Best 3" Auto

Discussion in 'Modern Firearms' started by killer, Dec 20, 2013.

  1. killer

    killer 12 pointer

    May 7, 2004
    "In that good way!"
    Lets here your pick and why. I'm in the Market again. It will be used for everything (Turkey, Dove, Duck, Rabbit, Quail).
  2. Fat Tony

    Fat Tony 12 pointer

    Am I allowed to vote for one I don't own but would love to?

    1187. I need one. I really don't but I want one enough to say I need one.

    REMMAN Spike

    Nov 16, 2009
    I really like my 1187. Shoot as many different ones as possible and choose what suits you.

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    HUNTINGMAN 12 pointer

    Nov 7, 2008
    Harrodsburg KY
    I got a super black eagle on my wish list, I just cant justify giving 1200$ for a shotgun to use 3 weeks out of the year turkey hunting.
  5. claynut69

    claynut69 6 pointer

    Nov 14, 2007
    pulaski, co
    If you can find a Beretta Pintail, buy it. If you don't want to buy it let me know and I will.
  6. Semp

    Semp 10 pointer

    Feb 4, 2008
    The Benelli SBE is by far the best IMHO. But there are a lot of good shotguns out there. If you are on a budget, take a look at the Stoeger 3500. It does everything the Benelli will do at less than half the price. Benelli owns Stoeger I think.
  7. westkybanded

    westkybanded 12 pointer

    Feb 23, 2004
    Murray, Kentucky, USA.
    I just bought a Stoeger 3500 this year. I've run about 5-6 boxes of 3" steel through it so far, and haven't had the first hiccup. Basically a clone of the SBE's internals.
  8. slyfly76

    slyfly76 6 pointer

    Mar 12, 2011
    1187 gets my vote, for the money it's a hell of shot gun.
  9. Brsutton86

    Brsutton86 12 pointer

    Sep 19, 2009
    Harrodsburg, KY
    Looks like im in the minority, but 1187 would not be an option for me. Ive known 3 people to have one in the last few years. All of them were gettin rid of within 6 months for jamming issues. Ive read several similiar threads online. Benelli is the answer, any Benelli. Stoeger makes a nice one, but its on the heavy side. Berettas and Brownings are nice too, but i like the Benelli personally.I would save my money for a great gun that will last a lifetime if taken care of.
  10. Hall77

    Hall77 Spike

    Nov 26, 2011
    Western KY
    I have a benneli m2 and love it!
  11. DH13

    DH13 12 pointer

    Jan 13, 2012
    Shelby county
    My Browning Maxus.
  12. bigredhunter

    bigredhunter 6 pointer

    Jan 30, 2012
    Boyle County
    If you only want a 3" gun then a Benelli M2. I have a SBE II and it's the best gun I own. I also have a 1187 just for turkey hunting, 24" barrel super mag. But for a reliable all around its a Benelli
  13. ducknbuckhunter

    ducknbuckhunter 10 pointer

    Aug 3, 2005
    Benelli wins it. Was a mossberg man, a winchester man, then a Remington man, and couldn't fathom spending the doe on a benelli. Got an out of the blue bonus and purchased the sbe 2. It's a smooth machine. It hurt dropping that much money on it at first, but I couldn't be happier with it.
  14. cracker0169

    cracker0169 Spike

    Jan 21, 2011
    Benton, KY
    I like the Winchester super-x2
  15. orion2000

    orion2000 6 pointer

    Dec 7, 2013
    First ever duck hunt in 3 weeks with friends from church. Have a used LH Benelli SBE inbound, because: (1) Benelli's have a good rep, (2) it's supposed to shoot 2-3/4", 3" and 3-1/2". Figure I can use it for squirrels and rabbits also. (3) light(er) weight and (4) relatively easy recoiling. Will know by the end of Jan if this was a good investment...

    FWIW, I am in the process of "down sizing / thinning the herd". If I get this shotgun set up to shoot well for me, this is the shotgun I will take into my retirement... The SBE II's are supposed to be easier on the shoulder. But this one was half the cost of a new LH SBE II.... Still spendy... But do-able in a stretch...

    12/26 - Update: Picked up the used SBE I on Saturday. Bought 3 boxes of shells, cheap low brass 8's, a box of heavier 6's, and a box of heavy turkey loads #4's. Brought it home and immediately loaded one of each shell in magazine, and fired 3 times in rapid succession. Did this three times. No failures to feed. No failures to fire. Still need to get some target time in. But, so far, so good...
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2013

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