It’s a great time to be a waterfowl hunter. Duck numbers are up, seasons are long and bag limits are high. Judging from the 2014 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, the line-up of shotguns available for duck and goose hunters is equally pleasing. It’s obvious: waterfowl hunters have spoken, and the gun makers have listened. There were more waterfowl shotgun choices than ever this year. Pumps, auto-loaders and even over-and-unders built just for duck and goose hunters were generously scattered throughout the show floor.
Some of the guns on display were new, a few have were redesigned classics and others are simply the same trusted shotguns with a sleek new camo pattern or an added feature. With so many choices, simply settling on a new gun may be more difficult than fooling a flock of late-season mallards. Check out our list of the best new waterfowl shotguns for 2014.
<h2>Beretta A400 Xtreme</h2>The <a href="http://www.berettausa.com/products/beretta-a400-xtreme-unico-ko-max4-12ga-35/" target="_blank">Beretta A400 Xtreme</a> is a gas-operated autoloader with a self-cleaning piston that carries a bold name and performance to back it up. Weighing in at 7.6 pounds and packed full of features that serious duck hunters demand, the A400 Xtreme carries a price tag of $1,895 and is backed by the Beretta name and reputation for quality. <p></p> It includes Beretta’s Kick-Off Recoil reduction system, which reduces recoil by up to 60 percent, allowing faster follow-up shots and more time in the field. It’s also protected by Beretta’s Aqua Technology corrosion-proof barrier. Available in a 26-, 28- or 30-inch barrel and chambered for 3 1/2-inch shells, the A400 is wrapped in Realtree Max-5 camo. <p></p> <strong>Price: $</strong>1,895