“The only pump shotgun that can deliver three shots in half a second has two new models in its lineup,” Winchester’s presser proclaims. Is that true? Is it important? Give the reliability of modern semi-automatic shotguns, why would a shotgunner looking for speed choose pump-action over semi-auto? [Full disclosure: I recently bought a Benelli Super Nova Tactical on the basis of price, separation anxiety from my M3 and M4 and simple bad-assery.] Anyway, Winchester chambers the new Super X Pump Field for 3” shells, tempting buyers with a hardwood stock and forearm in a satin finish with traditional checkering. Or you can get it in Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades camouflage. Both guns offer a choice between 26” or 28” barrels. Four bills for the former, four-and-half for the latter. Orange sauce additional . . .
East Alton, IL – -(Ammoland.com)- The only pump shotgun that can deliver three shots in half a second has two new models in its lineup. New in Winchester Repeating Arms Super X Pump line is the Super X Pump Field and Waterfowl Hunter.
The Field model features a hardwood stock and forearm in a handsome satin finish with traditional checkering. The Field is chambered for 3” shells and comes in 26” and 28” barrel models.
The Waterfowl Hunter comes in the new Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades camouflage pattern and is available in 3” or 3 ½” chamberings with barrel lengths of 26” or 28”.
Super X Pump shotguns boast four massive Rotary Bolt Lugs that provide support, strength and solid lock-up to the barrel. A hard chrome chamber and bore make surfaces highly resistant to wear and corrosion. An Inflex recoil pad reduces felt recoil. The proven Invector-Plus Choke Tube System and .742 Back-Bored barrel technology are also featured and provide consistent shot patterns in the constriction hunters demand.
Suggested Retail Price:
- SXP Field model $399.99
- SXP Waterfowl Hunter $459.99 (3”) $499.99 (3 ½”)
For more information, please visit www.winchester-guns.com
OK, you want to know why someone would or should buy a pump over a semi-auto.
I’ll give you two reasons:
1. Pump guns are easier to clean. There’s no gas port, no action fouling from powder (typically).
2. There are some forms of upland hunting where packing a semi-auto is actually unsafe. For example, chukar hunting. When you’re falling off the side of a mountain, it would be nice to know that if your gun discharges once, that it can’t reload all by itself. I say this as a voice of experience, having slide down the side of a mountain whilst making a shot on a bird and thinking “this would have been a very good moment to have a pump gun.” All the other hunters in our chukar hunting group used pumps or break-action shotguns.
Another excellent example would be if you’re ever crazy enough to hunt Himalayan Snowcock.
I am that crazy. I think.
Get a hunting license for Nevada. Go during upland season. Go up into the East Humboldt mountains, or the Ruby Mountains. The former range is south of Wells, NV, and the latter south of Elko. These are the only two places in the US where you can hunt Snowcock, and the only two populations in the US that I know of.
Climb to, oh, 9,500 to 10,000+ feet. Hike along the wee little trail that the bighorns and mountain goats use. Wait for a bird to come launching out of a split in the rock face as if shot out of a poultry cannon, making enough noise to wake the dead. Try not to soil yourself.
OK, now you’ve found a Snowcock. Now you have to kill it. This is where things get a little bit tricky:
The birds like to fly in an elliptic arc, outwards from the rock face, then come zooming back in to a split a bit left or right of you. I probably need to remind the uninitiated that you’re standing on a trail about 6″ wide, made of crushed stone, with a scree slope below you for hundreds of feet of razor-sharp shards of rock, which leads downhill into a twisted mess of much larger rocks. So mind your step here.
Back to the bird: As they’re coming back in towards you, you have a moment where, if you time your shot correctly, you can get the bird to fold up and die right up against the rock. You might get lucky, and the bird will stop there. If not, it rolls downhill, getting rather banged up as it goes. Or so I’m told.
When I first encountered Snowcock, I was hunting mountain goat with a rifle, so I wasn’t prepared to take one.
Bag limit of one per season. Dunno what they taste like, but they can’t taste as bad as the ducks in Nevada.
I need a new keyboard. . .
Pfff! I have played TONS of battlefield 3 so that would obviously qualify me as an expert in this “Hunting” you speak of.
Which system is this for again?
Is the a case where the “journey is half the fun?”
And Andrew…you just gained about 5 Cool Points for your comment, good sir. 🙂
Maybe I want a pump to save $300.
One size does not fit all. I have pump and break action shotguns.
Over and unders for me. In all gauges. Once I tried them I never looked back.
If you have the Benelli M3 Super 90 you’ve got both pump and semi-auto with a twist of the locking ring at the front of the forearm. I have the M3-T Super 90, which is the best convertible pump/semi-auto I know of. I hope your separation and resulting anxiety is just a temporary situation. I’d feel naked without my M3.
Is there something particularly slippery-fast about a Winchester pump with the 3 shots in half a second? Sounds doable for most pump action’s these days. What don’t I know about the Winchester?
When I was a youngster we used to routinely out speed semi autos with pump guns. Semi autos function at the same speed no matter what the shooter is doing. But pumps can be as fast as the shooter can crank it.
I disagree. Look at http://www.outdoorlife.com/blogs/gun-shots/2012/12/shotgun-review-winchester-spx-waterfowl-hunter-semi-auto Sincerely, Tomoko