Whenever a discussion arises over the “best” shotgun of a particular action type, the debate seems to center on a narrow group of brands. Often it’s as if the other brands do not exist, which is a shame, because there are plenty of quality shotguns flying just a touch below the radar.
Tristar Viper G2
Tristar Sporting Arms may not have the name recognition of Browning or Beretta, but its line of Turkish-made shotguns are quietly among the market’s best value-buys. I’ve tested many Tristar shotguns and have yet to be disappointed.
Winchester Super X Pump
So often the pump-action debate simply pits Mossberg versus Remington. I’m not sure why that is—perhaps because the models 500 and 870 have been around so long and sold so well—but regardless, the Winchester Super X Pump deserves a seat at the table.
So, you’ve saved up a few grand for that dream competition over/under. Before you rush out and buy from one of the major household names, might I suggest the Blaser F3?
If someone were to say the name “Weatherby,” I suspect the first image to pop into your head would be a rifle or rifle cartridge. However, Weatherby’s small-but-mighty line of value-priced shotguns, which includes the impressive SA-08, is a winner as well.
The now-discontinued Winchester Model 1300 was arguably the slickest, most underrated pump-action of its day. Its patents have since expired, which Stevens was more than happy to capitalize on with its Model 320.