A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to hunt gobblers with Stoeger’s new M3000, a 12-gauge semi-auto 3-inch gun built for turkey and waterfowl hunting. The gun works off the same inertia-driven system that Benelli utilizes — Stoeger is owned by Benelli — but comes at just a fraction of the price of a Super Black Eagle II.

The M3000 is an upgrade of the M2000 in the Stoeger line with the main differences being that the new version comes drilled and tapped for a weaver-style base, it has a recoil reducer stock option and includes three chokes (improved, modified and extra full turkey).

The gun I shot was fairly light at just over 7 pounds, and handled well, but don’t expect a $500 gun to shoot or point like its $1,700 cousin.

MSRP: $529 – $599
Barrel Length: 26, 28 inches
Stock: Black Synthetic, Realtree APG, Realtree Max-4
Length of pull: 14 3/8 inches
Drop at heel: 2 1/2 inches
Drop at Comb: 1 1/2 inches