Winchester Super X autoloading shotguns have a worldwide reputation for speed, reliability and handling. The Super X3 was a tough act to follow and making the Super X4 evolution of this popular shotgun series even better than its predecessor was a real challenge. But, that’s exactly what the gifted design engineers at Winchester Repeating Arms have done. The new Super X4 is lighter, faster cycling, smoother swinging and more ergonomic than ever before.
One of the first things experienced shooters notice about the new Super X4 is the gun’s improved ergonomics. It’s lighter overall and the pistol grip is slimmer and more ergonomic, regardless of which hand you use to pull the trigger. The gun’s overall balance point has been moved slightly forward to create a more fluid swing, better target tracking and smoother follow-through.
The fit and balance of a shotgun stock are critical factors of how well you’re able to shoot it. The new SX4 comes with polymer length of pull spacers that fit between the stock and the recoil pad. When adjusted properly, you shoulder the shotgun with a smooth confidence and “felt recoil” is greatly diminished. Synthetic stock SX4 models come with one spacer already installed to provide a standard 14 1/4” length of pull and include one additional spacer in the box. Wood stock models include two length of pull spacers in the box. When you remove or add a spacer, you change the length of pull by 1/4”. Additional spacers are available from your Winchester repeating arms dealer, allowing you to custom fit the Super X4 to your exact length of pull.
The new Super X4 features a larger bolt handle and an oversized bolt release button for easier engagement and faster operation; two very important features when your hands are cold and wet or when you’re wearing gloves. The shell carrier and bolt release button are coated with nickel Teflon to reduce friction and help prevent corrosion. The larger, easier to operate ambidextrous safety button is located at the rear of the angular-profile trigger guard and is easily reversible for both right- or left-handed shooters. The opening on the trigger guard is generously sized for easier access, even when wearing heavy gloves.
The newest evolution of the Inflex Technology recoil pad on the Super X4 further reduces “felt recoil.” Specially shaped rib structures located inside the pad help direct and channel the recoil impulse, moving the comb down and away from your cheek to reduce “felt recoil” to very manageable levels, even when shooting heavy magnum loads. The new pad’s larger footprint spreads recoil forces over a wider area for further cushioning.
Like the original SX3, the SX4 uses the proven Active Valve Gas System that automatically self-adjusts to allocate the exact gas pressure necessary to reliably cycle a wide range of loads commonly used for hunting or target shooting. When firing the heaviest magnum loads in 3 1/2» models, gases vent upward and a portion of them are vented forward out the quadra-vent ports in the forearm to help regulate bolt speed. Both 3» and 3 1/2» Super X4 shotguns will reliably cycle even 1 1/8 oz., 2 3/4” light loads. Excess gases from heavy loads are channeled through the forward quadra-vent™ ports for cleaner and more reliable operation. Load diversity means an SX4 can reliably shoot them all, from light factory field shells to heavy magnum waterfowl and turkey loads. That’s why the proven Active Valve on the SX4 makes it the most versatile autoloader on the range, in the marsh and in the field.
If you are looking for a new shotgun, one that is versatile enough to cover all of your shooting needs, check out the new Winchester SX4 at your local Sportsman’s Warehouse.
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