Beretta A300 Outlander 12ga Semi-Auto Shotgun ReviewJul 08, 2021
Beretta touts the A300 Outlander as the best value in a semiauto shotgun. There is no doubt that Beretta is known for making quality shotguns and I just had to get my hands on this A300 for review.
The A300 Outlander has an MSRP of $799, ($699 at Reeds) putting it right in line with some of the other good quality but value-priced shotguns. One of my favorite value semiautos that I have a lot of experience with is the Winchester SX4 which has an MSRP of $829.99. This review of the A300 isn't a direct comparison to the SX4 but as I looked at the gun the difference between the two was a constant thought.
The A300 was designed to be a versatile shotgun for upland birds, ducks, turkey (the receiver will accept optics) and sporting clays. Beretta states that the A300 was designed to outperform semiauto shotguns costing several times as much. I definitely think a head-to-head review is needed to put this to the test. What do you think? What gun would you like to see it go head to head with?
The Video includes the full review of the Beretta A300 Outlander but below is a quick summary.
- 12 gauge
- 3" chamber
- 30" Barrell (also available in 24/26/28)
- Length of Pull 14" Out of the Box (Adjustable from 13"-14.5" with provided spacers)
- Drop at Comb 1 1/4" (Adjustable in 1/8" intervals with provided shims)
- Drop at Heel 2 1/4"
- 4.6lbs Average. Although I wasn't a huge fan of the ergonomics of the trigger, it is light and crisp, overall a good trigger.
Ease of Breakdown
- Very simply to break down for a full cleaning with minimal parts. Putting it back together is relatively simple but there is one little tricky part. I am sure with taking it apart and putting it back together several times it would become second nature.
Ergonomics/Look & Feel
- This somewhat comes down to personal preference but I really think the ergonomics are good, but not great. The hard synthetic stock is a little slippery. The gun fits my hands well and is comfortable to shoot.
- Adjustable length of pull with spacers
- Aluminum Alloy Reciever with a Matte Black Finish
- Matte Black Stock Finish
- Matte Black Barrel Finish
- The low point of this gun is the small bolt handle and bolt released. I found the controls a little more challenging to use than they should be. I am a huge fan of "oversized" controls.
- The rib is flat with the receiver and this may again be a preference, but I prefer raised ribs.
- Very light recoil!
Quality of Build
- I always look at the quality of the build relative to the price. The tolerances are good for the money.
- Chrome Plated Bore
- After a few hundred rounds, I believe this shotgun is ultra-reliable and will run for a long time without issue.
- I love to shoot fast and this gun does that very well. Between the fast cycle and the light recoil, this shot is potentially the fastest shotgun out there. Time will tell as I test and review more shotguns.
All around, the Beretta A300 Outlander is a great gun for the money.
Would you like to see a head-to-head comparison with another semiauto shotgun?
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