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Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: York County, PA
I grabbed a barely used Stoeger M3500 for $500 last year. I've heard it described several times as a Benelli on a budget. I've not run a ton of rounds through it yet, but I've no complaints thus far except for a trigger that's heavy with some creep on the trap range, but definitely not noticeable in the goose blind. It comes with a weight to put in the stock to cut recoil on magnum loads, and it doesn't like low-brass with the weight in place. With the weight removed, it's cycled anything I fed it, just a little more recoil on the heavy stuff.
I've heard great things about the Winchesters and Franchis as well.
If your pockets are deeper than mine, Browning, Beretta and Benelli would be at the top of my wish list, in that order.
"Well boy, you ain't gonna git nothin' layin' in that bed." ~My ol' man
Last edited by jmbear12; 12-06-2018 at 09:36 PM.