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 Posted 10/12/2010 10:10:45 PM
 

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After saving my money for a good semi-auto for this up coming waterfowl season, I decided to go with Benelli's Inertia driven system. I was strongly looking at the M2 field over its "over my wanting spending limit" big brother the SBE 2, its 3' camber was fine with me, compared to the SBE 2, I've never owned or shot a 3 1/2 cambered gun. But I was on Benelli's site earlier and at the bottom was there new "American" models, all they did was take off the ComforTech stock from the M2 and SBE 2. After comparing prices at a near by Cabela's, a New M2 ComforTech, is roughly the same as price as a New SBE 2 "American". And after some research, people are basically saying that the ComforTech is a marketing gimmick, and no-one really feels recoil when cupped up birds are diving in your spread, which I understand. So now the "American" looks like a good buy, having that option of 3 1/2 really appeals to me just knowing that its there, even though I might not use it all the time. And then with further research, I found out the SBE 2 is easier to clean, bigger trigger guard, longer receiver+ longer sighting plain, than the M2. Which made me excited to know that I might be a future owner of the ever famous SBE 2. So I guess the purpose for this post is I guess Im looking for a confirming word from fellow waterfowler's that this is a good deal and go for it, and if anyone own's this "American" to express their experience with it.

Forgive this lengthy post. Haven't posted since last season, hope everyone's doing well and excited for the season.


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 Posted 10/12/2010 10:16:58 PM
 

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Who doesn't like pictures.

"It's not about the bag limit its about the experience"
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 Posted 10/12/2010 11:08:52 PM
 

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Good gun, a buddy of mine just bought one and used it for teal season and dove hunts. He enjoyed it and I liked the way it shot. The comfortech system does reduce muzzle jump quite a bit, but the new system isn't bad at all. It's an incredible difference if you've been shooting a Nova like I have. I'm gonna buy one before too long also. Hope this helps a little.


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 Posted 10/13/2010 12:25:35 AM
 

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I bought the SBE American two weeks ago...great gun..just do it!

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 Posted 10/13/2010 7:48:44 AM
 

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I have the M2 I love it!! I have the comfortech stock and I gotta say its no gimmick its very nice on the shoulder IMO. Buy the one that feels right for you. I never shoot 3-1/2" shells so the M2 is perfect for me. Good Luck with your choice. But I would say if I had to choose between the SBEII American and the M2 comfortech I would choose the M2 all day just me though.

Edited: 10/13/2010 7:49:48 AM by chadandy12
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 Posted 10/13/2010 10:46:45 AM
 

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I have the M2 American and so do my two brothers.  We all upgraded this year from the Benelli Nova.  I have to say that the difference between the M2 American and the M2 Field is very minimal.  YES, you do get the Comfortec stock with the M2 Field, but at an additional $200-300.  To me, the Comfortec stock was not worth the extra money, so I got the M2 American.  I have shot my dad's M2 Field with the Comfortec stock, and YES it does make a little bit of a difference.  It's not night and day.  However, I'm 220lbs of mostly muscle, so the extra recoil was really no big deal for me.  My shoulder can take it.  And, it's not like you are shooting the gun constantly when you are hunting, so are you really gonna complain about the recoil when the day is done?  Probably not because even without the Comfortec the gun still doesnt kick hard.  I say this, GET WHAT FITS YOU AND YOUR BUDGET.  The SBE II is a better gun.  No question there.  I promise you you will not be dissappointed with either gun.  Just make sure that you dont do what most NEW Benelli owners do, and that is MAKE SURE YOUR BOLT IS FORWARD!!  My brother found this out the hard way this season when his gun went "click" instead of "BOOM".  This is because of the rotating bolt assembly. If you allow the bolt to slide back and come sliding forward SLOWLY your gun will not fire because the bolt didnt rotate back to the correct position.  If this happens just pull the bolt halfway back and let it jam forward on its own and it will fire.  Hope this helps.

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Edited: 12/21/2010 11:47:26 AM by MYd0gRoX
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 Posted 10/13/2010 1:05:32 PM
 

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Thanks for that tip about the bolt. @ mydogrox, did you guys ever "break in" your benelli's with heavy loads first to the loosen the bolt? Ive seen many ppl talking about "breaking in" there guns so they will cycle every load reliably.

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 Posted 10/13/2010 1:41:16 PM
 

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The day I got it I went and shot a box of cheap Winchester target loads.  I have NEVER had the thing not cycle a round.  The thing does "break in" but it never actually needed to be broke in to work.  When I say "break in" I mean that the gun just gets even more smooth with every shot.  Yeah, it's a little tight at first, but it still will not jam. Just keep it clean (as with any gun).  This past summer over the 4th of July weekend I shot over 1,000 rounds through it in 3 days.  All cheap target loads, no jams, never cleaned it until I got home.  Oh, and my shoulder didnt even hurt...  So, you should be good to go.  Just watch the bolt like I told you about.

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Edited: 10/13/2010 1:42:50 PM by MYd0gRoX
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 Posted 10/13/2010 1:46:53 PM
 

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What are you thinking about getting by the way, the M2 or SBE II?  Or, have you already brought your new baby home?

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 Posted 10/13/2010 2:03:55 PM
 

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Yeah basically the more you shoot the smoother the action gets. No I'm still on the fence sadly... The fence is composed of, necessity of 3 1/2. look, feel, money, Im a college student with a ok job, but still moneys not hangin on the tree. Spending this kind of money on a shotgun is a big deal, I want to make it count.

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