With so many different brands and models on the maket, finding a gun at the right price is tough. So, we’ve given Mike George the hard task of listing his top 20 new and used guns for under a grand
Country of origin: Made in Turkey, for Winchester
Price: £396 new
This is an out-and-out wildfowling gun, with 12-bore 3½in chambers and steel proof. Winchester claim it to be the fastest pump-action in the world, and this claim has been justified by a number of reviewers.
SXP stands for Super-X Pump, and those same reviewers rate the gun as functional, practical and cost-effective. That makes sense, because the average game of clay shooter may not risk his favourite gun in the rough-and-tumble of coastal wildfowling, yet needs something well-priced and with real clout for sport on the marshes.
In this respect, bores bigger than 12 seem to have faded from the scene in recent years, most likely because of American wildfowling legislation, yet the 3½in cartridge packs pretty much the same punch as a 10-bore.
The gun will also handle lighter loads – say 2¾in cartridges for pigeons and 3in magnums for high-flying ducks, and pump-actions don’t fail to cycle when light loads are used. The gun has a 28in barrel with a 6mm ventilated rib.