Over and under shotguns have long been a favorite among fans of the clay-target sports and those who hunt upland game. They have multiple pros (well balanced, quick pointing and offer choke differences between each barrel), and only one major con (they can be expensive).
Try one of these three options to get the gun you desire without emptying your piggy bank.
Appearance: Made in Turkey, the box-lock shotgun has a select semi-glass, oil-finished Turkish walnut pistol-grip stock and Schnabel fore-end with machine-cut checkering.
Features: The 12-gauge weighs 6 pounds and has a 28-inch barrel. The single trigger O/U, with its conveniently placed manual safety with barrel selector, offers top-notch performance. It has a steel insert over the firing pin holes to reinforce the breech, and the sturdy extractor elevates spent cases high enough to allow quick, easy removal.
Drawback: The gun has noticeable recoil and is a tad front heavy, but not to the point where it interferes with good shooting.
Bonus: The Stevens 555 comes with five tubes (C, IC, M, IM and F) and also is available in a 20-gauge version weighing in at 5½ pounds with a 26-inch barrel.
Get more: www.savagearms.com
Tristar Hunter Ex
Price: $639 to $669
Appearance: The shotgun features Turkish walnut stock and fore-end, engraved receiver, chrome-lined steel barrels with a blued finish.
Features: The gun wears a single trigger, extractors, a top-tang safety with barrel selector, self-adjusting locking lugs and a fiber-optic sight. The 12-gauge version is available with 28- or 26-inch barrels and has a 3-inch chamber.
Bonus: The Hunter EX comes with five choke tubes (SK, IC, M, IM and F) and is available in 12, 16, 20, 28 and .410 models. Each has a 3-inch chamber — except the 16-gauge and 28-gauges; they are 2¾-inches. All models, except the 12-gauge, come with 28-inch barrels, and their weight ranges from 7½ pounds (12-gauge) to 4.8 pounds (28-gauge).
Get more: www.tristararms.com
Stoeger Condor Field Youth
Appearance: It features a checkered satin-finish, A-Grade American walnut stock and fore-end with blued hardware.
Features: This gun is for the small-frame shooter or youth. It is available in 20-gauge or .410 models and weighs about 5½-pounds. It has a single, non-selective trigger, 22½-inch vent-rib barrels with IC and M screw-in choke tubes, a 13-inch length-of-pull and an overall length of 36½ inches.
Bonus: The Condor Field also is available in full-size 12, 20, 28 and .410 models: They are priced the same as the youth version.
Get more: www.stoegerindustries.com