Here’s a first look at 2018’s hottest new duck and goose gear
This high-performance shotgun is now available in left-handed models and Max-5 (for guns with 28-inch barrels). And the gun isn’t just an adaptation of the original SBEIII. It’s a left-hand-specific mirror image of the original, delivering the same great performance and ergonomics.
The SBEIII features Benelli’s famous inertia-driven action and its Easy Locking System, an enhanced breech-closing system that prevents the gun from coming out of battery. Further, it has ergonomic advancements — including an oversized safety, bolt handle and bolt release — that make it easier to operate with gloved hands in cold weather. Benelli’s ComforTech stock and Combtech cheek pad combine to reduce felt recoil from even the heaviest duck and goose loads.
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Now available in a 3-inch load with 1-1/4 ounces of No. 2 shot, Browning’s Waterfowl Extra Distance launches at high velocities and features plated round steel shot and an optimized long-range wad. The new load has a muzzle velocity of about 1,450 feet per second, and features a lethal combination of penetration, pattern density and energy retention for long-range performance.
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A 2018 SHOT Show special gun, the Maxus Realtree Max-5 has all the features Maxus fans have come to love, including the Lightning Trigger, aluminum alloy receiver, Dura-Touch camo finish, Speed Lock Forearm and Power Drive Gas System. Available in 12-gauge with a 28-inch barrel and 3-1/2-inch chamber, the Max-5 Maxus weighs just 7 pounds, 2 ounces, and will cycle a wide range of loads, from the heaviest 3.5-inch goose shells to lighter field loads.
Another 2018 SHOT Show special gun, the Wicked Wing combines the famous Maxus features with an oversized bolt release and a Burnt Bronze Cerekote finish on the barrel and receiver. Available in 12-gauge with a 28-inch barrel and 3-1/2-inch chamber, it weighs just 7 pounds, 2 ounces.
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Here's another 2018 SHOT Show special gun: the latest take on the venerable A5 platform, complete with a Dura-Touch composite stock, recoil-operated Kinematic Drive, Hump Back aluminum alloy receiver and a fiber-optic front site. The gun comes in 12-gauge, with a 3-1/2-inch chamber and 26-inch barrel. It weighs 7 pounds, 3 ounces.
The A5 is also available in Browning's Wicked Wing Realtree Max-5 configuration, which has a chrome bore, an oversized bolt release and a Burnt Bronze Cerakote finish on the stock and forend. An ABS case included. The gun comes in 12-gauge, with a 30-inch barrel and 3-1/2-inch chamber. It weighs 7 pounds, 7 ounces.
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Federal Premium’s famous Black Cloud shotshell line has added new shot size offerings to its already extensive array of choices: two 20-gauge loads, one with 1 ounce of No. 3 shot, another with 1 ounce of No. 1 shot, both of which have a muzzle velocity of 1,350 fps; and four 12-gauge cartridges, including one with No. 3 shot and three with No. 1 shot, which have muzzle velocities of 1,450 to 1,635 fps. The shotshells’ Flitecontrol Flex wad provides the tightest patterns possible with ported or standard chokes, and the payload of 40 percent Flitestopper steel pellets and 60 percent Premium steel pellets creates dense patterns and larger wound channels.
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Kent’s new line of bismuth waterfowl shells uses a proprietary burnishing and rolling process that produces consistently uniform shot for superior patterning, penetration and retained energy. At 9.6 grams per cubic centimeter, bismuth is 24 percent denser than steel but as soft as lead, making it safe for older and fixed-choke guns. Also, the shells have a high-performance base wad that produces more reliable function in semi-auto guns. The loads are available in 2-3/4- and 3-inch 20-gauge configurations, and 2-3/4-, 3- and 3-1/2-inch 12-gauge offerings.
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This 2018 SHOT Show special has a larger cocking handle and bolt release, and a Truglo fiber-optic front sight. Its famous Active Valve semi-auto gas operating system provides reliable, comfortable performance. The gun comes in a 12-gauge, 3-1/2-inch, 26-inch barrel configuration and weighs just 7 pounds.
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Another 2018 SHOT Show special, this pump-action shotgun has a hard chrome-plated chamber and bore, plus an ivory mid-bead and Truglo fiber-optic front sight. Available in 12-gauge with a 28-inch barrel and 3-1/2-inch chamber, the gun weighs only 7 pounds.
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You might think this is a turkey-specific product, but as its packaging indicates, it’s also a waterfowl shotshell. This new load pairs Winchester’s ShotLok technology with bismuth shot, resulting in great performance for waterfowl hunting and other applications in areas that require lead-free shot. Bismuth offers superior penetration to lead loads, and the ShotLok technology protects the shot from fracturing, improving pattern density and down-range energy. It’s available in 3-inch loads with 1-5/8 ounces of No. 5 shot, producing a muzzle velocity of about 1,200 fps.
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