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The 5 Best Trap Shotguns

06/13/2017
5 Best Trap Shotguns

Getting started with the sport of trap shooting or even one of the other types of clay pigeon shooting like skeet shooting or sporting clays is relatively easy with the right trap shotgun. Almost any type of shotgun can be used as long as it is designed to shoot a moving target. There are a few things to keep in mind before taking the first shot though. Shotguns used for home defense or protection shouldn't be used for clay pigeon shooting. These shotguns are designed to hit a stationary target with usually at least a few seconds to aim. Trap shooting shotguns, on the other hand, require the rapid firing of hundreds of pellets at a time at a target that is moving quickly with barely a second in between shots.


Professional Target Shooting

Eventually, if your recreational hobby leads you to become a part of a league or more serious competition, you will probably want to look into getting a dedicated target gun. While you'll still have to have some skills to hit the targets, of course, the right target shotgun will make a noticeable difference in your comfort and the ease of use. Target shotguns will most likely be longer and heavier than a standard trap shotgun so it will swing more smoothly and also will not have as strong of a kick when fired. In addition, the stock of a specially designed target shotgun will have dimensions that are more ideal for clay pigeons because the point of impact is a little higher than regular shotguns. This allows you to hover over the barrel instead of blocking it with the muzzle like with field guns. Because of the high number of firings that a trap gun must withstand, the best trap guns are those made to last through tens of thousands of rounds per year and can last for more than a lifetime of practice and competition. The prices can range anywhere from $500 for a standard trap shotgun to more than $20,000 for a highly technical and top of the line piece. 

The Five Best Trap Shotguns


The following is a list of the five best trap guns that in my experience, are solid, durable and likely to give you trouble free use and performance. The list includes the shotguns in order from lowest price to the most expensive and which I believe also offer the highest quality, ease of use, and reliability based on their price points.

1) STEVENS -
Stevens 320 Field Pump Shotgun

Stevens 320 Field Pump Shotgun

PRODUCT CODE: 011356194893
$206.99
• Stevens' 320 models are designed very well and imported. The Stevens models are chosen for their performance and value and many of their specifications are only found on more expensive models. The 320 Pump Field model offers a proven rotary bolt design and dual slide bars for reliable operation. It has a 28" carbon steel barrel with a vent rib and bead sight. The receiver is a bottom load with right eject.

Action: PumpGauge: 12 gaugeLength of Barrel: 28"Capacity: 5+1Chamber: 3"
OAL: 48.75"
Weight: 7.45 lbs
Receiver Description: Black
Stock Description: Black Synthetic
Trigger: Standard
Chokes Included: M
Barrel Description: Vent Rib
Sights: Bead
Barrel Length Range: 28.00" to 29.99"
Weight Range: 7.00 lbs to 8.99 lbs
Hand: Right
Stock Finish Group: Synthetic
Metal Finish Group: Blued/Black


2) SAVAGE -
Savage 320 Spring Pump Shotgun

Savage 320 Spring Pump Shotgun


PRODUCT CODE: 011356225641
Mfg Item #: 22564
$236.99

•The Savage 320 is a semi-automatic gun that has a 3" chamber, as well as 22" vent rib barrel design, a 3" chamber and even, has a green fiber optic sight. Just to ensure that you are ready to hit the field, Stevens included one modified choke.

Action: PumpGauge: 12 gaugeLength of Barrel: 22"Capacity: 5+1Chamber: 3"
Weight: 7.45 lbs
Receiver Description: Black
Stock Description:: Mossy Oak
Trigger: Standard
Chokes Included: XF
Barrel Description: Vent Rib
Sights: Fiber Optic Front
Safety: Crossbolt
Barrel Length Range: 22.00" to 23.99"
Weight Range: 7.00 lbs to 8.99 lbs
Hand: Right
Stock Finish Group: Natural Camouflage
Metal Finish Group: Blued/Black

3) MOSSBERG -
Mossberg 500 pump shotgun

Mossberg 500 All-Purpose Field


PRODUCT CODE: 015813501200
Mfg Item #: 50120
$325.99

• No other shotgun even comes close to the Mossberg 500 pump actions' remarkable combination of modern design, custom type features, and affordability. Each is available in an array of stocks, barrels, combo choices, and finishes that make it a perfect, well-rounded choice for the beginning shooter to the more experienced marksman.

Action: PumpGauge: 12" gaugeLength of Barrel: 28"Capacity: 5+1Chamber: 3"
OAL: 47.5"
Weight: 7.5 lbs
Choke Configuration: Accu-Choke
Receiver Description: Blued
Stock Description: Walnut
Trigger: Standard
Chokes Included: F,IC,M
Barrel Description: Vent Rib/Ported
Sights: Bead Dual
Safety: Manual
Barrel Length Range: 28.00" to 29.99"
Weight Range: 7.00 lbs to 8.99 lbs
Hand: Right
Stock Finish Group: Wood
Metal Finish Group: Blued/Black


4) OUR CHOICE: REMINGTON 870 -
Remington Wingmaster Classic Trap

Remington 870


PRODUCT CODE: 047700248578 Mfg Item #: 24857
$843.99

• This trap shotgun has a light contour vent rib target barrel style with a double bead sight ( a front head and also the mid bead). It also has three special Remington choke tubes (for single, mid-handicap and long handicap). The target gun features a special fine-line that has a gold inlay which is engraved as well as a polished receiver in blue plus a gold-plated trigger. American walnut and a Monte Carlo stock front end show off deep-cut and a deep cut, checkered, high gloss finish.

Action: PumpGauge: 12" gaugeLength of Barrel: 30"Capacity: 4+1
Chamber: 2.75"
OAL: 50.5"
Weight: 8.25 lbs
Choke Configuration: Rem Choke
Receiver Description: Blued
Stock Description: Walnut High Gloss
Trigger: Standard
Chokes Included: F,IC,M
Barrel Description: Vent Rib/Light Contour
Sights: Bead Dual
Safety: Crossbolt
Barrel Length Range: 30.00" and Over
Weight Range: 7.00 lbs to 8.99 lbs
Hand: RightStock Finish Group: Wood
Metal Finish Group: Blued/Black


5) TRISTAR -
TriStar's TT-15 Trap Shotgun

TriStar Trap TT-15 Shotgun


PRODUCT CODE: 713780354002
Mfg Item #: 35400
$1049.99

• TriStar's TT-15 line offers precision, beauty, and performance. The Mono Trap features a target rib that is raised with 3 adjustment points, adjustable comb, palm swell, a sight that is color coded and Beretta /Benelli Mobile chokes.

Action: Break open style
Gauge: 12" gaugeLength of Barrel: 34"Capacity: 1Chamber: 2.75"
Weight: 7.8 lbs
Choke Configuration: Mobilchoke
Receiver Description: Nickel
Stock Description: Walnut
Chokes Included: 3
Barrel Description: Vent Rib
Sights: Fiber Optic
Barrel Length Range: 30.00" and Over
Weight Range: 7.00 lbs to 8.99 lbs
Hand: Right
Stock Finish Group: Wood
Metal Finish Group: Silver/Gray


No matter which trap shotgun you decide to use, you will find that the best all around trap guns are usually those made for sporting clays which also can be a good choice for use with skeet and trap targets too. Apart from that, the most important consideration to keep in mind is how any particular shotgun feels to you in terms of weight, comfort, and design, so it's highly recommended that you get a good feel for it before making a decision. Feel free to comment on whether any of these make your list too and let me know what is your favorite for busting clays!
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