6 Shotguns for Your Next Upland Hunt

Winchester SX4 shotgun with black synthetic stock right

At first look many would think Upland bird hunting season has passed. While that is true for pheasant, quail, chukar and others, let’s not forget about turkey! After all, who says you have to have a designated thumper just for turkey. Even if you do, it’s never too early to start thinking about next season, or just to break in your new gun while your dog gets a tune up. Here are six shotguns everyone can be proud while enjoying a little wing and shot time.

Beretta A400 Lite

If you are looking for a fast handling, soft recoiling all purpose shotgun, take a look at the Beretta A400 Lite KO. This is a hunting shotgun that does it all, and doesn’t mind playing hard and getting dirty. Whether you are upland hunting in the tall grass, chasing ducks and geese in the marsh, hunting turkey in the woods or just breaking clays at the range, the A400 is a faithful and reliable companion. Capable of firing four shots in less than a second, the Blink gas operating system makes the A400 the fastest semi automatic shotgun on the market. Superbly balanced, light weight, and now with the revolutionary Gunpod 2 system to keep track of and share your shooting activity via smartphone.

Beretta A400 Lite shotgun with black synthetic stock
Beretta A400 Lite

Specifications and Features

12 gauge
Semi automatic
26-, 28-, or 30-inch vent rib barrel
3-inch chamber
4 rounds capacity
Optima HP chokes (full, improved cylinder, modified)
Gunpod 2
Black synthetic stock
Microcore recoil pad
Overall length 48.5 inches
Weight: 6.4 lbs
Matte black

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Browning Citori 725 Feather

The Browning Citori 725 Feather is the lightest field gun you will ever own. Make this gem yours today and experience the luxury. The Citori 725 Feather features the same low-profile design you have come to adore from the Citori 725 but it is constructed from a lightweight high strength alloy instead of steel. The Feather does features a breech face and hinge pin which are made from steel. This ensures that your firearm will last for many years, but keeps the overall weight down. The biggest difference is when you use this gun in the field you will notice the savings.

Browning Citori 725 Feather shotgun with wood stock right
Browning Citori 725 Feather

Specifications and Features

Browning Citori 725 Feather Over/Under Shotgun 0135663005
12 Gauge
3″ Chamber
26″ Steel Barrels
Chrome Plated Chamber
Polished Blued Barrel Finish
2 Round Capacity
Invector-DS Flush Fit Choke System (Full, Modified, Improved Cylinder)
Aluminum Alloy Receiver
Silver Nitride Receiver Finish
Grade II/III Black Walnut Wood Stock
Gloss Oil Finish
Ivory Bead Sight
Inflex 2 Large Recoil Pad
Steel Trigger Guard with Silver Nitride Finish Alloy Trigger with Gold Plated Finish
Overall Length 43.75″
Length of Pull 14.25″
Drop At Heel 2.25″
Drop at Comb 1.63″
Rib Width .25″
Overall Weight 6lbs 7oz

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CZ Wingshooter Elite

The CZ-USA Wingshooter Elite over/under shotgun is the perfect choice for the discerning Sporting Clays Shooter. This design incorporates a new CNC one Piece receiver, and the Elite side plates are fully hand engraved reminiscent of CZ’s custom grade Super Scroll. The Wingshooter Elite carries all the best features of an over/under with a single selectable trigger, solid mid-rib, ejectors, and a two tone finish. The Turkish Walnut stock and forend feature laser cut checkering for positive firearm retention. It would be hard to find a better balanced, and classier looking shotgun for the price the CZ Wingshooter Elite is offered for.

CZ Wingshooter Elite shotgun with dark wood stock right
CZ Wingshooter Elite

Specifications and Features

CZ-USA Wingshooter Over/Under Shotgun 06455
12 Gauge Shotgun
2 Round Capacity
3″ Chamber (Accepts 2-3/4″, and 3″ shot shells)
28″ Barrels
Turkish Walnut Stock
Schnabel forend
Gloss Black Chrome Barrel finish
Two Tone with hand engraved faux sideplates Receiver finish
8mm Flat Vent Rib
Mechanical Trigger mechanism, selectable for barrel
Manual Tang Safety
Included 5 chokes
Length of pull 14.5″
Comb 1-7/16″
Heel 2-1/4″
Overall Length 45.75″
Weight 7.4 lbs

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Remington V3 Field Sport

The Remington V3 Field Sport is a versatile shotgun that is well suited to upland game, waterfowl and range use. Lightweight and well balanced, the V3 utilizes the Versaport gas system to self-regulate gas pressure based on shell length. From light 2 3/4″ target loads to the heaviest 3″ magnums, the V3 cycles with equal reliability and the least felt recoil of any auto loading shotgun on the market.

Remington V3 Field Sport shotgun with synthetic stock right
Remington V3 Field Sport

Specifications and Features

Remington V3 Field Sport 83420
Gas operated semi automatic shotgun
12 gauge
3 rounds
3″ chamber
28″ light contour vent rib barrel
Versaport self adjusting gas system
Twin bead sights
SuperCell Recoil Pad
Modified choke tube included
Walnut Stock with Satin Finish
Matte black finish

Overall length 49″
Length of Pull 14.25″
Drop at Comb 1.5″
Drop at Heel 2.44
Weight 7.25 lbs

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Weatherby ORION I

If you are looking for the style and performance found in a top of the line double barrel shotgun at a price you can afford then take a look at the Weatherby Orion 1 Over Under Double Barrel Shotgun! This is a working man’s double barrel not a safe queen or a wall hanger. This shotgun is ready to head to the field on an upland game hunt or hit the skeet fields to win your bragging rights! It features 3″ chambers and chrome lined bores on a low profile receiver with a traditional box lock break action. Three choke tubes in Improved Cylinder, Modified, and Full are included. If you need a double barrel shotgun that is hardworking in the field and reliable on a round of sporting clays then you need the Weatherby Orion 1!

Weatherby ORION I shotgun with wood stock right
Weatherby ORION I

Specifications and Features

Weatherby Orion I
Over/Under Break Action Shotgun
12 gauge
3″ Chambers
26-, 28-inch Barrels
Matte Ventilated Top Rib
Brass Bead Front Sight
Chrome Lined Bores
Traditional Box Lock Action
Low Profile Receiver
Automatic Ejectors
Ambidextrous Top Tang Safety
Rich Grade ‘A’ Walnut Stock
Blued Metal Finish
Length of Pull: 14.625″
Drop at Comb: 1.625″
Drop at Heel :2.375″
Overall Length :45.75″
Weight: 7 Pounds

3 choke tubes included
Improve Cylinder, Modified, Full Chokes

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Winchester SX4

The Winchester SX4 is one of the best auto loading shotguns available today, ready to perform like a champion no matter what the weather conditions! Its comfortable ergonomics, sleek profile, and rugged reliability are available to you at a price you can afford. Precision manufactured and engineered for endurance the Super X4 will continue to excel shot after shot, round after round. Featuring a 26″ chrome-plated barrel, a fiber optic front sight, and Active Valve gas system, the SX4 provides exceptional accuracy. The Active Valve gas operating system automatically adjusts to allow the exact gas pressure necessary to fire a wide range of loads, giving you a greater versatility on the range and in the fields. Improvements over the SX3 include an oversized bolt handle, bolt release, and trigger guard for easier access and operation with gloved hands in cold weather. The Inflex Technology recoil pad has been widened and thickened to further minimize felt recoil, making the SX4 even more comfortable to shoot all day long. A most noticeable change from the SX3 is the reduced weight and ideal placement of the balance point with a narrower pistol grip. These seemingly small changes greatly improve the swing and point of the shotgun, enabling you to get on target faster and more accurately. Lighting-fast operation, lightweight design, and proven reliability, makes the Winchester SX4 a great choice for both the hunter and sporting clay shooter.

Winchester SX4 shotgun with black synthetic stock right
Winchester SX4

Specifications and Features

Winchester Super X4
Semi Automatic Shotgun
12 Gauge
4 Rounds
3″ Chamber
26″ Vent Rib Barrel
Hard Chrome Plated Chamber and Bore with Back Bored Technology
Aluminum Alloy Receiver
Fiber Optic Front Sight
Invector-Plus Choke Syst em
Gas Operated Active Valve – Self Adjusting Gas System
Inflex Technology Recoil Pad
Black Synthetic Composite Stock
Textured Grip Panels
Overall Length 47″
14.25″ length of pull
1.75″ drop at comb
2″ drop at heel
Weight 6 lbs 12 oz

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Comments (5)

  1. It would have been nice to include the MSRP for each of the shotguns listed. While I would like to be able to say, “I don’t care how much it costs, I want it,” alas my bank statement says otherwise, so MSRP or actual street selling price range is as important as any other spec for any item I look at.

  2. The venerable 12 Ga. is sadly a relic of the black powder era. Move to 20 Ga. You’ll be happy you did. Doesn’t matter what the job, (except Geese). For Geese you might need a 3 1/2 in mag. and a 30 In barrel. When’s the last time you went gunning for Geese? Is that a good reason for you to own a 12 Ga?

    1. The 12 Guage is still the king . In a lightweight autoloader like this Beretta the weight difference is negligible.
      You can’t just wish away psychics, and the 12 is hands down the leader .

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