SHOTGUN SHOOTOUT 2017
We tested 14 new shotguns to find the year’s top new models for both the uplands and the waterfowl blind
In July, F&S hunting editor Will Brantley came up from Kentucky to meet me and three handpicked local shooters at Highland Hideaway Hunting near Riverside, Iowa. We had 14 shotguns, a pile of Federal ammo, and all the five-stand and sporting clays targets we wanted. Comparing shotguns isn’t straight apples to apples. The gun that stars in the grouse woods may stumble in a goose pit, so we broke the test guns into upland and waterfowl categories.
Testing shotguns is as much subjective as it is objective, and gun fit varies from one individual to the next. So our four-man, one-woman test team was compiled to reflect a variety of shapes and sizes. All told, we shot more than 2,000 shells—at least 150 through each gun—to determine the top performers and the best values in each category. Here are the results.