Guns are tools; they have a purpose and are only as good as you are. That being said, your field guns don’t have to look as rugged as your grandfather’s trusty mallet and screwdriver set—enter the Winchester SX3 field shotgun. Though at home in the duck blind, this shotgun won’t look out-of-place at the country club. However, the SX3 isn’t just good-looking for the sake of aesthetics, it is a masterfully engineered shotgun. First, there’s the technical specifics:
- 3-inch chrome-plated chamber and bore for wear and corrosion resistance
- .742-inch back-bored forcing cone for optimum shot patterns
- Invector-Plus choke tube for solid performance
- A strong but lightweight aluminum receiver
All together, the 20 gauge model weighs no more than 6 pounds, 8 ounces. To counteract the lack of weight, Winchester included the Active Valve system to cycle nearly any load while reducing recoil, a Pachymayr Decelerator recoil pad to make it easier on your shoulder, and an easily adjustable length of pull, cast, and drop so that your SX3 fits you and your shooting style perfectly. Because you can adjust this shotgun without a trip to the gunsmith, you can tweak it quickly so it always feels right regardless of weather, stance or use.
Beyond the technical and shooting aspects of this shotty, you have the appearance. The satin-finished oiled walnut stock and forend has crisp checkering on the grip and forend giving it the classic, yet elegant look you expect from a fine shotgun. The receiver and barrel have a matte black finish that keeps the sun from catching your eye when you’re following your target. The red and silver trim lends a modern aspect, reminding you that this is a 21st century shotgun and not your grandpappy’s Winchester.
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