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Old February 27, 2000, 09:54 AM   #1
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I've been pheasant hunting in South Dakota since I was 14, back in the early 60's. When I started pheasant hunting everyone was using Winchester, Remington, Ithica, and so on. Over the years there have been some changes, Ithica's are getting scarce, but the biggest change just happend with in the last few years, - "Benelli's". Half of the people I hunt with in South Dakota are now using Benelli's. Bars are having drawings for Benelli's, The Casino on the Crow Creek Reservation is having a drawing - for a Benelli and a lot of the out of state hunters are bringing Benelli's.

What's the deal here.. Are they that good? Is the price right or something? I've never shot one.
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Old February 27, 2000, 10:59 AM   #2
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"What's the deal here.. Are they that good? Is the price right or something? I've never shot one."

The price is not right (as compared to the domestics - more expensive except the NOVA) but they are better than good.

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Old February 27, 2000, 01:52 PM   #3
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Benellis are good guns. I don't own one but have shot several and liked them. They're reliable, accurate, fast, and low-recoiling (even for an inertial recoil gun). Some like them better than say the 1100 because they aren't as picky with ammo and there's no gas ring or such to worry about.

They are expensive but then again, double guns are, too. They used to be more reasonably priced but it's gone up. A $200 will work just as well as a $900 Benelli, though. Benellis are popular with both LE and military so that boosts civy appeal. Everytime LE starts using something, civies usually follow suit. As to why your friends changed guns, who knows. Ask them. Maybe it was time for something new.

One might say that if it isn't broken why fix/change it, but maybe they got tired of the same old thing all the time. I think that the other guns out there Ithaca, Mossberg, Remington, etc are all good guns so it's just personal preference.
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