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Hello Salmoneye
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LH    Posted 04-03-2004 at 13:41:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Id like your opinion on Benelli shotguns if ya got any experience with them. I want to buy a good pumpgun so I am looking at buying a Benelli Nova since it will shoot anything up to 3 1/2 inches for reaching the geese and ducks. Ive never done any waterfowl hunting, just small and medium game and a few quail so obviously I need to get out and practice some trap or clays to improve my skills. TIA


Salmoneye    Posted 04-03-2004 at 14:33:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have no 'personal' opinion on Benellis, but I did happen to have some insight into them when I sold my Contender yesterday...My local dealer/gunsmith here (his name is Sherm) happened to mention that he had applied to be a Benelli warranty shop...I said good for him and he told me that they will give him $55 for each trigger group he repairs...Apparently the design leaves something to be desired, especially under the recoil of 3 1/2 inch loads...The SAAMI limits for 2 3/4 and 3 inch are the same at 11,500 CUP, whereas the 3 1/2 inch has an upper limit of 14,000 CUP...
Sherm also flatly stated that he will not buy them or take them in trade as every one he has been inside shows incredible wear (both pumps and autos) on the composite receiver...Apparently they are like Glock, but without the steel inserts to ride on in the high friction areas...

He is not impressed, and I trust him...

Can I ask why you feel the need for 3 1/2 inch?...
I still use 2 3/4 inch shells almost exclusively...I did shoot a box (well, half a box) of #2 3 inchers this year on geese, but they were a Christmas Present in 2002...Steel shot has come a long way since its inception and there are other non-tox alternative shots now that are as good (or better) than lead...

I swear by Kent Fasteel 2 3/4 inch with 1 1/16 oz of #2's or #3's...Simply lethal on big ducks...I will go to the 1 1/8 oz load of BB on geese...Last box of these I bought, I paid $11 for 25 and that is not a great price...Much better to buy them by the flat and you can get the price (delivered to your door) down below $10/box...

You should look to these guys for opinions on the Benellis...Lot sof people swear by them:

http://www.shotgunworld.com/bbs/

You should look to these guys for support on wild-fowling in general and for info specific to your area on the 'State Page' for where you live:

http://www.refugeforums.com/refuge/

If I felt the need for a 3 1/2 inch, I would just go with a 10 gauge and have it done...I have thought (along with many others) that the 3 1/2 12ga has been 'hype' since they were 'invented'...If I can't do it with a 3 inch 12, then I need a 10...

All IMHO...Learn to call and decoy...Don't waste shells blasting at everything that comes within 60 yards...It just scares the ducks and P's off the other people in the swamp...

Had a discussion one day with a guy that told me he takes 3 boxes of 25 shells into his boat when he goes duck hunting...That is 75 rounds of ammo to fill a 6 duck limit...I can't remember the last time I took more than maybe 15 rounds of 'duck loads' and maybe another 5 'goose loads'...

Do you have any shotguns at this time?...


LH    Posted 04-03-2004 at 14:48:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for the links, I read both shotgunworld, and Tom Knapps sites and forums daily. I would just like the versatility of being able to use 3 1/2 if I wanted to but most of my shooting would be the old 2 3/4's. Ive handled (but not fired) several of the benelli's if I was rich it would be a hands down choice of the super black eagle but my budget wont allow it right now. I saw a while back where Benelli stated the Nova should easily go 50,000 rounds without any significant wear. The only shotgun I currently have is my grandpa's old Stevens single shot. I've also looked at the Remington 870 supermags but honestly felt the benelli shouldered and felt better balanced


Salmoneye    Posted 04-04-2004 at 04:25:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well...Like I said...There are lots of people that swear by their Benellis...

I don't like the look of them, but then I am partial to the original Browning A5 design and the Remington and Savage clones...

The Benneli does have a really kool recoil design...Simplicity incarnate...I just don't like the 'plastic'...Took me a couple years to like The Wifes Glock though... lol


LH    Posted 04-04-2004 at 16:02:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah Im with you I hated Glocks until I finally bought one and then I gotta admit I liked em almost as much as my old 1911


Les...Hey Salmoneye    Posted 04-03-2004 at 14:45:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Do you know of anybody over your way that might have a good block for an H? My neighbor is looking for one. There is a guy who works at the prison in St. Johnsbury who has a stuck H he'll sell but of course there's no guarantee that the block is any better than the one my neighbor is trying to replace.


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