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M2 vs. SBE II


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Functionally, no difference. The SBE is a bit more "heavy-duty" with its steel upper receiver. I have several M1's and a SBE I. Aside from the SBE being a bit heavier, I've never really noticed any between how the two shoot. I never shoot 3 or 3.5 inch magnums. Consequently, I shoot the M1 a lot more than I shoot the SBE. If you're shooting a lot of magnums, the SBE is probably the way to go. If not, M2.

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Guest keithnson

I think the greatest advantage of the SBE2 over the M series is not the extra half inch of shell, but the ability to clean the trigger group without removing drift pins.

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3 ½” shell capability is useless when hunting upland game. Upland game hunters on foot for a day following a dog appreciate a light gun. I purchased my first Benelli (the Montefeltro) years ago primarily for its lightweight.


I think it’s also worth mentioning the Benelli Ultra Light in this discussion (inside the Upland Game sub-forum).



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