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Saiga 12 versus Benelli M2 for 3-gun IPSC

Discussion in 'Competitive Shooting' started by capdek, Aug 7, 2009.

  1. capdek

    capdek Oregon Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    I've decided I would like to try 3-gun IPSC.
    I already have the Benelli M2 with an 18.5" barrel and a Nordic Components +5 extension tube (8 in the tube + 1 in the chamber). No doubt about it - this is a nice shotgun! I've got $1200 invested in this gun, but I have not been able to find speed-loaders for it.
    I can now pick up a practically new Saiga 12 for $550, then spend $? to get it upgraded for 3-gun IPSC. R & R Racing will do a top-end upgrade for $1300. I'm pretty sure that's on the high-end as far as price goes, but assuming I went that route, I'd have a finely-tuned Saiga 12 with a 10-round mag for $1850.
    In my opinion, my M2 is a much better shotgun than a stock Saiga 12, but without speed-loaders, I think I'll be seriously disadvantaged in 3-gun matches.
    I think an upgraded Saiga 12 would be a much better choice for 3-gun IPSC, but I'd have to fork out up to $650 more to make the switch.
    I'm interested in people's opinion on which direction I should go.
     
  2. Creeper

    Creeper Ravensdale, WA. Member

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    Maybe you should try three-gun first, before you start throwing money away.

    TecLoader makes a speed loader kit for the M2, and Arredondo makes a M2 "Speedloader Assist"... if you're really serious.

    C
     
  3. capdek

    capdek Oregon Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    Yea, I've come to the realization that I'm getting way ahead of myself.
    I think I'll go out and watch a match and see what I need - at a minimum - to compete at the most basic level and go from there.
    Thanks for the words of wisdom! :eek:
     
  4. Creeper

    Creeper Ravensdale, WA. Member

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    There ya' go... once you decide if you like it or not, and what class you want to run in, then (maybe) you can throw money at it like you was printing it in your basement. :winkkiss:

    C