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Best Shotguns from SHOT Show 2020

Here are 10 standout guns from the annual show.

Best Shotguns from SHOT Show 2020

Top shotguns were on display at SHOT Show 2020. (Photo by Scott Bernarde)

Editors from Game & Fish, and other Outdoor Sportsman Group brands, hit the trade floor at SHOT Show 2020 in Las Vegas to see and test the latest and greatest in hunting and shooting gear.

Here’s a look at the best shotguns from the annual show:

Savage Renagauge

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Savage Renagauge

Savage’s new semiautomatic shotgun is available in three configurations: Field, Turkey, and Waterfowl. Renegauge runs on the D.R.I.V. gas system, which allows the 12 gauge to cycle everything from low-brass target rounds to 3” Magnum hunting loads. And the stock can be configured in 20 ways to ensure a perfect fit. Offered in Mossy Oak’s Shadow Grass Blades camo, the gun features a synthetic stock and forend, a 28-inch barrel that is fluted, a red fiber-optic sight bead, flush mount chokes (improved, modified and full chokes come with the gun), oversized controls, an easy-to-use shell loading port, and a vent rib.

$1,549.99 | savagearms.com


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Escort FieldHunter Turkey

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Escort FieldHunter Turkey

Escort's well-regarded line of pump-action shotgun is now available in turkey-specific models. The FieldHunter Turkey is available in 12-GA, 20-GA, and .410-bore and is tailored with the turkey shooter in mind. Chambered in 3" magnum, this shotgun will handle both 2 ¾" and 3" loads. The stock and forend are made from a tough, durable synthetic polymer, built to withstand the elements. The extended forend is easy to hold and cycle without the need to extend one's reach. An aircraft alloy receiver and hard chromed steel barrel will ensure long service life.

The FieldHunter Turkey is available in two camo patterns: RealTree APG and Mossy Oak BottomLand. Each gun ships with 3 interchangeable chokes suitable for a variety of turkey hunting situations.

$399.99 | escortshotgunsusa.com

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Benelli's 20-Gauge 828U

Benelli’s popular 828U over/under now comes in 20 gauge. A high-grade alloy receiver is paired with AA-grade satin walnut and Crio barrels and Crio chokes. The 828U has custom drop and cast adjustments to ensure a perfect fit. The Progressive Comfort System tames recoil. The new 20-gauge 828U is available with 26- or 28-inch barrels and an engraved nickel receiver. benelliusa.com

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Tristar Viper G2 .410

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Tristar Viper G2 .410

Guns & Ammo’s 2019 Shotgun of the Year, the new Tristar Viper G2 Bronze offers handsome reliability and the option to chamber a 3-­inch shell in a sub-­6-­pound, value-­rich semiautomatic. The barrel is chrome lined and topped with a 5mm straight-­sided rib complete with a red fiber-­optic sight. The shotgun is also supplied with an Improved Cylinder, Modified and Full choke tubes, and a shim kit to regulate drop and cast.


$800 | tristararms.com

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CZ All-Terrain Series

CZ’s new All-Terrain series has five strong choices for upland and waterfowl hunters. The series includes a semi-auto, one side by side, and three over/unders. Clad in a unique OD Cerakote green finish paired with walnut, these shotguns are eye catching and made to withstand harsh elements. The All-Terrain series sets itself apart by adding a set of rare earth magnets to their extractor or ejectors on the side by side and over/under models. That means your shells aren’t falling out in the marsh or when you’re handling your bird dog.

cz-usa.com

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Weatherby 18i

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Weatherby 18i

The Weatherby name will forever be associated with ultra-fast magnum cartridges and ornate bolt guns, but the company has been in the shotgun business for over five decades. Following Weatherby’s historic move from California to Sheridan, Wyo., its first new product was the 18i, an Italian-made inertia-operated 12-gauge semi-auto. Four models are currently available: the walnut-stocked 18i Deluxe in 12 or 20 gauge, the 18i Synthetic, and two 12-gauge Waterfowler models. The Deluxe comes with a 3-inch chamber, and all the other guns come with 3 1/2-inch chambers.

$1,099 | weatherby.com

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Benelli Black Eagle 3

While Benelli’s flagship duck and goose gun, the Super Black Eagle 3, certainly isn't new this year, one new technology now available to SBE3 fans certainly is notable – the optional addition of the company's B.E.S.T. (Benelli Surface Treatment) technology. Using diamond-like carbon particles, the multi-layers of the B.E.S.T. technology creates an impenetrable armor that protects treated metal against abrasion and corrosion, even from extreme exposure to saltwater.

$2,199 | benelliusa.com

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Browning BPS Field Composite

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Browning BPS Field Composite

The BPS Field Composite in Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades comes in both 12-gauge and 20-gauge versions. With 26- and 28-inch barrels available in each gauge, the gun features Browning’s top-tang safety, a receiver made from a solid block of forged steel, and the BPS’ reliable bottom load and ejection system. Add in a floating vent rib (to prevent point-of-impact shifts due to barrel heating), a reliable pump action, a larger trigger guard, the Invector-Plus Choke System, and an Inflex Recoil pad that can be trimmed by a gunsmith for the changing of length of pull, and the gun is a great bargain for waterfowlers searching for a reliable shotgun that doesn’t quit or break the bank.

$779.99 | browning.com

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Beretta 694

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Beretta 694

Designed and tested in collaboration with the Beretta Shooting Team, the 694 is the new over-and-under platform designed specifically for competition shooting. The new shape of the action and the stock provide increased field of vision, while the new forend iron system maintains the opening load constant over time, and the Steelium Plus barrels guarantee a dense, uniform pattern. The trap version is available with a 29/39 and 35/45 drop, and the latter also features a B-Fast adjustable comb and a round or beaver-tail forend. On the sporting version, the stock has been completely redesigned and features a widened blade and comb, and a lengthened pistol grip with palm swell in order to provide maximum comfort while ensuring the position of the hands is extremely natural and stable. It is available with drops of 35/50 and 35/55, and the latter also features a B-Fast adjustable heel and a round or Schnabel forend.

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Stoeger M3500 Predator/Turkey Special

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Stoeger M3500 Predator/Turkey Special

Stoeger expands the popular M3500 line with the versatile M3500 Predator/Turkey Special shotgun. Whether calling coyotes or a puffed-up tom across a field, the 3-1/2-inch semi-auto shotgun is good to go. At the heart of the shotgun is the ultra-reliable Inertia Driven operating system. With fewer moving parts, Inertia Driven action is contained primarily within the receiver, providing a better, more centered balance and swing. The receiver also stays cleaner longer. Gauge: 12. Action: Semi-auto. Chambering: 2-3/4, 3 and 3-1/2. Capacity: 4+1. Barrel Length: 24 inches. Overall Length: 46 inches. Weight: 7.5 lbs. Stock: Mossy Oak Overwatch. Receiver/Barrel Finish: Mossy Oak Overwatch. Chokes: Extended MOJO predator and turkey. Sights: Red-bar front sight. Length of Pull: 14-3/8 inches. Drop at Heel: 2-1/2 in. Drop at Comb: 1-1/2 in. Warranty: 5 years.

$929 | stoegerindustries.com

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