Strangely enough, the press release that just came in over the transom announcing Stoeger’s new M3000 shotgun is dated today. They obviously timed it to avoid the NRA new product rush. Not that there really was one. Anyway, while we’d love to review the new scattergun to see how well it busts orange flying discs, we seem to be near the top of the leaderboard on the Benelli/Stoeger/Franchi sh!t list at the moment. For some reason. Be that as it may, make the jump for the marketing-speak and specs . . .
ACCOKEEK, MD (April 16, 2012)—Stoeger Industries introduces the new Stoeger M3000, the latest addition to a line of quality, affordable shotguns for hunters and shooters. The M3000 is a 3-inch, 12-gauge, semi-automatic shotgun that handles loads from 2¾-inch up to the potent 3-inch Magnum without adjustment.
At the heart of the Stoeger M3000 is the proven Inertia Driven® operating system; simple and efficient with only three moving parts in the bolt for lightning-fast, reliable operation. Unlike older gas-system guns, the M3000’s Inertia Driven® action is contained primarily within the receiver, giving the Model M3000 a better more centered balance and swing. With no propellant gas venting into the action, the M3000 shoots clean and stays cleaner longer.
Stoeger’s M3000 comes with either a 26- or 28-inch barrel, fitted with a ventilated, stepped rib and fiber-optic front sight for quick target acquisition, even under low-light hunting conditions. The alloy receiver is drilled and tapped to accommodate a Weaver-style scope base. All M3000’s come supplied with three choke tubes (Extra-full turkey, Modified, and Improved-Cylinder), and a shim kit for drop and cast adjustment.
Options include a threaded steel recoil reducer, which can be installed in the buttstock to help manage felt recoil and a SteadyGrip buttstock for turkey hunting. The M3000 is available in three different finishes — Matte Black synthetic, Realtree® APG™ or Advantage® Max-4™. Versatility, value and solid reliability make the M3000 the perfect choice for waterfowl, wild turkey or upland game birds. For reliability and performance, no other semi-auto in its price range compares.
Barrel Length: 24”, 26” & 28”
Chokes: IC, M, XFT
Sights: Red bar front sight
Metal Finish: Black synthetic, Realtree® Max-4™, Realtree® APG™
Stock Material: Synthetic
Average Weight: 7 lbs.
Overall Length: 48” & 50”
Length of Pull: 143/8”
Drop at heel: 2.5”
Drop at Comb: 1.5”
MSRP: $529 – $599