Winchester SX4 Semi-Auto Shotgun

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Winchester SX4 Semi-Auto Shotgun Review Facts

If you’re Looking for a shotgun that serves well for both hunting and general purpose, the market is pretty packed. The choice you make probably has a lot to do with brand loyalty, as well as past experiences. Well, I don't have to tell you that Winchester has been around for quite a while, as you're probably well aware. And it doesn't take deep research to figure it out either. The SX4 is yet another good example of a long  gun that just works. It works well in fact.

Editor's Pros & Cons
  • The firearm has an ambidextrous safety, so you will be able to activate it no matter which side you shoot fro
  • The bore and chamber have chrome plating, meaning that your shotgun will be protected from rust and corrosion
  • The newer model of this shotgun is lightweight in comparison to previous models
  • This shotgun is cheaper than many other models on the market, including ones made by the same brand
  • You will be able to hunt a wide variety of animals using this shotgun
  • Some people have said that the SX4 has a poor balance and that it is a bit heavy in the front

  • Other people said that they were not pleased with the performance and make of the trigger


Primary Use

When going to purchase a firearm, it is important to know what its primary use is. This is because a firearm that is meant for target practice will be manufactured a little bit differently than one that is meant for hunting.

In the case of the Winchester SX4, you will find a shotgun that is meant for several different types of hunting. Some people have taken this shotgun for target practice when they were first starting out, but the firearm itself is meant to be used for hunting. One of the selling points of this gun is that you can use it to hunt many different types of animals- and the shotgun has different versions available depending on which type of animal you like the best. For example, if you like to hunt duck, you can choose to get the Waterfowl Hunter. In general, you will be able to hunt anything from turkeys to ducks easily.


The size of the barrel will depend on which version of the shotgun you choose to purchase. This shotgun, in particular, has a longer barrel than its previous versions. Generally, the barrel will range between 24 and 28 inches, once again, depending on which version of the firearm you choose to purchase.


One of the nicest features of this gun is that it is lightweight, and it is even more lightweight than its previous models. The gun weighs 7.15 pounds, which is definitely great for people who might not be able to handle a larger firearm as easily. So, if you’re someone who likes hunting and who has been looking for a firearm that is much easier to handle than a heavy one, then this might be a good choice for you. Something else that people noted is that the newer model of the Winchester Super X gun is that you end up getting a longer barrel, which will range between 24 to 28 inches depending on which model you choose to get.

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There are quite a number of accessories that you can elect to purchase when you get this shotgun. There is no information about any accessories that you can get when you purchase the shotgun itself, but there are loads of accessories on the market that are compatible with the SX4.

You can elect to get a saddle mount, a scope base, an extension tube, barrels, several different types of grip caps, an inner ring, recoil pads, recoil suppressors, and more. The prices of these different accessories are not too high; the prices typically range between $5 and $100. So, you won’t have to worry about breaking the bank or spending too much outside of your budget if you choose to purchase this shotgun.


There are three different styles that you can choose from when you go to purchase this firearm. The first one is the basic model, which is made out of a regular black synthetic stock. The name of this firearm is simply called the SX4. Then, you could choose to get the Buck version of this firearm, which is black and has a rifled bore. The Turkey version has a camouflage finish. There are also field styles that you can choose from when you go to purchase a version of the SX4 firearm.

The stock is made out of walnut and they also have satin finishes. These firearms are also made out of blue metal. If you want a more compact version of the firearm, you can choose a version of the field that has a 13-inch pull, which is perfect for those who are smaller or who can not handle larger weapons as easily.

If you’re into waterfowl hunting, then you can choose to get the Waterfowl Hunter, which has a camouflage design. Overall, a lot of people liked the way that all the different versions of this firearm looked. Every version of this firearm had a 12 gauge and 3-3.5 inch chambers. They also have a chrome plating which helps to increase the overall durability of the product and helps to prevent any type of wear or corrosion.


One of the most important parts of any firearm is its safety. This is because you will need to be able to unload and disassemble the gun easily when not in use, and you need to be able to make sure that you will be as safe as possible when you are using the gun yourself. As everyone knows, guns can potentially be dangerous, and there have been plenty of cases in the news where someone ended up severely injured or worse because they mishandled a gun or because the gun was accidentally fired when it wasn’t supposed to. This is why it is important for a gun to have a functional safety and for you to be able to use the safety feature quickly and easily.

When it comes to the Winchester SX4 in particular, this model made sure that the safety button is a lot larger, so you will be able to find it and activate it a lot easier. This makes the shotgun quite safer than several other models that are available on the market, including the shotgun’s own previous models. There is an ambidextrous safety, meaning that, no matter whether you are right or left-handed, you will be able to find and activate the safety quickly. It is also reversible. A huge plus is that the opening for the trigger guard has also been made larger for this shotgun, so even if you’re someone who prefers to use heavy gloves when shooting, you will be able to access the trigger guard a lot easier with this model.


When compared to a lot of hunting rifles, this one does not seem to be too expensive. It ranges between approximately $700 and $800, depending on which model you choose to get. If you want the Waterfowl Hunter, the prices range between $850 and $950, and if you choose to get the Field shotgun, it is $850. So, the price that you will pay ultimately depends on which model you choose to purchase, but regardless, this Winchester rifle is a lot less expensive than some other shotguns that are available on the market, including versions of its previous models.

So, if you’re someone who is looking for a shotgun that isn’t quite as expensive as some of the other options available to you, then this is a good shotgun to look into. You never want to compromise on durability, safety, and other features when it comes to a shotgun, but this one in particular offers all of those features and more at a decent price. Of course, shotguns are rather expensive, and you should expect to be making somewhat of an investment no matter what brand you choose to purchase from. But most shotguns are closer to $1,000, and what sets the SX4 apart is that you won’t have to compromise in quality and performance, but won’t have to be spending close to $1,000 to get a good hunting rifle.

Key Features

-The SX4 has an active valve gas system, which will work to determine how much gas pressure is necessary when you go shooting

-The firearm is highly versatile, and you will be able to shoot a variety of game with this firearm, ranging from waterfowl to turkey

-The chamber has chrome plating, which makes it much more resistant to wear and damage, and will protect the firearm from processes such as rust and corrosion

-The firearm is cheaper than many other ones on the market, including its own previous models

-The safety is located on either side of the gun so you will be able to access it whether you are right-handed or left-handed

-The firearm has inflex technology on the recoil pad so that you won’t feel the effects of the recoil as much

-The newer version of this firearm is a lot lighter, so if you are someone who needs to have a lighter gun, this is a good option for you

Bottom Line

When it comes to firearms, you never want to end up with something that you don’t feel safe using or that isn’t made by a reputable company. Luckily, Winchester is one of the most well-known firearm manufacturers on the market, so you will never have to worry about whether or not you are getting top-quality materials when purchasing from them.

The Winchester SX4 might not have been the most perfect hunting shotgun on the market, but overall, a lot of people were pleased with its performance and with the updates that were made to the rifle. Some people who loved the SX3 in the past said that they were a bit nervous to purchase the SX4 because they did not want something that would end up disappointing them; luckily, they said that their fears were put to rest. One of the greatest features of this firearm is that it is a lot cheaper than its predecessors, despite the fact that there are no compromises in quality at all. While most firearms require you to spend more than a thousand dollars to get a top-quality product, with this one, the most you’ll be spending is $900 (and depending on which version you choose, you’ll only be spending around $600 at the very least).

There are plenty of other nice features about this firearm. For one, you will be getting an active valve gas system, which will work to make sure that the gun can adjust to have the right amount of gas pressure when you’re shooting. You also won’t have to worry about feeling the effects of the recoil as much thanks to the inflex technology. The rifle is made with top quality products, including chrome plating, so you won’t have to worry about anything happening to your rifle due to rust or corrosion or any of the natural wear processes. No matter whether you are right or left-handed, you will be able to activate the safety because the shotgun has an ambidextrous safety feature.

Besides all of that, there is a lot of versatility when it comes to what you can do with this firearm. Some people did go for target practice while testing it out, but a lot of people liked to use the firearm for hunting, and they were able to hunt all kinds of game, including waterfowl and turkey.

No matter what you like when it comes to hunting, there are some great features that this firearm provides. And if you are on a budget, in particular, you won’t have to worry about spending a lot of money; this firearm has a lot of the great features that some more expensive firearms provide. A lot of people recommend the Winchester SX4 for a variety of reasons, and it’s definitely a firearm that you should look into.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When did the Winchester sx4 come out?
The SX4 was released in 2017, although earlier variations of the series have been around since about 1999.

Q: Is Winchester sx4 inertia or gas?
Winchester's Super X4 is gas operated, which actually, in this shotgun's case, has a faster cycle rate.

Q: What is the difference between Winchester sx3 and sx4?
here are a few differences between the two models. The first being the weight. The SX4 weighs about a 1/4 pound less than the SX3. Other changes include improved handling with gloved hands and recoil control.

Starting with the improved weapon controls. The bolt release is larger and easier to operate with gloves on. For the same reason, they also enlarged the trigger guard and made the ambidextrous safety bigger.

The improved recoil reduction comes from taking the Inflex Technology used in the SX3, but adding a bit more. The butt pad has also been improved by adding more surface to absorb more.

Q: Can you shoot slugs out of a Winchester sx4?
Yes you can. The barrel also takes a special choke that allows you to fire sabot slugs when the situation calls for it.