Performance Worth The Price

Discussion in 'Shotguns, Shotgunning, Ballistics & "Shooter's Tal' started by parrott, Sep 28, 2005.

  1. parrott

    parrott New Member

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    <P style="MARGIN: 0px">Everybody talks about the great SBE and SBE2, but I never hear why everybody likes them so much. I've looked at them in stores, and even had the opportunity to shoot an SBE1 while shooting clays one day, but like the Benelli&nbsp;slogan says, are they really "performance worth the price."&nbsp;I had so much fun shooting it on the range and didn't have the first problem with it, but I've never heard any "in the field" stories. Please let me know what you Benille owners think about your guns. For us left handed hunters, there are only a few semi-autos on the market and from what I can find, the SBE2 is the only 3 1/2" chamber on the market (and the SBE1, but can you still buy them new?). Thank you for the info. </P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">Jeff</P>
     
  2. johnch

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    <P style="MARGIN: 0px">IMO the SBE is not worth the price .</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">Or the beating you get everytime you pull the trigger.</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">I owned one for 1 season </P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">Trap loads kicked more thru it than 3"&nbsp;Hevi &nbsp;shot loads do thru the 11/87</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">It never failed , but I was starting to flinch </P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">Johnch</P>
     

  3. tripleb

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    <P style="MARGIN: 0px">There are several reasons waterfowlers like the SBE.&nbsp; The stock is adjustable for fit (drop and cast).&nbsp; The gun is relatively light in comparison with most steel receivered guns&nbsp;(which is appreciated by the feeble)<IMG src="http://www.websitetoolbox.com/images/boards/smilies/biggrin.gif" align=absMiddle border=0>.&nbsp; The gun action is silky smooth and functions in the absence of the regular cleaning that most gas guns require for reliable functioning (which is liked by those allergic to gun oil and powder solvents<IMG src="http://www.websitetoolbox.com/images/boards/smilies/rofl.gif" align=absMiddle border=0>).&nbsp; And, they pattern sufficiently well up to 40 yards&nbsp;with many varieties of steel shot with the factory chokes, although aftermarket chokes usually perform better with fast steel.</P>
     
  4. Trainer

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    <P>I have many clients and friends that shoot the SBE 1 &amp; 11.&nbsp; I personally do not like the way it feels.&nbsp; They have had no problems that I am aware of.&nbsp; I have used everything from Browning Citori 3.5, Remington Autos &amp; Pumps and the SBE.&nbsp; My preference is the Winchester 3.5 Auto.&nbsp; I now shoot this gun for everything.&nbsp; Never fails whether shooting sporting clays or hunting on Lake Ontario when it is very cold.&nbsp; Also very smooth &amp; fast action.&nbsp;Cost is less than the SBE.&nbsp; Definitely worth the price.&nbsp; &nbsp;Just my opinion.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Jim</P>
     
  5. Denny

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    <P style="MARGIN: 0px">Junior,</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">I'm not sure your uncles will let you in the blind if you bring a gun with you that&nbsp;is worth both of ours together! You sure you want to take a $1200 gun into the swamp?</P>
     
  6. ducksnbucks

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    <P>They are great guns, I have had four of them 2 SBE1's,1 M1 feild and and 1SBE2, unfortunately I keep seeling them or trading them off, only time I have had one fail was shooting dove loads through my SBE1 and that was my fault because I hadn't cleaned it in 2 yrs, I do like the SBE2 the best though, the new recoil system takes alot of that felt recoil out, shooting 3 1/2 loads is like shooting 3'' loads, my experience is if you keep them clean you shouldn't have any problems with it. Just my opinion... Andy</P>
     
  7. parrott

    parrott New Member

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    <P>Unlce Den,I thought all kids were taught to dream big! </P>
     
  8. Timmy

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    I have never had a problem with mine, very light, the smoothest and fastest action&nbsp; you will find, very easy to take apart and clean, patterns very well with factory chokes, also as Tony said if you think the recoil is too much you can buy the Mercury recoil reducer which I think is either 11 or 14 ounces, but I don't think the recoil is an issue. I know that Cabelas in Wheeling always has a few that are used and are resonably priced<br> Performance worth the price IMO<br>
     
  9. Hetfieldinn

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    <P style="MARGIN: 0px">I haven't had my SBE in the blind yet, but I've had it out shooting sporting clays and trap a couple times. I fell in love with it from the first shot. I was shooting a Baretta AL390 Silver Mallard, and it simply did not compare to the SBE.</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">I was at Dicks Sporting Goods buying my stamps, and they had it sitting on the rack. The tag said&nbsp;&nbsp; Discontinued-$1025&nbsp; .&nbsp; I offered the guy behind the counter $800 for it. He said "we don't entertain offers, especially one that low". I asked to speak to the manager, and he told me he was at lunch. I gave him my card and cell phone number, and told him to have the manager call me when he returned. My cell phone rang a few minutes later. It was the manager. He asked if I was the guy interested in the SBE. I said I was, and I would give $800 out the door for it. He said he'd have it ready when I returned. I did a U turn, and was the proud owner of a brand new SBE, box, chokes, and all for 800 smackers.</P>
     
  10. FOWLTALK

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    <P style="MARGIN: 0px">Thats funny you mentioned the negotiating practice with the big name stores. Many years ago my father would buy a gun from K-mart annually.</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">Back when they had some decent inventory. He would go right to the manager &amp; make an offer on the gun. Always bought it for lesser money, even when it was on sale. Everythings negotiable.</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">thats a good buy my friend.</P>
     
  11. RegisteredNurse

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    <P>HI GUYS, I HAVE A SBE 1 THAT I BOUGHT NEW 3 YEARS AGO. I USE IT FOR EVERYTHING FROM SQUIRRELS TO GEESE. I LOVE IT!! IT IS LIGHT, SWINGS VERY GOOD, AND FUNCTIONS DAY AFTER DAY WITH LIGHT MAINTENANCE. DURING WATERFOWLING I SHOOT 3.5 INCH MAGNUM LOADS, AND HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH THE RECOIL. TO YOU GUYS THAT ARE GETTING A KICK OUT OF IT, TRY TO SEE IF IT IS FIT TO YOUR PERSON PROPERLY. MINE FIT ME RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX. I AM 5'10", AND ABOUT 175 LBS., AND YES I HAVE NO PROBLEMS WITH THE 3.5 INCH MAGNUMS. I HAVE SHOT 20 GAUGE SHOTGUNS AT SUMMER CAMP WITH MY BOY SCOUT TROOP THAT KICKED MORE THAN THE HI POWER HI BRASS I USE FOR PHEASANT AND RABBITS WITH THE SBE1. IT TOOK ME ABOUT 3 YEARS TO SAVE UP TO BUY THE BENELLI SBE1, AND I AM GLAD I DID!! I AM EVEN GOING TO SELL MY PUMP&nbsp;DEER GUN, AND BUY THE SLUG BARREL FOR IT. NO MATTER WHAT&nbsp;PEOPLE HAVE THEIR OWN TASTE&nbsp;FOR WHAT FEELS GOOD TO THEM, AND IN THE END IT IS WHAT HELPS YOU BAG THE GAME, OR BUST THE MOST CLAYS. GOOD LUCK WITH THE UPCOMING SEASONS, AND GOD BLESS!!&nbsp;</P>