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Old 04-18-2017, 04:28 PM   #1
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Just wondering if anyone has had any experience with either of these guns. Looking for pros and cons between the two and if you'd prefer one over the other.

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Old 04-18-2017, 05:21 PM   #2
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I like my Franchi. Biggest pro for me was that it didn't cost me $1200. It's the first automatic that I've ever owned so I'm definitely no expert.
I guess last year when it was cold as shit out it didn't want to cycle shells very well, broke it down and cleaned it and it cycled just fine again. That's maybe the case with alot of auto's in the frigid cold though. Threw a mag extension on it this year for snows and it buzzed right through the whole magazine without a problem.
I'm sure there's other guys on here that have owned both and can tell you more.
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Both are very similar guns. 1.5" drop at comb. The Affinity is much lighter weighing 5.6 pounds compared to 7.5 pounds for the M3000
M3000 is Made in Benelli's Turkey plant. Not really sure where the Affinity is made.
As far as quality, Franchi=Mercury/Stoeger=Ford.
I haven't shot an M3000 but have shot the Affinity several times and really like it.
If it was me I would spend an extra few hundred and buy the Franchi.
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Both are inertia drive guns. The big difference between the two is one is made it Italy (Franchi) and the other is made is Turkey (Stoeger).

I just bought a Stoeger M3020 over the weekend as I wanted a 20ga autoloader. I had some shoulder/arm issues last year and wanted to give my arm a break this year. Did a lot of reading on the Stoegers and there's not much to say in the negative column. It's made just like a Benelli M2 and it's a great shooter. I don't think you'd be disappointed with the Stoeger.
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After comparing my Franchi Affinity 12ga to a hunting buddies Stoeger I would take my Franchi hands down. He would agree. My Franchi is far superior in craftsmanship compared to the Stoeger, in the way the gun breaks down and assembles, to the way the bolt closing in the action. The Franchi is much smoother.
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After comparing my Franchi Affinity 12ga to a hunting buddies Stoeger I would take my Franchi hands down. He would agree. My Franchi is far superior in craftsmanship compared to the Stoeger, in the way the gun breaks down and assembles, to the way the bolt closing in the action. The Franchi is much smoother.
Did you happen to take pictures of the differences you found? I did a lot of research and reading as well as tearing guns apart at local shops and was not seeing enough differences in the guts of the Franchi vs the Stoeger to concern me.
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I did not. The way the barrel fit in to the receiver was poor. The magazine cover knob took some playing with to properly get it to thread on to the magazine tube. Not to mention is quite a bit heavier than the Franchi.
Best advice I can give is to find a place that has both and hold them in each hand. You will see the difference. From my understanding is goes Benelli>Franchi>Stoeger
I've never had a single jam or issue with my Franchi. My buddy's Stoeger has failed to cycle on multiple occasions.
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I did not. The way the barrel fit in to the receiver was poor. The magazine cover knob took some playing with to properly get it to thread on to the magazine tube. Not to mention is quite a bit heavier than the Franchi.
Best advice I can give is to find a place that has both and hold them in each hand. You will see the difference. From my understanding is goes Benelli>Franchi>Stoeger
I've never had a single jam or issue with my Franchi. My buddy's Stoeger has failed to cycle on multiple occasions.
You are correct on the order. The Franchi is for sure the superior gun between the two and the price tag reflects that. Franchi is made side-by-side with Benelli in Italy.

Stoeger does have the exact same Inertia-Driven recoil system that both the Benelli and Franchi has, but at a much cheaper price point. This will be my first year using a Stoeger, so we'll see what kind results I get with it. For around ~$450 for a semi-auto, inertia drive 20 gauge, it's hard to beat.
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Yes, same inertia driven "system", but less quality components within the system, IMHO. Parts of the Franchi are polished where the Stoeger are not. Just something to look for.
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Bought my affinity end of February after doing a lot of reading research and handling the gun in sporting gun stores. Loved it for the fit and weight since I have a bad lower back. Now the bad part. It is in the repair shop. I decided to put it on paper and the results are awful. It shoots a good pattern at 16 yards but the pattern is way way too high and off to the left. It was not just me shooting either. As I said before on this site, I would have to aim at a turkeys feet go hit it in the head. And since it terribly high at 16 yards then it will be much higher at 30. You won't have a chance to hit a moving target. I will post the report of their research in 5 weeks. Some other buyers have the same problem I have. WE will see.
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I have never shot an affinity but used to own a stoeger. I will never purchase a stoeger ever again. The first two years it worked fine, then it was problem after problem the next 2 years until it fired its last shell on the last day of goose season a couple years ago. The chamber, bolt, and barrel exploded on my first shot. Metal pieces everywhere, I'm lucky I didn't get hurt! Some of the main problems experienced were the famous "click" issue. Pull the trigger and "click" nothing would happen. Another issue was it would not cycle light loads after the 2nd year. Whether it was light trap loads to rabbit loads to even some duck loads. I'd get the first shell fired but it would not cycle the 2nd shell fully.

Like I said no experience with the affinity so take my opinion how you want about the stoeger.
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Another issue was it would not cycle light loads after the 2nd year. Whether it was light trap loads to rabbit loads to even some duck loads. I'd get the first shell fired but it would not cycle the 2nd shell fully
I wouldn't say this is too much of a Stoeger problem but more of a Benelli inertia break-in issue. My daughters M2, my I12, and I've seen the Affinity struggle with light loads until you get several hundred rounds through them. Today I shot the new SBEIII at the trap range, and it even struggled. Once he got about 300 rounds through it, it was flawless. My Franchi took about a 1000 rounds before it was broke in enough to cycle light loads.
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