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The Best Trap & Skeet Shotguns at Every Price Point

by Kyle Wintersteen   |  February 25th, 2014 7

Whether you’re a hunter interested in extending your fun through the summer, or a casual clay shooter ready to up the ante; the market for a dedicated trap, skeet or sporting clays shotgun can be intimidating.

Price points and options are all over the map. Do you want—or need—a raised rib, a high comb, an adjustable cheek weld or a ported barrel? These factors can considerably alter how one shotgun performs over another.

So, let’s cut through the clutter with an all-important question: What’s your budget? Don’t worry, we won’t tell your spouse.

Here are some of the best sporting shotguns at several price points, with insight into their features. These shotguns are by no means the only good options in their respective price categories, but this cross-section of available guns will help get you started.

  • Magoo

    Best shotgun for the price is the one that “fits” you to the “T”. They are all steel tubes you push lead shot down the barrel. You have to have correct fit, see where you are shooting and the price goes away. I’ve seen some old timers where their shotgun looks like a fence post; but they are shaking hands at the end of a tournament and not clapping. They generally tuck their gun under one arm so they can carry the trophy away with the other.

  • Western

    Sorry to see Ruger Red Label did not make the cut.

  • Jimbo

    You’ve GOT to be kidding me! The Mossberg Silver Reserve Sporting is NOT a new model. It has been available since the hunting model has been sold. I got mine about 8 years ago, ordering it sight unseen from an online retailer. Cost me about $400 more than the hunting model. Difference being a wider rib, porting, dual bead, different engraving, and ventilated pad. The checkering is awful. It’s very heavy, and swings like a two by four with 5 lb. weight on the muzzle end. I added weight to the stock end to balance it, but it is now a TANK. Take the stock off and look at the workmanship on the receiver. It looks like holes and parts have been cut with a torch, or stamped out with dull tools. The original firing pins broke after only about 700 rounds. The replacements lasted about 1000 rounds, They kept breaking until I designed, machined, and heat treated my own pins…. The gun now has about 10,000 target rounds through it, and the action feels very loose. I wonder if it is safe. Sometimes it refuses to fire for no apparent reason – usually right in the middle of a round of clays. I haven’t figured that out yet.

  • Patriot

    I can attest to the SuperSport. Awesome gun!

  • B. Armstrong

    The author, Wintersteen, mentioned “price point” three times. Is this the same as “price”? Why not just say price.

  • E;f

    Bought just a plain Stoeger for $349 and its been great. I just shoot for fun.

  • Roxy Jones

    I like Krieghoff shotguns. I started out with one and now I am hooked. My pop and my dad would take me shooting and I fell in love.

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