I am strongly considering a field version Benelli Montefeltro (20 gauge, 26") or Berrea Urika 391 (20 gauge, 26"). It will be used almost exclusively for ruffed grouse hunting in AK and WI. Most hunting will be late in the season (i.e., below freezing, snow and wet conditions).
I've done quite a bit of research and both guns come with high marks and many devoted owners. I haven't shot either of them, which goes to my questions.
1. The Benellis have a recoil action and the consensus seems to be that there is more recoil with a Benelli (recoil driven) than a Beretta (gas driven). The Benelli is slightly lighter (< 1/2 lb) lighter than the Beretta. With a 20 gauge Montefeltro or Urika, and using relatively heavy loads, will the difference in recoil between the guns be enough to matter? My issue with recoil is not sore shoulders, but rather in being in the best possible position to get off a good 2nd shot on flushing birds.
2. I'd love to shoot either gun (and probably buy one used if locally available), so if anyone lives in the Anchorage/Valley area, I would really appreciate having the chance to shoot or try one on for size.