Gun Report

Baikal Bounty Hunter II IZH-43 12 Gauge

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We didn't like that this gun doubled on some shots, among other problems. For basically the same money, even with the "disadvantage" of Chinese gun's external hammers, we'd take the Norinco.

Baikal Bounty Hunter II IZH-43 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
Barrel 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 Baikal's action was stiff. The top lever frees the barrels to clear the back of the receiver, but they only partially open, as shown here. The front of the barrels have to be pushed downward to open the back enough to clear spent hulls and receive new shells.
We didn't like the trigger-block safety button (arrow) being built into the trigger shoe. To make the gun fire, the shooter presses the silver piece of square metal flush (to the left). We didn't like the placement of that safety because we don't like to touch the trigger, or even have a finger inside the trigger guard, until we've mounted the gun on or near a target.
The Bounty Hunter's grip was thin and had a sloping angle that fit the trigger hand well. The wood grain was on the buttstock was wavy, tight, and attractive, and the matte finish showed most of the pores to be suitably filled.
The toe of the stock (arrow) was very sharp and would need to be beveled, in our view.

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