The Test

Field and Stream - - FIELD TEST -

Guns were judged in seven cat­e­gories, with a max­i­mum pos­si­ble score of 100 points. Ease of Main­te­nance (worth 10 points): We looked at how each gun came apart for clean­ing, how com­plex it was to care for, and how easy it was to re­assem­ble. Er­gonomics (10): Here, we tested trig­gers, open­ing levers, bolt re­leases, and more. We loaded and un­loaded to see how easy it was to thumb shells into the mag­a­zine. Trig­ger pulls were mea­sured with a Ly­man scale. Fit and Fin­ish (10): We ex­am­ined wood-to-metal (or plas­tic-to-metal) fit, the qual­ity of check­er­ing, metal fin­ishes, en­grav­ing, and wood fig­ure where ap­pli­ca­ble, as well as over­all lines.

Func­tion­al­ity (20): As we shot, we asked: Did it cy­cle? Did ejec­tors eject? Were safeties stiff? Did ev­ery­thing work as it should? Han­dling and Re­coil (20): We used heavy and light hunt­ing and tar­get loads to gauge how hard each gun kicked. For han­dling, we shot from a low gun start at sport­ing clays and five-stand tar­gets.

Meets Pur­pose (10): Shot­guns are made to fit niches, so we looked at each gun’s per­for­mance and its fea­tures to de­ter­mine how well it fit its par­tic­u­lar job de­scrip­tion. Value (10): The stan­dard for­mula of score di­vided by price would have pe­nal­ized high-grade guns, since en­grav­ing and good wal­nut cost so much. In­stead, we com­pared each gun against oth­ers in its price range to make a de­ter­mi­na­tion. —P.B.

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