January 28, 2019
While the SHOT Show is a far cry from a New England grouse covert, a South Dakota cornfield or even a cactus studded quail flat in Texas, there’s plenty on the show floor to grab an upland bird hunter’s attention. From hunter orange vests and clothing, new bird hunting shotshell loads, and of course, shotguns — these new products are made for those heading to the uplands.
If it’s a new bird hunting shotgun that you’re looking for, there are a number of new options coming to market in 2019.
Benelli 828U Performance Shop Upland Shotgun
As they’ve done with waterfowl and turkey guns, Benelli has taken its popular 828U over-and-under shotgun into the Performance Shop for some serious tweaking that results in a perfect stack barrel for the upland bird hunter.
Whether ruffed grouse, woodcock or pheasants are your favorite wingshooting target, the 828U bridges the gap between ease of carry in the field — it weighs only 6.4 pounds — along with its unique breech design that uses a steel lock-plate opening system that offers rugged durability thanks to its ability to get rid of undue wear and tear on the aluminum receiver.
With a shorter length-of-pull and a 24-inch barrel, this sweet swinging scattergun moves quickly in the tight spots where upland birds are often found by a hard-working pointer or flusher. Thanks to shotgun expert Rob Roberts’ lengthening of the forcing cone, his Triple Threat choke tube set, and Benelli’s five standard choke tubes, this shotgun also gives wingshooters a tight pattern sure to knock down a limit of game birds.
With Benelli’s AA-grade satin walnut stock and forend, an anodized bonze/matte blue receiver, and a carbon fiber stepped rib, the 828U is a classy looking modern over-and-under. Add in a removable trigger group, a Progressive Comfort stock, Benelli’s QuadraFit customizing system, various tools, and a case and this shotgun gives carrying comfort in the field, hard hitting patterns no matter how tight the shot window, and exceptional quality for the upland game bird hunter who hunts hard until the sun goes down.
Beretta 695 Over-and-Under Shotgun
With this new 695 field model, the longtime Italian gunmaker continues its excellence in building exquisite stack barrel scatterguns perfect for the dove field to a pointer quivering with a snootful of quail to a woodcock hunter moving through an alder thicket.
Built upon the timeless elegance of the 690 platform, Beretta
brings state-of-the-art laser technology to bring fine, deep, intricate engraving to the receiver of these 20- and 12-gauge over-and-unders.
Add in premium grade three matched walnut to the 695 and the result is an old world timeless look coupled with high-end modern performance straight from one of the leaders in upland bird hunting shotguns.
Browning Citori CXS Micro
If you’re a wingshooter who likes to shoot sporting clays in the off-season as well as someone who spends every autumn weekend looking over a pointer in upland bird country, then give the new quick pointing Browning Citori CXS Micro model a look this year in either 20- and/or 12-gauge.
Checking in with 24- and 26-inch barrel lengths in both gauges, this stack barrel features a gloss finish Grade II American walnut stock, an ivory front sight and mid-bead sight, an Inflex recoil pad and a blued receiver and barrels.
As a crossover shotgun that performs well in upland covers or out on the sporting clays range, this Browning over-and-under also features Invector Pro forcing cones, five Invector-Plus Midas choke tubes and three-inch chambering to handle and pattern even the heaviest pheasant loads.
CZ Bobwhite G2
After shooters all but demanded that CZ bring back this stylish side-by-side bird hunting gun, the company has listened and is brining back to market a new, improved CZ Bobwhite G2 double-gun in 28-, 20-, and 12-gauge models.
With a CNC'd receiver, upgraded parts and internals, and a tough-to-defeat receiver finish, this gun is a budget friendly side-by-side without the sticker shock pricing that many such guns bring.
Thanks to a straight stock and double triggers, this is a quick pointing, smooth swinging, bird clobbering thing of beauty no matter what gauge you prefer. And with the three different gauges, you can choose the one that fits your shoulder and bird-hunting needs since each come with 28-inch barrels and five interchangeable choke tubes.
Stevens 555 Enhanced 16 Gauge Over-and-Under
Featuring a silver scroll-engraved receiver, the imperial walnut stock and forend of this Stevens over-and-under provides an elegant look.
Along with ejectors and 28-inch chrome-lined barrels, there’s plenty of in the field performance. Coming in a 16-gauge platform, this stack barrel shotgun is a high performance, budget friendly scattergun that works wonders for wingshooters.
The end result is a solid choice for wingshooters chasing birds dogs and upland birds from the from the coverts of New England to the grassy high plains of the Rocky Mountain foothills to the cactus studded flats of South Texas quail country.
Winchester SX4 Upland Field Shotgun
Renowned American gunmaker Winchester Repeating Arms has been making shotguns for a long time now. Building on those years of scattergun excellence, Winchester brought out a beautiful wooden version of its SX4 shotgun lineup, this one aimed at bird hunters.
Well, there’s a new kid on the block this year thanks to the new 20-gauge version of the SX4 Upland Field model featuring a satin oil finish grade II/III walnut stock – with straight line cut checkering no less – this beautiful shotgun also has a matte nickel-plated receiver with an engraved upland bird hunting scene as a pair of rooster pheasants vault skyward out of a cornfield.
With a Invector-Plus choke tubes, a vent-rib for a solid sighting plane, a TruGlo Long Bead fiber-optic front sight, and back-bored technology that provides superb shot patterns that hit birds downrange with dense, evenly distributed coverage, a hunter’s bird-per-shotshell average should improve with the SX4 Upland Field model.
And with a hard chrome-plated chamber and bore, Winchester’s self-adjusting Active Valve Gas System and an Inflex Technology Recoil Pad, shooters can shoot high-brass pheasant loads with only a whisper of recoil.
Benelli Montefeltro Silver Featherweight
If over-and-under shotguns aren’t your thing, Benelli has your upland bird hunting needs covered with the marriage of two of the company’s most famous autoloaders. By taking the best features of the Standard Ultralight and the Montefeltro Silver models, the result is the Montefeltro Silver Featherweight, a lightning fast handling gun that is light as a feather with top-end quality to boot.
With this new semi-autoloader available in 20- and 12-gauge offerings, this slim scattergun offers sweet balance and masterpiece good looks thanks to the Montefeltro Silver Featherlight’s distinctive single-piece nickel-plated alloy receiver and it’s exquisite scroll engravings and gold embellishments.
With a 10-year warranty, this shotgun features a beautiful walnut satin finish stock and forend, both treated with WeatherCoat for in the field durability. Coming with a 26-inch 12-gauge barrel and a 24-inch 20-gauge barrel are, both are tipped with a red-bar front sight.
With a shortened forend and carbon fiber rib to help reduce weight, this new Benelli offering checks in at 6.2-pounds in the 12-gauge and 5.3-pounds for the 20-gauge. And thanks to five extended Crio choke tubes and a shim kit to adjust drop and cast, this is a quick-pointing, smooth swinging, hard hitting scattergun for wingshooters who dream of perfect days behind bird dogs with a snootful of quail, ruffed grouse, woodcock and pheasants.