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M1 Field vs. Montefeltro


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I am in the market for a 12 gauge semi-auto and considering either the Benelli M1 Field (synthetic) or Montefeltro. The shotgun will be used primarily for waterfowling. What are the specific differences in these two models? Do they use the same operating system? What about felt recoil--should I expect more from one or the other? Any information will be appreciated.

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The M1 Field and the Montefeltro have minor differences. The Montefeltro is in most forms wood stock. The Montefeltro is 3-4oz. lighter depending on barrel length and the drop at comb is 1 1/2 vs. 1 3/8". Your indicate you are going to use the gun for waterfowl hunting. I own each of these models, my suggestion would be a M1 camo 24". This model you could use for everything, ducks, turkey, upland game. The camo has a slight advantage over the synthetic because it offers a better level of protection against rusting. The Montefelro is very suspect to rubbing of the blueing in waterfowl hunting conditions. The 24" barrel swings extremely smooth and sets a nice balance on a M1 Field. The camo will cost you a few more dollars but the additional protection is worth it. I have a SBE, M1 Field and a Nova with camo and 24" barrels. The basic operating system is the same in both guns. Hope this helps!

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Originally posted by eprecht:

I am in the market for a 12 gauge semi-auto and considering either the Benelli M1 Field (synthetic) or Montefeltro. The shotgun will be used primarily for waterfowling. What are the specific differences in these two models? Do they use the same operating system? What about felt recoil--should I expect more from one or the other? Any information will be appreciated.

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Originally posted by eprecht:

I am in the market for a 12 gauge semi-auto and considering either the Benelli M1 Field (synthetic) or Montefeltro. The shotgun will be used primarily for waterfowling. What are the specific differences in these two models? Do they use the same operating system? What about felt recoil--should I expect more from one or the other? Any information will be appreciated.

IMO there is no question, M1 and do go camo. The Montefeltro is a great gun but will not stand up to the abuse of waterfowling and it will not accept the Benelli recoil reducer in the stock. Good Luck!

 

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