Hard to beat a montefeltro for an all around gun.
I had a M2 and couldn't hit a barn door with it (stepped rib). Montefeltro fits my eye a lot better.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.
This is why I sold my M2 in lieu of a montefeltro camo. Love it. Shoots 50-50 just like my O/UNothing 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.
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 wellI 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?