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Old December 11, 2009, 05:13 AM   #26
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spr153

i know i will get burned but here goes... how about the "remington" spr153 (MP-153 by Bikal)? cheap but kind of a tank also. not sporty but seems to fire each time.
just throwing it in to the mix.
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Old December 11, 2009, 10:28 AM   #27
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Here's an SX3 review: Raining, snowing, and sleeting earlier this year, with -5 temps during deer season. Dropped in the snow and mud, bounced off of rocks, and she still fires. I've never had a problem with the thing cycling. The only issue I could foresee is that it can easily get dirt in behind the bolt, right into the trigger mechanism. But the mechanism is so simple that it will still work. I'm thinking of getting some of that little fuzzy stuff for the slot where the bolt handle slides.

It's also outrageously easy to clean. The barrel pops off real easy, as does the gas cylinder. The bolt (two basic pieces) pulls right out once you pull the bolt handle off, and two pins hold the trigger assembly in.
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Old December 11, 2009, 05:32 PM   #28
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The 15 degree jamming is operator error, you just have to use the right lub; like maybe graphite powder.
I've been there and too much oil is the problem.
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Old December 12, 2009, 01:19 AM   #29
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Had the sx3 at the bottom of the list but that might have pumped it up with that comment ha. Now looking at the prices of the sx3 and the beretta xtrema 2. The maxus is just too new and needs time.
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Old December 12, 2009, 04:04 AM   #30
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Buy a classic that will likely greatly appreciate in value in the coming years. Get an old Browning Auto 5. It's like owning an old Porsche roadster. It's not beautiful until you look at it for a while, but it fairly reeks of class and character, is welcome anywhere, and will draw admiring glances where ever you go. On top of that, Auto-5's are rock-solid reliable and now, over 100 years after John Browning came up with the design in 1898, these guns are still among the fastest-operating autoloaders ever made. They shoot only 2 3/4 inch shells which are fine for waterfowl (as long as you don't shoot steel shot). In fact, the Auto 5 made it's reputation as an all-weather waterfowl gun. There are a few drawbacks. Its a little heavy by todays standards. It would have been fine for upland birds when I was a young man, but at my age now, I wouldn't want to walk too far with one. Finally, it's a HUNTERS GUN, not a fun shooting gun. In other words, its a recoil-operated gun that KICKs and you don't want to fire one any more than you really have to. Don't get me wrong. That first shot is a lot of fun. Maybe even the first five or six shots. But each succeeding shot after the first one is a little less fun than the one before it was, until finally about 12 shots down the string you become acutely aware that the recoil from that last blast hurt your arm, and you know the next one is going to hurt it even more, and so on. Shoot it in rapid succession more than about 15 times and you'll have a very nasty bruise, and won't be able to shoot a gun again for three weeks. But as a stationary stand, waterfowl gun that you'll probably shoot no more than five or six times a day, it still has few equals.
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Old December 12, 2009, 09:45 AM   #31
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SBE

I used a Benelli SBE, never had any issues with it and really enjoyed it. Unfortunately I don't really bird hunt anymore so I'm selling her but I would certainly recommend the SBE to anyone. Shoots up to 3 1/2 mag, handles the conditions, easy to break down etc. I've never shot the SBE II so wouldn't know how to compare the recoil to my SBE but the recoil was never really noticeable to me unless I was shooting 3 1/2 mags (which was rare) but I can't imagine any gun can do much about that.
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Old December 12, 2009, 10:33 AM   #32
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SX3's are going to be between $800 and $1200 new. Might be hard pressed to find a used one.
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Old December 12, 2009, 04:32 PM   #33
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I've got a 26" 11-87 SPS that's very soft shooting, has never let me down and I have abused the heck out of it. The only fault I can think of is that it's not any fun to clean. I also have a Benelli M-1 that's easy to clean, easier to carry and kicks a little harder. I just don't hit with it as well.
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Old December 12, 2009, 04:35 PM   #34
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I've got a 26" 11-87 SPS that's very soft shooting, has never let me down and I have abused the heck out of it. The only fault I can think of is that it's not any fun to clean. I also have a Benelli M-1 that's easy to clean, easier to carry and kicks a little harder. I just don't hit with it as well.

I've only got $1100 in both guns combined. I figure I've got an excellent primary and an awesome backup or loaner.
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Old December 13, 2009, 04:21 PM   #35
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Mossy 935! Several thousand rounds of every kinda load and NEVER gagged!
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Old December 20, 2009, 02:16 AM   #36
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Need some more opinions. Beretta Urika 2 or extrema 2? I've heard great things about both. I could get the urika 2 very early because of the price deficit.
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Old December 20, 2009, 08:14 AM   #37
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if you don't need the 3 1/2" shells, I would buy the urika 2. The extrema is considerably larger and IMO it doesn't handle so well. when it was time to buy another 391, my choice was the urika 2.
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Old December 20, 2009, 08:13 PM   #38
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nice im heavily leaning towards the Urika 2. I don't use 3 and 1/2 shells at all. Don't like the cost of em either. I have read that the Urika was much lighter too.

Have to admit though i held a browning maxus 2 days ago. I've never thrown up a shotgun or rifle that fit that perfect. Had a very good feel to it. I didn't think i would like the hand grip but it was very comfortable. Also i can get one in a town about 30 minutes from my town for 1200 with camo. Also found one at budsgunshop.com for 1088$ with camo. They've got some extremely good pricing on this guns the reviews are good. I might be sold, The main thing is it fits so well.

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