Berettas 686 is a great gun if the stock dimensions fit you. Especially drop at comb which is fairly straight. That alone increases the recoil sensation felt and also berettas are a light o/u. Couldn,t imagine shooting 3.5" shells in one. Shot about 2 bxs thru my 3.5" Citori first season I owned it and it weighs a tad over 8 lbs. First thing I done was switch recoil pad to a limbsaver, second thing was go back to shooting 3" shells. I originally picked the Cirori just because of the added weight of 3.5" over 3" in their models.Did take the time to pattern 3.5" shells versus 3" shells and the 3" x 1/4 oz. came out the winner.