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Old March 2nd, 2012, 09:48 AM #1
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M4 or ???

I've read a bunch of threads and interweb nonsense.

M4=super awesome shotty of doom, won't cycle birdshot, will cycle birdshot, sucks because you can't get an extension, doesn't suck because you can get an extension, M2 is better, M4 is better......on and on and on. The interweb is getting silly with misinformation.

What I want:
I'd like to shoot just about any load through it.
I'd like 7 shots even if it's an upgrade down the road.
I'd like a pistol grip stock even if it's an upgrade down the road.
I'd like 18.5" to 20" in barrel length.
Threaded for choke tubes would be a plus.

Mossbergs are out. Even though I'm a big fan.....I want a pistol grip and the thumb safety sucks for this.

I've considered the M2. Little lighter. But seems the M4 does what the M2 does better.

Versa Max and Tac4 don't appear to have pistol grip stocks available.

Saiga12.....I'm just not sure about them.
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Old March 2nd, 2012, 10:07 AM #2
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http://www.remington.com/products/fi...ot-turkey.aspx

11-87 turkey gun. Little long in the barrel but seems like an option. Wonder how it cycles birdshot if it is set up to run turkey loads.

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What's the appeal of the pistol grip stock?

Personally, I hate them, but if you've tried them and you like them, I won't judge. Whatever floats your boat. The reason I'm asking about the appeal of this type of stock is because...

The big issue with the M4 is that it is imported in "neutered" form with that stupid phony extended tube. When you add the "evil" extension, you're in 922r territory. That means that you've either got to lose the "evil" pistol grip stock to keep it in "sporting" configuaration, find enough US parts that it is considered a domestically built gun (very expensive for a Benelli), or register it as an NFA item (PITA). The one advantage of the NFA route is that you can do anything short of converting it to full auto to the full limit of your budget and the gunsmith's skills.

If I've made some mistakes here, forgive me and I welcome any corrections.

Also, what's your budget for this gun? The M4 is an expensive brute in stock configuration and it gets worse when you decide to start adding accessories and upgrades. If you've got $4,000 burning a hole in your pocket, I'd love to see either an M4 SBS or an M1014 conversion. If you don't, I'd advise you to find something else. The Benelli already costs over $1,600 in neutered form. Making it into a proper fighting shotgun with an extended tube and "sporting" stock to avoid 922r will likely run you around $2,000.
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Old March 2nd, 2012, 11:54 AM #4
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I just keep coming back to the M2 or 4 because of the options. Not looking to nfa anything. 2k is within budget. Can I not put a US made mag tube and follower on a pistol grip stock M4?
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I just keep coming back to the M2 or 4 because of the options. Not looking to nfa anything. 2k is within budget. Can I not put a US made mag tube and follower on a pistol grip stock M4?
You can, but you're going to have to replace other parts. Finding US made parts for a Benelli is going to be pricey and may be a pain. Here's a good, in-depth guide about 922r with links to the actual regs:

http://home.comcast.net/~navy87guy/home/922r.html

Again, if there's anyone in the house who can confirm this or correct me, go for it. This is my best understanding of the law as it stands.
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Remington 1100 Tac-4. Or don't get a pistol grip and get a 930 SPX.
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Remington 1100 Tac-4.
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I have one and love it. The bead sight stinks, but I planned to mount a red dot anyway (and the receiver is pre drilled and tapped for a rail) so this was not a concern for me.

Cycles birdshot and LE reduced recoil buckshot reliably.
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I really like the pistol grip. If not for that, I'd probably wind up with another Mossberg.

That 922r stuff gets tricky.
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http://www.carriercomp.com/FAQ.html

Seems like their tube, follower, and hammer would reduce the number of import parts to 10 for about $250.

The standard fixed stock Benelli M4 model 11707 as imported contains 13 parts, which are governed by 922(r) provisions. Prior to performing any modifications, you must FIRST reduce that parts count to ten (10), after which the parts count may NOT exceed 10 import parts from that list, while simultaneously sporting any governed modifications;
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The 1100 and 11-87 have pistol gripped stocks available. I run an 11-87P in 3-gun, I have to keep it lubed up to have it run bird shot.
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