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10 Best Waterfowl Shotguns Ever Made

by David Hart   |  June 1st, 2016 4

Duck hunters ask a lot of our equipment, especially our shotguns. We expect them to go “boom” every time we pull the trigger, despite long seasons in the harshest conditions imaginable. Salt spray? Wipe it down, give it a shot of oil and take it back to the marsh for another round of gunning.

Mud, corn stubble, snow, sleet, driving rain, even filthy dogs—it’s all just part of the waterfowling culture, and only a duck hunter could love it like we do. In turn, the best shotguns stand up to those conditions year after year, performing flawlessly when a flock of mallards settles into the decoys or when a pair of honkers sails in like a couple of silent B-52s.

Here’s a look at the best waterfowl shotguns of all time, guns that do what we ask and more. Some have been around for decades, a few for more than a century. They’ve proved their worth with each passing season, despite a layer of rust and a battered stock. A few are remnants of a bygone era. Others may be the new gun in the marsh, but legions of dedicated waterfowlers have put them through the ringer and given them a wet, cold thumbs up.

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