Fixitman Posted July 23, 2005 Share Posted July 23, 2005 Looking for opinions. I'm looking at getting a new Semi-Auto Benelli. I want an all around gun good for Clays, Upland Birds, Turkeys, Coyotes, and basically anything else. The only thing that I am not into is Waterfoul. Tried it once about 10 yrs ago and did'nt much care for it. Now, I would like to go with a Benelli. That being said, this is my dilemma. I like the look of the new SS, I really like the extended crio chokes and the longer barrel. Cons are that it only goes up to 3" (not sure if I need 3.5", have'nt yet), and it's too flashy for turkeys. The next option was the SBE II in camo. First question I have here is, does the camo barrel get lost in the background when pulling up on a bird? Pros, are that it can go to 3.5" (again I'm not sure if I need 3.5") but it's there if I ever do. Cons, it only comes with standard crio chokes, and I prefer the extended crio chokes since they are much easier to change (no tool) when in the field or at the range. I really like the Timber camo but there again I prefer the 28" barrel and that is only offered in the Max 4 camo. Another question; would I look out of place at the clays range with a Camo gun? Also, I have heard some mixed stories about some of the lighter loads that some people have had success with the SS and SBE II, on Clays. As fun as these guns sound I'm sure I'll be doing alot of that. The other gun I considered was the cordoba. But that is only a Matte Black gun and I am steering away from that finish. I have an 870 pump in matte and it seems to collect surface rust easily. And I keep my guns cleaned and lubed very well. This all being said I am basically down to choosing 1 of 2 guns, the SS or the SBE II (not sure about 26" Timber or 28" Max 4). Even though I prefer the Timber Camo, I would most likely choose the Max 4 camo just for the longer barrel ( I just like the longer feel). My head tells me to go for the SBE II for the greater perceived utility. But something in me really likes the "Look" of the SS. Sorry for rambling on so much, but I have been debating this decision for quite awhile, and I hope that you folks in this forum can help. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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