that hump - so the A5 would get no endorsement from me.
I like the VersaMax a lot. May get one when I see what the new wood look version actually looks like. The Berettas are good guns, and the Maxus seems to be doing well, too.
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Old August 17, 2014, 11:41 AM   #8
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Unless you are a hard core waterfowler, I would skip the Maxus and Versamax. Do yourself a favor and get a lighter 3" chambered gun. No reason to lug around a 3.5" gun for upland game and clays.
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Old August 17, 2014, 01:57 PM   #9
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The hump back design seems to aid with the bead. I'm leaning that way myself.
Unless you are shooting it like a rifle - ala turkey or deer - you shouldn't be looking at any bead at all.

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