Skip to main content

Best New Waterfowl Shotguns for 2020

Best New Waterfowl Shotguns for 2020
Benelli B.E.S.T. Super Black Eagle 3

While there were a handful of new shotguns showcased at SHOT Show, there were also some subtle updates like Mossberg now offering a.410 pump and a .410 semi-auto shotgun in Mossy Oak Bottomlands camo, Remington offering the Versamax Sportsman in Mossy Oak Bottomlands and Realtree Edge camo, TriStar offering its Hunter Mag camo 3.5 over-and-under in Mossy Oak Bottomlands camo, and Winchester taking its impressive SX4 shotgun lineup and offering several 20-gauge versions of the popular shotgun this year.

Here’s the rest of what caught my eye in Vegas at the 2020 SHOT Show:

Benelli BE.S.T. Super Black Eagle 3

While Benelli’s flagship duck and goose gun, the Super Black Eagle 3, certainly isn't new this year, one new technology now available to SBE3 fans certainly is notable – the optional addition of the company's BE.S.T. (Benelli Surface Treatment) technology. Using diamond-like carbon particles, the multi-layers of the BE.S.T. technology creates an impenetrable armor that protects treated metal against abrasion and corrosion, even from extreme exposure to saltwater. MSRP $2,199 | benelliusa.com

Browning BPS Field Composite

Browning BPS Field Composite

New this year from the Utah gunmaker is the BPS Field Composite in Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades in both 12-gauge and 20-gauge versions. With 26- and 28-inch barrels available in each gauge, the scattergun features Browning’s top-tang safety, a receiver made from a solid block of forged steel, and the BPS’ reliable bottom load and ejection system. Add in a floating vent rib (to prevent point-of-impact shifts due to barrel heating), a reliable pump action, a larger trigger guard, the Invector-Plus Choke System, and an Inflex Recoil pad that can be trimmed by a gunsmith for the changing of length of pull, and the gun is a great bargain for waterfowlers searching for a reliable shotgun that doesn’t quit or break the bank. MSRP $779.99 | browning.com


CZ Drake All-Terrain Over-and-Under

CZ Drake All-Terrain Over-and-Under

CZ-USA’s current lineup features new side-by-sides and over-and-unders, all made for the modern upland bird hunter and waterfowler. That includes the company’s new All-Terrain Over-and-Under, a double-gun that features classic styling along with some revolutionary additions sure to make life easier in the field. The Drake version of the All-Terrain series features OD green Cerakote finishes on the 28-inch barrels and the receiver, a single extractor, a single selectable trigger, a Turkish walnut stock with a pistol grip, and five extended choke tubes. But what really sets this gun apart is the use of patent pending rare-earth magnets that help keep shotgun shells in place even when the gun is turned upside down. That make for easier shell loading in a pre-dawn goose pit blind or duck blind – you can literally load up this shotgun with the breech face pointing down! MSRP $791 | cz-usa.com


CZ 1012 Synthetic Bottomlands Semi-Auto

CZ 1012 Synthetic Bottomlands Semi-Auto

The new CZ 1012 Synthetic Bottomlands semi-auto 12-gauge – in Mossy Oak’s famed Bottomland pattern – delivers the need for minimal maintenance, ultra-reliability, and is capable of firing thousands of shells without so much as a muddy hiccup. Using a spring within the bolt to store energy during the shotgun's recoil, CZ-USA says the gas-less system uses this stored energy a split second later to rotate and unlock the twin lugs from the barrel extension. That results in kicking the spent shell out as the gun cycles another one into the chamber. MSRP $690 | cz-usa.com

Savage Renegauge

Savage Renegauge

You didn’t have to look far at the recent SHOT Show to see that one of the big new shotguns being introduced in 2020 was the Savage Renegauge. And for good reason, when you consider what’s on the outside of this brand-new shotgun. Offered in Mossy Oak’s Shadow Grass Blades camo, the gun features a synthetic stock and forend, a 28-inch barrel that is fluted, a red fiber-optic sight bead, flush mount chokes (improved, modified and full chokes come with the gun), oversized controls, an easy-to-use shell loading port, and a vent rib. But it’s what’s on the inside of this new Savage shotgun that really shines, starting with the D.R.I.V. (Dual Regulating Inline Valve) gas operating system. By shedding excess gas before the bolt is driven, the result is consistent ejection of magnum and low-brass shotshell loads, fast cycling of those shells, and less felt recoil on each shot. With the ability to use different recoil pads, cheek pads, and shims (all provided), each waterfowler can get a customized fit thanks to the ability to adjust the shotgun’s length of pull, comb height, and drop at heel. MSRP $1,549.99 | savagearms.com

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Picking a Puppy

Picking a Puppy

Wildfowl contributor Mark Romanack shares advice about choosing your next retriever.

Franchi 12-Gauge Affinity Semiauto Shotgun

Franchi 12-Gauge Affinity Semiauto Shotgun

Craig Boddington and Eric Poole take a look at the new modern Franchi Affinity shotgun.

Puppy Training Getting Started

Puppy Training Getting Started

Puppy Training Getting Started

Women

Women's Waterfowl Lineup

SITKA Gear waterfowl product manager Jim Saubier shows off the company's full line-up of women's waterfowl hunting gear for 2019. From warm and moisture-wicking base layers to water and windproof outer layers, this is a complete system for women who love to chase fall and wintertime ducks and geese across the four flyways!

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

Times have changed, and so has the size of our retrievers. Size Versus Drive in Hunting Dogs Retriever

Size Versus Drive in Hunting Dogs

Tom Dokken

Times have changed, and so has the size of our retrievers. 

We might not see anxiety or worry in our dogs, but it is there and can affect hunting ability. How Stress Affects a Dog's Hunting Ability Retriever

How Stress Affects a Dog's Hunting Ability

Tony J. Peterson

We might not see anxiety or worry in our dogs, but it is there and can affect hunting ability.

A teacher made a $100 row boat into a bluebill's worst nightmare, and a dog's best friend.  Convert a Row Boat into a Bluebill Blind Boats

Convert a Row Boat into a Bluebill Blind

Mike Marsh

A teacher made a $100 row boat into a bluebill's worst nightmare, and a dog's best friend.  

Are you asking enough of your retriever? Maybe your good gun dog could be great. Reach Your Duck Dog's Full Potential Retriever

Reach Your Duck Dog's Full Potential

Tom Dokken

Are you asking enough of your retriever? Maybe your good gun dog could be great.

See More Trending Articles

More Shotguns

Wes Lang built the XLR5 for core American duck hunters.Fabarm XLR5 Waterfowler: Italy's Next Great Gun Shotguns

Fabarm XLR5 Waterfowler: Italy's Next Great Gun

John M. Taylor - December 12, 2019

Wes Lang built the XLR5 for core American duck hunters.

The selection of new waterfowl shotguns for 2017 runs the full spectrum from  Turkish bargains toBest New Waterfowl Shotguns for 2017 Shotguns

Best New Waterfowl Shotguns for 2017

John Taylor - July 26, 2017

The selection of new waterfowl shotguns for 2017 runs the full spectrum from  Turkish bargains...

These are the top new shotguns that caught our eye at the 2020 SHOT Show!Best New Waterfowl Shotguns for 2020 Shotguns

Best New Waterfowl Shotguns for 2020

Lynn Burkhead - January 29, 2020

These are the top new shotguns that caught our eye at the 2020 SHOT Show!

Shotguns and saltwater don't mix. WildFowl Editor, Skip Knowles. snapped a shot of this rust-eatenRustiest Benelli Ever Still Shoots Like a Dream Shotguns

Rustiest Benelli Ever Still Shoots Like a Dream

Skip Knowles - July 25, 2017

Shotguns and saltwater don't mix. WildFowl Editor, Skip Knowles. snapped a shot of this...

See More Shotguns

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE Arrow

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Wildfowl subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now