Shotgun Reviews




Credit: Shooting Times

Credit: Shooting Times

Outside Review: Ruger Red Label

Originally posted by Layne Simpson, Shooting Times, Guns & Ammo Network

The decision by Ruger officials in 2011 to discontinue production of the company’s Red Label over-under was bad news for shotgunners. The good news is that it’s back. The even better news is that it’s priced $500 less than when it was discontinued. No, that’s not a misprint. Had you paid full retail for a Red Label a couple years ago, your bank account would have suffered a $1,899 debit. In this case your procrastination has paid off, and what Ruger officials describe as an improved version can now be purchased for $1,399.

If you are wondering, as I did, as to how Ruger was able to lower the price so dramatically, the company did it by making the Red Label less expensive to manufacture. Read more…





Credit: Guns & Ammo

Credit: Guns & Ammo

Outside Review: Remington Versa Max Sportsman

Originally published by Payton Miller, Guns & Ammo Magazine

Remington introduced its Versa Max autoloading shotgun back in 2010. Since then, there’s been the inevitable morphing—black tactical versions, waterfowl versions, etc. Up to now, the MSRP of the Versa Max began at around sixteen hundred bucks. The latest addition, however, the Versa Max Sportsman, was obviously conceived to ameliorate sticker shock among old-time 11-87/1100 shooters who might have a hard time envisioning paying that much for an auto from The Big Green. The Sportsman lists for slightly over a grand—a bit over most of the company’s 11-87 lineup but not quite up there with the “B-initialled” Italian autoloaders either. Read more…






Outside Review: Beretta A400 Xtreme 12 Gauge

Originally posted by John B. Snow,

Competitive shooting and  upland hunting are the heart and soul  of Beretta’s shotgunning efforts—but there’s little doubt the world’s oldest firearms company knows how to make a good semi-auto for the duck marsh. The new A400 Xtreme, which has a 3 ½-inch chamber,  has been designed inside and out to hold up to the rigors of hard-core waterfowling.

Waterfowlers love their 3 ½-inch guns. The common perception is that the cigar-size shells are better than the smaller 2 ¾- and 3-inch loads on ducks and geese, that they give the shooter an advantage when it comes to knockdown power and long-range shots, particularly when shooting steel. Read more…




Originally posted by John Zent,
Don’t get too caught up in their racy looks and engineering tweaks to the action that revolutionized shotgunning. New models from Benelli are platforms for emerging technology, leaders at solving wingshooters’ problems and smart-manufacturing values that keep costs at what the market will bear.Wait ’til you see the Ethos, the newest semi-auto from the Italian-based trendsetter. Oh, it has the racy looks and enough modifications to the inertia-driven, rotating-bolt mechanism to make Super Black Eagle (SBE) diehards want to send in their guns for retrofitting. But cutting edge doesn’t start there. Read more…



Credit: Gun Digest

Outside Review: Browning Maxus

Originally published by M.D. Johnson, Gun Digest

The very first sentence in the 2010 Browning catalog in reference to the company’s latest autoloading shotgun, the Maxus, is as follows – “The Browning Maxus – Maximum Reliability.” From experience, those five words certainly do say it all.

My first date with the Maxus was in Alberta in late 2008. Our group had, if memory serves me right, five of the new guns – a number which I believe represented, at that time, the whole of the population. Our host for the hunt, Browning’s Scott Grange, sheep-dogged his tiny stockpile of innovation with more intensity than did Golem guard The Ring.

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