Mossberg Silver Eagle Reserve II: No. 1 Over-Under Shotgun of 2020
The performance and budget-friendly price of Mossberg’s Silver Reserve II over-under models never escaped the notice of shotgun enthusiasts. Last year, the line was the top performer in that category, according to the annual rankings compiled by GunBroker.com.
It was a big move up from its No. 6 position of 2019, although the company no longer lists that particular model as being available on its website. They’ve been replaced with new-for-2021 Mossberg International Silver Reserves, although there are still some new Reserve IIs on the market out there. The updated versions are every bit as striking and carry Mossberg’s reputation for long-lasting performance, but if you spot one of the old models for sale, think twice before you pass it by.
The Silver Reserve II over-under shotgun is a break-action first introduced by the company in 2012. It appeared on this website that year, with MSRP of between $600 and $1,200. In true Mossberg tradition—quality at a value price point—last year taking one home would set you back only $797 to $1,198, depending on the version.
Highest in the price range was the Super Sport with shell ejectors. There were two models of it, one with 30″ barrels, the other wearing a pair of 32″ barrels. Its silver receiver gave it a timeless look, accented nicely by scroll engraving. A black walnut stock with a raised comb contrasted nicely and barrels were blued. The 12 gauge could chamber 3″ shotshells, and the guns came with five choke tubes.
A Field Combo version shipped with a set of 12- and 20-ga. barrels. Both could chamber 3″ shotshells. The same silver finish adorned the receiver—as it did throughout the line—although the walnut was slightly lesser grade. Barrel lengths available included 26″ and 28″.
The company also made a Sport with Shell Ejectors version, a Youth Bantam model and four different Field flavors of the Reserve II. Gauges available included 12, 20 and 28, as well as .410 Bore.
There are six of the new Reserve models currently being made by Mossberg. The same chamberings are available, although none are available with ejectors. The look is almost identical, with the exception of the black polymer stocked Eventide, as is the quality. So don’t be surprised when it climbs fast onto 2021’s top-10 list, too.
Article by Guy J. Sagi