Gun Report

Charles Daly Empire II EDL Hunter 12 Gauge

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An attractive, well-made shotgun that is just a little light in the muzzle. If you are looking for both pretty and functional, this shotgun would be a good pick.

Charles Daly Empire II EDL Hunter 12 Gauge

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Action Type
Chamber Length
Choke Tubes
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Receiver Material
Rib Width
Stock Material
Length of Pull
Drop at Comb
Drop at Heel
Trigger Pull Weight Bottom
Trigger Pull Weight Top

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The only designation on the recessed chokes was a series of notches (no information was provided with our test gun) so we guessed on constriction.
Recoil with the 3-inch shells was a problem due in part to the hard-rubber pad.
Gold inlays of a hunting dog and waterfowl on both sides and under the silver receiver were attractive features. No markings under the automatic safety showed which barrel would fire first, requiring our test shooters to use trial and error to learn the order.

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