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I'm Jones'n to buy a 12 Ga Semi-auto. Suggestions?

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by sidebite252, Sep 11, 2013.

  1. sidebite252

    sidebite252 Well-Known

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    I've wanted a 12 ga semi-auto shotgun for a LOOOOOOOOOOOng time. I've got a really nice old WesternField pump 16 ga that dad probably bought back in the late 60's or early 70's from Montgomery Wards but I've decided it's time to purchase my 12 ga. I've really fallen for the Berretta A400 Extreme Max 4 KO that fires all 3 shell sizes. Problem is $1800 is a lot of money for something that I don't use that often. So, what else is out there that is Semi-Auto and will fire all shell sizes? Any suggestions from you guys who know shotguns better than myself is greatly appreciated.
     


  2. Hondo

    Hondo Active Member

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    Well one that fires all three lengths kinda narrows the selection down, there are quite a few more auto's available that only go up to 3"

    But some "all three" suggestions are: Winchester SX3, Franchi Intensity, Mossberg 935, Benelli SBEII, Browning Silver (same as a SX) and Remington Versamax

    I personally only have experience with the Browning Silver in 3", it runs flawless. However a hunting buddy has a Benelli SBEII and I have never seen it jam or misfire.

    Check out Gun broker or the gun shows for some decently priced used ones, "new" prices these days for an autoloader are ridiculous!
     
  3. Dawico

    Dawico Uncoiled Lifetime Member

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    You can't go wrong with a Benelli Super Black Eagle II. IMO it is the best shotgun on the market and I will never get rid of mine.

    Benelli released the Vinci that shoots 3 1/2" shells also but I haven't shot one.
     
  4. cajunautoxer

    cajunautoxer Well-Known

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    Versamax
     
  5. just jk

    just jk TGT Addict

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    i own the browning maxus sporting - a little spendy but top notch!!!!
     
  6. Charlie

    Charlie TGT Addict TGT Supporter

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    Rem 1100 ................. National dove huntin' gun of Texas!

    (what are you going to use the shotgun for? hunting, truck gun, home self-defense, etc.?)
     
  7. sidebite252

    sidebite252 Well-Known

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    I've been bird hunting several times in the past but its been a while since I've hunted. I do plan to get back into hunting though. Hey, I just enjoy shooting and even though the pump action 16 ga is still a sweet shotgun I've been wanting to own a 12 ga for many years. After reading some of your suggestions and doing a little research I really like that Remington VersaMax. That is a sweet shotgun and it seems to do everything I want from a semi-auto shotgun. It's also a lot cheaper than the Beretta. I guess the question is 26" or 28" barrel? Any insight on the biggest difference in the length?
     
  8. bullgator

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    I have hunted a Remington 48B 12 ga skeet gun that was my grandfather's since the 70s. I have killed deer, dove, quail, ducks with this gun. I also have a Beretta AL390 Silver Mallard and Browning A5 Light Twelve and they all to the job extremely well. I also have a Winchester Model 12 12 GA Skeet with Cutts Compensator and multiple choke tubes mfg in '54 and this shotgun will out shoot a semi-auto shotgun with the right shooter (not me)
     
  9. Vaquero

    Vaquero Pre-ban

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    I still like the western field 16 more than any other shotgun I've owned or used.

    Probably just me.
    Where are you getting shells?

    Sorry for de-rail.
     
  10. AMERICANTARGETS741776

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