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All of our shotgun reviews and tests by our shooting experts.

Kel-Tec vs. UTAS UTS-15

We stage a battle of bullpup shotguns that have remarkably similar capabilities—both hold 15 shells—but with different designs.

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Low-Cost Pump Shotguns

The pros and cons of four inexpensive slide-actions on the market today: the Remington 870, Mossberg 500, Benelli Nova, and Winchester SXP.

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The Remington 870 Express.

Shotguns: The Gift Gun

Don’t put a lifetime of shotgunning mistakes into your kid’s hands. Here’s what you need to know before you buy.

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6 Best Home-Defense Shotguns

The best tool to defend your home is a shotgun. Here are six current models to consider for that important job.

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The Winchester SXP Defender is also available in a marine finish, seen here. photo from shootingillustrated.com.

Remington 870 vs. Mossberg 500

They’re two long-time and popular slide-action shotguns, very similar in looks and price…but with some key differences. Which is better for you? We put each through a…

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The Remington Model 870 (top) and Mossberg Model 500 appear similar at first glance, but there are some key differences in operation.

Stevens 555 Over/Under Shotgun

It’s a solidly built over/under available in a range of gauges, for about a quarter the cost of many O/Us. Here’s how it shoots.

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The Stevens 555 over/under is a Turkish-made shotgun that retails for only $692.

6 Used Shotguns to Avoid

While gunmakers typically come out with fine models, once in a while a clunker escapes. Here are half a dozen to put back on the rack.

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photo from Windigo Images

UTS-15 Tactical Shotgun

We take a close look at—and put more than 1300 rounds through—the unique twin-magazine, 15-round, slide-action 12 gauge.

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The UTS-15 shotgun is a unique pump-action tactical shotgun that holds a total of 15 rounds.

Browning Auto-5: An American Classic

This first-ever autoloading shotgun, developed in 1903, was ahead of its time—and hunters, law enforcement, and military benefitted for nearly a century.

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The semi-automatic Browning Auto-5 held five 12-gauge shells, hence the name Auto-5. One of three million produced between 1903-1998. photo from the NRA Museums

Weatherby Orion Shotgun

The revamped model bears only faint similarities to the popular over/under of old, but is a solid target gun at an excellent price.

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The Weatherby’s Orion O/U is a Turkish-made shotgun with a design very much like a Beretta 680-series O/U. It retails for $1,099.

Beretta A400 XCEL Shotgun

It’s not the first shotgun to come in a non-standard hue, but Beretta’s “blue gun” offers more than a distinctive color.

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The electric blue receiver of Beretta’s A400 Xcel grew on the author; partly because the A400 Xcel is a reliable, soft-shooting shotgun.

Syren XLR5: For Women Only

It’s designed and sized solely for female shooters. But does a Syren make it easier for women to break targets? This trapshooting coach found out.

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The Syren XLR5 Sporting, which is designed for a woman’s physique, has an elevated Monte Carlo style stock to accommodate a woman’s longer neck and higher cheekbones.

Over/Under Shotguns for Under $1,000

You can get an o/u at a good (or in some cases, great) price. But is it money well spent? We test four to find out.

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photo from all4shooters.com.

Remington Model 870

For more than 60 years, the 870 has been the most dominant slide-action shotgun on the market. And it’s still going strong.

Gun of the Week: Remington Model 870
More than 11 million Remington pump-action shotguns have been sold since the gun was introduced in 1950.

Winchester SXP Trap

How the redesigned and affordable made-for-trap model fared under heavy use on the firing line.

New Gun Test: Winchester SXP Trap
The newest variation of Winchester’s SXP pump is the SXP Trap is a deal at $479.

Benelli 828U Over/Under

Range365.com goes afield with the company’s new, modernistic—and first-ever—two-barrel model.

New Gun Test: Benelli 828U Over/Under
The radically styled Benelli 828U is a new take on the over/under shotgun. Its alloy receiver, lack of side ribs, and carbon-fiber vent rib combine to keep the 828U’s weight well under 7 pounds.

Remington V3 Autoloader

All-new technology and a friendly price tag highlight Remington’s newest model. Here’s how it performed in a long-term test.

Review: Remington V3 Autoloader
The author’s older son, Gordon, and shorthair Jed pose with a couple of Iowa ringnecks taken with the new Remington V3.

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