On the quest to look for the best hunting shotguns? You're bound to poke a hole in your wallet sooner or later.
In this article:
- Reliable and Inexpensive Shotguns
- Remington 870 – $399
- Mossberg 835 – $650
- Winchester SXP – $479.99
- Stevens 555 – $700
- Browning BPS – $599.99
- Benelli Super Black Eagle II – $1,799
Best Hunting Shotguns That Won't Break Your Bank
Reliable and Inexpensive Shotguns
Shotguns are not cheap and when you're out buying and trying everything the Internet suggests, you'll run out of dough soon enough. Trust me, I've seen people do exactly just this and I can paint a picture of regret with their faces.
That's why we've generously listed these hunting shotguns that'll get you the most bang out of your bucks, (pardon the pun). So take a peek to see exactly what you're looking for.
For hunting shotguns, reliability is everything. I've had my fair share of shotguns that were good on the field but bad on the range, and vice versa.
For one thing, I'd rather have something that's both good and reliable on both field and the range. But hunting shotguns aren't really that cheap if you know what I mean.
Although there are a wide variety of shotgun choke diameters, calibers, and action styles, a good hunting shotgun should ultimately be reliable and you need to spare a few extra dollars to guarantee reliability. Thus, a shotgun with less moving parts does the job best.
Take a look at these hunting shotguns that will be well worth your money!
Remington 870 – $399
The Remington 870 is no doubt the best shotgun in the market today. If you've done your homework, you can find the Model 870 in any “best shotgun” list there is.
I've held a couple of these 870s and the action is just smooth, almost feels like it'll never fail. But the best about this pump-action is it closely competes with guns near the 4-digit price for just $399.
Not to mention the best waterfowl shotgun in a lot of hunters' opinion.
Mossberg 835 – $650
What I like about the Mossberg 835 is its sleek design and its lightweight components. However, it's almost as if you're shooting lighter rounds, even with Mag shells despite the light build of this gun. You just don't get the same amount of kick from when you shoot those 3 1/2-inch shells with other pump-actions.
Winchester SXP – $479.99
One of the most well-balanced guns of this century, the Winchester SXP provides a smooth pumping motion for a quick follow-up shot. While other hunters frown upon pump-action rifles, they probably haven't held an SXP to debunk the poor follow-up myth. I'd say the SXP is a revolutionary shotgun and a great investment.
Stevens 555 – $700
The Stevens 555 is an over/under shotgun that's basically two barrels over and under each other. What's great about this is that you can have two chokes with one gun and shoot the fastest follow-up shot. However, despite the 555's single trigger system–rather than one for each barrel–I find it worth the cash.
Browning BPS – $599.99
Browning's BPS is almost the same as Remington's 870 pump-action. Everything just feels about the same with this shotgun as the 870, with the addition of its ambidextrous design. However, I'd feel more comfortable shooting with the walnut stock rather than the synthetic ones Browning offers. Nonetheless, it's still a great deal at $599.
Benelli Super Black Eagle II – $1,799
When talking about versatility, I think the Super Black Eagle II would come out on top of this list. You can actually shoot 2 3/4″ to 3 1/2″ shells without adjustments with this rifle.
Plus, it's meant to withstand harsh weather conditions making it a perfect go-to gun for rugged outdoor trips! The only thing that bothers me is its price soaring over a grand than what I'd usually pay for in a shotgun.
With the stiff competition, there's no shortage of cheap and durable firearms in the market these days. This short list of shotguns are lightweight and have comparable designs against competitors with twice the price. Now take your pick and enjoy the hunt!
Do any of these hunting shotguns get your purchasing attention? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on January 3, 2017, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
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