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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.


Gauge: 12-Gauge
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

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  1. Interesting. Looks exactly like my 40 year-old Remington 1100, which sells new today for around $400.

    • Please tell me where you can buy new Remington Model 1100’s at $400 so I can buy them all. Not close to being true when you wrote your comment.

  2. I am still shooting a rem 1100 that my Dad bought for me when I was 15. Great gun as long as you keep it clean

    • I really do not know.
      I wonder if the buttstock recoil reducer is different?
      Please fill us in Dan Zimmerman.

    • Don’t know if this has been answered….but, I believe the M2000 is up to 2″ shells and the M3000 is 3″ (I shoot 2-3/4″)

  3. From the information I have found its the same as the M2000 but with the M3500 stock (based on LOP/comb) and minus two chokes.

    • The M2000 had several issues that were worked out in the M3500. I’m sure its just like the 2000 but without the issues the M2000 was notorious for.

  4. Does the Stoeger 3000 actually come with the reducer? I am being told that there is not one available for it!?

  5. On another website it’s reported that their are a few internal differences , something welded and some issue with screws loosening have been fixed .
    I personally want one to turn into a tactical / SHTF gun .
    Maybe manufacturers will take note and get an 18.5 in barrel out along with a tube extension and shorter stock .
    Would an m3500 be better for a SHTF gun being that it could shot any shotgun ammo you run across ?

  6. 3000 has stronger bolt than 2000 with dual lugs, stronger barrel extension, mag tube cap that captures recoil spring washers better and stock has shims to adjust cast. Has fewer chokes and the recoil reducer is only available as an accessory but it retails for less than a 2000.

  7. Just purchased a Stoeger M3000 all black semi-auto 12 ga. shotgun. My primary reason to purchase was a back up and a guest gun. This gun was fully equiped and standard features of a $1500. to $1900 gun. I bought it solely on the solid reputation of the Benelli inertia drive as the heart of the gun plus the price
    First time out was at a company charity sporting clays event. 3 guys on my team had no gun, and little gun experience. After 300 plus rounds of “Cheap” low brass 1 oz. shot shells I had NO failures, no jams. The barrell got too hot to touch but delivered every time. The clincher, when I got home to clean my guns, they were “LOADED” with plastic inside the barrels. Hopps #9 could not clean it, I had to use brake cleaner on a rag. The Stoeger M3000 is the easiest shotgun I have ever cleaned.

    My personal rating is a 9 of 10 and a 10 of 10 for value !!! Good luck with yours. dt

  8. I’m new to shotguns and hunting. (I have only shot paper with rifles and handguns). So my M3000 is the first shotgun I’ve owned or used.
    I was told to get this gun for waterfowl hunting. Today was my first day, and the gun was flawless. And after laboring to clean a Mosin Nagant, putting 50 shells through the gun and seeing it still clean was a pleasant surprise!

  9. Been shooting a model 3000 now in max 4 for waterfowl and some sporting and skeet and have had nothing , but good time’s with this gun , probrably closing in on 700 rd.s thus far and gun’s been great , no complaint’s , and like everyone else ‘s experience gun does’t get very dirty , swab the barrel and inside of the action and your done , ready to go again ,,, for a beater hunting gun it’s a great value , will continue to shoot and see how long she hold’s up ??

  10. I would like opinions on this. I was in the 400$ gun range and was really leaning towards the Benelli Nova pump. Which I heard runs absolutely flawlessly and not really any problems with anything I can find about the gun except that it is worth every penny. I knew stoeger and benelli are in the family tree together not but, I have seen a few dislikes with something like failed to eject from the barrel. Now is thing anything anyone has experienced when trying to shoot as many rounds as you can and as fast as you can? Will it take the hardest hitting shells for up to 3 inch. My main question is. Is it worth the extra 100$ to get the Stoeger m3000 over the Benelli nova?? All opinions are welcomed and I thank you!

  11. Morgan, I have both guns you mentioned above. I use both for skeet and trap shoots all the time. The benelli nova is the best shotgun I have ever owned so far. It has been tested to the max with water, mud, and pounds of dust and has never, not once, jammed. The 3000 is a perfect gun for you if you like semi auto and are on a budget. Unless you are into extreme shooting the stoeger will serve you well. I have put 4000 plus rounds through mine without any problems. All in all I would say the benelli would be my choice. If it were me, I would save a bit more and go with a benelli semi auto but if you are on a budget, the 3000 will serve you well.

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