Of course, any time you use the word “best” to describe anything, someone somewhere is going to disagree with you, and that’s to be expected here. That said, these are the guns we’ve tested and used ourselves. So, we feel confident recommending them to you.

Note: Many if not most of these shotguns can easily fill multiple roles, so be sure to give all of them a look before you decide on buying. Semi-automatic shotguns are perfect for hunting and are commonly used to take all varieties of game birds, as well as hogs, deer, and other medium to large game.