A couple of months ago I wrote a review on the Stoeger M3K semi-automatic shotgun built for the the sport of 3 gun shooting. I was so impressed with the gun I handled and reviewed that I ordered one for myself. I made one major modification and installed the MOA magazine extension so that my firearm now holds 10 rounds or 11 with a ghost round. After shooting this gun for more than a month with all types of ammo I am convinced this is one of the best tactical shotguns made. I set mine up for predator hunting even though it would be just fine for birds but I would have to remove the magazine extension or make up a really long plug to bring it to the three shot capability required for dove or duck hunting.
I have fired over 150 rounds through this new shotgun without a single malfunction. It handled everything from light one ounce loads (even though it is recommended to break it in with heavy loads) to buckshot and maximum high speed trap and sporting clays loads. It fires so fast that I had to slow down my fire rate just to recover and stay on target. Ammo to Go sent me some of the new Winchester AA Super Sport Sporting Clays rounds to run through the gun. This one ounce 3 ½ dram load shoots with amazing speed with the velocity somewhere around 1350 fps. It absolutely crushed clays when I did my part. It patterned very well on the target board and the reloadable AA rounds fed through the M3k flawlessly. For those looking for a fast one ounce load for the three gun competition this round should be considered.
I bought this gun with two purposes in mind. Number one was to be a self-defense firearm for the ranch and home if ever needed. Number two was to be used on hunts for predators where I might need a lot of shots and have to deliver them with speed. I believe loaded with buckshot this shotgun will make the finest hog or coyote weapon available inside of 75 yards. If you get a chance to try the Stoeger M3K give it a run, you might find in makes an impression on you just like it did me. Wild Ed