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Weatherby has taken their proven and popular SA-08 and stirred the pot—the camo pot, that is. It’s a move that I personally consider a home run.

I recently had the opportunity to try out the new waterfowling model in the field. Admittedly, the field test occurred during an upland game hunt. (Hey, duck season isn’t open yet.) But it still gave me great insight into the new shotgun. Here’s a quick look:

The shotgun balanced beautifully, mounted seamlessly, and pointed effortlessly. In fact, it felt so natural that I realized I was often not consciously aware of the firearm at all. When a bird came up in a clatter of busy wings I’d watch it veer, shuffle, and hook in its bid for safety. Suddenly it would fold in mid air, and I’d become aware of the scent of cordite drifting out of my choke tube. Pretty impressive performance for an unfamiliar shotgun.

Recoil was manageable, even mild, though I was burning through quite a few high brass 12 gauge shotshells.

The SA-08 Waterfowler 3.0 comes with the following features:

-Chrome-lined barrel and plated bolt
-Carrier control button
-Chamber: 12 gauge / 3 inch
-Length of pull: 14 inches
-Aprox weight: 6.5 pounds
-Barrel length: choice of 26 or 28 inches
-Includes IC, Mod, Full chokes
-MSRP $799