These Hunting Shotguns Are The Best Bang For Your Buck

January 6, 2017
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On the quest to look for the best hunting shotguns, you’re bound to poke a hole in your wallet sooner or later. Shotguns are not cheap and when you’re out buying and trying everything the Internet suggests, you’ll run out of dough soon enough. Trust me, I’ve seen people do exactly just this and I can paint a picture of regret with their faces. That’s why we’ve generously listed these hunting shotguns that’ll get you the most bang out of your bucks, (pardon the pun). So take a peek to see exactly what you’re looking for.

Hunting Shotguns That Won’t Break Your Bank

16For hunting shotguns, reliability is everything. I’ve had my fair share of shotguns that were good on the field but bad on the range, and vice versa. For one thing, I’d rather have something that’s both good and reliable on both field and the range. But hunting shotguns aren’t really that cheap, if you know what I mean. Although there are a wide variety of chokes, calibers, and action styles, a good hunting shotgun should ultimately be reliable and you need to spare a few extra dollars to guarantee reliability. Thus, a shotgun with less moving parts does the job best. Take a look at these hunting shotguns that will be well worth your money!

Remington 870


The Remington 870 is no doubt the best shotgun in the market today. If you’ve done your homework, you can find the Model 870 in any “best shotgun” list there is. I’ve held a couple of these 870’s and the action is just smooth, almost feels like it’ll never fail. But the best about this pump-action is it closely competes with guns near the 4-digit price for just $399.

Mossberg 835


What I like about the Mossberg 835 are its sleek design and its lightweight components. However, it’s almost as if you’re shooting lighter rounds, even with Mag shells despite the light build of this gun. You just don’t get the same amount of kick from when you shoot those 3 1/2-inch shells with other pump-actions.

Winchester SXP


One of the most well-balanced guns of this century, the Winchester SXP provides a smooth pumping motion for a quick follow-up shot. While other hunters frown upon pump-action rifles, they probably haven’t held an SXP to debunk the poor follow-up myth. I’d say the SXP is a revolutionary shotgun and a great investment.

Stevens 555


The Stevens 555 is an over/under shotgun that’s basically two barrels over and under each other. What’s great about this is that you can have two chokes with one gun and shoot the fastest follow-up shot. However, despite the 555’s single trigger system–rather than one for each barrel–I find it worth the cash.

Browning BPS


Browning’s BPS is almost the same as Remington’s 870 pump-action. Everything just feels about the same with this shotgun as the 870, with the additional of its ambidextrous design. However, I’d feel more comfortable shooting with the walnut stock rather than the synthetic ones Browning offers. Nonetheless, it’s still a great deal at $599.

Benelli Super Black Eagle II


When talking about versatility, I think the Super Black Eagle II would come out on top of this list. You can actually shoot 2 3/4″ to 3 1/2″ shells without adjustments with this rifle. Plus, it’s meant to withstand harsh weather conditions making it a perfect go-to gun for rugged outdoor trips! The only thing that bothers me is its price soaring over a grand than what I’d usually pay for in a shotgun.

Remington SP-10

Most waterfowl hunters probably have a Remington SP-10 somewhere in their collection. It was before the 12-gauge shotgun boomed to its popularity today that hunters preferred the 10-gauge. However, despite it being old, I’d still pick the Remington SP-10 any day of the week. I like how its heavy weight makes me feel more manly aiming and shooting at those fowl all over the skies.

Beretta 8400 Xplor Unico


Beretta is one of the pioneer shotgun manufacturers and the 8400 has been in their arsenal since the 50’s. As such, you wouldn’t expect less for their newest release of the same model in 2009 with the same classic smoothness and reliability as it did more than 50 years ago. Furthermore, semi-autos are excellent at shooting follow-up rounds to ensure the kill. At $1,755, you’d get the best of what’s in the market today.

Weatherby Orion


Not only does the Orion perform, it’s a beauty as well. Although, you might get wrong ideas having Weatherby produce the same name as SKB’s Orion given their history. However, it’s a completely different gun but its performance is superb. Its design is simple and simplicity often means functionality-centered like the Weatherby Orion. For a little over a grand, you’ll get great value and a very reliable hunting companion.

Ithaca Model 37

If you fancy hunting, the 37 is a perfect match to what you’re looking for. If you don’t, it’s still the go-to gun for home-defense firearms owners. Yes, it’s an all around go-to gun for everyone due to its excellent recoil management and a bottom ejection mechanism that prevents dirt from getting into the chamber. It’s a rugged gun that’s efficient at firing shots without having to mind the elements.

Citori 725

I haven’t actually owned Browning’s 725 but I’ve got a few friends who does. They’ve got nothing but good reviews about the trigger, it being smooth with just an ample amount of pressure to pull. The Citori 725 might just be this decade’s best shotgun released but it’s too early to tell. I’ve got nothing but high hopes for this firearm to click in the market for all hunters and gun enthusiasts.

I know this list may not be complete and it’s far from listing out all the best there is. But these are the ones I’ve personally had experience with, and I can’t help but list them here. If your favorite hunting shotgun isn’t here, let us know through the comments.

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