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im gonna be right honest with ya man. ive done right much duck huntin since i was 11 an ive never been much on a semi auto. id rather shoot a pump anyday. you just rush too much with a semi auto in my opinion.
the one your most comfortable with is always the best i hunted almost my whole life with an old rem 1100 then i lost it in katrina i now have a verona semi auto and a yildiz over/under both are cheap guns but they are also good guns and i shoot very good with both you dont need a high dollar gun to kill
The reason so many have read this but not commented is due to the way you posed the question: asking which is the 'best' semi-auto for duck hunting. This debate has gone on and on and will indefinitely, no doubt. As such, I won't state which gun I think is 'best' but rather the one I shoot and have 110% confidence in, which also happens to fit me well, thus I typically shoot it well. I shoot an Xtrema2, just wrapped up my 6th season with it and won't shoot anything else. It goes bang when I pull the trigger, ridiculously easy to break down for cleaning, works as a paddle, marsh walking stick, and never ever jams no matter what brand of ammo I run through it. That's just me.
If you've got the funding, I'd look hard at Beretta Xtrema2 or A400, or Benelli SBEII, or some of the new offerings from Winchester (SX3) and Browning (Maxus). See which gun FITS you then go from there. If you're not looking to spend that much, there are some decent models from Stoeger, Franchi, Remmy, etc. but don't lose sight of 'you get what you pay for', it certainly rings true when gun buying. Money can buy an expensive duck-killing machine but it cannot buy dead ducks when it's time to put them down over the decoys.
Awesome gun a breeze to clean and half the cost of a Binelli which it is made by. love this gun
I agree with vineytree I love my franchi. Its is not as smooth as a benelli SB2, but its made by benelli and basically uses the same inertia system. If your not looking to spend over a thousand I would recommend it.
Let me start out by saying I would never pay that kind of money for a gun personally. We are not able to hunt enough in a season for me to justify pay that kind of money. I was able to to get $1400 of Cabela points to buy one.
I bought it in 07 before going to Canada. I shot 2 boxes of 3.5 Mags for the Goose hunts and never felt a thing. I am not a good gun stewart (another reason I don't buy expensive guns) and think I have cleaned it once since buying it and have had no trouble. With the kick off pad absorbing a lot of the recoil it allows u to realign your 2nd and 3th shot faster. Not that I want to be fast but shoting my 3rd shot at 45 yards instead of 55 yards starts to add up.
I shoot a Browning silver and love it. I've shot a few new model guns and it really comes down to what you are comfortable with.
Browning! I shoot a Gold but the silver is a awesome! Im gonna buy the NEW auto 5 in camo soon.I would never shoot anything but a Browning.Never had any problems and I shoot ALOT.Me and my buddy killed over 400 birds this year alone and that doesnt include dove season,only clean it when seasons over
Superblack eagle II -- 12 gauge
i shoot the super black eagle 2 and love it. its a paddle a pry bar and one hell of a meat stick. i hunt some nasty conditions and never once a problem. also look at the maxius.
buy a super black eagle 2 12 guage. all black synthetic