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Old June 17, 2005, 03:06 PM   #1
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Xtrema2 vs. SBE II

Still trying to decided what I want in a semi-auto shotgun. I had been 100% sure that I wanted the Benelli Super Black Eagle II, but then I noticed the Beretta Xtrema2, which looks like a fairly nice gun. Unfortunately I have no way of shooting each of them to determine which I like better, so I'm hoping that some of you have had the opportunity and can relay your experiences here.

I own a Benelli pump, and I love it. It's a great gun, but I would like a semi-auto and so that is why I am currently looking. I like the features of both of these guns, especially the fact that both manufacturers have worked on recoil reduction, that and each are well known name brands. Are there other features that distinguish one gun over the other? One of course is gas and the other inertia, but is that the only major difference in performance?
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Old June 17, 2005, 09:54 PM   #2
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SBE or Extrema

I have owned both and can tell you the difference. The SBE is lighter and therefore is a little better for decoying doves, wood ducks, quail, etc. and the Extrema is heavier and therefore swings a little better and is better for longer shots like mallards, geese, crows, passing doves, etc. Both can be used for all the stuff I mentioned before, but it's kinda like golf clubs, or fishing rods.....one will be just a little better for each specific use. If you will be shooting lots of 3.5 inch magnums, get the Extrema....it kicks noticeably less with the magnums.
As far as cleaning goes, the SBE will take you about 10% of the time it will take you to clean the Extrema. Neither gun, however will need to be cleaned after you shoot every time. Try maybe after 500 shots or so. The barrels are chrome lined and there is nothing that will rust any time soon. That's why they cost so much. Hope this helps.
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Old June 19, 2005, 10:41 AM   #3
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Supposedly the SBE2 kicks less than the Extrema2 because of the comfortech system. Also the benelli's require less cleaning and speaking from experience with a semi auto that is a good thing. With the SBE you wont have to fiddle with clogged gas vents or pistons.
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