Re: whats your FAV 12 ga semi?
All your "high end" semi's are pretty much comparable now days. Heard of guys who love the one they have, then the next guy has had problems. But they are just like cars, there are bound to be a lemon or two in every brand.
I shoot a versa max, absolutely love it. Some friends shoot the benelli SBE, couple others the Extremma, another the new A5, etc. All great guns.
Only thing I would say about the Vinci, is the placement of the safety. Most other guns have the safety in the same spot, near the trigger, I think the Vinci has it on the back of the reciever? Just something different that may be hard for you to get used to if you've always shot a different gun, the safety is like second nature, and that gun is just a little different. Never heard of any complaints about the gun itself, just hard to get used to that safety.
I would also say, get one that takes 3 1/2 inch shells. I personally don't normally shoot them, but if you happen run out of shells in the blind....and all your buddies shoot 3 1/2, your out of luck. not that it happens much, but it happened to me a couple years ago, when I was shooting my 11-87, 3" gun.