The new for 2016 Stoeger P3000 is a budget priced well made shotgun. This is no safe queen this is a working shotgun you can carry in your truck or use for many types of hunting. The P3000 comes with an improved cylinder choke rather than a full set of chokes as many more expensive shotguns come with.
As many readers know a number of Stoeger shotguns are near copies of Benelli shotguns and the P3000 is no different. This shotgun is very similar to the Benelli Nova. The bolt assembly is identical as far as I could tell.The bolt assembly sits between the dual action bars just like the Benelli. While the Stoeger has an MSRP of $299 the Nova has an MSRP of $400. The street price of the Stoeger will likely be in the $250 range. Stoeger can sell at the lower price since the P3000 is made in Turkey. Being made in Turkey isn’t a knock either there are some very nice shotguns coming out of that country.
The P3000 has a black matte finish with polymer furniture. The magazine tube comes with a plug keeping the number of rounds down to two rounds making it legal to hunt with in some states. It just takes a few seconds to remove it and get the shotgun back to 4+1 rounds. The mid width rib is standard and comes with a red fiber optic front sight.
The user can use 2 3/4 inch shells or 3 inch magnum shells. Those 3 inch shells in a pump shotgun will get your attention and this pump is no exception. I took the Stoeger out to the range a number of times and shot trap as well as an assortment of targets and just had a good time with it.
For a shotgun at this price it’s very well made. The dual charging bars move smoothly and I had zero malfunctions no matter which ammo I used and I used a lots of types of shells from various companies. While the P3000 doesn’t come with spacers to adjust length of pull they can be purchased for $29 from Stoeger. The only concern I had was the sling mount molded into the buttstock. I’m not sure how durable it would be over time and heavy use. Still if this is all I can gripe about For a working shotgun this Stoeger is well worth a look.
ACCOKEEK, MD (January 19, 2016) – Stoeger’s reputation for producing a robust line of reliable, high-quality shotguns with accessible price points continues to grow with the debut of the new P3000 shotgun.
Delivering best-in-class durability, the new Stoeger P3000 sports a proven pump-action design for all-purpose use. Capable of handling 12-gauge shotshells – from light, 2 3/4-inch field loads to heavy, 3-inch magnums – the newest addition to the Stoeger lineup features a precision-machined, anodized receiver and an easy-to-access cross-bolt safety.
The P3000’s black, synthetic butt stock and matching fore end feature pronounced checkering for a solid, secure grip and easy operation of the pump action while a butt pad caps the butt stock to lessen felt recoil. Additional features include integrated swivel attachment points for quick and easy sling attachment and a red-bar front sight atop the 28-inch ventilated rib barrel for faster target acquisition.
With an overall length of 49.5 inches and weighing in at 6.9 pounds, the new Stoeger P3000 features an MSRP of $299, proving that durability and all-around performance doesn’t have to cost a fortune.
Stoeger P3000 Shotgun
COMMON SPECIFICATIONS: Gauge: 12. Action: Pump. Chambering: 2-3/4 and 3 inch.
Capacity: 4+1. Barrel Length: 28 inches. Stock: Back synthetic. Finish: Black. Overall
length: 49-1/2 inches. Weight: 6.9 pounds. Length of pull: 14-1/8 inches. Drop at comb: 1-1/2
inches. Drop at heel: 2-1/2 inches. Sights: Red-bar front sight. Chokes: M (with wrench).