H&R Ultra Slug Hunter
Want simple? Here it is. H&R touts its Ultra Slug Hunter series as “No nonsense. Just pure deer-dropping performance.” This gun is as steel-and-wood as it gets. It has a simple break-action design with an exposed hammer, yet the Ultra Slug Hunter has a dedicated following among deer hunters for its superb accuracy – accuracy you won’t find for its low price anywhere else. Accuracy is a result of the heavy-duty barrel and comfortable stock dimensions. Most of the guns in the Ultra Slug Hunter lineup are fairly heavy, in the 8- to 9-pound range. That’s not a bad thing. Single-shot shotguns are notorious for their recoil, and this gun is no exception. If you do want something easier to carry, consider the Ultra Light Slug Hunter. It checks in at 5 1/4 pounds.
Best Fit: The exposed-hammer design is as simple as they come. Even cleaning it is a breeze. That makes it a good gun for a beginner that can withstand some recoil. However, it’s not a great carry gun, since cocking the hammer adds time to the shot and you likely have only one shot. It’s best for hunting in a stand or blind with a solid rest.