August 2007

Premier Competition STS Vs.Citori XS: We Prefer Browning

We examine the good points, handling capabilities, and downsides of two sporting-clays over-and-unders to see which clay-buster offered the most bang for your shooting buck.

In the sporting clays world, shooters are always looking for an edge to give them an advantage over other competitors. Naturally, firearm manufacturers are more than willing to make new and improved models of shotguns available to this anxious audience. At times, the new and improved versions feature radical changes in typical shotgun dynamics, while there are some cases when just a minor tweaking is unveiled to the shooting crowd.

One of the latest models to be introduced into the sporting clay market of moderately priced over-and-under shotguns is the Remington Premier Competition STS. This shotgun is a dramatic change from the company’s over-and-under that once dominated the skeet and trap fields — the Remington Model 3200.

Lighter, trimmer, and quicker handling, the Competition STS was developed after consultation with top sporting clay competitors who drew upon experience and personal desires to offer suggestions about features in the new model.

We were able to get our hands on one of the new models and selected the well-established Browning Citori XS Sporting as a good head-to-head match up.

The Browning model has been a popular shotgun in the sporting clay circuit for several years and features the same solid, dependable design of several over-and-under shotguns made in Japan for the company.

With its trademark deep receiver — a full quarter-inch deeper than the Remington — that features locking lugs in the bottom of the receiver, the Browning is one of the big boys on the range and has a well-established reputation.

Our ammunition selection for this test included the Winchester AA Xtra-Lite Target 2.75-inch loads that were 2.75 dram equivalent shells with 1 ounce of No. 7.5 shot traveling at 1180 fps; Remington STS Low Recoil 2.75-inch loads with a 2.5 dram equivalent, 1 1/8 ounce of No. 8 shot and a muzzle velocity of 1100 fps; and Estate Super Sport Competition Target 2.75-inch loads with 2.75 dram equivalent, 1 ounce of No. 8 shot and a muzzle velocity of 1180 fps. There were no malfunctions of any kind, and all the ammunition was very effective on the variety of clay targets attempted during our tests. Here’s our test report:

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