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    Perfect thread for this: a friend asked me yesterday if I knew the current reputation for the Benelli M2 20g. He's looking to pick up a couple for sport shooting with his wife and son. Good to go or should he be looking at Berettas?

    Many thanks in advance, I know jack shite about sporting shotties.

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    Shotgun recoil is fairly easily tamed with proper 1) gun fit and 2) ammo selection.

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    I am not active in clay targets sports currently; however, when I was active the majority of high volume clays shooters used OU or semiauto - those that used semiauto almost always used gas operated systems. I know the Benelli has some competition clays semis with various recoil reducing options but they were pricey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GJM View Post
    A consideration is how much you might hunt around dogs. Nobody is hunting around my dog with a semi auto either a side by or over under, with the action open until the dog has a bird on point.

    George, no one wants to hear about your hunt with Dick Cheney.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GJM View Post
    A consideration is how much you might hunt around dogs. Nobody is hunting around my dog with a semi auto either a side by or over under, with the action open until the dog has a bird on point.
    Guns kept pointed up and no one shoots anything not above your head, definitely nothing off the ground. I'm a fair weather (casual) upland hunter, but that's how we do it. Also, we don't use pointers so that necessitates differences.
    Last edited by rjohnson4405; 11-07-2018 at 09:10 AM.

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    One point that has not been mentioned yet, and you may already know, but in most hunting of (migratory?) game birds, state hunting laws limit the on-board capacity of shotguns to 3 rounds...including the chamber. So, if you were to use your defensive/do everything shotgun, you would need to use a magazine plug to limit capacity to 2 rounds whenever you ventured afield. I believe that this is one reason for the popularity of O/U guns, their other attributes aside. No way to run afoul of the game wardens...they do not accept "Oops, I forgot." Just something to consider.
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    The Beretta semis are good all'round guns for game or sporting. I would go 12ga. Can always use light loads. If O/U is for clays go with the 12ga , 30 in bbls. In particular I would stay away from the red label and 101. The ones I had always kicked more with me. Browning and Beretta are solid favorites and any of the Browning '25 series work well.

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    Very happy with my Benelli Ethos. 12g. Cycles everything and shoots fast and soft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hambo View Post
    Every time I looked at the price of a Benelli barrel, I just bought another Benelli.
    The is the reason I have a spare 26 vent rib barrel for my M-1 is CDNN had them on clearance back in the day for a fraction of what they normally go for.

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    The op mentioned two young sons. For them I suggest 20 gauge shotguns because the frames are smaller and weight is less. Lighter 20 ga loads will reduce recoil. Yildiz sold by Academy Sports makes a youth model O/U for much less than one can buy a semi auto. The famous Briley in Houston performs warranty service on these. Perhaps Revolver Rob can chime in here. He used to sell them. The safety advantage of a break action o/u or sxs reigns supreme. For that reason I would select this style with young shooters today. The Yildiz shotguns are bargains.

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