Ducks and geese are built to endure the worst of conditions. To take on nature's most durable birds, you need a shotgun that's as tough as they are. Here are seven key features to look for in a shotgun for waterfowl.
1) Rustproof Metal**
For additional corrosion resistance, most manufacturers apply coatings to their gun barrels and receivers. The Remington 887's ArmorLokt coating, Browning Maxus' Dura-Touch Armor Coating, and the Ithaca M37 Waterfowl's Perma-Guard are all good examples of virtually impenetrable protective barriers.
Foul-weather hunting requires heavy clothing, which might mean you'll need to shorten your stock late in the season to accommodate those extra layers. Synthetic stocks allow you to do this. The most versatile and easy-to-use stock system on the market is found on the Mossberg Flex. The Kick-Off Mega stock, available only on the Beretta A400 Xtreme, offers the best combination of felt recoil reduction and adjustability.