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What Shotgun do you use?

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by Eric, Jul 12, 2002.

  1. Eric

    Eric G&G Newbie

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    I was just curious what everybody uses when hunting our feathered friends. I use a Remington 1100 with a magnum action and a vent-rib skeet barrel. I've had it over 20 years, and been dove hunting with it almost every one of them. Gave up quail hunting (don't have dogs) because it seemed a bit dangerous. Just started duck hunting this past year.
     
  2. Alwby

    Alwby G&G Newbie

    Shotguns I use for bird hunting

    For dove hunting I use a 12 guage Benelli sport. The Benellis
    are light, handle well for pass shooting, and being recoil
    operated, are very reliable. I also like the sport because the
    chokes can be quickly changed by hand without a choke wrench.
    For quail and pheasant, I use a 12 guage Weatherby Athena.
    I like over/unders for this type of quick shooting because they come more quickly to the shoulder, being about four inches shorter for the same barrel length as a semi-auto or pump.
    However I seldom go less than 28 inches on the barrels for an over/under because the shorter barrels tend to wobble with me.
    Also the longer barrels on an upland gun put more weight foreward, which tends to help my shooting. I do not currently have a 20 guage, although that's my wife's choice for quail and pheasants. I prefer to use 20 guage loads in 12 guage guns, when a 20 guage load is all that's required. A 7/8 ounce load in a 12 guage gun will give more consistent patterns because of the larger 12 guage barrel, and the recoil is less in the heavier 12 guage gun. For ducks, geese, and turkeys, I use a Browning
    10 guage 3-1/2 inch magnum. I like the extra reach, particularly
    with steel shot. Also, the 10 guage, with its larger barrel has a shorter shot column than a 12 guage 3-1/2 inch, making a more
    efficient gun for long range pass shooting, in my opinion. The barrel is 28 inches long. For turkey hunting, I have a second 24
    inch barrel for the 10 guage, with an extra full turkey choke.
    Well that about covers my shotguns for bird hunting.

    Best regards,
    Alwby
     

  3. jerry

    jerry Since 2002 Forum Contributor

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    tried and true 870 Wingmaster 12 ga. 3" capable but normally use 2 3/4" even with ducks. #3 steel does me fine. Iv'e looked into getting a nice Browning, Remington, or Benelli auto. But, Ive used this same gun since I was 16 (20+ yrs) I put a lot of food on the table with it. I do like to use my Rem Model 31 on the ocasional rabbit or squirrel. I agree with Alwby above, I like 7/8 oz loads in the 12 bore.
    My son is the 20 ga expert. He's deadly with his Mossy Bantam. I like to load his AA's to 3/4 oz. he can shoot many rounds of trap with this as well as bring down a determined tree rat.