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Top 5 Highland Bird Shotguns of Pheasant Fest 2022







In case you missed it, here are our best bird shotguns from Pheasant Fest 2022.


Weatherby – Orion 20 gauge

Weatherby Orion 20 Gauge Shotgun
Weatherby Orion 20 Gauge Shotgun

Building on the legacy and success of the 12-gauge Orion platform, this crowd favorite is now available in three 20-gauge models, including two field-oriented versions. The Orion I is a 28er with a sleek gloss finish and the Orion Matte Blue is a 26er with a sleek matte finish. There is also a sport version for clays with 30-inch port barrels, extended chokes and a four-way adjustable comb. The shorter, slimmer side lock lug action makes this barrel feel right at home with a perfect balance point and lighter form factor for those notable all-day forays. The Orion I and Matte Blue feature a 3-inch chamber, chrome bores, ejectors, vented ribs, single bead front sight and a trio of interchangeable choke tubes.

$1,049 – $1,149 | meteoby.com

Benelli – Super Black Eagle 3 caliber 28

Benelli Super Black Eagle 3 28 caliber shotgun
Benelli Super Black Eagle 3 28 caliber shotgun

With over ten years in development, the industry-leading Super Black Eagle platform continues to evolve, with the latest addition in a shoulder-saving 28 gauge model. Offering superior comfort and functionality even in the worst conditions, this close-firing 3-inch 28 is designed for the serious bird hunter. At nearly 5.5 pounds, this lightweight, low-recoil shotgun will feel like a sweet dream when combined with the shock-absorbing Comfort Tech stock with rubberized cheek comb pad and grip Combtech. The proven Inertia-Driven system spins hulls quickly and consistently with minimal ongoing maintenance. It is available in a black synthetic finish or Mossy Oak Bottomland, Realtree Max-5 and GORE OPTIFADE Timber camouflage patterns. Customize your experience with a shim kit and five interchangeable choke tube packs.

$1,799 – $1,899 | benelliusa.com

CZ-USA – Off-Road Series

CZ-USA All Terrain Shotgun Series
CZ-USA All Terrain Shotgun Series

With a long list of proven bird shotguns in their portfolio, CZ-USA has provided a one-stop solution for all-around upland and waterfowl wing shooters. Each All-Terrain model harnesses a duo of rugged all-weather features and advanced technology that modern hunters demand from their shotguns. Gone are the days of choosing between your dedicated duck gun and your dedicated highland gun, this category combines it all into one selection. Rare-earth magnetic extractors or ejectors allow you to quickly load and hold rounds while pointing your break action skyward in the goose pit and avoid spilling your shells while your gun is broken and you are bent to receive a delivery from your dog. A sleek and durable OD Green Cerakote finish protects the barrels and receivers and the do-it-all wing-shooter suite is complete with sling swivel studs. There are ten 12 and 20 gauge over-and-under, side-by-side, and semi-auto models to choose from with CZ-USA’s Off-Road Series.

$749 to $1,219 | cz-usa.com

Browning – A5 Sweet 16 Upland

Browning A5 Sweet 16 Upland Rifle
Browning A5 Sweet 16 Upland Rifle

The iconic humpback is back with an exciting new upgrade for highland hunters. The ever-popular Browning A5 is now available with a brushed nickel receiver and Grade I Turkish walnut stock in a lightweight, all-day-carrying autoloading Sweet Sixteen. The performance-tuned kinematic drive system delivers reliable, clean action that handles all loads in all conditions. This full size gun features a gold plated trigger and Browning Buck branding. It also comes with a fiber optic handlebar and mid heel, adjustable cleats and a trio of interchangeable chokes.

$2,030 | browning.com

Stevens 555 Series

Stevens 555 series of shotguns
Stevens 555 series of shotguns

Don’t let affordability overwhelm your perception of performance, the 555 line from Stevens is the perfect combination of unbeatable value and day-to-day field function. The standard 555 is available in all common gauges with a black aluminum receiver and Turkish walnut stock in a lightweight, fast-spinning platform. Each model is equipped with 28-inch chrome-lined carbon steel barrels, five interchangeable chokes and manual extractors. A compact version is available in small bores for small frame shooters. If you want to get a little fancy on the frills, upgrades to the Model 555 Enhanced (E) include an Imperial walnut stock and fore-end, automatic shell ejectors, and a laser-etched filigree ornament receiver – all this in one the bank’s price point.

$768 to $967 | savagearms.com