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What is the Best Shotgun for Waterfowl Hunting?

The evolving shotgun market means duck and goose hunters have more options than ever; here's how to get the best bang for your buck.

What is the Best Shotgun for Waterfowl Hunting?

You’ll have many aspects to consider when purchasing your first or next waterfowl hunting shotgun. (Photo By: Brad Fitzpatrick)

Explaining to someone which waterfowl gun is best for them may seem like telling them which ice cream flavor they should order. Duck guns are largely a matter of personal choice, and taste plays a major role in shotgun purchases. If you grew up shooting slide-actions at passing mallards you may have an affinity for that action type, but if you spend all summer shooting an over/under at the clay range maybe that’s the action type for you. Camo patterns are even more subjective, and there have been a lot of ducks dumped with all black or shiny blued guns.

Recently, ammunition companies have muddled the waters of shotgun selection by offering improved non-toxic loads that leave...

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