Great bargains. Stunning looks. Faster cycling. You’ll find these traits and more in the hottest new-for-2018 hunting shotguns.
Mossberg 930 All Purpose Field Shotgun w/Mossy Oak Bottomland Camo. The Mossberg 930 autoloader is a workhorse in every sense of the word. The newest version, now available in a Field Model ($640), is fully concealed with Mossy Oak’s historic Bottomland Camo pattern. The shotgun is chambered for 3-inch loads and
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weighs in at 7.75 pounds. The 26-inch, ventilated rib barrel is equipped with an Accu choke that comes with a variety of tubes to pattern different hunting options. A durable synthetic stock rounds out the package, which offers extreme value.Tristar Cobra II Field Camo Pump Turkey Gun. If you’re a turkey-holic, the fit and feel of the new Cobra II Camo Pump is worth a strong look, but even better might be its killer price ($364). With a 24-inch barrel, and weighing just 6.7 pounds, it is easy to
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conceal, or swing on a wily gobbler trying to give you the slip. The shotgun is chambered for 2 ¾- or 3-inch shotshells, and is chrome lined, including the barrel. It comes with three choke tubes (IC, M, F), and is built off an injection molded stock and forearm in Realtree Advantage Timber. Recoil pad, swivel studs, and fiber optic sight make the Cobra II ready to hunt.
Browning A5 Wicked Wing. There are few waterfowlers who haven’t shot or looked at, a Browning Auto-5. It has become a classic with its unique humpback looks. The original Auto-5 autoloader design might look similar to the A5 Wicked Wing ($1,979.99), but with a Kinematic Drive System, soft-shooting and fast-cycling design it isn’t the same
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shotgun your grandpa used. The new shotgun also features stunning good looks, with its Cerakote Burnt Bronze camo finish, proven Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades Camo on the shotgun’s stock and forearm, and the new Browning Goose Band Extended Invector-DS Choke Tube system.
Winchester Super X4 Universal Hunter Shotgun. Winchester has developed a strong following with its Super X3 and X4 autoloader shotguns. This year the company has upgraded its Universal Hunter version of the Super X4 ($1,069.99) with features like a dipped coating of Mossy Oak’s Break-Up Country camo pattern. Add in the SX4’s vented rib, a TruGlo fiber-optic bead, chrome-plated chamber and bore, and a proven gas operating system and it’s ready to hunt. The stock has spacers to adjust length-of-pull, as well as a textured grip, and the barrels come with Invector-Plus Choke Tubes. Benelli Ethos Sport Shotgun. The Ethos is a smooth-cycling semi-automatic shotgun with a recoil-reduction system that will help you stay on target. The Sport Model ($2,269) is made with fast-paced action in mind. Dove hunters and clay shooters will
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appreciate the oversized cheek comb, raised carbon fiber rib, and ported barrels. With a high-end walnut stock and nickel-plated receiver, it looks as nice as it shoots. The Ethos Sport is available in 12-, 20-, and 28-gauge models. Remington 870 Wingmaster Claro. Many waterfowl and upland game bird enthusiasts started in the field with a Remington 870. They have proven to be rugged and dependable, even under adverse conditions. The new 870 Wingmaster Claro ($959) is a
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handsome upgrade from any of the older models you may have started with. The high-gloss dramatic-colored walnut stock and forend are a standout. With a blued barrel and receiver, and a chrome bolt, the affordable Claro has the looks and feel of a top-end shotgun. The newest Wingmaster comes equipped with a 28-inch Rem choke barrel, recoil pad, and gold trigger. CZ Reaper Magnum. A good turkey shotgun needs to be built to accommodate 3 ½-inch shotshells, and allow the user to manage the recoil. The CZ Reaper Magnum ($959) offers unique versatility, allowing a hunter to access two vastly different chokes, covering short or long-range constriction, with the flip of the barrel selector switch. With two 26-inch barrels, the 7-pound, polymer-stocked gun is easy to maneuver in tight spots or in a blind. A Picatinny-style rail tops the Reaper, allowing the addition of an optic. The Reaper Magnum ships with five extended interchangeable chokes, including an extra full.