November 1999

20-Gauge Autos: Browning Gold, Beretta AL390 Run Dead Heat

When we pitted the Italian-made Silver Mallard and Japanese-born Gold Hunter, we found a lot to like for upland and waterfowl hunting. A tougher call—which gun is right for you?

[IMGCAP(1)] The 20 gauge has long been known as the little brother of the 12-gauge scattergun, and like any tag-along sibling, it often goes underappreciated. Twenty-gauge guns with 3-inch chambers carry a lot of pop for their boresize—enough to send fast-flying teal, high-honking geese, and decoying mallards to the stewpot—but because the 20-gauge shotgun’s receiver can be slimmer than the 12 gauge’s, the Plenty Twenty carries easier than a 12. That can mean a lot when you’re lugging a nylon-mesh sack filled with decoys at 4 a.m.

Of the available 20-gauge shotguns, we recently had a chance to examine, pattern-test, and field-test two of the higher-priced autoloaders: Browning’s Gold Hun...

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