June 1999

Super X2: How Winchester Rates Against Browning and Beretta

In this first critical examination of a new line of scatterguns, we find that existing models—Beretta’s AL390 Silver Mallard and Browning’s Gold Hunter—beat out two new 12-gauge X2s.

Winchester’s new Super X2 12-gauge auto-loader series is designed to go head to head in the marketplace against well-established marques like Browning and Beretta. Price-positioned at MSRPs ranging from $725 to $938, the X2s come in a variety of finishes, ranging from the 3-inch chamber field models with walnut stocks to the 31/2-inch black synthetic and Mossy Oak Shadow Grass camo guns for waterfowlers. But these new products seek to enter a field crowded with quality guns, so we wondered how the new Winchester guns would stack up against their prime competitors—and also against history.

Toward that end, we acquired two X2s for evaluation, a 3-inch 12-gauge field gun, $725, with a walnut...

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