Should you back a solid all-rounder or a specialist bolter? Alex Flint investigates
Engineering: 9/10 Awfully clever and solid as a rock.
Handling: 8/10 Smashing, will reward experienced shots.
Looks & finishing: 7/10 Good finishing and handsome enough, though left wanting a little more for the price.
Reliability & customer service: 9/10 10-year guarantee speaks volumes.
Value: 8/10 Faces stiff competition from Browning and Perazzi but looks a worthy challenger.
View from the gun shop
Krieghoff is probably best known for its competition guns. This K-20 has a shallow action thanks to the unique locking slide, following the same sort of idea as the old Remington 3200. This system allows these guns to be very flexible, meaning a range of barrel gauges can be fitted and used on one action body. The 20 bore K-20 allows for 28 bore and .410 barrels to be used, making for impressive flexibility. The gun operates on a mechanical trigger system, ideal for smaller bore cartridges and lighter loads as you won’t suffer from the sometimes inconsistent recoil of smaller cartridges to re-set the selector.
The barrels themselves are 32” mono block barrels with 3” mag proof chambers. The gun is very well engineered and solid; for example each ejector kicker has double coil springs, giving really positive ejection even for longer, deep brass cartridges. The only slight disappointment is in the chequering on the stock and fore-end, which is a little on the large side. This is a real shame since the wood is well figured, and it stands out a bit when compared to the obvious time and care taken on the engraving.
Though you might be a little wary of one of these guns as something of an unknown quantity, they have a fearsome reputation in the world of clay shooting. Krieghoff certainly has confidence in its product too, since each new gun comes with a 10-year warranty and access to in-house servicing and repairs.