SKB RS300 12ga Sporting Shotgun Review

shotgun review Apr 28, 2022
  

This SKB RS300 has an MSRP of  $1,1769. I was able to get it for less from (REEDS SPORTS)

Quick Specs

  • 12 gauge (20 gauge youth model available)
  • 3" chamber
  • 30" (28, 26" also available in youth models)
  • 7lbs 14oz 
  • Length of Pull 13 1/2" but adjustable to 14 3/4" -  All the adjustable elements are amazing!
  • Drop at Comb 1 1/2" Also vertically and horizontally adjustable 
  • Drop at Heel 2 1/4" Adjustable with shims
  • Cast is also adjustable
  • Comes with 5 chokes

Ergonomics/Look & Feel

  • I liked that the pistol grip was a bit narrow. I'd normally prefer it smaller on my field guns, but for sporting, this felt small (for me) and had no palm swell
  • Grip texture was very nice!
  • Oversized charging handle and bolt release are decently smooth but require a bit more force to run them
  • Balance was a bit rearward but still natural. I imagine that sensation simply came from all the adjustable pieces of the stock
  • I would have liked to see more weight out front to help my swing through
  • Loading port is milled out (As it should be)
  • I think it's worth mentioning that all the stock adjustments possible are super cool in my book. Hats off to SKB!
  • Cross-bolt triangular safety in the back of the trigger
  • Mid bead and front fiber

Trigger 

  • 5lbs 14.9oz (Average)
  • I noticed it was a little harder 
  • I expected it to break easier - wouldn't want to pull much farther on the skeet field

Quality of Build

  • I always look at the quality of the build relative to the price. The A400 XCEL overall lives up to the price point
  • Even with all the moving parts, it all came together very well! Very nice tolerances all around. It feels great in the hand on the skeet course
  • With that said, it's not a top of the line gun, but for the money, you're getting a great firearm

Ease of Breakdown

  • Breakdown was a bit foreign to me as I've only done it with this SKB a couple of times
  • Shouldn't pose to many issues

Recoil

  • No problems whatsoever when shooting target loads. 
  • Feels awesome overall!
  • I'm impressed with how light the recoil is being that there is no dedicated recoil reduction besides the butt pad

Reliability

  • From the shoulder, this gun handled pretty much everything I threw at it
  • I don't anticipate any problems with this gun especially if you save it for the competitive course and take good care of it as you should 

Speed Shooting

  • I was able to accomplish shooting 3 hand thrown clays in 1.30 seconds

In summary, I definitely enjoyed shooting this SKB RS300. It performed consistently in areas that I look for in a shotgun and I think it will continue to do so on the range and skeet course. The biggest highlight is the adjustability - I love this option.  

 

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

 

Stay Target Focused,

Steve

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