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Anyone shooting Beretta a-400 xcel sporting?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by RioVistaBob, Sep 26, 2012.

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  1. RioVistaBob

    RioVistaBob Member

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    Thinking of getting a doubles, skeet, and sporting clays gun all in one. I've had 391's and Teknys and loved them. Saw the new blued A400 and was impressed with the improvements Beretta has done. I already have trap combos so don't want another trap gun.

    Was curious if anyone shoots one of them and how you like it? Any problems?

    thanks
    Bob
     
  2. dls guide

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    A young lady at our sporting clays range is shooting one and seems to like it a lot. She says that it shoots very soft and I haven't seen it miss a beat. I don't know much about autos, but I would consider buying one.
     
  3. gold40

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    I have owned a new A-400 Sporting Xcel with the Kick-Off option for three months and fired about 8 flats. I like it a lot. No problems or issues.

    The recoil reducer really makes a difference.

    It functions well with target loads of 7/8 oz. and 1 oz.

    I did add a barrel weight and the heavier magazine cap to make it more "muzzle-heavy."

    Nice shotgun.

    gold40
     
  4. Shooting Jack

    Shooting Jack Active Member

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    A good friend of mine has one and he loves it. He is impressive with it shooting the long bird. It fits him well I guess because he don't miss often. He's only 79 years young and can't stand for long but while he's up he is awsome with that A400 and anything else he pick up. LOL Jackie B.
     
  5. gunsnrods

    gunsnrods Member

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    I been shooting my A400 "Smurf" gun for over a year..shoots great, I'm tall so I have a1/2 spacer in front of the kick off. My only complaint is the barrel loads up with wad residue near the forcing cone.
     
  6. bluedsteel

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    A good friend of mine has one, and I rented one at my local sporting clays range for a 100-bird event. I have no complaints with the gun, and neither does my friend, except for the usual complaints associated with all autos...chasing ejected hulls, mechanical sounds upon firing, sometimes hard for others to see if action open...etc.

    If I were considering an auto, it would be at or near the top of my list.

    bluedsteel
     
  7. darr

    darr Well-Known Member

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    I bought an A400 to shoot 3.5" coyote loads.I used it for dove hunting shooting 1oz loads.It handles both loads nicely and is really easy to clean.Uncomplicated action

    Darr
     
  8. BrokeTrapDad

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    Bob Ill meet you at the Gun and Bocci club in Stockton and you can shoot my SuperSport Benelli and you wont want the A400 then Ill trade you for a Trap Gun....lol
     
  9. Spanky

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    Just an opinion but the Parallel target version to me would be a better all around choice. Only my opinion.
     
  10. rwtii

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    I got one for my son who does not like recoil. I have shot it a few times and it is the softest shooting 12 ga I have ever used. It has a drop stock and the kickoff. The parallel comb is way to high for me and I think it still would be with max drop on the shims. I taught a group of women last weekend and used it for that. I put a neoprene stock sock on it with a little foam under it on the comb and they loved it. Gas Gun, Benelli rotating bolt, kick off on the stock and even a hydraulic bolt buffer. The only way it gets softer is if someone else shoots it.
     
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