What to Look for in a Shotgun

Here's what you should be taking note of when you're in the market for a new shotgun

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ShotgunOutdoor Life Online Editor

Screw-In Chokes: Allow you to switch chokes easily depending on the activity.

Quality of Metal Finish: Depth and evenness of bluing with sharp definition of corners and other sculpting.

Ventilated Rib: On shotguns, a ventilated rib provides a straight sighting plane and also allows the barrels to cool more quickly.

Balance: The feeling of quickness and evenness of weight distribution in the hands.

Action Smoothness: Overall slickness and ease of operation.

Safety/Barrel Selector: Should be easy to distinguish between the "fire" and "safe" positions. Safety should lock positively into position.

Checkering: Look for the depth, sharpness, evenness and design of the pattern. Generally, the greater the number of lines per inch, the more desirable the checkering job.

Trigger Geometry: The comfort and efficiency of the shape and angle of the trigger as related to the hand position on the grip of the stock.