Shotgun reccomendation

Discussion in 'Modern Firearms' started by Lounative14, Nov 24, 2020.

  1. Lounative14

    Lounative14 Fawn

    Sep 20, 2015
    I'm looking for a new semi auto 12 gauge to do a little bit of everything with. Will mainly be used for Dove, turkey and sporting clays, but hopefully will one day go out for some duck hunting. I know the magnum chambers can have problems cycling 2 3/4" loads from what I've read. Some of the ones I've checked out so far are the weatherby sa08, stoeger m3000, and m3500. Dont know a whole lot about shotguns but would like to keep it around 4-600. Any advice/ reviews or other reccomendations are appreciated. Thanks
  2. Doug 16

    Doug 16 6 pointer

    Jun 7, 2020
    New york
    You could look at mossberg.
  3. Tankt

    Tankt 10 pointer

    Dec 26, 2019
    I bought the twin of the SA08 and love it so far. Very very hard to find the SA08 anymore. Academy has them as the ATA CY. $400 well spent on a Weatherby
  4. Tankt

    Tankt 10 pointer

    Dec 26, 2019
    you can also buy the Weatherby Element for $600. I bought both this summer. Looking back it was probably wasn't necessary but dammit I just wanted both lol. And I got the Element $250 off bc seller made a misprint. I couldn't pass that up
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  5. Riflelooney

    Riflelooney 6 pointer

    Aug 7, 2016
    I’d take a look at the Franchi Affinity.
    Mine has seen use on the skeet field, calling crows, calling coyotes and turkeys. Has ran everything from light target loads to heavy coyote and turkey loads and everything in between without a hiccup.

    Relatively lightweight and handles very well.

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  6. Grago

    Grago 10 pointer

    Dec 13, 2016
    Im actually a remington man, for the most part. But i have used a winchester x2 since they came out, now have had a x3 for a long time. If you could find a used one, but bottom line is , i guess whatever feels the best to you, in your price range,
  7. rockhousehunter

    rockhousehunter 10 pointer

    Oct 18, 2013
    West Liberty, Ky
    Another vote for the Franchi Affinity or Intensity.
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    RLWEBB 12 pointer

    Nov 30, 2005
    Staffordsville, KY
    I’ve got a Franchi Affinity in 20 gauge. No complaints here but I only use it for Turkey and squirrels.
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  9. Teach Deer

    Teach Deer 8 pointer

    Aug 4, 2013
    Shotguns are a "touch" item...the fit and feel is important...

    For an all around shotgun (does that include deer hunting with a slug barrel ???), IMO there are only a few options:
    1. Winchester SX series combo (comes with a 26" vent rib barrel threaded for tubes and a 24" rifled barrel with both cantilever and rifle sights)
    2. Remington 1187...big green has more barrel configurations than you can shake a stick at...the rifled barrel will be 21" and can be had with EITHER a cantilever for scope mounting (DSM) or rifle sights (DRS)...
    3. Mossberg 930 combo...26" vent rib field barrel with tubes and a 24" rifled barrel that I believe is cantilevered...

    All three of my choices are 3" chamber which works fine for everything save Canada Goose and turkey for those brave 3 1/2" shell people...

    I am personally moving to a 20 G combo youth shotgun for my all around and goose hunting are not really on my serious agenda...but I love turkey hunting and deer hunting at Ft Knox...
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  10. woodsman92

    woodsman92 8 pointer

    Feb 16, 2019
    Russell Co
    I was in the market for a semi 12 a few months ago and after a lot of reading and contemplating, I finally went to kygun so I could get my hands on some and get a feel for them. I came home with a weatherby element. I’ve not got a bunch of rounds through it yet, maybe 100. They were all low brass Winchester white box and haven’t had a malfunction yet. That was a concern of mine since it is a inertia gun, but seems good to me.
  11. 1wildcatfan

    1wildcatfan 12 pointer

    Jan 2, 2009
    raised n Bullitt Co.
    Does someone else make that for Wby?
  12. Riflelooney

    Riflelooney 6 pointer

    Aug 7, 2016

    Most likely. Made in Turkey.
  13. Tankt

    Tankt 10 pointer

    Dec 26, 2019
    I have looked and never seen a Weatherby Element there.....must have overlooked it
  14. Tankt

    Tankt 10 pointer

    Dec 26, 2019
    The ATA CY is the same as the Weatherby SA-08. The Element is the same as the ATA Neo....all made by ATA

    Last edited: Nov 27, 2020
  15. Ash12

    Ash12 10 pointer

    Oct 21, 2007
    I'm a huge benelli fan and have an M2 that I have really enjoyed. I will say that I am not a fan of recoil and shoot ultra lite AA loads in mine when shooting clays. I use the lite AA loads for doves. The Franchi models were new at the time that I bought mine, but I would give them a hard look today.

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