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#7076709 - 11/14/12 07:33 PM Benelli M2 vs. Browning A5
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I am thinking of a new autoloading shotgun. I have narrowed it down possibly to the Benelli M2 and the Browning A5, due to the best fit for me. I have never owned a A5 but have heard about jamming with the older gas system, but the new one is apparently fitted with a inertia type system, similar to the Benelli?

My father has a Benelli SBE so I have shot that a number of times. The M2 is similar but doesn't use the 3 1/2 inch shells. Other than that, any opinions out there from anyone who has shot one or the other (or both)??

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#7077683 - 11/15/12 07:22 AM Re: Benelli M2 vs. Browning A5 [Re: duckster]
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Old A-5 system wasn't gas. It was recoil and if friction rings are set properly, mine rarely (as in NEVER) jammed.
Unsure about the new A-5. They are different animals.
The 3" M2 super 90 is an awesome shotgun. It eats and spits anything from 2 3/4" skeet loads to 3" turkey loads without a hiccup.

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#7077814 - 11/15/12 08:02 AM Re: Benelli M2 vs. Browning A5 [Re: digger44]
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Both shotguns are inertia driven, which is a recoil system patented by Benelli. The patents have expired and Browning is offering a very similar system in the new A5.

Both are nice shotguns and your decision will probably come down to preference instead of technical merits.
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#7078033 - 11/15/12 09:15 AM Re: Benelli M2 vs. Browning A5 [Re: JOG]
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Great, thanks for the information. I will try to find a gun shop that has them both so I can try them out side by side.

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#7078801 - 11/15/12 01:16 PM Re: Benelli M2 vs. Browning A5 [Re: duckster]
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The local Cabelas here had both of these shotguns in stock, although in both in the full camo configurations. Both guns fit me personally quite well. The raised rib of the Benelli and the humpback design of the Browning serve to bring the gun up to my eye when mounting the gun. The Browning was a bit heavier than the Benelli. The M2 is about $200 cheaper. So, price may end up be the biggest determining factor.

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#7078933 - 11/15/12 01:57 PM Re: Benelli M2 vs. Browning A5 [Re: duckster]
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Originally Posted By: duckster
The local Cabelas here had both of these shotguns in stock, although in both in the full camo configurations.


Ewww.

Blue and wood all the way, black a waaay distant 2nd place, and I'd throw rocks before buying a camo shotgun.

The Benelli Montefeltro is slightly cheaper than the M2 and every bit the shotgun.
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#7080131 - 11/15/12 07:42 PM Re: Benelli M2 vs. Browning A5 [Re: JOG]
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Will the Montefeltro take 3 inch shells? I don't need 3 1/2 but 3 inch would be nice.

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#7080691 - 11/16/12 05:13 AM Re: Benelli M2 vs. Browning A5 [Re: duckster]
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Yep, 3-inch max for the Montefeltro. The Montefeltro also uses a low rib, which is a lot different than the M2 and A5 you've been looking at. Some guys have trouble adjusting to a low rib. Overall I prefer the Montefeltro. I don't hunt waterfowl and the Montefeltro handles more like an upland gun to me.
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#7080699 - 11/16/12 05:18 AM Re: Benelli M2 vs. Browning A5 [Re: JOG]
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The benelli has shims for the stock so you can chage the drop of the stock.

So if you shot a bit low, you can adjust it and bright the pattern higher.
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#7080715 - 11/16/12 05:23 AM Re: Benelli M2 vs. Browning A5 [Re: Spotshooter]
JOG Offline
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Yep, and so does the new A5.
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