Duck hunting is as American as apple pie and muscle cars and the newest technology available today gives us an even better chance at success. Depending on where you’re at in the country, you’ll be hunting in cold, wet, and unfavorable conditions (October-November). The 5 shotguns that I listed below are specifically designed to hunt any waterfowl such as, duck, goose, snipe, and swan. The best part about these shotguns is the versatility to hunt different species and will undoubtedly work great for turkey hunting too. I included the very expensive and incredible Benelli Vinci, Beretta A400, Mossberg 500 FLEX, Mossberg 930 JM Pro, and the Mossberg 930 Waterfowl shotgun.

Benelli Vinci 12GA Shotgun

Benelli is like the Mercedes Benz of shotguns with their focus on providing a product that is simply better than anything else on the market. The most exclusive feature is the In-Line inertia Driven action technology. The idea is that a shorter bolt with a rotating bolt head is more efficient if it’s kept on a single axis point. This simplistic design is incredibly revolutionary and clever. You’ll notice immediately the reduction in felt-recoil, almost no muzzle climb, and incredible reliability. This feature alone provides for accurate and quick follow-up shots, just in case you missed the first shot. Accompanied by the Comfortech stock, the Benelli Vinci is the softest kicking shotgun I’ve ever shot in my life.

 

Specs:

Gauge 12
Capacity 3+1
Chamber 3″
Barrel Type Vent Rib
Barrel Length 28″
Sight/Base Front Fiber Optic
Choke IC, M, F
LOP Type Fixed
LOP 14.75″
Barrel Finish Matte, Blued, Realtree
Stock Finish Realtree Max-5
Weight 6.9 lbs
Length 49.75″
Action Semi-Auto
MSRP $1,500

 

Pros:

  • Significantly reduced recoil
  • Lightweight for the size of the gun
  • Chambered in 3″ shot for added versatility
  • Semi-auto action gives you 4 rapid shots at your prey
  • The advanced technology incorporated masterfully

Cons:

  • $1,500 is a lot to ask for a shotgun, considering you can buy an incredible Mossberg and trick it out for less than $1,000

 

Where Can I Buy The Benelli Vinci Shotgun?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. Gun Broker
  3. Bass Pro Shops

Benelli Vinci 12ga Realtree APG 26

 

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Beretta A400 Xtreme Plus

The Beretta A400 Xtreme Plus Waterfowl shotgun is built with the best and most expensive parts you’ll find outside of a company like Daniel Defense or Benelli. The barrel is made of Steelium Plus, which is the 1st time in history that a Steelium Plus barrel is used in a hunting shotgun. This barrel is incredibly difficult to produce and is normally used in the competition circuit for pistols. The Steelium Plus barrel is able to withstand the intense heat and pressure of the explosion, without deforming the pellets. The A400 Xtreme Plus Stock is built with an incredibly soft cheek comb, which reduces the felt recoil and improves follow-up shot accuracy. The A400 Xtreme Plus is built with an extended charging handle and an oversized bolt-release button that is completely exclusive to Beretta. This shotgun is incredibly expensive, but it’s worth every penny for the avid waterfowl or turkey hunter.

Specs:

Barrel length (in) 28
Barrel Type Optima Bore HP Steelium Plus
Chamber 3.5″
Choke 5 Black Edition 20mm extended chokes
Gauge 12
Lilium Y
Receiver Realtree Timber
Rib Step Rib 7x7mm with Mid Bead
Stock Kick-Off Mega & Kick-Off3 with Soft Comb
Overall Length 48″
MSRP $1,900
Capacity 4+1

 

Pros:

  • The Steelium Barrel is incredible and improves overall accuracy
  • Chambered in 3.5″ Magnum for ensured stopping power
  • The extended charging handle is very smooth and easy to rack
  • The Kick-Off Mega Stock and cheek comb are the most comfortable features of any shotgun

Cons:

  • The bead sights are not very good and could benefit greatly from an aftermarket ghost ring sight
  • This model is about $2,000 and can be out of reach for most shotgun owners

 

 

Where Can I Buy The Beretta A400 Xtreme Plus Shotgun?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. Gun Broker
  3. Gearfire
  4. Bass Pro Shops

Beretta A400 Xtreme Plus 12 GA 28

 

 

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Mossberg 930 Waterfowl Shotgun

The Mossberg 930 Waterfowl Shotgun has been discussed before in our previous blogs, but I had to include it here because of the versatility, affordability, and dependability. This Mossberg is a semi-auto shotgun with a long line of sight for tracking birds in flight. The most exclusive feature is the stock drop system built into the stock for adjusting the vertical angle of the stock to improve sightlines and comfort. This feature allows you to get a custom fit on the stock so you’re not compromising your posture and stability in your shooting stance. For less than $700, you could own this shotgun and still put an aftermarket optic or sight on it for up to $1,000 less than the Beretta A400.

 

Specs:

Gauge 12
Capacity 4+1
Chamber 3″
Barrel Type Vent Rib
Barrel Length 28″
Sight/Base Front Fiber Optic
Choke Accu-Set
LOP Type Fixed
LOP 13.875″
Barrel Finish Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades
Stock Finish Synthetic (Mossy Oak Shadow grass Blades)
Weight 7.75
Length 48.5″
MSRP $638.00

Pros:

  • Stock drop system provides multiple sightlines for a shooter to utilize
  • Fixed stock provides a sturdy and dependable platform to shoot from
  • Perfect LOP for hunting moving targets, such as waterfowl
  • 28″ barrel with the Accu-set choke gives the shooter better accuracy at ranges exceeding 30 yards
  • The Fiber Optic sight allows for a clear target acquisition

Where Can I Buy The Mossberg 930 Waterfowl Shotgun?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. Gun Broker
  3. Bass Pro Shops
  4. Gearfire
  5. Gallery of Guns
  6. The Shooting Store

Mossberg 930 Waterfowl 12ga 28

 

 

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MOSSBERG 930 JERRY MICULEK PRO Series

The Mossberg 930 Jerry Miculek (JM) Pro Series is exclusively designed by the Godfather of modern-day competitive shooting. It’s built with a dual gas system and vent ribbed barrel for recoil control and incredibly smooth cycling of the slides. The gas system cycles much faster than the regular 930 by bleeding more of the expelled gas out of the vents to reduce the felt-recoil. The loading gate is beveled and made much larger to decrease your load time under the stress of a 3-gun competition or other shooting competition. The feature I like the most is the adjustable overtravel trigger because it allows each shoot to adjust the trigger pull to speed up or slow down each shot. All metal in the JM Pro Series is finished with a unique corrosion-resistant finish to ensure the guts of the shotgun will never rust or corrode. Most people buy this shotgun because of the extraordinary capacity of 10 shells before needing a reload.

Specs:

Gauge 12
Capacity 10
Chamber 3″
Barrel Type Vent Rib
Barrel Length 24″
Sight/Base Front Fiber Optic
Choke Accu-Set
LOP Type Fixed
LOP 13.875″
Barrel Finish Matte, Blued
Stock Finish Synthetic
Weight 7.75
Length 44.5″

Pros:

  • An adjustable overtravel trigger
  • Knurled charging handle
  • Beveled loading gate for quick and safe rapid reloading
  • Faster cycling for reduced felt-recoil

 

 

Where Can I Buy The Mossberg 930 JM Pro Series Shotgun?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. Gun Broker
  3. Bass Pro Shops
  4. Gearfire
  5. Gallery of Guns
  6. The Shooting Store

Mossberg 930 Jerry Miculek Pro 12ga 24

 

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Mossberg Flex 500 Hunting Shotgun

The Mossberg 500 FLEX Hunting shotgun is the most versatile shotgun ever made with the Mossberg Tool-less System (TLS). The TLS allows you to interchange the stock, grip, forend, and sights without any tools. The fact that you can customize your shotgun within minutes instead of hours is such an underestimated feature that you don’t know you need until you own a Mossberg FLEX. The FLEX comes with 6 overall shells and is chambered in 3″ for compatibility the magnum shells. For $500, there is no other shotgun on the planet that can offer this level of customization.

Specs:

Gauge 12
Capacity 5+1
Chamber 3″
Barrel Type Vent Rib
Barrel Length 28″
Sight/Base Dual Bead
Choke Accu-Set
LOP Type Fixed
LOP 14.25″
Barrel Finish Matte Blued
Stock Finish Synthetic (Black)
Weight 7.5
Length 48.25″
MSRP $500

 

Where Can I Buy The Mossberg FLEX 500 Hunting Shotgun?

  1. Bass Pro Shops
  2. Palmetto State Armory
  3. Gun Broker
  4. Armslist
  5. Gear Fire
  6. The Shooting Store
  7. Gallery of Guns

Mossberg FLEX 500 Hunting 28

 

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