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Best Waterfowl Shotguns
« on: January 25, 2022, 04:34:48 PM »
Dreaming about buying a new shotgun before the next season. Currently own SBEIII but itching for something else. Trying to decide if i want to keep or sell. What would you buy and why? under $1500/under $1000. must shoot 3.5" loads, camo pattern and light weight. Let's hear it...

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Re: Best Waterfowl Shotguns
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2022, 05:04:54 PM »
I shot a buddies SBE 3 and liked it but In would love to shoot the new Browning a5.
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Re: Best Waterfowl Shotguns
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2022, 05:11:58 PM »
Beretta xtrema2 26" is by far my all time favorite waterfowl gun.

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Re: Best Waterfowl Shotguns
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2022, 05:34:08 PM »
anyone shooting the Winchester SX4? lots of great reviews

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Re: Best Waterfowl Shotguns
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2022, 05:38:34 PM »
Sx3
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Re: Best Waterfowl Shotguns
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2022, 05:40:46 PM »
Beretta xtrema2 26" is by far my all time favorite waterfowl gun.
:yeah: Beretta xtrema2 X2
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Re: Best Waterfowl Shotguns
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2022, 05:55:23 PM »
Under $1,000 Stoeger M3500, love mine.  It's not the best shotgun but I believe it's the best at it's price point.

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Re: Best Waterfowl Shotguns
« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2022, 05:55:38 PM »
Beretta xtrema2 26" is by far my all time favorite waterfowl gun.
:yeah: Beretta xtrema2 X2

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Re: Best Waterfowl Shotguns
« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2022, 06:15:39 PM »
I love my Browning A5.

I went to the store and shouldered all of the shotguns they had on hand.  The A5 wasn't actually on my list when I went to the store, but it's what I went home with and I love it.  It just shouldered the best for me, and my eye really focuses on that "hump" and the bead beyond it really quickly.   No regrets, and would happily buy another if anything happens to this one.


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Re: Best Waterfowl Shotguns
« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2022, 06:45:49 PM »
Love my SBEIII.  It shoots very well for me and is super reliable.  Just keeps pumping the shells out no matter how long I go between cleanings.

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Re: Best Waterfowl Shotguns
« Reply #10 on: January 25, 2022, 07:01:44 PM »
You have a great gun.  Why change?  If you are, your best-off shouldering multiple different shotguns and see which one fits you best.  Everyone has a preference or found one that fits them, and they like.  I had the Beretta Extrema 2 and A400.  Sold both as I just didn't shoot them great.  I shoot trap and sporting clays with my Browning and didn't want to make changes that would require different focal hold points and then change for waterfowl.  Muscle memory would start messing with me.  I have the Winchester SX3 & SX4 but shoot my Benelliís.  Those are my favorite waterfowl gun.  I have the M2, SBE2 & SBE3.  Very reliable.
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Re: Best Waterfowl Shotguns
« Reply #11 on: January 25, 2022, 07:24:50 PM »
Most of the waterfowl specific guns are well made and to someone, they are the "best". Customer service would be the deciding factor, in the event something fails. I started shooting premium shells this season. Not having any use for the 3.5" heavies, my continual search for another gun brings up many short chambered guns that fit and feel so much nicer. Just a thought. Gives more options.

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Re: Best Waterfowl Shotguns
« Reply #12 on: January 25, 2022, 10:27:54 PM »

Hunting in a Kayak (Aquapod) with a dog on public land is hard on a shotgun. Recommend mid price auto shot gun - Beretta A300.

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Re: Best Waterfowl Shotguns
« Reply #13 on: January 26, 2022, 06:29:00 AM »
The Franchi Affinity Elite is very hot right now. It is really building a solid reputation. I am not a fan of semi autos for waterfowl, but this one is worth a look. The Browning BPS & Benelli Super Nova are hard to beat as the "best" waterfowl guns. But, check this Franchi out, feels good in your hands....

https://www.franchiusa.com/semi-auto-shotguns/affinity-3-waterfowl-elite
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Re: Best Waterfowl Shotguns
« Reply #14 on: January 26, 2022, 07:15:43 AM »
If you want to check out new guns, Skagit Arms is putting in a $30k Benelli display.  It will have the full line of Benelli / Franchi / Stoeger and Beretta firearms in it.  Might be worth the drive.  They also seem to carry all lines of shotguns.  If you buy one, you are usually out in less than an hour.  Not like Cabelas where the whole process is 3 plus hours.
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