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March 28, 2007, 01:08 AM
I have been browsing through some of my old threads from a year or two ago and came across something that kind of interested me. I had made a post asking about a good deal on a Benelli.
While reading through it there was a person that made a comment that I should look into some of the Stoeger shotguns (being how both Stoeger and Benelli share some of the same/similar components). However there were a few other posts that seemed to be somewhat negative towards the Stoegers. However they seemed to be aimed more towards the over-under Condor line, but I have no interest in buying any over-under at this time (unless it's an unbeatable deal that could make me money on the resale or something).
I have been wanting to buy a Benelli for some time but have never been able to muster up the money even for a used gun. After looking at some of the pics of the Model 2000's I noticed that they indeed pose similarities to some Benelli shotguns, but I am curious as to whether or not they are made to the same standards.
I would think that they are, being since I recently picked up a Stoeger Cougar and am absolutely pleased with it. However if anyone out there has any personal experience with the Stoeger Mod. 2000 your comments and opinions would be greatly appreciated (especially since this may become a substitute for the Benelli if I hear positive feedback on the Mod. 2000).
March 29, 2007, 09:50 AM
Maybe I can offer you some advice. If you want a Benelli clone like the 2000, be sure to buy it from a gun dealer that will stand behind it. If it works, and most of them do, you will have a gun that will last a long time. Be sure to get a good recoil pad, like the Limbsaver. Believe me that you will need it. It is a high recoil firearm, operates on the inertia system, that adds to felt recoil. Some buyers of the 2000 have had problems with theirs. They are made in Turkey and are of inferior quality to the Benelli even though they have similar operating systems.
My biggest beef with the 2000 is the felt recoil. The inertia system does not give you recoil in phases like a gas operated gun. It knocks the inferno out of you. I could not tame mine without spending more money for a Limbsaver. Better to get a gas operated gun unless you are a Benelli fan. You can get a good used, even a new auto for the price of the 2000 and a decent recoil reducer. There is a mercury recoil reducer that can be bought for less than $80.00 that can be installed in the hollow stock. Reviews on these devices are varied as to their effectiveness. Again, you are spending more money to get a tameable gun. I traded mine for something that I could enjoy shooting.
When you go to the gun dealer, one that will stand behind his guns if you have problems, have him bring out several 2000's and observe the quality of the machining in the action, receiver, etc. Pick the one that looks like it wasn't made by a drunk Turk with a file on a dark night. Then ask the price of a good recoil reducer. Look at the tab. Then look at the price of a new gas operated auto, such as a Beretta 390 or Mossberg 930. You will be suprised that there is little difference.
Hope this has helped you. Personally, I am not a fan of the Stoeger or the Benelli inertia operating system. You have to be a glutton for punishment to enjoy shooting them.
Smitty in CT
March 29, 2007, 09:59 AM
+1 for the Mossberg 930 suggestion, I have over 5,500 rounds through mine and have not had a single malfunction.
It will shoot everything from the 3" magnums to the 24g 2-3/4" featherlites.
Bud's has them for $375.32...
March 29, 2007, 10:06 AM
See there. Problem solved. Mossberg 930. An excellent gas operated gun with a great track record. Less money than the 2000 plus it has it's own recoil system-a gas piston.
My experience with the 200 was not good. It will go bang. But---it was not a fun gun to shoot.
March 30, 2007, 01:27 AM
Thanks for the advice. I talked to a friend of mine last night after I posted this thread who suggested looking around a bit. He also suggested that I look into getting a pump gun since I already have a good semi auto.
I'm basically looking for something that can be had for under $500, new or used isn't really important. It just has to be reliable and capable of shooting a 3" shell (the Remington 1100 I have only shoots 2 3/4"). I would probably almost prefer slightly used just to save a bit of $, it's going to be more of a hunting gun than anything else.
March 30, 2007, 12:10 PM
FYI, I recently purchased a Benelli Nova. It is a light handy pump. You might want to check out one of these. The 12 gauge handles up to 3 1/2 inch loads. Be sure to buy a Limbsaver recoil pad as these pieces are light and can kick like the devil. I doubt that you could wear one out in many lifetimes of shooting. Lots of folks like the Remington 870. You can get a new 870 cheaper than a Nova. A new 870 is around $260.00 and the Nova is around $300.00 at the big box stores. I personally prefer the Nova. I have had Remingtons in years past but their spotty quality problems got me away from them. I have only one pump gun and it is a Nova.
If you want a good quality pump and save some coins, get a new Maverick. Run you around $160-170 new in box. It is a Mossberg 500 clone and I have read some good reviews on them. I shot one a few times. It functioned well and went bang every time I pulled the trigger. Something to think about. Your decision is what counts.
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