Best Shotguns for Deer Hunting

Winchester 1300 Speed Pumpslugguns_12
The Model 1300 was first introduced in 1978 to succeed the Model 1200. Slug hunters first got their crack at owning a 1300 with a rifled barrel in the late 80s and early 90s, when several combo packages and deer-specific variations were introduced. Unfortunately, the 1300 disappeared in 2006 when U.S. Repeating Arms Co. shut down its Connecticut plant. It is still one of the fastest, slickest pump shotguns ever made. If you needed a fast follow-up shot but wanted pump-action reliability, the 1300 was your gun. I still see them pop up on the skeet range every now and then where they trail autos and doubles only slightly in the speed with which they’ll dust doubles.

Best Fit: If your style of hunting garners shots at moving deer, the 1300 is a good choice. You can still sniff out a deal on a used combo package if you’re lucky. Buy it and hold onto it.

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