Browning Citori Hunter 20ga Shotgun Review

shotgun review Apr 14, 2022

Today we're taking a look at the Browning Citori Hunter 20 gauge. Check out the video above or get a quick brief with the info below.

   MSRP

 Quick Specs

  • 20 gauge - Over-under (Available in 12,20, 28, and 410 gauges as well)
  • Designed for upland/wing shooting
  • 28"  Barrell (26 inch available on some models)
  • 6lbs 10oz 
  • Length of Pull 14 1/4" Out of the Box
  • Drop at comb 1 5/8"
  • Drop at Heel  2 1/2"
  • Comes with 3 flush mount chokes - Invector Plus

Ergonomics/Look & Feel

  • Moderately light with a decent balance. A little front heavy which isn't always a bad thing for a smooth swing.
  • The forend is a little boxy for my liking
  • Checkering is a little aggressive and starts to tear up the hands with a good amount of shooting
  • Single front bead
  • Safety with barrel selector - the safety function is simple and easy. There is nothing fancy about it, but it works great.

Trigger 

  • 4lbs 13.8oz (Average) 
  • Fairly light with a clean break
  • Really like the feel of the trigger

Quality of Build

I always look at the quality of the build relative to the price. 

  • This gun feels solid. 
  • Wood is grade II and looks nice but the receiver is plain jane
  • Operation is smooth and tight
  • Quality build

Ease of Breakdown

  • This Citori Hunter comes apart as most over-unders do via the forearm release lever.
  • The hinge and locking lugs look good and I would anticipate this shotgun holding up well over time. If you have had experience shooting this gun I would love to hear about it.

Recoil

  • Overall very enjoyable to shoot
  • Recoil comes straight back to the shoulder with minimal muzzle jump

Reliability

  • There's not much that can go wrong when it comes to the reliability of an over-under. I have a lot of guns to shoot throughout the year so I'm unable to talk deeply about how this gun has held up. If you own this gun, I'd appreciate your comments on how it's worked overtime for you! 

Speed Shooting

I find this evaluation valuable because it tests how all the moving parts really come together. From getting on target, trigger pull, recovering from the recoil, and getting back on target.

  • The fastest time I accomplished with the Citori Hunter was a 1.11
  • This gun was natural to mount and point
  • Recoil was light and recovering for a second shot was a breeze

FINAL THOUGHTS, although the ergonimics of the Citori Hunter were not my ideal, the gun mounted, pointed and shot extremely well. The Hunter is a solid gun for the money. I prefer over-under shotguns with a little more style such as engravings, but if you are looking for a nothing fancy, solid over-under that is enjoyable to shoot, the Citori Hunter is one to consider.

Shop the Citori Hunter at REEDS!

 Whether in the field or in life, we will only hit the targets we are lasor focused on so live the #targetfocusedlife

 

Stay Target Focused,

Steve

 

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