Need a new shotgun, but don’t want to break the bank? Here are some budget shotguns that are a bargain.
A bestseller, the Premier satisfies the need for an elegant and practical shotgun at a reasonable price. It features fine chequering, internally chromed bore and chambers for improved lifespan and better distributed shot patterns, and is available in 12- or 20-bore.
Key features: Three-year warranty as standard, fine-pitch laser chequering with double-grip pattern. Bisley
Price: from £800
Huglu 103 DE
Huglu is the largest gunmaker in Turkey and its products are known the world over for reliability and performance, as well as offering great value for money. The 103 DE is available in 12- and 20-bore in either a black-or-silver finish. It is multichoke with five choke tubes.
Key features: Superb value for money, a good-looking but no-frills practical gun. ASI
The Yildiz non-ejector shotgun comes in junior and adult models and is available in .410, 28-, 20- and 12-bore. All are multichoke with five chokes and come in barrel lengths of 26in, 28in and 30in. The over-and-unders have single selective triggers and auto-safes.
Key features: Multichokes, shorter stock in .410 for younger shooters. Entwistle Guns
Price: from £575
Always desirable for around-the-farm pest control or for introducing young shooters to the sport a single-barrel .410 is affordable, easy to shoot and features a low degree of recoil. Configured with an under-lever cocking mechanism, trigger-mounted safety and fixed-choke 26in barrels, the Baikal 18 M-M is practical, lightweight and cheap.
Key features: Very low cost, little recoil and lightweight. Sportsman Gun Centre.
Price: synthetic stock (above) £149.99, beech stock £169.99
REVO introduces a unique dual-system field gun that can be changed from pump to mechanically driven semi-automatic simply by flicking a switch. Available in Mossy Oak camo or in matte black synthetic, the Duo is perfectly suited to the pigeon hide or foreshore. The Duo is in 12-bore, with a 28in barrel and three chokes.
Key features: The Duo offers a low-cost introduction to anyone seeking a multi-shot gun. Sportsman Gun Centre.
Price: synthetic £439, camouflage (above) £479
Hatsan Escort Missione
This is the Turkish gun manufacturer’s upgraded, premium version of its Hatsan Escort shotgun. It has a wooden stock with a high-grade gloss finish, an upgraded silver action and engraving, a fast loading system and a smart valve piston. Available in 12- and 20-bore.
Key features: The steel shot-suitable multichoke system allows this shotgun to be used in a wide variety of shooting scenarios. Edgar Brothers