February 28, 2012 at 5:05pm
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.