Tactical Shotgun choice

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    Tactical Shotgun choice

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    If you had the chance to pickup a semi auto tactical shotgun which would you choose 1. Saiga 12 or 2. Benelli m2 and why or another great choice?
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    Benelli if i had the cash, if not then the saiga, i like the saiga for fast reloads though
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    There are so many good choices. FN, Benelli and others, but strictly for price/value I would consider a Mossberg 930 SPX. I'm also a lefty and the controls are friendlier.
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    The Benelli m2 - in addition to it being an amazing shotty (in general) a huge plus is the ease/breeze of takedown/disassembly.
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    I just got a Benelli M2 Tactical 18.5" ComforTech w/ Ghost-ring as my new 3-Gun competition shotgun. It is an amazingly smooth and light shooting 12-gauge. If I defined a 1-to-10 scale for recoil with full-power slugs out of my older Rem 11-87 being a 10 and bird shot being a 1, then I think the M2 would be about a 7 for full power slugs; about a 5 for managed recoil slug and buck; and similarly easy-going for bird shot. The Inertia-Drive system should handle any 1oz or better load doing 1080fps or more---which covers every 1+oz load I have run across. My light target birdshot ran just fine, which I could not say about my 11-87.

    I am really loving the M2, but I will say, get the ComforTech stock---if not, you might as well buy a used Benelli M1 and save a bunch of cash for practice ammo.

    The M2 also has decent accessories; I our a Nordic +5 extension on it, so the gun runs 8+1 shells, and a Mesa Tactical side-saddle holds 6 (or 8, if you want) shells right at hand. It's a heck of a defensive gun.
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    i love Saiga shotguns, a nice Tactical Saiga with all the works sure looks sweet!
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    Quote Originally Posted by guardmt View Post
    Benelli if i had the cash, if not then the saiga, i like the saiga for fast reloads though
    How many folks are going to carry that huge extra magazine around for the Saiga 12? Just a thought.

    I think it is far better to get a regular shotgun with a tube mag - you can easily top it off from a butt cuff or a side saddle. You grab the shotgun, and the extra ammo is on it already.

    If you think you are going to need more shells than a typical tactical tube-mag fed shotgun will hold, you should be using a rifle instead.

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    Benelli.
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    The new Kel Tec looks pretty cool if you ask me. I love the idea of 14 rounds of buck shot, or being able to switch tubes and use 7 rounds of buck or slugs!!

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    Good points I'm selling my old Chevy truck and Ill have enough for either one but the Saiga have risen so much in price that I wanted to look at a few other choices and weigh the pro's and cons.
    The only negative I see about the Saiga is the long magazine as pointed out still a tough one. I think the benelli is a higher quality and the kel tec is tacticool but I want a semi.
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    I'd take the SBS Saiga 12 anyday of the week.

    But I figure most of you already knew that...
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    Quote Originally Posted by HotGuns View Post
    I'd take the SBS Saiga 12 anyday of the week.

    But I figure most of you already knew that...
    Hotguns you definitely have a good one it is one of the reasons im torn with this decision...lol
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    I would take the Benelli M2 if I had the cash. Nonetheless, I recommend the Mossberg 930SPX since it is a lot cheaper and a high quality firearm. For shotguns and revolvers, you cannot go wrong with an American brand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alachner View Post
    I would take the Benelli M2 if I had the cash. Nonetheless, I recommend the Mossberg 930SPX since it is a lot cheaper and a high quality firearm. For shotguns and revolvers, you cannot go wrong with an American brand.

    Very true my other 2 shotguns are Mossberg 500.
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    Saiga 12. It's infinitely more customizable and much easier to keep 922(r) compliant than the Benelli. Magazines for it range from 2 rounders up to a 30 round drum, allowing you to tailor your needs as you see fit.
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