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Best Shotguns Ever

How do you define the best shotgun or even a great shotgun? We round up the 10 best shotguns ever made in America.

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Best Bargain Pumps

A good old pump shotgun might not impress your skeet shooting buddies, but it will always go bang when you need it to. We rounded up this list of the best pump shotguns for less than $500.

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Best Guns Ever Made

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Gun Review: Benelli Super Sport

OL's shooting editor puts the Benelli Super Sport to the test.

Three Rules: Shotguns as Investments

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  • January 21, 2014

    Best New Guns from SHOT Show 2014 - 0

    Last week, the Outdoor Life and Field & Stream editors waded through the mass of new guns and gear at the 2014 SHOT Show in Las Vegas. In this post, we've highlighted the 11 most interesting new shotguns, rifles, and handguns of the year. From sleek upland bird shotguns, to long-range bolt-action rifles, to competition ARs, the show had a little bit of everything for every kind of shooter or hunter.

    Check out the sneak peek (you can't fully review a gun from a showroom floor) and then make sure to check out the June/July issue for our annual Gun Test where we put the screws to the best new firearms on the market.

    Nosler 26 and Nosler Patriot

    Meet the new, screaming fast Nosler 26 cartridge and Patriot rifle. It's a flat-shooting, big-game cartridge offered in a 129-grain bullet (3,400 fps muzzle velocity) and a 140-grain bullet (3,300 fps muzzle velocity). The Patriot is a production rifle based on the M48 action and will retail for about $1,600. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 20, 2014

    New Shotgun: Caesar Guerini Invictus - 0

    This high-end shotgun company is looking to combine beauty and brawn with its new Invictus Over/Under. Guerini has moved the hinge pins and utilized a replaceable block in the receiver for an extremely durable design. The company says this gun can handle more than 1 million rounds — that's probably more than your shoulder can handle.

    On top of it all, you get the classic good looks of a Caesar Guerini gun. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 16, 2014

    Ruger Brings Back the Red Label - 0

    To the disappointment of Ruger fans, the Red Label was dropped from the market due to high production costs a few years ago. Now the company is bringing back a new, improved version of the gun at a reduced price. The shotgun now retails for about $1,400 and actually has better internal mechanics. Ruger has cut costs by redesigning the the receiver and instituting a more efficient manufacturing method. We expect the Red Label to make a successful comeback.

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  • January 16, 2014

    New Duck Gun: Remington Versa Max Waterfowl Pro - 0

    The original Versa Max is a great waterfowl gun, but this year Remington is looking to make it even better. Borrowing some features from the tactical version of the Versa Max, Remington added an extended bolt handle, an oversized bolt release, and an extra-large safety for easier operation with heavy gloves.

    Add these features to a shotgun that already does a good job of cutting down on felt recoil and has an adjustable stock for different shooting conditions, and you've got a duck and goose gun that's tough to beat in adverse weather.  [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 16, 2014

    New Handgun: Smith & Wesson XVR - 0

    Smith & Wesson's new XVR comes from the Performance Center family and features a 3.5-inch barrel, a fiber optic front sight, and Hogue grips. The gun is compatible with three different cartridges: .460, .454 Casull, and .445 Long Colt.

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  • January 15, 2014

    A Long Range Pheasant Load: Winchester Rooster XR - 0

    The new Winchester Rooster XR uses the same technology as the Long Beard load announced late last year. Here's how it works: the resin fills in the gaps between the pellets. When the shell ignites, the resin fractures. This process creates a tighter shooting shotshell and more pellets on target, according to Winchester. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 14, 2014

    New Shotgun: Browning 725 Citori 20 Gauge - 0

    The low profile of the 725 Citori made it a good fit for the 20 gauge caliber. The 20-gauge version of the 725 is lighter and livelier than many of its Citori cousins. It's certain to become a favorite among Browning over/under fans who are looking for a light, well-balanced upland bird gun. [ Read Full Post ]