View Full Version : 12 Gauge Auto Loader- Recommendations?
M. R. Byrd
10-19-2008, 09:45 PM
Thinking about a 12 gauge auto loader. Anyone shoot one they would recommend?
I use an A5 (16 ga, though) and find it so reliable it is boring. Plus, there is just something added to the hunt using a classic , but fully functional firearm.
10-20-2008, 04:28 PM
I shoot an OU, and won't change, but my brother has a Winchester Super X3 that he swears by. Little recoil so followup shots are faster without re-acquiring the bird.
I'd talk to a salesman who knows his stuff. Tell him how you will use it, and make sure you get one that fits. There is nothing harder than shooting a gun that doesn't properly fit you!
10-21-2008, 09:39 AM
Never had an autoloader but a friend who is a gun whiz likes Binellis.
10-21-2008, 03:17 PM
I have a Beretta Xtrema II. It's a great waterfowl gun, but cumbersome and heavy - not a great upland gun IMO. After a few years of slogging it around and making credit card payments I got a Beretta ultralight Over-Under - love it. That said, if it's semi you want, I'd go with something light, and pass on Beretta's new synthetic stocks that have the overmoulded grips - they make a big clunky gun to be carting around all day and I find them slow to shoulder as a result. On the plus side, the recoil is unbelievably light - I shoot big 3.5 steel all morning and don't mind a bit! My buddy hunts wiht a Browning Sliver - very nice gun but still quite heavy.
10-21-2008, 06:48 PM
I might have missed the price you wanted to spend, but I got a Mossberg silver o/u was a good price, sold my winchester autoloader( too heavy ). Have ruger o/u also but for field use I'll use the moss and the ruger for clays.
had a rem 1100 good for waterfowl but to heavy for pheasant hunting since some days I have to spend 4 or more hours just to get 1 bird. I seem to wear out faster then the did did when I carried the auto. just my opinion.
10-23-2008, 09:14 AM
Benelli SBE baby! It's light and reliable and you can go ultra light if you want even lighter.
Should be deemed the official shotgun of South Dakota.
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