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Testfire: Huglu Renova Sport Semi-Auto 12G

By Jarrad Mehlhopt

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Huglu Renova Sport 12G Semi-Auto

  • 3.5/5

The Renova Sport semi-auto 12 gauge shotgun features an 18″ barrel with extended choke tubes for superior performance and maneuverability.


When an offer to review the new Renova Sport 12g semi-autotmatic shotgun from Delta Mike Ltd came my way, I eagerly accepted. Due to Covid, it was a late start to the 2020 Game bird season but as soon as restrictions lifted, we got underway and I was finally able to hit the field with the new shotty!

 

For a bit of background, Huglu firearms (Turkey) are made in the same factory alongside the well-known CZ brand. With this kind of background in production quality, it is of no surprise that that Huglu shotguns (and rifles) have established themselves as a serious contender in the firearms market.

 

OVERVIEW

The Renova Sport arrived in a hard-plastic case that immediately signaled quality. Inside the case was the receiver, butt, and fore stock (as a complete unit), barrel, extra butt pads, shims, and a 5-piece extended chokes kit. An extended and knurled modified choke is fitted as standard and does not require a choke tool.

 

The Renova comes with 5 interchangeable chokes. Seen here are the 4 chokes which are fitted via a choke tool. 

 

For my shooting I chose to run the extended modified choke to give me the best pattern for the ammo I was using - Falcon Ultra-Steel 35 2/3” #3.

 

My review model came with an 18” barrel (28” barrels are available) which is a lot shorter than I am used to. I was interested to see how this would go in the field, particularly how quickly it would shoulder and point in the close-up shooting situations I would be doing.

 

The extended and knurled modified choke can be fitted by hand.

 

After fitting the barrel, the first thing I did was the swing to shoulder test to see how it fitted. Fortunately, the length of pull was spot on for me, my eye came up and was looking directly down the bead to the fibre-optic sight. No adjustment necessary!

 

The shotgun came fitted with a soft gel butt pad. There is a thin and thick pad option included in the box. It also had 5 extra shims which you can add if required. These butt pad and shim options have you covered if your arms go all the way down, not short like mine! Fit is very important when shotgunning and Huglu have made sure you have all the options available to you to achieve a good fit.

  

The timber stock is made from Turkish Walnut. It has a beautiful grain and a nice knurling around the pistol grip and fore stock for additional grip. The trigger guard is made from aluminium and the cross-bolt safety is located directly in front of the guard for quick and easy operation.

 

The cross bolt safety is well positioned for easy location and use. Just forward of that is the bolt release button.

 

The action is inertia driven and not gas operated. The advantage of an inertia driven shotgun is that it generally requires less cleaning and maintenance as there is a lot less carbon build up in comparison to gas.

 

One thing to know is that for the inertia operation to work optimally it requires a solid hold to the shoulder. This should be considered as you may often find yourself shooting from different angles and positions when in the field.

 

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In a nutshell, both gas operated, and inertia driven shotguns have their own nuances, pros, and cons. A quick look on the net will help you decide which might be the right one for your hunting and shooting applications.

 

The receiver is available in either a Gold or Silver anodized finish, the barrel and magazine in black Cerakote. The bolt features a decent sized handle that is large enough to be easy to use and not hard on the fingertip. The action cycles smoothly, and the pickup and ejection of shells presented no problems.

 

While looking over the gun, I noticed a small button that I learnt assists in emptying the magazine for you. This feature eliminates the need to manually unload and is a very helpful tool.

 

The large, tear drop shaped button located under the ejection port assists in the unloading of shells from the magazine.

 

You will need to be wary of inadvertently pushing or bumping the button as it will begin to unload shells, a feature I came to appreciate as I became familiar with the Renova.

 

Normally, I would pattern a gun first however this time I took it straight into the field for a trial by fire so-to-speak. I owe this eagerness due to having just come out of lockdown!

 

IN THE FIELD

The first chance for a shoot saw my son Leighton and I off to Lake Ellesmere to try our luck on some local mallards. It was one of those evenings where the wind did not blow a ripple till well after dark and the ducks were very late in flying into the shallow areas to dabble. Like most duck hunters, we do not like to come home empty handed and so stayed till the very last light.

 

Just when I thought I could hear the fat lady singing it turned out to be the whistling of mallard wings and the feeding call chatter. I was straight on the caller and doing my best to convince this duck I was one of them.

 

A mob of 3 fell for my “it’s all safe over here” and flew too close. As it was getting dark the ducks appeared fast. I swung up to get a bead and fire, this was where the short barrel came into its own and I was able to quickly shoulder the gun to find my quarry. Tick!

 

Jarrad used the Renova Sport to good effect on these mallards.

 

Two shots were fired, yet 3 ducks still flew away. Bugger, it happens and while I would rather not admit it, sometimes I miss. Of course, this was no fault of the gun, it did what it was told, it was my lead that was off. I got a not so gentle reminder from my 8-year-old that I was useless! Ouch!

 

Later that week, I popped down to a local dairy farm during my lunch break. From the road I spotted a few mallards sitting near a puddle of water. A quick phone call to ask permission for a jump shoot and moments later I was loading shells into the Renova while working out how best to approach the ducks.

  

They were sitting out in the open about 60m away. I chose to walk towards the birds yet facing in the opposite direction. I find this confuses the ducks as they see you walking but you’re not facing them and by the time they figure out that your close, it’s too late.

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As the ducks lifted off, I fired a shot “boom”, down went a mallard about 35m away. I quickly followed up with a second shot and down went two more. This was great, the short barrel had given me more spread but still delivered on pellet velocity.

 

“I was pleased at how quick it was to point and shoot with the Renova Sports’ short barrel. In my opinion, it would make for an excellent small pond or jump shooting shotgun where shooter range shots are the norm.”

 

All too quickly, the closing weekend for the 2020 mallards was upon us. I had a smallish pond to shoot on, one that has produced a mixed bag of birds in the past.

 

A lazy paradise drake came in for a look and ended up posing for a photo with the Huglu. As we sat in the grass and waited with hot coffee (the lifeline of any duck hunter), a lone duck fell for my calling and with the Renova in hand, we added her to the days collection.

 

The Huglu Renova Sport looking the part on the pond edge.

 

Swans are not something that I normally shoot but when one big ol’ swan flew in our direction, my son’s eyes lit up. Leighton had his new 28g in hand and wanted to have a go.

 

As the bird came within range he fired and missed. I was back up and with the swan clearing out and nearing 40m away, I fired and dropped it cold. We ended up with a nice mixed bag of a mallard, paradise duck, swan and a trophy spoonbill that will grace my wall.

 

CONCLUSION

I was pleased at how quick it was to point and shoot with the Renova Sports’ short barrel. In my opinion, it would make for an excellent small pond or jump shooting shotgun where shooter range shots are the norm.

 

Longer shots will obviously require a tighter choke, an easy swap out with the choke tool. The gun cycled well and never faulted once.

 

At just under 1k, the Huglu Renova is excellent value for money and a worthy consideration for the price conscious shotgun buyer.

 

Jarrad

 

Huglu Renova Sport Semi-Auto 12G
Working system Inertia system - spring in stock
Gauge 12G
Receiver 7075 Aluminium
Barrel 18” 4140 steel ex-bore barrel
Wood Turkish Walnut
Engraving Laser
Packing Plastic shotgun case
Choke 5 Interchangeable chokes
Capacity 5+1 (3” shells)
Weight 3 kg

 

For more information, get in touch with the team at Delta Mike Ltd:

www.deltamike.co.nz


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Huglu Renova Sport 12G Semi-Auto

  • 3.5/5

The Renova Sport semi-auto 12 gauge shotgun features an 18″ barrel with extended choke tubes for superior performance and maneuverability.

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