The Baikal 12-bore shotgun is a reliable, well-made gun capable in practical terms of holding its own against much more expensive alternatives

Product Overview

Product:

Baikal 12-bore shotgun test

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Price as reviewed:

£499

In general outline the Baikal over-and-under has not changed much.

It is a little shinier perhaps and has a different stock shape but is still very recognisable there is no hiding its ancestry.

The first thing I noticed on the Baikal 12-bore is the tightness of the action, especially when closing the gun. A firm wrist movement is required, an indication that this later model still retains the solid virtues of the earlier models.

The gun weighs just under 7½lb and the point of balance lies in front of the fore-end knuckle, about 14in from the action crosspin, and sits comfortably between the natural positioning of the hands.

Short stock
On the stock there is a good deal of patterning in the wood. The chequering is clean-cut in a minimalist pattern on both grip and fore-end.

The stock is stronger than the old design and the butt-pad, with its proliferation of holes, looks as if it should be as soft as jelly, but it is in fact nice and firm. It does not impair gun mounting and at the same time it is sufficient to cushion the blow.

Length of pull is 14in shorter than average stocks – this being a traditional Baikal feature. The drop from the top of the comb is 1¾in to 2¾in at the heel. The sweep at the front of the comb has a flattened shape, giving an unorthodox but modern appearance. This is the only area where the old stock with its slim comb looked more appealing.

Neat workmanship
You do not buy a Baikal for fancy stockwork but for the quality of the steel parts. The Russians have for many years been excellent metallurgists.

It is worth remembering the factory which now makes Baikal shotguns once produced military firearms that were among the toughest in the world.

The 28½in barrels are slim at the breech ends, chambered 12×76 and built on the monoblock system.

The jointing where the spigoted barrel tubes join the block is well done.

Clearly marked chokes
One of the features of the Baikal 12-bore is the chromed bores. On this gun they are stamped at 18.4mm. Both measure 0.727in with the bore comparator, which puts them in the middle of the proof site range.

The narrow top-rib is laid true, as are the fairly wide side ribs. The finish on the muzzle is tidy and workmanlike without any gaps. The blacking has a good depth of colour. It is evenly applied and there is some fancy work in the form of jewelling applied to the breech sides of the monoblock.

The Baikal 12-bore is fitted with optional screw-in choke tubes. There are three tubes suitable for steel and/or lead. There are seven chokes available, from skeet to extra-full choke. A slight disappointment is the choke key. Though adequate it is not as substantial as one might expect from a Baikal.

Good shot patterns
After altering the stock length: on the pattern plate with the centre ‘bird’ sitting just above the foresight bead, the shot pattern was smack on, both barrels throwing to the same point of aim.

The ejection is well timed and positive.
The trigger pull is a little long due to the deep and therefore safe sear engagement. At 5¾lb it is a little heavy but has a clean break.

The large and pleasantly shaped trigger-guard bow, meant I could wear gloves without any inconvenience.

You are unlikely to take your trusty the Baikal 12-bore on a best driven pheasant day. The hedgerow or foreshore is more likely to be its domain. It is a pity the manufacturer does not take a further step up the ladder.

An alternative model with a higher quality wood, a choice of stock styles and perhaps a fancier finish, would do well because the Baikal is a reliable, well-made gun capable in practical terms of holding its own against much more expensive alternatives.

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  • munawar khan

    i am very like 12 bore double barrel shot gun in hunting of ducks.but unfortunatly i cannot affort foregn made then i hunting from local made i e pakistan.

  • blaine murawski

    I purchased my Baikal new in 1975 and have used it hunted with it shot trap and sporting clay has well over 60,000 rounds and still shoots but is starting to show its age but was a great gun going to purchase a new one in the near future

  • lucio bruner

    ijust brought baikal sot gun 12 over under i dont no how to put it together its a new gun so is there some thing that i need to do

  • BILL

    I READ ALOT OF REVIEWS ON OVER AND UNDER
    12 GAUGE SHOTGUNS IN THE $500.00 PRICE
    RANGE AND PICKED THE BAIKAL 310 AND ORDERED
    IT ONLINE THRU BUDS GUNS.
    I HAVE HAD IT OUT TWICE AND PUT AROUND 300
    ROUNDS THRU IT WITH NO PROBLEMS.
    OVERALL GOOD SHOTGUN FOR THE MONEY.

  • brian marshall

    I have owned a Bakial ihz-27em-ic o/u 12g shotgun for almost 30 yrs now. It has been used for pigeon and wildfowling on Lough Neagh and to date it has shot over 50,000 cartridges and the action is as tight as the day i bought it, only problem now is that the firing pins and springs need changed and i don’t know where t get replacements, anyone out there that can help?? I do know that these guns came with a spare set of pins and springs, willing to pay for them. Heres hoping someone has a set lying in the back of an old drawer somewhere.If you have e-mail brianm79763@aol.com

  • Han Junyu

    Please give me some picture of BAIKAL OVER-UNDER .

  • Maik

    I have an O/U Baikal and I am very satisfied with it ! Barrels cannot be choked but still ! I use my shotgun to hunt hares, hog and deers ! Highly recommended shotgun at a very affordable price ! Thank you Mother Russia !

  • Ken

    I’ve just bought a Baikal with 2 sets of barrels, so I was very interested to read the comments here. I’m looking forward to try it out at the weekend. I knew the Russians always made good guns but I’d never seen one until now!

  • SHOUKAT KHAN

    I LIKE THESE GUNS.REALY

  • m ayub jan

    sir/plz how much price for your side by side gun 28 inch barrel 12ga?we by for our shop second hand
    with taxes $u.s. 370 per gun double barrel.
    plz re
    thnx
    ayub m jan
    0092912212944/TEL.pakistan
    jawad arms Licence 432/06

  • majid

    hi:
    im hapy that to by a shot gun from your company my gun is very god but i want know that shot gun model:mp27em with wath number cartridge to work beter please send to me them information i want to volley for long distance.
    my best regards:
    majid

  • faisal shariff

    i got one baikal over under gun its a doble triger and i wish to make the same gun in a single triger is it possible gun model no nkk 27 e

  • andrew lunt

    I have a 12 guage Baikal side by side. my local gunsmith advise the barrels cannot be choked. I have asked locally and get the same answer. the gun is basic but pretty strong and has reazsonable accuracy. I am happy with the baikal as it offers good value for money. if only I could choke it to get higher/further birds.
    any assistance you cna offer would be helpful. PS I live in Zambia!

  • MIKE YIANNI

    i came across a Baikal shootgun over under, 24 ” barrel. the chock was said to be “BELLCHOCK”. Please educate me if such a chock exsists, and if so give me some info on it.
    Thanks Mike

  • rami

    i want to buy automatic baikal in internat what information to accepet this baying pleas tel me what can i do apologize for any inconvences

  • Bob Wells

    Overall, quite a fair review. These shotguns deserve more praise than they receive. I have used one quite heavily on sporting clays for over 20 years and it has performed faultlessly during that time. The action is still tight and the trigger pulls are fine to me. With the 26 inch skeet barrels fitted I find it ideal for fast crossing clays. I should mention that the gun came with two sets of barrels, 26 and 28 inch and a fitted case, and all for about £250. I very much favour the short stock lengths found on Baikal guns and my gun fits perfectly. All in all, the Baikal is a good but under-rated gun. It deserves better.

  • Andrew Cowling

    Enjoyed your article.
    2 points that I felt were worth mentioning.I found this out after buying one with the fixed chokes and it is not mentioned in the articles.
    1, you can change your barrel from the bottom to top barrel on your first shot by pushing the trigger forward towards the muzzle.
    2, you can change the ejection from ejectors to extractors by turning the 2 little slotted buttons in the bottom front of the receiver 45 degrees. these are spring loaded and you see them and gain access by breaking open the action. You dont even have to take it apart to do this and as there is one for each barrel you can if you wish have only one barrel eject. It takes as little as 30 seconds to effect the change.
    Cheers,
    Andrew.