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Benelli M2 or M4?? Comments PLEASE!!

Discussion in 'Tactical Shotguns' started by rml, Jan 13, 2010.

  1. rml

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    been on the fence lately between an M2 or an M4.... i've read a lot of reviews, but they have all been at least a year ago and based mainly on theories.

    to those who have had experience with them, not considering the cost, what would you purchase and why?
     
  2. lawndart98

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    I've owned both, I still have the M4. The M4 has the ARGO system (a piston system under the barrel) and is built for combat. The M2 is a hunting shotgun, turned into a combat shotgun. The only benefit of the M2 is it's lighter.

    A new M4 will not feed birdshot very well unless you really lean into it. Again, it wasn't made to shoot that stuff. However, after about 100-150 rounds it will feed 'good' birdshot pretty well.

    I'd buy the M4. It also has a better re-sale than the M2.
     


  3. rml

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    i was told that the M4 was more forgiving in terms of loads precisely because of its gas-operated nature....
     
  4. SVTNate

    SVTNate Chargers fan

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    This is what I've read about the M4 as well... the M4 gas recoil system is more reliable with lighter loads.

    I bought a new M4 last week, but haven't had an opportunity to shoot it yet, and unfortunately won't be able to for awhile I think. I was hoping to break it in with a mix of slugs and 00 Buck, then try birdshot.

    I can tell you that it's a well built and well finished weapon, and it feels great to hold and point. I can't wait to get the barrel dirty, that's for sure!
     
  5. rml

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    too late, just got one too! hahaha! won't be able to handle it yet though, still at the FA office for processing... let you guys know.
     
  6. Javelin

    Javelin Got Glock? Silver Member

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    Congrats.

    What is an FA office? :dunno:
     
  7. rml

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    i meant firearms licensing office, don't wanna get too technical with the name and all so i just improvised.
     
  8. triggerjerk

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    It is meant to be functioning with lower power self defense loads.
    Not birdshot.
    However it will do fine with birdshot (at least the cheap wally world kind) with a firm grip.

    I have had no failures of any kind with mine when using slugs or buckshot.
    That includes cheap Wolf slugs, SB slugs/buckshot or wally world winchester buckshot.
     
  9. rml

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    so what ammo would you recommend i use to train with the M4?
     
  10. Javelin

    Javelin Got Glock? Silver Member

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    Any that you can afford.

    :thumbsup:
     
  11. triggerjerk

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    I would start with the cheap winchester buckshot and slugs you can get in
    value packs (silver) at Walmart. The cheap Sellier and Bellot loads work good
    too. Just way dirty due to the soft lead. Then you could look online for more expensive stuff to see how your gun shoots it . . .
     
  12. Michigun

    Michigun Miss Michigan?

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    I like the M4, but do know that my non-tac M2 has proven itself to be VERY reliable as my all-around bird hunting gun... I do a lot of duck hunting in some very nasty/dirty & cold weather conditions... nothing, aside of war, is harder on a shotgun than duck hunting!

    IMO, an M2 Tactical would be a great defense/SHTF shotgun.

    I plan on picking up an M2 Tactical sometime... my reason is because I am already VERY familiar with its manual of arms.
     
  13. save your self some money and get a NOVA it will shoot anything that says 12 gauge and a pump is always more reliable
     
  14. KSNAKE

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    I have a M2 shoots well, never had any problems.
     
  15. Jager1

    Jager1 UtilitarianSect Lifetime Member

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    And you will post a range report, correct? :supergrin:
     
  16. rem2429

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    An M2 with a extended tube is the go to gun for a lot of serious 3 gun shooters. They are known to run well and hold up well.

    That said, congrats on the M4. I have never seen anything from Benelli that wasn't a great gun.
     
  17. ronin.45

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    the M4 is nice but it doesn't offer any advantages for alot more money.
    You can't get more reliable than an M2 and they sell for under $1000 if you shop around.
     
  18. hardeyes

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    Hello;

    I own the Benelli/HK M1, M2, Super Nova, Nova, & will pick up a M4.

    All have given superb performance, and the M2 can shoot even the light birdshot rounds with no problems.

    All are the tactical models, with LPA GR sights, they do make quality products.

    I would go with whatever you feel comfortable with. The only problem I have is that they do recoil, my shoulder is more comfortable with the 308's & 223's, go figure.

    hardeyes