I just got a the Benelli Super Black Eagle and you are right. I just happened to find one at a great store for a crazy low price. I just got to go duck hunting with it for the first time. That thing is a slayer! It has a great feel. The 3.5" do seem to be a little much. My shoulder feels like it went through a meat grinder. I think I am going to try some 3" nitros next time to take the ease of my shoulder. I did look at the Remington 870, totally different gun (look at price difference). Just not the same category. If you can handle a pump the Benelli Novas a great also and much more reasonably priced.Virginian said:I have very little experience in this area, but for a 3-1/2" gun I'd go with the Remington 870. Some folks like the Mossberg, but I just trust Remington more. If you consider the Browning, you may as well get a 10 gauge as lug that around in my opinion. The Benelli Super Black Eagle is THE gun, if you want to spend that much money I do believe. Not heavy at all and handles like a dream for me. You will know when you touch it off, as with the Remington or Mossberg.
I do agree with Bill though. If you have a 3" 12 already, spend the money on premium shells and see if you aren't satisfied with the results. Thanks to Hevi-shot, I sold my 10 gauge.
I'm no expert so I asked our goose guide a few years ago what in his opinion was the shotgun with the fewest mishaps in the field. Without question he said it was the Benelli and the Beretta.rgparish said:I'm thinking about buying a 3.5" mag 12 guage for geese and crane purposes.
Anybody got an idea of what the best brand is for your money in one of these?