Editor Matt Clarke of Sporting Gun gives his wish list
In my job I’m lucky enough to get to review a good few guns. Based on my experiences, and talking to our reviewers and other keen Guns, here’s my list of the best guns for game around today. (Read about the difference between a game and a sporting gun here. )
Top 10 game guns
Our reviewer Elliot Roberts gave this a top rating, saying: “I can see this gun proving hugely popular with the everyday shooter looking for reliability and robustness.”
“A great all-round game gun” said Shooting Times reviewer and shooting instructor Mark Hunt, who gave the gun a score of 89%. I can’t wait to try it out myself.
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I was lucky enough to be the first person granted access to test the new 20-bore version of this over-and-under. Yes, I liked it and it has made its inclusion on this list.
Reviewer Alex Flint said: “You really will not believe you can buy such a stunning, hand engraved, hand finished gun for anything under five figures.” Read the review and find out why he was so impressed.
When I reviewed this shotgun back in October 2019 I said: “It’s a gun designed to enable over-and-under shooters to buy into the AYA brand and enjoy a beautiful and well-made gun. I think this gun has a long future ahead of it.”
Reviewer Shane Robinson said: “William Evans has created a gun that is useable, practical, high quality and relatively affordable in the grand scheme of things.”
When I tested out this gun I opted for a slightly unusual calibre too, as well as testing a now less common side-by-side. I found it hard to find a fault with it.
This is a reassuringly chunky gun to handle but has the lines and elegance of a thoroughbred.
This would be my choice for walked-up game rather than driven game. As the reviewer said: “With the Ultraleggero, Beretta has achieved an exceptionally lightweight gun with no compromise in strength, quality or handling.”