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For a semi-auto - assuming the gun fits you, and shoots where it points - what would then defiine it as "best"?

My first thoughts, in order... Reliability, soft recoiling, and ease of maintenance.

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Check out the Browning Maxus. Third time out with out it, I picked up 3 birds and have been maintaining a even average.

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I shoot alot of shotgun sports and have most of the guns mentioned above. I agree with Brian in the post above but think there should be three things in front of his suggestions and those are fit,fit,and fit. Your eye is the rear sight with a shotgun and when shooting at fast moving targets you don't have the time to be aiming at the target your, gun needs to shoot where you are looking. That being said, in an auto I like the new Berreta Excel A400 the best. Light but well balanced, very light recoil, and very dependable. I have Benellis (kick to much), Remingtons (not as reliable), and Brownings (also not as reliable).It's not like three gun where you are aiming at things. IMHO

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If is dosen't fit it does not matter what brand it is you won't hit targets with it. I shoot a Custom Grade Kolar O/U for Sporting Clays and Trap Doubles and a Seitz for 16 yard and Handicap Trap. My back up guns for both games are 4 Beretta 303s. The 303 is one of the best auto loaders built in my opinion. The actions are extremely smooth and reliable. If you can find a nice one buy it. I shoot them when it rains and on Sunday afternoons of 400 target events when I am feeling tired. One thing all of the guns have in common is that they have all been custom fit to me.

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Over the time that I have been shooting sporting clays seriously (15 years or so), I have seen a migration away from "B" gun o/u's and toward Beretta 391s (and now to some extent A400s). Now what I see is most of (but not all of) the pros shooting Kriegoffs and Perazzis (as they always have) and more and more other hotshots shooting Berettas. There are some pretty good reasons for this, with recoil mitigation and the longer sighting plane topping the list.

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I got my Beretta A400 recently. Had to send it back because it had the wrong stock on it. However I did shoot a few rounds of trap with it and it was pretty awesome. Just shot high for me because of the stock.

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Browning X-Bolt is a semi automatic rifle which is perfect for shooting. It is the softest and most reliable shotgun in the industry. It is ultra reliable, fast handling and ingenious design loaded with many features.

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3 hours ago, jimmymuller said:

Browning X-Bolt is a semi automatic rifle which is perfect for shooting. It is the softest and most reliable shotgun in the industry. It is ultra reliable, fast handling and ingenious design loaded with many features.

what?????? this makes zero sense.

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Not a huge fan of the semi but if you want t0 go that route check out a Beretta 391 or a Beretta A400

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My 13 year olds began on a beretta 1301 and love it. Ive had a number of beretta semi and i can recall even one malfunction, with any load... in any temperature. 390 was my duck gun and took uncountable with that one. 

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Anyone had any experience with the Stoeger 3000 Sporting model w30 in ported bbl? Reliability, fit, poi etc.. I haven’t gotten to lay my hands on one yet but I plan to. I shoot a buddy’s 391 Teknys but it doesn’t fit me and I’m on a budget for a dedicated clays gun. I mostly shoot sporting clays and occasional round of skeet 

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I had the chance to shoot a round with a Beretta A400 XCEL MULTITARGET the other day and was VERY impressed.

I'd sell my Citori O/U in a minute to get one of those.

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I am going with an A400 Xcel Sporting 12ga. 30" if I can get it to fit. The guy that sells them from the range also fits them and I have an appointment on Thursday. I hope it works well for me, I really like that gun. 

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