Price / Value: A-
It wouldn’t be completely fair to say that the Weatherby 459-SA TR, this year’s Great Buy in the shotgun category, was a dark horse, but it might seem a bit odd to have selected a 20-gauge tactical shotgun for this honor.
Yet the Weatherby ran away with the best scores in our Price/Value category based on its versatility for home defense, its suitability for women and young shooters, its potential as a lightweight turkey gun and the pure fun we had while using it at the range.
With a compact overall length and a pistol grip for support in a 6-pound 5-ounce package, the Weatherby is the very definition of handy. It comes with a ghost-ring sight on a Picatinny rail that works extremely well—even to the point of being deadly on hard-crossing clay targets.
The oversize bolt handle is comfortable to manipulate, and the gun loaded smoothly.
We would love to see this gun offered with interchangeable chokes, which would make it a no-brainer option as a turkey gun, especially given the ease with which we were able to support the gun with one hand, thanks to the pistol grip, leaving the other free to work a call.
The 13 1⁄2-inch length of pull and soft-recoiling gas system also make it ideal for new shooters and those with smaller frames. Make no mistake—this is a lot of gun for the $659 list price. The biggest issue would be deciding who in the family gets to shoot it next.