Gun Review — Savage Arms Renegauge

Savage Arms introduced its first semi-automatic shotgun, and it’s a dandy.   

  At a time when I thought Savage Arms was as rock solid as can be, to my surprise I learn the company was sold to a couple of independent buyers who are now revamping the entire rifle and shotgun line. The new owners acquired a manufacturing company that had just completely retooled the firearm production floor. Now with brand new equipment, tighter tolerances, fit and finish, capabilities are better than ever. Savage Arms has tasked me to review an example of the new Savage Arms Renegauge semi-auto loading shotgun.   

Final Shot - Shooting in Cold Weather

By the time you read this, winter will be about to set in or already has done so. For a lot of us, that means shooting in near- or sub-freezing temperatures. Personally, I much preferred shooting in the winter over tolerating the heat and humidity of Pennsylvania summers. You can always don more clothes in order to stay warm, but there is a limit to how much you can remove. Even if you were to strip naked, you would still be hot — not to mention having a LOT of sunburn.

Mental Training > Chain Analysis

“Actions have consequences.” —Stephen Dobyns

My friend Dave and I were engaged in our usual Wednesday sporting clays shoot when we came upon a station I immediately disliked. “I’m not going to shoot this one,” I told Dave. “I can’t ever do well, so I’ll just let you shoot.”

2020 Grand American Highlights

The 2020 “Covid” Grand American is in the books. As many of you are aware, the pandemic crisis caused the state of Illinois to close the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta this year. In early June, the ATA opted to relocate the 2020 Grand American to the MTA home grounds in Linn Creek, Missouri.

Know Your Reloads

Transitioning from Clays to Game

When it comes to advice on crafting elite shotshell reloads for clays or bird shooting, trust a certified, credentialed curmudgeon.

We’re not talking just any salty old shotgunning crank here. Trust The Curmudgeon, a.k.a. Dave Fackler, a U.S. Navy veteran and main-frame systems engineer by trade and for decades one of wingshooting’s most uncompromising researchers in wringing maximum ballistic efficiency from handloaded shotshells.

Sporting Clays Star Meagan Harrington

Meagan Harrington had a breakthrough season in 2019, rising quickly to the top of an impressive field of ladies that may be more competitive than it has ever been. After dominating in the 4-H youth shooting program, where Meagan excelled in trap, skeet and sporting disciplines, she decided to pursue a spot on the U.S. Sporting Clays Team, which she successfully achieved this past year after several impressive performances in major events. The 21-year-old Texan was born and raised in Corpus Christi and now resides in College Station.

Ray’s Technical Corner

Q I would like to inquire about introducing my nephew to skeet shooting who is a new shooter using a .410. He has never fired a shotgun and is 14 years old. How would you recommend I proceed?
Landon Malevich, MI
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Take Advantage of Professional Coaching

One of the things I have learned in my years of skeet shooting is if I ever take up another sport, the first thing I’m going to do is find someone who knows exactly what is going on and start from there. I know in the end I will save myself time, money and lots of frustration. Whether you’re a recreational or competitive shooter, you can improve your game through better information by deciding to take a clinic or seek professional help. Let’s talk about how you should approach such training to maximize the experience.

Ray's Technical Corner

Ray responds to questions from readers on technical, repair and maintenance issues with shotguns. If you have an inquiry about an ailing shotgun or just want some tips on keeping your gun shooting as long as it can, send your questions to Ray via e-mail to and watch for his response in a future issue of Shotgun Sports.