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Best Shotguns: The 10 Greatest Shotguns Ever Made in America

Best Shotguns: The 10 Greatest Shotguns Ever Made in America

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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from UJP wrote 5 weeks 5 days ago

Guys...if you reread the articles, they make mention of the fact that some of the models are predecessors to the very guns you are asking about (as in the 870).
I really have a greater concern. I am assuming that the author is a consummate waterfowler. Some of these guns are as good as any made including those over the pond however you sure kick them down a notch when you brag about the doubleguns making decent waterfowlers. Bigger is not always better, regardless of what my wife thinks! The SxS is a sweet upland gun and owning one in 12 gauge alone is just not enough sport for me. The Parker, Fox, and "Elsie" are delightful upland guns in the right configuration - not those mentioned here-in.

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from UJP wrote 5 weeks 5 days ago

Guys...if you reread the articles, they make mention of the fact that some of the models are predecessors to the very guns you are asking about (as in the 870).
I really have a greater concern. I am assuming that the author is a consummate waterfowler. Some of these guns are as good as any made including those over the pond however you sure kick them down a notch when you brag about the doubleguns making decent waterfowlers. Bigger is not always better, regardless of what my wife thinks! The SxS is a sweet upland gun and owning one in 12 gauge alone is just not enough sport for me. The Parker, Fox, and "Elsie" are delightful upland guns in the right configuration - not those mentioned here-in.

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from MUtigerbeetle wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

Those are all great guns. And the history of many are what make them great. And why it is a bit of a pipe dream to list them with prices as if all were still available.
As for "greatest shotguns" made in the USA, you should make your list of currently available models. You might have trouble coming up with 10. If you do revise your list, be sure to include the Ithaca Mdl. 37. Still being made in the USA. Plus an awesome trap gun that is a little beyond my means.

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from hfedder40 wrote 1 year 24 weeks ago

remington 870 express magnum best shotgun ever made idc what anyone say but its the no 1 selling

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from abowman41 wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

I can only add my amazement that the Winchester Model 12 failed to make the list. I can only attribute that to youth and in experience of the author(s) of this piece. While I own many shotguns of all types, the guns I use most often it the Model 12. I have a 20 guage with a Herter's rib and a custom stock that is me prefered skeet gun, a custom stocked 12 gauge Heavy Duck with a Simmons rib and screw-in chokes that is my one-gun that does it all, and another Heavy Duck customized for turkey hunting with rifle sights on a 22" solid ribbed barrel. There are at least two more M-12's in my collection as well as a Model 42. How can you not include this creation of John Browning that has been so loved by so many in the last century?

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from Dan Kellner wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

I think the Remington 870 Wingmaster is a great choice for this list.

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from Arloe wrote 1 year 30 weeks ago

Brownings listed not made USA, so really top 8? Use Rem M11 or Savage M720 for A5. Model 31 a great gun (mine's from '41 and with Cutts in 20 shoots great). Echo: No Model 12??!! No 870??!! A bit snooty on the Parker/Fox stuff. Sales numbers should define as empirical validation, not subjective opinion.

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from Deerhunter138 wrote 1 year 30 weeks ago

I used my 1100 Rem. for over 45 years an I loved it but now I'm using a new rem 1187 3 1/2 shells an it using 3" & 23/4 shells also I duck hunt rabbit hunt & dove hunt & turkey hunt so it is used well an I love it like the 1100 rem.

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from logangreenwald wrote 1 year 31 weeks ago

were and when were u going to mention the 870 the most reliable pump shot gun ever made our military and our police relay on it for there life i think u are fucking stupid, u mention guns that i would be a shamed to have in my gun cabinet and u couldn't mention the number 1 PUMP SHOT GUN IN AMERICA i like browning own a couple a-bolts but they have always been the first to manufacture out side of the USA once again you are stupid were is the 870, and the picture shows 15 guns not 10 learn to count.

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from 16 ga wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

I understand this article is subjective. BUT,no Winchester model 12....really?....really?. 4 million manufactured most still in operation today. I have owned many bird guns over the years in all configurations, and none of them handle like my 16 ga model 12 mfg in 1955. It points like the finger of doom and has dropped to many patridge to count. I hope my grandsons will be following a Llewelyn Setter in the Maine woods when I am gone toting the old model 12.

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from John Browning wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

This article has more holes in it than a fly swatter. First; the picture of the shotguns lined up is not the shotguns in the article. Two; Browning did not produce shotguns in the USA. Both the supperposed and the A5 are Belgian shotguns. Later A5s were produced by Miroku in Japan.

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from Big Bob wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

For DSMbirddog:
I'll give you the model 12, but the Ithaca 37 is based on the BPS and as noted in the write-up on the Model 31 Remington, it is the basis for the 870, so I would count those two as part of this list, which you may consider as creative counting and I just might agree with you, just providing food for thought.

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from Big Bob wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

I own three of the guns on this list. I have an LC Smith Field Grade in 16 GA, which I just love. I am fortunate to own a Browning A-5 in 16 GA, Belgian made with a 2 9/16 chamber. I shoot 2 1/2 inch shells through the sweet 16. I also have an 870 Express in 12 GA which is my duck, goose and turkey gun. I will eventually add a Winchester 97 in 12 GA when the time comes to inherit. I love classic guns.

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from Mike wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

As much as I love and adore the Superposed ... weren't they only manufactured in Belgium?

Also, some Browning Auto-5s were made in the U.S. by Remington, but mostly in Belgium. Remington and, I think, Savage versions were made in the U.S.

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from phillipdecker wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

How about a review that actually includes firearms real people can afford? Not all of the guns over 2,000 bucks.... how about more average joe reviews... Thanks

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from GRINCH64 wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

Several ugly, clumsy, unreliable clunkers, but no Model 12?
Not even a Rem 870 or an Ithaca 37?
No respect for this list from me.

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from GRINCH64 wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

No Model 12?

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from slimepig wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

no p. baretta 12 gauge????

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from Lanny Denton wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

I feel pretty cool right now knowing I own two of the ten... thanks good list..

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from mesarich wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

No list of the ten greatest shotguns is complete without a Purdey. Other then that, agree with most on the list.

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from Jim Patterson wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

I can't Believe the Winchester Model 12 Heavy Duck in 3 inch Mag. didn't make your list.

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from teamleavy wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

If we go by your criterion that the guns on the list of the "greatest...ever made" "have stood the test of time", I have to agree with DSMbirddog. As you have stated that you intend to run a list of the "greatest...made today", perhaps today's list should have been titled "the greatest shotguns no longer made". There's at least one or two that I'd bump in favor of an 870 or M37.

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from Alex Robinson wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

Guys,

Thanks for the comments, but stay tuned ... Next week we're running the 10 greatest shotguns being made TODAY. Spoiler alert: The 870 makes the cut.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

I agree with DSM, how could you leave all of those legendary guns off this list? Apparently, he also feels that nearly all of the guns have to have been introduced before about 1960 to be truly "great".

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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

Wow! No Model 12, Rem 870 Wingmaster, or Ithaca Model 37.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

Wow! No Model 12, Rem 870 Wingmaster, or Ithaca Model 37.

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from teamleavy wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

If we go by your criterion that the guns on the list of the "greatest...ever made" "have stood the test of time", I have to agree with DSMbirddog. As you have stated that you intend to run a list of the "greatest...made today", perhaps today's list should have been titled "the greatest shotguns no longer made". There's at least one or two that I'd bump in favor of an 870 or M37.

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from Arloe wrote 1 year 30 weeks ago

Brownings listed not made USA, so really top 8? Use Rem M11 or Savage M720 for A5. Model 31 a great gun (mine's from '41 and with Cutts in 20 shoots great). Echo: No Model 12??!! No 870??!! A bit snooty on the Parker/Fox stuff. Sales numbers should define as empirical validation, not subjective opinion.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

I agree with DSM, how could you leave all of those legendary guns off this list? Apparently, he also feels that nearly all of the guns have to have been introduced before about 1960 to be truly "great".

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from Alex Robinson wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

Guys,

Thanks for the comments, but stay tuned ... Next week we're running the 10 greatest shotguns being made TODAY. Spoiler alert: The 870 makes the cut.

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from Lanny Denton wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

I feel pretty cool right now knowing I own two of the ten... thanks good list..

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from Big Bob wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

I own three of the guns on this list. I have an LC Smith Field Grade in 16 GA, which I just love. I am fortunate to own a Browning A-5 in 16 GA, Belgian made with a 2 9/16 chamber. I shoot 2 1/2 inch shells through the sweet 16. I also have an 870 Express in 12 GA which is my duck, goose and turkey gun. I will eventually add a Winchester 97 in 12 GA when the time comes to inherit. I love classic guns.

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from Dan Kellner wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

I think the Remington 870 Wingmaster is a great choice for this list.

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from Mike wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

As much as I love and adore the Superposed ... weren't they only manufactured in Belgium?

Also, some Browning Auto-5s were made in the U.S. by Remington, but mostly in Belgium. Remington and, I think, Savage versions were made in the U.S.

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from logangreenwald wrote 1 year 31 weeks ago

were and when were u going to mention the 870 the most reliable pump shot gun ever made our military and our police relay on it for there life i think u are fucking stupid, u mention guns that i would be a shamed to have in my gun cabinet and u couldn't mention the number 1 PUMP SHOT GUN IN AMERICA i like browning own a couple a-bolts but they have always been the first to manufacture out side of the USA once again you are stupid were is the 870, and the picture shows 15 guns not 10 learn to count.

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from MUtigerbeetle wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

Those are all great guns. And the history of many are what make them great. And why it is a bit of a pipe dream to list them with prices as if all were still available.
As for "greatest shotguns" made in the USA, you should make your list of currently available models. You might have trouble coming up with 10. If you do revise your list, be sure to include the Ithaca Mdl. 37. Still being made in the USA. Plus an awesome trap gun that is a little beyond my means.

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from mesarich wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

No list of the ten greatest shotguns is complete without a Purdey. Other then that, agree with most on the list.

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from GRINCH64 wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

No Model 12?

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from phillipdecker wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

How about a review that actually includes firearms real people can afford? Not all of the guns over 2,000 bucks.... how about more average joe reviews... Thanks

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from Big Bob wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

For DSMbirddog:
I'll give you the model 12, but the Ithaca 37 is based on the BPS and as noted in the write-up on the Model 31 Remington, it is the basis for the 870, so I would count those two as part of this list, which you may consider as creative counting and I just might agree with you, just providing food for thought.

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from UJP wrote 5 weeks 5 days ago

Guys...if you reread the articles, they make mention of the fact that some of the models are predecessors to the very guns you are asking about (as in the 870).
I really have a greater concern. I am assuming that the author is a consummate waterfowler. Some of these guns are as good as any made including those over the pond however you sure kick them down a notch when you brag about the doubleguns making decent waterfowlers. Bigger is not always better, regardless of what my wife thinks! The SxS is a sweet upland gun and owning one in 12 gauge alone is just not enough sport for me. The Parker, Fox, and "Elsie" are delightful upland guns in the right configuration - not those mentioned here-in.

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from UJP wrote 5 weeks 5 days ago

Guys...if you reread the articles, they make mention of the fact that some of the models are predecessors to the very guns you are asking about (as in the 870).
I really have a greater concern. I am assuming that the author is a consummate waterfowler. Some of these guns are as good as any made including those over the pond however you sure kick them down a notch when you brag about the doubleguns making decent waterfowlers. Bigger is not always better, regardless of what my wife thinks! The SxS is a sweet upland gun and owning one in 12 gauge alone is just not enough sport for me. The Parker, Fox, and "Elsie" are delightful upland guns in the right configuration - not those mentioned here-in.

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from Jim Patterson wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

I can't Believe the Winchester Model 12 Heavy Duck in 3 inch Mag. didn't make your list.

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from slimepig wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

no p. baretta 12 gauge????

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from GRINCH64 wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

Several ugly, clumsy, unreliable clunkers, but no Model 12?
Not even a Rem 870 or an Ithaca 37?
No respect for this list from me.

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from 16 ga wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

I understand this article is subjective. BUT,no Winchester model 12....really?....really?. 4 million manufactured most still in operation today. I have owned many bird guns over the years in all configurations, and none of them handle like my 16 ga model 12 mfg in 1955. It points like the finger of doom and has dropped to many patridge to count. I hope my grandsons will be following a Llewelyn Setter in the Maine woods when I am gone toting the old model 12.

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from Deerhunter138 wrote 1 year 30 weeks ago

I used my 1100 Rem. for over 45 years an I loved it but now I'm using a new rem 1187 3 1/2 shells an it using 3" & 23/4 shells also I duck hunt rabbit hunt & dove hunt & turkey hunt so it is used well an I love it like the 1100 rem.

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from abowman41 wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

I can only add my amazement that the Winchester Model 12 failed to make the list. I can only attribute that to youth and in experience of the author(s) of this piece. While I own many shotguns of all types, the guns I use most often it the Model 12. I have a 20 guage with a Herter's rib and a custom stock that is me prefered skeet gun, a custom stocked 12 gauge Heavy Duck with a Simmons rib and screw-in chokes that is my one-gun that does it all, and another Heavy Duck customized for turkey hunting with rifle sights on a 22" solid ribbed barrel. There are at least two more M-12's in my collection as well as a Model 42. How can you not include this creation of John Browning that has been so loved by so many in the last century?

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from hfedder40 wrote 1 year 24 weeks ago

remington 870 express magnum best shotgun ever made idc what anyone say but its the no 1 selling

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from John Browning wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

This article has more holes in it than a fly swatter. First; the picture of the shotguns lined up is not the shotguns in the article. Two; Browning did not produce shotguns in the USA. Both the supperposed and the A5 are Belgian shotguns. Later A5s were produced by Miroku in Japan.

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