In the market for a new upland gun? Below are what we believe are the best upland hunting guns for the price on the market today. Whether your quarry is pheasants, quail, or grouse, any of these shotguns will get the job done.
Fabarm L4S Initial Hunter – MSRP $1,295
The L4S is powered by the same Pulse Piston gas operating system as its flagship XLR5 competition sporting semi-automatic. The L4S features a slimmer forearm than the XLR5 that makes it feel and point more like a light over/under. A shorter, reduced capacity magazine also improves balance and drops weight to well under 7 pounds, making this lightweight semi a pleasure to carry. The basic L4S Initial Hunter model has a black alloy receiver, but Grey Hunter and Deluxe Hunter models are available with scroll and game scene engraving. The L4S is available in both right- and left-hand models, something that very few upland guns offer. An exceptional, reliable gun for upland hunting and recreational clay target shooting! Includes 3 INNER HP™ Choke Tubes.
Fabarm Elos D2 – MSRP $2,655
The new Elos D2 comes an aluminum alloy receiver with rounded underside edges. The action design is the Italian triggerplate design used by many makers. Sears hang down from the top strap; hammers hinge on the triggerplate. Active lockup is by a broad low tongue that engages the monoblock bottom. Passive locking is courtesy of four lugs on the underside of the monoblock that engage cutouts in the receiver floor. Hinging is by trunnion stubs. It is not original, but it works and is proven beyond a doubt. A very solid, and robust, system which will prove reliable for a lifetime.
The trigger is inertia-driven and needs recoil from the first shot to set the second sear. Trigger pull is around 5¼ pounds with very little play, one of the finest triggers for a relatively inexpensive engraved field gun.
The Elos D2 is a real shooter. It is beautifully balanced, a joy to carry and fairly priced. Well done, Fabarm. Includes 5 INNER HP choke tubes. Available in 12, 20 and 28 gauge.
Caesar Guerini Woodlander Field – MSRP $3,795
Caesar Guerini has made the perfect gun for all avid bird hunters. They manufactured a gun that would truly reflect your deep passion for fall coverts, autumn foliage, wet gundogs, and the smell of wood smoke. The Woodlander is the shotgun you imagine in such a setting. It was created to be a classic upland game gun for tight coverts and fast-flying birds. Its Prince-of-Wales style stock and schnable forend make the gun’s lines both elegant and trim. The meticulously fitted wood butt plate allows for snag-free gun mounts and adds a custom look and feel.
Every Woodlander stock and forend are crafted from select grade Circassian walnut with finely cut checkering and a traditional high luster oil finish to enhance the figured grain. The boxlock receiver is finished conservatively with traditional case hardening with a single gold Ruffed Grouse executed in the Bulino style on the receiver bottom. The lightweight barrels have solid center ribs to keep out debris, 7mm top rib in 12 gauge and 6mm top rib in sub gauges and a high luster deep blue finish.
Every Caesar Guerini field gun comes with a velvet lined lockable hard case and five precision patterned flush chokes (CYL, IC, M, IM, F). A plastic choke case is also included.
Winchester SX4 Field – MSRP $939
The SX4 is powered by the proven and reliable active valve gas system. The gun features an oversized bolt handle, bolt release button, and safety for ease of use (especially helpful while wearing gloves). A thick, snag-resistant Inflex recoil pad protects the shoulder. The SX4 is currently offered in 3- or 3 ½-inch 12-gauge and black synthetic, wood, or camo variants. Includes 3 Invector-Plus flush choke tubes.
CZ Upland Ultralight – MSRP $786
The name Upland Ultralight is an understatement. CZ trimmed weight by using a lightweight alloy receiver, eliminating the mid-rib, and hollowing out the stock. The result is a 12-gauge over/under averaging about 6 pounds, while the 20-gauge model weighs just 5.8 pounds. The 12- and 20-gauge are both available with a green anodized receiver and 28-inch barrels. The Upland Ultralight is also available with a more traditional matte black receiver in 12-gauge only with either 26- or 28-inch barrels. Five choke tubes are included, and other features include a single, mechanical trigger and manual, tang-mounted safety. Doesn’t feature the quality of wood, detail and crisp trigger of a higher-end over/under, but still an excellent option for use as an upland gun. Includes 5 flush choke tubes.
All of the five recommended guns are available at the Michigan Shooting Centers gun store. Call or text us at (248) 564 – 3640 for the best price and service in the industry.
About the Author: Drew Lieske is the oldest son of Michigan Shooting Centers’ founder, Pat Lieske, and the Director of Sales for Michigan Shooting Centers. He started competing in sporting clays at age 12 and by 15 became Michigan’s youngest ever Master class shotgun shooter. Drew is an 8-time NSCA All-American and a member of the Kolar Arms pro team. Drew can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.