Upland & Duck hunting shotgun

Socal858

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Just bought an affinity 3 as my upland mostly and duck occasional gun. 20 gauge.
 

Socal858

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I appreciate the confidence and I think you’re right. I’m hunting with a SS now and am looking forward to a third shot on those damn Chukar flushes.
I think you’ll really like that Affinity 20. I really like mine. I shoot it at ducks doves and upland.
 

Blackstorm

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My first all around gun was a 2 3/4" 12 ga auto Charles Daly made in Japan, It broke 7-8 years ago after shooting upwards of 10,000 birds and I had it for over 40 years at the time, I've since had it repaired and retired it to the gun cabinet. About 25 years ago I bought my first purposeful waterfowl gun a 12 ga Browning BPS fully skinned, It was bought because I was middle gun in blinds and on the boat and bottom eject was needed. It fit me well and I still use it today hunting 70+ days for waterfowl. My current pheasant gun is a Browning Maxus in 12 ga it fits me like a glove, I shoot it every week in the summer for a local dog pro and it hasn't missed a bird in almost two years. On SoDak pheasants it is deadly as well, its swing is perfect for the larger birds. My O/U is an old Charles Daly that I bought for the 2004 National Amateur Championship that I invited to shoot at in 12 ga. This gun was fitted to me and I can't remember exactly what they did but length of pull was increased, its like pointing your finger shooting this gun. On Quail the last few years it worked on killing them but was too much gun even with the lightest loads.

My point is that all these guns were perfect fitting and they have worked flawlessly for many years, the guns I feel are far better than I am as a shot and I'm trying to get to their level.

The A400 is a wonderful gun and will work well as a general purpose gun, It is built stockier so carrying all day it might not be the best choice in an upland environment. In a duck blind it should work great, if you need a quick pointing gun for quail and such there are better choices out there, but it will work.

I have a lot of 20 ga and 16 ga guns as well, some fit better than others and I try to match the ga to the bird.
 

AZ_Hunter_2000

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Run both a Beretta A300 and A400. Love them and use them for turkey, dove, quail, and waterfowl.

Shoulder lots of shotguns and see which fits you the best.
 

andfisch15

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Beretta A300 has been a great gun for me. Swings great and is not to heavy. No one needs 3.5 inch to waterfowl hunt anyways. Highly recommend especially if you can find it on sale. 4-5 years ago my brother and I both found one for $600. Who knows in todays market...... Looks like they'e about $700-$900 depending on finish.
 

OMB

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Hard to beat a montefeltro for an all around gun.

Agreed, especially at the price point, not sure there's a better inertia driven auto. I've put thousands of rounds through mine from ducks/sharptails in Saskatchewan to doves in Kentucky and pretty much everything in between. Mine also looks like it's been everywhere at this point as well, so if I were using it for waterfowl much I would get the synthetic stock version. A Benelli M2 would also be an awesome choice for this application.

Biggest thing on shotguns is to handle and/or shoot as many as possible before committing to something at or above your price point. Join an org like Ducks Unlimited/Ruffed Grouse Society/Pheasants Forever and go to local chapter meetings if you need to meet guys with a variety of shotguns. Forums/advice can point in the right direction, and with enough practice you can shoot any shotgun reasonably well, but I have way more fun shooting the shotguns I've picked out or had fitted. My Montefeltro's and Beretta 686 all feel like natural extensions of my body when they come to the shoulder.
 

CHRISSTANLEY11

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I really like my Stoeger m3500. I hunt primarily waterfowl with it but have hunted quail, dove, and turkeys with it, and it does it all just fine. I duck hunt probably 20+ days a season and have been doing that with this stoeger for 3 seasons. The only problems I be have with it have been my own fault. You won’t win any beauty contests with it, but they are an affordable tried and true semi-automatic shotgun. I have hunted with my buddies sbe 3, and I have to say they have the ergonomics down on this gun but it doesn’t justify 2x the price tag over my stoeger to me. I have heard great things about the Franchi affinity but have never shot one.
 
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Fadetoblack188

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i vote for the benelli as well. will this be used in salt water for waterfowl at all? if salt i would move towards a coated shotgun and not a blued/wood.

if used in salt, maybe a sb3 or m2
 

arock

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I wanted to get a Montefeltro and ended up with a M2 since it shouldered better for me and just felt more natural to handle. I really liked the feel of the Ethos as well but it is shiny and I was trying to keep it under 2k out the door.

Didn't care for the way the A400 felt in my hands (prefer the weight in the back end rather than the front) but the 686 I've shot felt great. I've got a vintage Sears side by side I inherited and have shot fairly well for 25 years. Heavier than a modern gun but it goes bang and isn't miserable to carry around the woods as long as lead is allowed there.

Its all subjective. Can't go wrong with any of the Italian made guns IMO (Benelli, Beretta, Franchi). Handle a bunch and go with the one that shoulders best in your budget.
 

greenomics

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I wanted to get a Montefeltro and ended up with a M2 since it shouldered better for me and just felt more natural to handle. I really liked the feel of the Ethos as well but it is shiny and I was trying to keep it under 2k out the door.

Didn't care for the way the A400 felt in my hands (prefer the weight in the back end rather than the front) but the 686 I've shot felt great. I've got a vintage Sears side by side I inherited and have shot fairly well for 25 years. Heavier than a modern gun but it goes bang and isn't miserable to carry around the woods as long as lead is allowed there.

Its all subjective. Can't go wrong with any of the Italian made guns IMO (Benelli, Beretta, Franchi). Handle a bunch and go with the one that shoulders best in your budget.
I had a M2 and couldn't hit a barn door with it (stepped rib). Montefeltro fits my eye a lot better.
 

callen3615

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Nothing wrong with any of the big name shotguns. For me it's about fit and sight. I like a 50/50 pattern gun. I shoot more waterfowl than upland birds. Most upland guys run a higher ribbed barrel that gives them a 60/40 pattern.
This is why I sold my M2 in lieu of a montefeltro camo. Love it. Shoots 50-50 just like my O/U
 

Wassid82

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I am looking to purchase my first real hunting shotgun. I've borrowed for years and figured its time to buy my own.

I want a good all-around gun. Wondering if this Beretta is a good option for use in both upland and waterfowl hunting?


Any pros/cons of barrel lengths or is this just a personal preference of gun size? Any other recommendations?
I have several shot guns in different gauge and size to accolade my family of hunters. I think there are good guns for individuals and hunting situations the guns we use are: stoeger, stevens, ruger, benelli, Remington, browning, and beretta. I think the a400 is the best all around gun. We hunt turkey,upland and waterfowl. If I were required to only use 1 gun it would be the a400. I thought I would only be a browning guy but you can’t argue with results. My hunting buddy uses a a300 and it is very nice as well
 
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