SYNTHETIC STOCK WITH TEXTURED GRIPPING SURFACE gives your hands a sure, non-slip grip and the non-glare matte black finish won’t spook wary game
RIFLED 22" BARREL optimized for extreme accuracy with 2¾" and 3" sabots, slugs and buckshot
MATTE BLACK RECEIVER is strong, lightweight aluminum alloy for easy carrying
WEAVER® STYLE CANTILEVER RAIL DESIGN makes it easy to attach an electronic sight or conventional scope
TRUGLO® FIBER-OPTIC FRONT SIGHT with adjustable rear sight gathers light for fast, quick pointing
SELF-ADJUSTING Active Valve SYSTEM cycles a wide variety of loads while reducing felt recoil
DROP-OUT TRIGGER GROUP allows easy cleaning
AMBIDEXTROUS CROSSBOLT SAFETY is easily reversible
CAST/DROP SHIMS AND LENGTH OF PULL SPACERS allow adjustments for a perfect fit
INFLEX TECHNOLOGY RECOIL PAD directs felt recoil down and away from your cheek to reduce flinch and fatigue
Deer hunters using modern slugs will love the Cantilever Buck. Its cantilever optics rail lets you remove the barrel without losing the zero on your conventional scope, or electronic red dot sight, and with see-through bases you can still use the adjustable open sights.
The magazine holds up to four, 2 3/4" shells depending on shell length. Some slugs shells are a little longer than standard 2 3/4" shot shells.
Rate of Twist
7 lbs 12 oz
7 lbs 8 oz
*Total Capacity (Includes one shell in the chamber): Black Shadow and Cantilever Buck: 2¾" = 5, 3" = 4, 3½" = 4 †Magazine capacity depends on shell length. Some slugs are longer
than standard 2¾" shot shells.
Some shooters of Super X3 shotguns are like members of a strange secret society. We don't say too much or brag too much. We just go about our business taking more ducks and geese in worse conditions than the others. Those of us who fit this description know that the Super X3 is clearly the most durable, robust, dawn-to-dusk workaholic shotgun there is. It never gives up. It never surrenders. Period. So, next time you run into a Super X3 owner pry a bit and you will learn a few secrets about the autoloader of the 21st century. Make no mistake, the Super X is the original "Super" autoloader.
This is a great year to be a lover of Winchester Repeating Arms and especially the Super X3 family of shotguns.
Feel it for yourself. The bold look of the Super X3 is more than just aesthetic. The stock, grip and forearm dimensions are slimmer for a lighter, more controlled feel. Contributing to the feeling of lightness is an ultralight alloy magazine tube and recoil spring system that removes a half pound of weight. The new lightweight barrel further reduces weight with a narrow profile and a machined rib. Inside the barrel you'll find .742" Back-Bored Technology for the ideal combination of shot uniformity and velocity.
Winchester Repeating Arms is respected for producing reliable, good looking, top performing shotguns. Our latest Super X3 models are no different. The self-adjusting Active Valve ensures speed, recoil reduction and durability in all conditions. An entirely new look with flowing lines adds a modern flare. Shoulder a Super X3 to feel the future of Winchester Firearms.
You get exactly the same speed he used to break the hand throw clay target record and the speed record in every Super X3 -- plus a lot of other great features. Durability. The Super X3 mechanism has undergone testing where a total of 5,000 rounds were fired without a single malfunction. Ammunition and other conditions can affect results, but 5,000 rounds under any conditions is extraordinary and reaffirms the integrity and durability of the new Winchester Super X3 design.
The Super X3 is critic tested. It is considered by many outdoor writers as among the most reliable autoloaders ever built. The new Super X3 is ready to hunt as hard as you do. Whether it's walking endless grain fields, slogging through marshlands or chilling out in a treestand, you can count on the SX3 to be there when you need it most. The SX3 blends the proven technology of our Active Valve™ gas system with updated features and distinctive styling to create a line of autoloaders that are ready for any hunting challenge - as you've come to expect from all Winchester firearms.
Welcome to the wetlands. Unlike you, the SX3 is impervious to extreme cold. The all new stock and forearm feature contours that enhance the effectiveness of the camouflage, and make a normally bland camo gun look awesome. The slender stock and forearm dimensions improve feel, especially with heavy gloves. Ducks, geese, snipe, coots, whatever . . . the Super X3 has proven it will do the job in any weather.
Self-adjusting Active Valve provides world-class performance, firing five shells in about a half second
New patented next generation Pachmayr® Decelerator® pad absorbs recoil, and the hard heel insert provides a slick surface that won't grab clothing when shouldering
Length of pull is easily customized
Lightweight alloy magazine tube and recoil spring system trims weight by half a pound
Super X3 Shotugns have had three metal finishes over time: 1) camo dip, 2) Perma-Cote™ UT and 3) a traditional blued finish. All three have different advantages. Most today are blued or camo and have different care requirements. Check your guns specifications for the finish.
The Active Valve system.
Gas autoloaders do what recoil operated guns simply can’t — control recoil before it ever touches your shoulder. And there is no better gas system than the Active Valve found in Super X®3 shotguns. The Active Valve system consists of a gas piston with an internal valve that self adjusts to fire a wide range of loads. The gas piston (1) and valve operate independently, exerting less pressure on the piston for greater longevity and efficiency than other gas-operated autoloaders.
With light loads (2), most of the gases from the fired shell are used to operate the action. With heavy loads (3), excess gases are vented from the piston. When firing the heaviest magnum loads in 3 1/2" models a portion of the gases are also vented forward out of the Quadra-Vent™ ports in the forearm for maximum efficiency. 3" models fire everything from light, 1 oz., 2 3/4" target loads to 3" magnums, while 3 1/2" guns handle loads from 1 1/8 oz., 2 3/4" field loads up to heavy 3 1/2" magnums.
To put it simply, the Super X3 is the most reliable, fastest shooting, softest recoiling autoloader in the world. available.
Why spec a steel magazine tube when one that weighs 3/4 of a pound less will do the same thing? That’s what we thought when we chose a high-strength alloy magazine tube for the Super X3. To ensure longevity, a brass ring has been added to withstand the effects of hot gases from the shot charge.
In addition to the lightweight magazine tube and recoil spring components, a new lightweight profile barrel with a machined rib further reduces weight. The weight reduction adds up, allowing the Super X3 swing faster than any other autoloader and reducing fatigue, mile after mile.
Easy length of pull adjustments.
Several models feature spacers that fit between the stock and recoil pad to customize your gun to your exact measurements. Two spacers are included with these Super X3 models to adjust stock length between 13 3/4" and 14 3/8" on wood stocks and 14 1/4" and 14 3/4" on composite stocks.
Fine tune cast and drop.
Selected Super X3 Composite shotguns include spacers to adjust stock drop and cast over a 1/4" range. The spacers fit between the stock and receiver to lock in your personalized dimensions, ensuring optimum eye to bead alignment.
Less is so much more.
While it was next to impossible to improve on the ergonomics of the SX2, we did it. Extensive research told us to reduce the waist diameter of the grip and the diameter of the forearm. These new dimensions not only accomodate shooters with smaller hands better, but give everyone who shoots the Super X3 a feeling of increased control. The trim new forearm is one of the slimmest available on a 12 gauge gas-operated autoloder. Pick one up, it’s a difference you’ll notice at the gun counter and appreciate in the field.
.742" Back-Bored Technology.
Extensive research and testing has proven that when it comes to back-boring, .742" is the only diameter that will ensure tight, consistent patterns. It’s simple physics. With a larger bore diameter gases can easily blow by the shot cup as it moves down the barrel and reduce pellet velocity. Too small a diameter and the pellets are deformed as they pass through the forcing cone, leading to fliers and generally poor ballistic performance. The gentle 5° taper of the forcing cone in an Super X3 barrel provides the smoothest possible transition for the shot cup from the chamber to the barrel to minimize pellet deformation.
Super X3 Shotguns have come in a variety of finishes over the years. Most of today's models feature either 1) a durable dipped camouflage finish on the stock and metal parts or 2) a traditional blued steel barrel and anodized receiver. In the past, some models had a special finish called Perma-Cote UT. Some special models still may have this finish on the receiver and barrel, but most don't. Historic models, no longer in production, may also list this finish. You should check a model's specifications to determine what finish a certain Super X3 has as you decide on the Super X3 you want.
Recoil absorption from the industry leader.
When we decided to spec a new pad on the Super X3, we turned to the industry leader in recoil absorption technology, the engineers at Pachmayr. And they didn’t disappoint. This ultrasoft, incredibly effcient proprietary new pad sucks up felt recoil like a dry sponge absorbs water. And unlike many pads made of a soft compound that can grab on clothing when shouldering the gun, our pad has a built in heel insert that prevents snagging when at the critical time when the gun is coming to your shoulder.
Security in all conditions.
No matter what conditions you are hunting or shooting in, the composite stock on the Super X3 is designed to provide the ultimate in hand traction. Our unique in-molded stipling adds grip where it’s needed, with no rough egdes that can lead to discomfort like those on some guns. The composite material of the stock makes clean-up easier than ever with just a little soap and water.
Simple bolt design.
Unlike some more complicated designs, the bolt in the Super X3 has only three main parts. This simple design is ultrareliable and easy to remove for routine maintainence.
Easy to clean trigger group.
There isn’t an easier to clean trigger group than that on the Super X3. This slick and simple system provides a crisp feel with minimal overtavel. The open design allows all components to be easily accessed for cleaning and lubrication without disassembly. The trigger group is held in place by two pins that can easily be pushed through the receiver for regular maintenance, or done in the field if the gun is dropped in the muck. Only one tool is needed to push out the pins, the one integrated into the bolt handle!
Lightweight barrel and machined rib.
We’ve taken weight from the most unlikely of areas in the Super X3 by removing every last ounce of unneccesary weight from the barrel. The new lightweight profile barrel swings faster without giving up anything in strength, reliability or longevity. The new machined rib is designed to be lighter, stiffer and stronger than any other rib available. Two more features that contribute to the sub-7 pound weight of the Super X3.