October 2002

Affordable 12-Gauge Pumps: How Much Is Beauty, Slickness Worth?

We attempt to answer this age-old question with a three-way matchup of Mossberg’s Maverick 88, Browning’s BPS Hunter, and Remington’s 870 Express Magnum. The winner? Your pocketbook.

Wingshooters are often torn in making a choice when they go shopping for a “field gun.” Our definition of such a creature is a working shotgun, one which will suffer the ignominies of hard use banging around in a canoe, leaning up against barbed wire, or getting dropped in the dirt. The tension in the decision comes from the desire to buy a gun that works and which shoots well—those two qualities are musts—but also the desire to get the most for your money.

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