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. Contact your friendly gun sales team member at Michigan Shooting Centers for more information, availability, and for our best price.
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.
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.
Beretta 686 Silver Pigeon I – MSRP $2,350
The 686 Silver Pigeon I hunting shotgun has all the functional features of our premium over/unders at a particularly attractive price. The Silver Pigeon I was built for hunting. It is light and lively, easy carrying, a joy to shoot, and has especially good looks. At its heart, it has the best-in-class 686 action, which is compact and low-profile while being extremely strong.
Besides 12 and gauge, this shotgun is also available with beautifully scaled-down actions for 28 gauge and .410, for a true premium-grade experience. While not as elaborately decorated as our premium shotguns, the Silver Pigeon I has all the elegance that you can expect from a Beretta. The oil-finished stock sports a beautiful and crisp checkering pattern, and the schnabel fore-end adds to the classic flavor of this over-under. Features an integrated Mobile bore barrel and choke system that helps reduce felt recoil and refine patterns. Includes five flush fitting choke tubes (C, IC, M, IM and F) and a plastic hard gun case.
The 686 Silver Pigeon is built strong enough to withstand the abuse of recreational sporting clays and is neither too light to pose substantial recoil upon the shooter or too heavy to be cumbersome in the field. This is our top pick when it comes to a dual purpose hunting and sporting over/under for the sportsman with a budget at or below $2,000.
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.
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.