Looking for a clay pigeon shotgun? Browse through this big selection that covers all budgets and the different clayshooting disciplines.
All the shotguns for clay pigeon shooting listed here are worthy to be mentioned. I’ve picked them out for a variety of reasons, from the budget-busting ATA right up to the mighty wallet bashing Krieghoff. Prices as reviewed.
This was voted shotgun of the year in 2016 and I’m a big fan. It was launched at the British Shooting Show then and ever since has been a real force in the shotgun market, causing teeth grinding frustration from competitors. It is similar in stature to its older and more pricey sibling the F3 – because all the controls have been in the same place. However I felt it had better grip and control due to the different profile of the action, it’s slimmer in width to the F3 and semi-rounded.
Barrel options are 30”or 32”, wood stays pretty standard up to a grade 4 when it starts to impress. All models have a manual safety catch and plain action keeping things simple and very effective.
When the Pro Sport first came out the idea was for Browning to try and compete with some of the more expensive higher end competition guns marketed at around £4K – £5K, but with the Pro Sport remaining price competitive.
The standard Browning 725 action has been kept with this useful clay pigeon shotgun. It comes with extras including barrel and stock weights, adjustable stock, improved recoil pad, mechanical trigger pull and a full set of 8 chokes and various coloured fibre optic sight beads. The gun is competitive and I have seen them new for as little as £2600. That is a good deal.
The sight of my first Pro Sport surprised me because Yildiz had moved out of the budget market into middle ground territory. Good for them because the Pro Sport was a massive improvement on the previous guns they used to produce. It is made from excellent wood with excellent materials and has a top class finish. The CNC work inside is very well made and finished. Based on a Perazzi styled action it handled well and I shot pleasingly with it.
Marrochi Evo £1500
The Marrochi Evo gets my vote because I believe it is a well-designed and manufactured alternative to mainstream offerings. It’s fairly priced, has a sleek design, handles well and benefits from quality engineering. It’s not overcomplicated but nails sporting and trap shooting. When I tested it out it did its stuff and shot very well with minimal adjustment. I’d buy one for sure.
I couldn’t miss Miroku out from this list. It makes some of the most popular shotguns sold in the UK these days. Built alongside Browning and imported similarly. Miroku present good solid actions, well balanced, great handling guns at good value for money. The product range is kept simple, making consumer choice straightforward.
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Webley and Scott moved over to Italy to try and bring something more to its predecessor the 900 Series shotgun. A bit of Italian design and engineering was sought to make the 1000 series more appealing, with a move away from the plain black action. The decision worked well. This is similar to the ATA in that it’s a great all-round gun at a decent price. If you’re on a budget and want Italian styling then this gun is it – for under £1000.
Imported through the Sportsman Gun Centre, the ATA is probably the most popular of Turkish guns behind Yildiz. Although given time with the cost price and variety of options ATA may soon surpass them. With the looks of the Beretta and the budget of the specials board I can see why they are proving very popular around the country.
Straight stock 3” multi choked steel proofed barrels. On a tight budget but want a gun with something of everything? This is where to start. With prices from £550 for a black action up to £800 for a deluxe game gun with walnut to impress, you can’t really go wrong. Let’s just hope they stand the test of time and don’t get too loose too quickly.
Do Breda count as clay pigeon shooting guns? Well this is one of the only dedicated clay semi-automatics on the market and we can’t let the over-and under-guns have all the credit. I was impressed by the whole package when I reviewed the gun in 2017. It was well engineered and handled like a dream for me.
Weighing in at just less than 7 lb with the 28”, or bang on 7lb with the 30” barrel, it handled a variety of loads with ease which is one of the reasons I like the Inertia system. The ability to add the extra weight in the ballast to suit the individual shooter’s balance teamed with the adjustable stock creates a good competition gun for not a lot of money. With the Breda weighing in at just less than 7 lb with the 28”, or bang on 7lb with the 30” barrel, it all adds up to a good package.
I have owned several Winchesters in my time, including a Select. So I can’t not include one. My Winchester Select was my go-to-gun for pretty much everything I did. If you are on a budget then this should be on your must-try list of shotguns for clay pigeon shooting. It is simple, solid, effective and built to last.
Okay so this is definitely not a budget gun but then there is always winning the lottery. It has to be on your wish list because it’s one of those guns everyone wishes they owned. It offers fantastic quality and reliability in a shotgun backed up with a great importer in Alan Rhone. With prices starting from £11,500 it sounds a lot but for a serious competitor it’s not out of the question. You’re quite simply buying your own bespoke gun.
The amount of options you have with this gun is mindblowing. Although the K80 and K20 have similar actions and these are standard. You pick the wood, engraving, choke types (normal or titanium), trigger type (nickel, gold, gold chequered , titanium) to name but a few. From the balance system to the fully adjustable stock, as well as around 10 barrel options, these guns really are top deck and worthy of attention.