what is the difference between the M1 and the 612
I want to use the gun for waterfowl and upland birds, 12 ga. which gun you recommend?
the two are very different. i have had an M1 and loved it. i have never shot a 612 but im sure it is a good gun. try and throw both up and see which one fits better.
M1 recoil operation
612 gas operation
M1 holds 3+1
612 holds 5+1
they both use benelli choke tubes
they both have aluminum recievers
the recoil is probabaly felt less in the 612
M1 was a little rough
the M1 is very easy to clean
there is usually maore to clean and keep clean on a gas gun. (i have a 11-87)
M1 has a stepped rib
612 has a flat rib
the 612 is a bit lighter then the M1 but not by much
there is a big difference in price with M1 about $200 to $300 more then the 612.
M1 5 year warranty
612 3 year warranty
they both fire the same shells 1 1/8oz 3drm
both have mercury recoil reduction systems available
M1 is double beaded
i cant recall if the 612 is or not?
M1 comes with 5 choke tubes
612 comes with 3 choke tubes
M1 has oversized safety behind the trigger
612 has a small safety infront of the trigger
both guns have magazine cutoff systems
IMO, i would go with the M1. i really wish i still had mine but i had to sell it(financial difficulties) and if i had the chance to get another one i would do it in a heart beat!!! the 612 is a nice looking gun but id rather have a recoil gun over a gas gun and id rather have the safty behind the trigger, one thing i wish i could change about the nova seems a bit of a stretch some times.
hope it helps
[ 01-08-2004, 10:44 AM: Message edited by: tj ]