The Beretta A300 Outlander is a semi-automatic 12- gauge shotgun. It is one of the simplest shotguns on the market. But it’s not only simple but sleek as well.
However, that doesn’t mean that it has no issues. There are a few Beretta A300 Outlander problems that an owner might run into.
The most common of which is the cycling issue. Other issues include the tight barrel fittings, low ammo capacity, weak ejection, and stovepiping.
I will address these problems alongside providing solutions for them in this article so that you may get your Beretta A300 Outlander problems fixed. But before I begin, let’s take a quick peek at some of its features.
Features & Specifications of the Beretta A300 Outlander:
|Beretta A300 Outlander Specs|
|Barrel Length||28 Inches|
|Rib Width||6mm x 6 mm|
|Sights||Metal Bead Front Sights|
Common Beretta A300 Outlander Problems and Solutions
Now that you have been briefed on the specifications, let’s talk delve further into the topic as well as Beretta A300 Outlander troubleshooting.
Quick Overview of the Problems and Solutions
|Beretta A300 Outlander Problems||Solutions|
|Cycling Issue||Breaking-in the gun|
|Tight Barrel Fit||Pulling back the bolt past the locked position|
|Low Ammo Capacity||Removing the reducer plug|
|Weak Ejection||Using Federal Game Load or Remington Gun Club ammo|
|Stovepiping||Using Kent Fasteel 2.0 #2 ammo|
1. Cycling Issue:
This is a common issue with almost all semi-automatic shotguns. This is a very minor issue.
This happens to brand new out-of-the-box guns due to their springs not being properly broken in.
This, however, is a pretty easy process. Just head out to the range and have some fun with the new gun.
As mentioned above, all you have to do to fix this issue is to fire several rounds through the gun to get the mechanism broken in.
The process can be further sped up by shooting heavier hunting loads or hot target loads.
Using cheap Winchester ammo can only make it more frustrating for the user. Instead, use better and more powerful ammo for the first few hundred rounds if possible.
The Remington Gun Clubs are an excellent choice for this matter.
2. Tight Barrel Fit:
A common issue newer users of the Beretta A300 Outlander face is the difficulty in putting the barrel in the receiver.
Some users report it to be so tight that you may have to forcibly push it in, and even then it still won’t properly fit.
Well, there’s a catch.
The Beretta A300 Outlander has a slightly different mechanism when it comes to fitting the barrel into the receiver. Let me guide you through it.
Steps to fit the barrel into the receiver:
- Pull back the bolt into the locking position.
- Now pull it about ¼ inch past the lock.
- It will stop automatically at a point.
- Now, remove or fit the barrel onto the receiver.
Most new users face this issue as this is unique to the A300 Outlander. It is also written in the manual. But some owners tend to miss that part due to the excitement.
3. Low Ammo Capacity:
The Beretta A300 Outlander has a pretty low mag size. With the reducer inserted, the capacity is 2 shells in the magazine with the use of 2.75” shells and 3” shells.
This can be a huge letdown for some, especially if they wish to participate in 3-Guns competitions.
The solution to this is removing the reducer plug. After the reducer plug is removed, the magazine will hold three 2.75” shells, with one shell in the chamber.
But it is to be noted that, even after removing the reducer plug, you cannot hold more than two 3” shells in the mag.
Steps to remove the reducer plug:
- Make sure the gun is empty.
- Lock the chamber back.
- Unscrew the gas system knob.
- Remove the forearm and the barrel.
- You’ll notice a safety pin on the top piece, push it with a screw and start unscrewing the top part.
- Make sure to do it slowly, as the spring will want to shoot it out.
- Notice the metal cap on the bottom of the top piece, remove it with a knife or scissor.
- The reducer plug should slide right out.
- Reassemble the gun.
You may also follow this guide provided on YouTube for a more visual approach.
4. Weak Ejection:
If you use ammo such as the Winchester White Box during the first use of your Beretta A300 Outlander, you may face weak ejection issues.
Where the shell or casing will not eject out of the hole with enough force.
To remedy this issue, it is recommended to use Federal Game Load or Remington Gun Club ammo.
As the Beretta A300 Outlander is a gas-operated semi-auto shotgun, it will see better ejection with more powerful ammo.
And over time, the mechanism and springs will break-in, providing better ejection of the bullet shells.
Although rare, one user has complained on a Reddit post about stovepiping on his Beretta A300 Outlander.
Stovepiping is the issue where the bullet gets stuck on its way out of the ejector (Fig 1).
If you face several stovepipe bullets during shooting you could try changing the ammo.
It is recommended to go through quite a few rounds (about half a box) of Kent Fasteel 2.0 12 Gauge #2 Shotshells.
After going through a run with the KENT bullets you will most likely not face the stovepiping issue anymore, as per the user’s claim.
User Feedback on Beretta A300 Outlander
The Beretta A300 Outlander semi-auto shotgun has massively positive feedback from its owners and users. Making it one of the best on the market.
One owner has claimed on this Reddit comment section that his A300 has never jammed or failed over his 8-year ownership.
Even though most brand new A300s do have cycling issues, such as this user on Shotgun World, it is due to not properly breaking in the gun.
Another user on a different post on Shotgun World resonated with this belief by saying that some semi-automatic shotguns need to be properly broken in, such as the A300 Outlander.
This user on the Highroad has also figured out that sometimes the problem is not with the gun, but with the ammo and suggests good quality ammo for the Beretta A300 Outlander.
Another user demonstrates on YouTube how you can remove the reducer plug to increase the magazine capacity of the Beretta A300 Outlander.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is the Beretta A300 Outlander gas-operated or inertia-driven?
It is gas-operated.
Does the Beretta A300 Outlander have a reversible safety?
Yes, it does.
How often should I clean my Beretta A300 Outlander?
Twice a season. And if you’re field hunting or hunting in dusty conditions, you should clean it more often than that.
What choke system does Beretta A300 Outlander use?
The Mobilchoke system.
Is removing the Beretta A300 Outlander reducer plug illegal?
Depends on which state or country you reside in. In some places it is illegal.
Overall, the Beretta A300 Outlander problems are very negligible. Almost all of them have to do with either breaking the gun in or maintenance (apart from the low capacity).
Not to mention the huge amount of positive reviews available for the gun online. It is a budget-friendly, durable, and reliable semi-auto shotgun that several owners can vouch for.