Gun Review: Stoeger P3000 Shotgun Brother Of The Benelli Nova

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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From Stoeger

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).

MSRP: $299

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Phil White

Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I’m the Associate Editor and moderator at TFB. I really enjoy answering readers questions and comments. We can all learn from each other about our favorite hobby!


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  • More like, Turkish Cousin.

  • gunsandrockets

    Very important difference, the 12 gauge Nova can take a 3-1/2 inch shell.

  • thedonn007

    I need one with a 10″ shorter barrel and threaded for chokes.

  • Omerli

    Nicely done. Getting one

  • Gary Kirk

    Now if they’d only make a stoeger copy of the USMC’s Benelli M-4 at about half the price

    • Gary Kirk

      Or M1014 before anyone starts screaming at me for calling it the M-4…

      • Beretta would never let Stoeger eat the market from one of Benelli’s premium products.

        • Gary Kirk

          Get your idea, but then again.. Why would they care since they own both, and therefore, it would open up more potential income for them.. At a lower cost point.. i.e. The Stoeger line in general..

          • Beretta already has piston shotguns in the lower price brackets. So for the people looking for a lower priced alternative to the M4 they have it covered.

            That only leaves people that want an exact copy of the Benelli M4, and those are the folks that are likely to pony up the $2k to buy a plastic stocked shotgun. IME most of the $2k+ shotgun crowd are looking for wood.

          • Gary Kirk

            I’m one of those people that want a Benelli M1014, but have a wife and children to support now, so can’t afford to spend the change on a 2k shotgun anymore.. So build my own .. But a guy can want can’t he??

    • I wish! I knew what you meant:-)

    • QuadGMoto

      That would be the Remington Versa Max.

    • Porty1119

      There’s a Linberta gun that’s similar for $399 on Buds, but I believe it’s gas-operated.

  • DW

    P350 is closer to being an all-metal nova. It cycles 3.5″ shells. Also comes in defense config.

  • Twilight sparkle

    Should’ve made it with a 3.5 inch chamber, I feel like this gun would be a little less punishing than the nova

    • The Brigadier

      3.5 inch chamber? That must be brutal to shoot. I hope you have good stock pad for it.

      • Twilight sparkle

        It’s really not as bad as it sounds, even out of a fairly light weight nova. If you can’t handle it there are recoil reducers available that fit in the stock.

  • Ralph Napier

    I have had such negative interactions with Stoegers warrenty survice that I’ll never, ever buy from them again. They can’t even get their $800 over under 12 gauge right.

    • uisconfruzed

      They were great with my Sako, many moons ago.

  • The Brigadier

    Now if they only would offer the gun with another 21″ barrel and a 5-shot magazine extension, it would be perfect. I would pay another $100 or so for that rig.