Best new shotguns of 2017, ranked and rated.
The slim and shootable BR110 narrowly outscored the competition to finish as the top upland shotgun for 2017. Honestly, it breaks no new ground in design. What sets the BR110 apart is value. By forgoing the laser engraving that so often makes entry-level guns look tacky in an attempt to make them look better, the BR110 appears restrained and elegant, for less. The BR110 compares well with other Italian-made o/u’s that cost a fair bit more. Our test model, a 20-gauge with 30-inch barrels, proved a nice marriage of light weight and disciplined balance.
2 Savage Fox A Grade SCORE: 72.2 • $4,999 • savagearms.com
SPECS: 2 ⁄4" 20-gauge (12 available) • Break-action double • 6 lb. • 28" barrels (26" available) Savage has revived one of the great names in American doubles, Fox. The A Grade’s receiver is beautifully case colored, sculpted, and engraved to evoke the original A.H. Foxes, though it’s a different gun internally. With its straight stock, slim fore-end, and double triggers, this well-balanced 6-pounder was an old-school treat to shoot. Stocked to modern dimensions, it’s easy for today’s shooters to handle. Three-inch chambers would make it more versatile. But all told, it’s a steel-friendly, thoroughly modern, American-made, traditional double gun, and that is no small thing. 3 Caesar Guerini Tempio Light
SCORE: 70.8 • $4,075 • gueriniusa.com
SPECS: 3-inch 28-gauge (12 and 20 available) • Break-action o/u • 5 lb. 4 oz. • 28" barrels (26" available in 28 only) Extensively decorated, the Tempio Light had the nicest looks of all. The alloy receiver and a partially hollowed stock drop the weight to 51⁄4 pounds, putting the gun squarely into “wand” territory. With a pleasing forward balance, it swings as smoothly as a 51⁄4-pounder can. But a target gun it is not. No one shot it particularly well at clays, and we noticed the recoil, but the sporting clays course is not this gun’s natural habitat. It’s a specialty gun, perfect for carrying onehanded through the grouse woods, taking quick pokes at fleeting targets—and looking good on the job.