2018 Shotgun of the Year: Winchester Super X4

by
posted on April 24, 2018
win_superx4.jpg

Now in its 16th year, the NRA Golden Bullseye Awards represent the pinnacle of achievement within the shooting, hunting and outdoor trade.

In 2017, after years of record-breaking sales, many industry observers wondered what ingenious introductions might still be unveiled. After all, any product worthy of our gold standard must meet or exceed American Hunter’s expectations of innovation—and they absolutely must provide hunters with value for their money. But once again, we were surprised when we collected nominations and tallied our votes.

Shotgun of the Year: Winchester Super X4
Inside the milled-from-billet aluminum receiver of the Winchester Super X4 shotgun is tucked the company’s Active Valve system—to our minds one of the best gas systems ever produced. Managing Editor Jon Draper claims it’s “faster than darn near anything on the market.” Its barrel is back-bored and chrome-lined to resist corrosion, and its Inflex Technology pad sends recoil energy down and away from a shooter’s face.

Several iterations are available at retail prices ranging from $799-$1,069. The basic Super X4 is a 3½-inch gun that wears a black synthetic stock and sports a 26-inch barrel. Two 3-inch guns wear wood stocks: the Field and Compact (with a 13-inch length of pull). The Waterfowl Hunter, our favorite, is a 3½-inch gun with a 26-inch barrel that weighs only 7 pounds.

Winchester got the balance right on this one, says Draper (“Hardware,” August 2017). “[T]he SX4 and I danced from dawn till dusk, and from start to finish it was raise, shoulder, swing and pull, clearing the Canadian sky like we’ve been doing it together our entire lives.”

For more information, go to winchesterguns.com.

Editor's Note: NRA Publications will present the annual Golden Bullseye Awards at an exclusive breakfast during the 2018 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Dallas, Tx., May 4-6.

Latest

Browning X Bolt Speed Ovix SR Lead
Browning X Bolt Speed Ovix SR Lead

New for 2022: Browning X-Bolt Speed Ovix SR

The latest X-Bolt’s new Ovix camo pattern is suitable for a variety of environments, and its shortened, threaded barrel allows users to mount a suppressor while maintaining a reasonable overall length.

First Look: Franchi Instinct Sideplate

The new Instinct Sideplate sets itself apart with an elegantly engraved, color-case-hardened sideplate-style steel receiver, providing classical accents to its gold-plated trigger and complementing its rich AA-grade satin-finish walnut stock.

Savage Arms Announces Sponsorship of NRL Hunter Series Matches

Savage Arms is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the National Rifle League (NRL) Hunter Series—an evolving rifle competition that challenges participants with exciting ways to practice shooting skills in hunting-like conditions.

NSSF Retailer Surveys Indicate 5.4 Million First-Time Gun Buyers in 2021

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the firearm industry trade association, revealed that at least 5.4 million people purchased a firearm for the first time in 2021.

New for 2022: Bowtech SR350

An ideal combination of blazing speed and smooth draw, the SR350 is equipped with Bowtech’s Deadlock cam system, which the company says is the quickest, simplest way to achieve perfect arrow flight and repeatable accuracy.

First Look: Hoyt Ventum Pro 33

Hoyt has updated its In-Line System to make the new Ventum Pro even more streamlined, balanced and lightweight.

Interests



Get the best of American Hunter delivered to your inbox.