Beretta A300 Out­lander Sport­ing

Outdoor Life - - GEAR -

• $1,100 • 12-gauge • 7 lb. 1 oz. • 30-in. bar­rel

Beretta’s A300 is one of the best se­ries of semi-au­tos out there when it comes to re­li­able per­for­mance for the price. The gas-op­er­ated ac­tion has earned a rep­u­ta­tion for dura­bil­ity, and we reaf­firmed that dur­ing our test as we tried to push the new Out­lander Sport­ing to its lim­its. Dur­ing one par­tic­u­larly warm string of shoot­ing, we ran 125 rounds though the gun as fast as we could keep it loaded, and other than get­ting as hot as a brand­ing iron, the gun took it in stride. There’s noth­ing very flashy about this new shot­gun. Aes­thet­i­cally, it is fairly sub­dued, with an evenly ex­e­cuted matte fin­ish on the met­al­work and a red-claystheme­d de­sign on the re­ceiver. The wood is a mid­dle-of-the-road grade, and the check­er­ing ser­vice­able but with some flat­tened di­a­monds in the pat­tern. In terms of per­for­mance, the shot­gun is on point. The gun swings smoothly thanks to its 30-inch bar­rel, and it’s blessed with a well-de­signed stock. The fore-end is trim, and the heft of the gun is sit­u­ated nicely be­tween the hands. The shot­gun is also a nat­u­ral pointer. It isn’t as snappy as a light up­land gun, but we found it could get on speed­ing tar­gets in a hurry, even when we started from a low-gun po­si­tion. In ad­di­tion to its core mis­sion as a clay­tar­get gun, we think this would do a good job on birds as well. This ver­sa­til­ity, par­tic­u­larly in light of its price and no-non­sense re­li­a­bil­ity, made the A300 Out­lander Sport­ing the top shot­gun in the value cat­e­gory, earn­ing it our Great Buy award for 2018.

GREAT BUY

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