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  1. 3.7 oz weight difference. For me it wasn't worth the extra $300-$400. My competition guns aren't all that light anyway. Where did you find the Gen2-E for $1100? Cheapest I've seen is around $1275
  2. Razor HD 1-6 (non E model) EuroOptic right now for $899 if anyone is in the market. Probably won't last long. https://www.eurooptic.com/search.aspx?keyword=razor+1-6
  3. I've been running my M3000 for about 3 years now and was thinking about getting another one so I could have a spare. I have a fair amount of spare parts already, so I guess I'm sort of invested in the platform. I was leaning toward saving a few bucks and just getting another M3000. The serial number placement is a bit of a bummer, but other than that I'm not sure the M3K is worth it for me. I did my own loading port last time, but this time around I'd probably get it done professionally. Or maybe I should jump ship and get something else? Any suggestions? Appreciate any input.
  4. Yeah, mag tube was polished a while back. I use 1 1/8, 3 dram, 1200fps loads pretty much exclusively. I'll try the Winchesters next time and see how it goes. If it still has issues I'll dig a bit deeper and see what I can figure out.
  5. Thank you for the detailed response. I did deburr the extractor slot when I replaced the extractor. It was pretty rough, the factory extractor had a nice groove worn in it. The current Benelli part looks good still, no signs of wear. I also made sure the ejector was moving freely in the barrel and put a drop of oil on it. I may remove it and clean the channel out just to be sure. You might be on to something with the Federal shell rims. Based on the type of malfunction I'm having there is a good chance the extractor is losing it's grip and sliding off the rim. They do look a bit more rounded than some of the other brands, though I've been using them for a while with good results. I might switch to Winchester Universal. Despite the bad rap they get they've run fine for me in the past. Any chance my recoil spring or inertia spring are worn out? Seems unlikely with only 2300 rds, but I thought about replacing them to be sure.
  6. Another troubleshooting question here... My M3000 has about 2300rds through it now. I replaced the extractor and spring with the Benelli parts at about 1k rounds as I was having extraction issues. It has run great since then, until now. It's extracting, but the empty hulls are getting hung up in the ejection port. After it did it the first time I thoroughly cleaned, lubed, and inspected it and found no issues. I ran it again the other day and it was fine up until the last stage and it jammed 3 times out of 15 or so rounds. It seems like it's short stroking, but I have no idea why it would be doing that. Ammo is mostly Federal bulk pack, which I've been running for years. Ejector, extractor, and inertia spring all look good. Thoughts?
  7. Thanks for the replies. I ordered a spare shell latch just in case, but I'm just going to keep running it as-is and see what happens. The loading port is opened up quite a bit. I tried to see if I could move the shell around enough to get it to slip past the latch, but it seems to hold them pretty well.
  8. Was shooting an all shotgun match the other day. Very first stage my gun had a weird jam that I have never experienced. One shell was on the lifter and another had popped out of the mag tube and jammed itself against the one on the lifter. I fixed it but it cost me a few seconds. I think it basically spit out two shells from the tube instead of one. Gun ran perfectly for the rest of the day, 200 plus rounds. Not sure if it was just a fluke, or if I should change some parts. I can't duplicate the problem. Gun was cleaned and lubed before the match. The only other thing I had done was torn it down to open up the loading port some more. Thanks for any opinions.
  9. I bought a couple of the Taccom rifle length ULW buffers and trimmed them down to the correct length for use in the A5 tube. They work perfectly.
  10. I retract my previous statement. Since switching to the new Federal bulk I've had them hang up on me a few times, including at today's match. I switched to AA's and finished the match with no issues. I need to do some more testing but I'm thinking it's the ammo. I noticed another shooter with a M3000 and the new Federal was having the same exact issues as me.
  11. Both the old and new Federal bulk run perfect in my M3000. YMMV
  12. I'm pretty happy with my Spitfire. One thing I don't care for is that the adjustments are 1 MOA. Most non-magnified optics are 1/2 MOA adjustments. 1 MOA makes it more difficult to fine tune. Other than that it's been great.
  13. Thanks for the replies. This build is currently set up for limited, and it has a Vortex Spitfire on it. Though it may get a magnified optic in the future. Max distance for matches around here is about 400, though 220-300 is more common for my monthly local match. I currently have a LW stainless barrel, but it doesn't seem to do well accuracy-wise when hot. I have an Odin 18" intermediate gas and a Rainier 16" mid gas to pick from to replace it. I like the looks of the Stretch, but was trying to stick with a $250-ish budget.
  14. Is an 18" barrel still the way to go, or are 16" barrels starting to become the norm? Do people mainly run an 18" just for the rifle length gas system, or do the extra 2" of barrel really help that much? I'm going to re-barrel one of my rifles and I'm trying to decide what is the best compromise between weight, accuracy, gas system length, balance, etc. Would also like to hear some opinions on barrel profiles. Thanks in advance
  15. I did notice the staining on mine as well. It's been that way since the first time out and it doesn't seem to come off. I can live with the staining, but there should be no peeling. Peeling on the bottom of the carrier shouldn't affect function, but it's still disappointing. I'm more concerned with peeling inside of the carrier where the gas rings ride.
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