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beaglebob1
11-21-2010, 02:54 PM
I like using Citori in 12 & 20 ga. I will also break out the old Sweet 16 and my Browning BSS. But my Fav is my old junky 1936 Model 12 Winchester with a 25 inch barrel.:thumbsup::cheers:

FieldKing
11-21-2010, 02:57 PM
browning a5 lite 20 circa 1951 and once in awhile my lefever SxS 20 ga. and for the long flushers browning a5 lite 12 gauge!

beaglebob1
11-21-2010, 03:02 PM
browning a5 lite 20 circa 1951 and once in awhile my lefever SxS 20 ga. and for the long flushers browning a5 lite 12 gauge!

great shotguns!! I have those but the Lefever:thumbsup:

alan
11-21-2010, 03:31 PM
i own 2 guns. got a brand new 870 (5 years old) hasnt been sjhot much..this one i wanna make a slug gun out of it...

other gun is a browning invector plus bps.. for pheasants etc... i use my browning more due to fact its set up to what i wanna use and hunt with...and the 870 i need help with

beaglebob1
11-21-2010, 03:33 PM
i own 2 guns. got a brand new 870 (5 years old) hasnt been sjhot much..this one i wanna make a slug gun out of it...

other gun is a browning invector plus bps.. for pheasants etc... i use my browning more due to fact its set up to what i wanna use and hunt with...and the 870 i need help with

870 is a super work horse:thumbsup:

Dakotazeb
11-21-2010, 04:02 PM
Benelli Montefeltro 12 ga. w/ 24" barrel
Stoeger 2000 12 ga. w/ 24" barrel
Browning Citori White Lightning 16 ga. w/ 26" barrels
BSA Classic SxS 16 ga. w/ 26" barrels

Can ya tell I like those short fast swinging barrels? :)

cougarvan
11-21-2010, 04:14 PM
Benelli ultra light 12 ga. w/24" barrel
Benelli super black eagle 12ga. w/ 26" barrel
Citori 12ga. w/ 28" barrels

beaglebob1
11-21-2010, 04:52 PM
Benelli Montefeltro 12 ga. w/ 24" barrel
Stoeger 2000 12 ga. w/ 24" barrel
Browning Citori White Lightning 16 ga. w/ 26" barrels
BSA Classic SxS 16 ga. w/ 26" barrels

Can ya tell I like those short fast swinging barrels? :)

yep. I have been wanting a citori 16 ga. have 12 and 20.:cheers:

beaglebob1
11-21-2010, 04:53 PM
Benelli ultra light 12 ga. w/24" barrel
Benelli super black eagle 12ga. w/ 26" barrel
Citori 12ga. w/ 28" barrels

sweet:thumbsup:

cheesy
11-21-2010, 05:45 PM
Last weekend there were 6 of us hunting, 5 of us were shooting Beretta 391's. The other was switching between a Beretta 3 1/2" that weighed to much and a Browning O/U.

Sometimes when I'm feeling froggy I'll take my Ithaca 37 20 guage. 1949 vintage.

beaglebob1
11-21-2010, 05:58 PM
Last weekend there were 6 of us hunting, 5 of us were shooting Beretta 391's. The other was switching between a Beretta 3 1/2" that weighed to much and a Browning O/U.

Sometimes when I'm feeling froggy I'll take my Ithaca 37 20 guage. 1949 vintage.

so far i aint seen a bad shotgun on this thread:10sign:

alan
11-21-2010, 06:51 PM
870 is a super work horse:thumbsup:

this is my first gun i owned and the first ever gun i shot..lol i wanted to get into hunting and im trying lol

beaglebob1
11-21-2010, 07:10 PM
We all have had a first time. Happy to have a new hunter and shooter on board

birdman652001
11-21-2010, 07:12 PM
I hunt with a Remington 1187 Auto.

Wirehairs
11-21-2010, 07:47 PM
My most used gun now is my Winchester SX3.

Mr Hyde
11-21-2010, 07:52 PM
I hunt with two guns
Benelli SBE 26" barrel with a pattern master choke tube
Old 870 wingmaster with 30" stretch barrel

Freebyrd17
11-21-2010, 07:59 PM
SKB model 7300 pump 12ga with a fixed Modified choke (Pheasants and the occasional duck)
Remington Wingmaster 20ga pump with factory changeable chokes (Grouse & Woodcock)

After seeing the lists of such beautiful guns above my beaters, all I can say is they shoot. :D Besides I'm more of an "It's the Indian, not the arrows" kind of guy. ;)

HVDK
11-21-2010, 08:00 PM
Remington 11-87 12 ga. w/ 26"
Franchi O/U 12 Ga.

oldandnew
11-21-2010, 08:05 PM
I am switching between a Ithaca Flues 20ga. weight about 51/2 pounds. And a pair of Parker 12ga. english stocked doubles, one frame #2 28" blls, imp/mod, and for days when I feel strong a #2 frame 30" bll. full/fuller than that, trap gun, weight about 9 pounds!

Team68
11-21-2010, 08:06 PM
benelli vinci black 26 barrel

Natty Bumpo
11-21-2010, 08:51 PM
BUL 12 w/24" barrel

Beretta 686 w/ 28" tubes

BTW the OAL of those two is exactly the same.;)

NB

brookieslayer
11-21-2010, 09:11 PM
Winchester Model 12 16ga.
Ithaca/SKB Double 20 ga 3"
Browning BSS 20 ga
AYA Matador II 12ga

mbarger
11-22-2010, 11:10 AM
Browning Maxus Hunter, 12 gauge, 28" barrel.<----newest to the armory
Browning Gold Hunter 20 gauge, 26" barrel<------sweet shooting gun
Browning BPS 12 gauge, 26" barrel<----use it as a boat paddle duck hunting sometimes.

winchester21
11-22-2010, 12:41 PM
I mostly hunt with an A-5 20 gauge magnum (Belgian) but the Model 12 12 gauge (2.75") dumps it's fair share during the season. Occasionally I bring out the Model 21 12 if it's nice and if it's really crappy weather I don the Model 1200 Winchester Mag with 30 inch tube. My old favorite is a Model 12, 16, however.

kiotehntr
11-22-2010, 05:02 PM
It depends on my mood I guess:
Winchester 1300 Turkey 3" Mag 20" Barrel
Winchester 1300 Featherweight 3" Mag 20" Barrel
Winchester SX3 Synthetic 3.5" 26" Barrel

I also like the short swinging guns! :thumbsup:

blueweim
11-23-2010, 11:33 AM
Browning Cynergy 12ga 28" synthetic stock (Nice gun that can take some abuse)

Ceasar Guerini Woodlander 12ga 26" with english stock (beautiful classic gun, and light)

JFan02
11-23-2010, 11:42 AM
Beretta A400 w/26" Barrel

Backup - Remington 870 w/26" Barrel

Both are 12 gauge.

birdshooter
11-23-2010, 01:34 PM
Beretta 391 Urika2 12ga. 28"
Beretta A302 12ga. 28"

birdshooter
11-23-2010, 01:35 PM
Beretta A400 w/26" Barrel

Backup - Remington 870 w/26" Barrel

Both are 12 gauge.

JFan how's that A400 working out for ya?

copheasanthunter
11-23-2010, 04:06 PM
browning gold upland 12 ga.
browning BPS upland 12 ga.
browning liege o/u 12 ga
browning lightning 20 ga.
Like my brownings : ) now if I could hit something :)

birdman652001
11-23-2010, 04:28 PM
im amazed how many people own more than 2 shotguns. really? is it the more guns you have the smaller ( you know what insert here )? pls folks, its a JOKE!!

i couldnt see having 2 or 3 shotguns unless they are different caliber/gauge.

as far as rifles, i do varmint shooting and deer hunting... my 30.06 does both but i use my ar-15 .223 for that. If i ever get another gun, would be a 22-250 for varmint hunting.

birdman652001
11-23-2010, 04:32 PM
browning gold upland 12 ga.
browning BPS upland 12 ga.
browning liege o/u 12 ga
browning lightning 20 ga.
Like my brownings : ) now if I could hit something :)

well i can tell you this.. brownings are awesome guns!! but what browning dont have is this..heat seeking bullets.. damn then you wouldnt be missing your targets!!


i like the movie with alex baldwin and jim carrey in it. "Fun with Dick and Jane"
where alex baldwin goes on a pheasant shoot and a bird flies, he shoots and miss, "did i get it??" a shooter in the background raises his gun and fires and hits alex's missed target, "You got him sir!" Alex, "Alright!!!"


that right there reminds me of what you just said... if i could hit something.. ;)

:cheers:

ehossk
11-23-2010, 05:12 PM
depending on the weather in this order:

1. Browning Citori 525 Feather 12 gauge. Awesome gun!)
2. Browning Cynergy in MODB, 2010 SHOT show special, 12 gauge
3. Benelli SBE 2 w/ 2" barrell

copheasanthunter
11-23-2010, 05:57 PM
Birdman,
yeh Brownings are great, you talk about being amazed that people own more than two shotguns, well I have a few more than two but I have some for hunting, while in the militaary I got into skeet and trap shooting and now into sporting clays, so I have a gun or two for that. I mentor kids and am a boy scout shotgun merit badge tester so I have guns for kids to use. I also have guns from grandpas and from my father and a gun of his now that he doesn't hunt. Glacoma as I know have. :mad: A few I havebought as an investment, well perhaps:) a 1914 winchester model 12 20 gauge, a model 12 trap gun with beautiful wood. I now have quit buying guns as I have plenty, if I only could hit something with one.

birdman652001
11-23-2010, 06:45 PM
Birdman,
yeh Brownings are great, you talk about being amazed that people own more than two shotguns, well I have a few more than two but I have some for hunting, while in the militaary I got into skeet and trap shooting and now into sporting clays, so I have a gun or two for that. I mentor kids and am a boy scout shotgun merit badge tester so I have guns for kids to use. I also have guns from grandpas and from my father and a gun of his now that he doesn't hunt. Glacoma as I know have. :mad: A few I havebought as an investment, well perhaps:) a 1914 winchester model 12 20 gauge, a model 12 trap gun with beautiful wood. I now have quit buying guns as I have plenty, if I only could hit something with one.

personally, browning, benelli and other gun brands, i find remington and winchesters my preference of shotguns. ive used remington 870 LE model and loved it. ive shot my brother's 20 gauge benelli, not interested.


well owning certain shotguns for certain hobby is fine.. but i find it ridiculous for someone to have 5 12 gauge shotguns only for pheasant hunting. i can see bringing two guns with in case one has a major malfunction and needs repair. Being a police officer before, carrying two pistol is ideal. one duty and one backup small pistol hidden.


as for missing, you got alot of background, espeically military, how can you miss? in LE, we cant afford to miss.

now collectiong shotguns or rifles or any kind of guns that, espeically 1914 winchester is something i wouldnt shoot but display. thats a food FIND! kinda like walking around in cabela's gun collection gallery.

copheasanthunter
11-23-2010, 07:16 PM
well I did not say I miss all of the time,:) I always quailified expert with the rifle and shotgun in the military and usually sharpshooter or at times expert with the .45 auto as an MP. But they usually seen duty in WW II and NO ONE cleaned them with any care. They were usually as loose as a goose and rattled some.

crockett
11-23-2010, 07:26 PM
Beretta XtremaII for waterfowl. It stands up to Bay of Fundy salty mud and cycles anything that I feed it. Kick-off is great for 3.5" shells.

Beretta 686 Ultralight 28" 12 for pheasant. I bought this OU used sight unseen in 2008. After a few seasons I started to notice that I shot the Xtrema better, but the Xtrema is a big awkward pig to carry and shoot for pheasants in comparison to the OU, which tips the scales at just 5.7 lbs. I figured this was because I shoot left and could change the stock configuration on the Xtrema to fit me, but the OU was cast-off for right-handed shooters. This summer I had the OU stock lengthened a bit (black plastic spacer) and had the stock steam-bent to cast-on for left-handed shooting and decreased the drop at comb. Now it matches my Xtrema and it points and shoots where I look naturally. I'm very pleased with the gun now - a pleasure to carry and shoot. I have given up my search for a "shimmable" upland semi - I had been considering the Bennelli Ultralight.

For grouse/woodcock/rabbit in heavy cover I picked up a rough-and-tumble 24" Stevens SxS choked skeet X skeet. It fits into my regular hiking backpack, so some of the spots that I hunt where I have to cross golf-courses etc... to get in there I just drop it and my blaze stuff into the pack and as far as the country-clubbers know, I'm taking my dog for a walk...;) This is also my slug-gun, although it kicks like a damned mule, so I haven't put in the practice required to be proficient enough to shoot at a deer with it.

-Croc

cheesy
11-24-2010, 09:33 AM
I don't know about the rest of you, but I've got way more than just the two I listed, and would like to add a couple more, I need a really good side by side.

Then if we start talking rifles, I don't think I could name all the ones in the safe/closet/corner of the house.

I like guns.

birdman652001
11-24-2010, 10:33 AM
I don't know about the rest of you, but I've got way more than just the two I listed, and would like to add a couple more, I need a really good side by side.

Then if we start talking rifles, I don't think I could name all the ones in the safe/closet/corner of the house.

I like guns.

Obama just read your message. youre a terrorist and dangerous. ;)

jk.

CRP
11-24-2010, 11:21 AM
Citori Classic Lightning 20GA, 28"
Citori Gran Lightning 16GA, 28"
Maxus 12GA, 28"


Citori 625 12GA, 28" (clays special/backup only)

cheesy
11-24-2010, 12:09 PM
Obama just read your message. youre a terrorist and dangerous. ;)

jk.

My guns can be confiscated muzzle first. :)

birdman652001
11-24-2010, 12:10 PM
My guns can be confiscated muzzle first. :)

North Korea is sending a missle your way.

beaglebob1
11-24-2010, 04:39 PM
I don't know about the rest of you, but I've got way more than just the two I listed, and would like to add a couple more, I need a really good side by side.

Then if we start talking rifles, I don't think I could name all the ones in the safe/closet/corner of the house.

I like guns.

Im with you on that!!:10sign::cheers:

beaglebob1
11-24-2010, 04:46 PM
I don't know about the rest of you, but I've got way more than just the two I listed, and would like to add a couple more, I need a really good side by side.

Then if we start talking rifles, I don't think I could name all the ones in the safe/closet/corner of the house.

I like guns.

Me too have two safes full. I also need another sxs maybe a bss in 20 ga:cheers:

Wirehairs
11-24-2010, 07:01 PM
I learned at a very early age it is nobodies business except mine how many guns I own. When I was going through confirmation my Mentors husband had a huge collection he showed me, and you never would have guessed he had a gun in his house. He told me never keep your guns in sight, because if you do somebody is just going to ask to borrow one. I am the only one who knows how many guns I have.

beaglebob1
11-24-2010, 07:06 PM
I learned at a very early age it is nobodies business except mine how many guns I own. When I was going through confirmation my Mentors husband had a huge collection he showed me, and you never would have guessed he had a gun in his house. He told me never keep your guns in sight, because if you do somebody is just going to ask to borrow one. I am the only one who knows how many guns I have.

all righty then:confused:

oldandnew
11-24-2010, 09:50 PM
Can never have to many guns, or dogs, or friends with superior quail hunting property.

birdman652001
11-24-2010, 10:02 PM
Can never have to many guns, or dogs, or friends with superior quail hunting property.

i would have to disagree with the dog part. I have one, and one's enough. especially when they're young, mulitple of dogs can wreck a house. especially young under 2 years of age GSP dogs.

Goatman
11-24-2010, 10:20 PM
Still have the first shotgun I received for Christmas when I was 13.. I Use it once and a while - a Remington Model 11 in 20 gauge and the poly-choke setup... 1942 edition - still shoots well.. In beautiful shape - although kicks like a mule with the heavy loads..:) And it was used when I got it.. I am not THAT old!

But most of the time I carry the Remington 1187 28" barrel.. Reach out and touch 'em.. I like to let them get out a ways... or I miss up close.. not sure which.

goatman

Mild Bill
11-25-2010, 01:01 AM
I use an 870 either 12 gauge or a nice lightweight 20 depending on when and where.

I have a bad itch to get a synthetic Beretta 391 Urika 2 with a 28" barrel, have had this itch for a little while now. The Extrema 2 strongly intrigues me as well, although I don't have any urge to shoot 3.5" shells.

Might have to work on getting one of each.....:D

birdshooter
11-25-2010, 03:05 AM
I use an 870 either 12 gauge or a nice lightweight 20 depending on when and where.

I have a bad itch to get a synthetic Beretta 391 Urika 2 with a 28" barrel, have had this itch for a little while now. The Extrema 2 strongly intrigues me as well, although I don't have any urge to shoot 3.5" shells.

Might have to work on getting one of each.....:D

Time to start scratching that itch....:) You'd be happy with either gun, however, unless your a waterfowler, the 391 or possibly even the newer Beretta A400 Xplor would be a much better choice for an upland gun.

Mild Bill
11-25-2010, 04:16 AM
I'm thinking that itch will get scratched real soon...:D

I have a 391 Urika2 sporting clays gun, but have an itch for one of the black synthetic ones for blue collar work and less than ideal weather...

I am not real fond of the A400 for some reason or another.

birdshooter
11-25-2010, 05:40 AM
I don't hunt waterfowl anymore, but when i did i had an Xtrema. Very dependable and very easy to clean/maintain, in fact much easier than the Urika 2 by a long shot. The knock on the Xtrema (the original) and even the Xtrema2 to some extent is that they were a bit heavy to lug around all day in the uplands. My Xtrema w/28" barrel tipped the scales right around 8lbs. I think the X2 may be a tad lighter, but still too heavy IMO for an upland gun.

I now have one those Urika 2 Ultralights (silver receiver) models that is exclusive to Cabela's. Beretta lists the weight at 6.75 lbs and I will admit that seems accurate. Anyway, it's a pleasure to carry around all day.

As far as the A400 Xplor, I think the jury is still out, although I have heard no bad reports from those that use them and most of it is glowing reports. Soft shooting and well balanced are just some of the things I've read. This gun also has an option for an advanced "KICK OFF" recoil reduction mechanism in the stock which further reduces felt recoil for those that are ultra sensitive.

It's too bad Beretta USA's customer service reputation doesn't match the seemingly well made product lineup though. :rolleyes:

Mild Bill
11-25-2010, 07:56 AM
Good points.

My main interest in the Xtrema was that I heard is was even easier to maintain than the Urika.



The thing that is to our (US customers) advantage is that they generally don't need much repair work and that there are some places like Cole's guns and others that do an excellent job at fixing them when needed.

only a pointer
11-25-2010, 08:17 AM
benelli cordoba 28inch 12 guage
stevens goldwing oau for quail hunting 20guage
sx3 12guage

birdshooter
11-25-2010, 12:08 PM
My main interest in the Xtrema was that I heard is was even easier to maintain than the Urika. No question, not even close. If the weight is not a factor it's a great gun.


The thing that is to our (US customers) advantage is that they generally don't need much repair work and that there are some places like Cole's guns and others that do an excellent job at fixing them when needed.
Agreed, I'd send it to Cole's for warranty work or repairs before Beretta USA anyday. Same with parts.

Sarge
11-25-2010, 12:27 PM
Weatherby SA-08 Synthetic 12 Gage
Savage/Stevens 512 Gold Wing 12 Gage

Very happy with both.

beaglebob1
11-25-2010, 02:53 PM
i would have to disagree with the dog part. I have one, and one's enough. especially when they're young, mulitple of dogs can wreck a house. especially young under 2 years of age GSP dogs.

Thats why I have a kennel. can keep 24 with no problems. but only 6 pointers and 3 beagles at this time:D

Michigan Gunner
11-25-2010, 07:09 PM
Benelli super black eagle 12ga. w/ 26" barrel. (Imp Cyl Choke Tube)
Winchester Model 12 26 inch barrel Mod Choke 12 ga.
Winchester Model 12 28 inch barrel Mod Choke 16 ga.

The Benelli and the Winchester 16 ga. get the most play.


Lock and Load:D

YellerDog55
11-25-2010, 08:51 PM
I shoot a 12ga Benelli supernova... And a 20ga Remington Wingmaster. Always have a backup gun. Driving for hours and hiking for miles is tough to swallow if you can't even pull up on some birds... I also use and recommend a front carry special ops type sling... Bears the weight of the gun (all day long) and I'm always at the ready to pull up and blast em!!!

beaglebob1
11-25-2010, 08:54 PM
Benelli super black eagle 12ga. w/ 26" barrel. (Imp Cyl Choke Tube)
Winchester Model 12 26 inch barrel Mod Choke 12 ga.
Winchester Model 12 28 inch barrel Mod Choke 16 ga.

The Benelli and the Winchester 16 ga. get the most play.


Lock and Load:D

lots of model 12s being used.
my winchesters are
M 12 12 ga 25.5 barrel open , my rabbit gun
M 12 16 ga 26 imp barrel
M 12 20 ga 26 full
M 42 410 26 full
M 24 16 26 full & mod
M 101 12 ga 26 imp & mod
:cheers:

beaglebob1
11-25-2010, 09:02 PM
lots of model 12s being used.
my winchesters are
M 12 12 ga 25.5 barrel open , my rabbit gun
M 12 16 ga 26 imp barrel
M 12 20 ga 26 full
M 42 410 26 full
M 24 16 26 full & mod
M 101 12 ga 26 imp & mod
:cheers:

my brownings
BSS 12 26
BSS 20 26 (on its way)
Citori sport 20 screw
Citori 12 26 screw chokes
A 5 Sweet 16 26 imp
A 5 12 26 imp
A5 20 mod
I also have a 20 ga Ruger Red Label
and a Beretta Silver Snipe 12 ga:D

only a pointer
11-25-2010, 09:58 PM
thats why i have a kennel. Can keep 24 with no problems. But only 6 pointers and 3 beagles at this time:d

very well said!

quail hound
11-25-2010, 10:59 PM
Cz redhead deluxe 20ga 26in,
Cz ringneck 28ga 26in,
And occasionally grandpas (now my) 1953 wingmaster 12ga 30in full choke

birdman652001
11-26-2010, 07:50 AM
Thats why I have a kennel. can keep 24 with no problems. but only 6 pointers and 3 beagles at this time:D

1 GSP can do just as good as 24 dogs. i have a GSP and shes a housedog. shes got a kennel, only goes on the kennel when we're gone to work. other than that, i couldnt keep dogs in a kennel even with a doghouse in the cold all night long all day long. i feel as my GSP is a child of mine. i wouldnt keep my child in a kennel all day/night long.

PairOfLabs
11-26-2010, 09:50 PM
Browning Maxus 12G camo 28" barrel starting last season for pheasants(sold my A5-12G)

Browning Citori 20G 26" for doves and the dog training bird ranch

Ithaca Model 37 12g vintage 1947 with polychoke when I'm missing my Dad-my Mom bought it for him on their first anniversary
PairOfLabs

Upland Hunter
11-27-2010, 09:48 AM
My go to upland gun is a Ugartechea Grade 3 SxS in 16 gauge.
Second choice is Browning White Lightning O/U in 12 gauge for late season birds.

VZWman
11-27-2010, 03:26 PM
The only gun that I seem to shoot well with (in my head I think so at least) my Remington 870 12 ga.

birdman652001
11-27-2010, 05:40 PM
The only gun that I seem to shoot well with (in my head I think so at least) my Remington 870 12 ga.

most reliable gun and great choice. i have a Remington 1187 12ga AUTO. when i was a police officer, i had a Remington 870 extended for a long time... then they made us start using benelli M4 super 90 tactic auto/pump shotgun. i didnt care for it. the reliablity of the Remington was what i was used to.

VZWman
11-28-2010, 12:03 AM
That's why I struggle switching. My dad said I can use his O/U whenever I want. I have once or twice. I have shot others as well. The only one I'm even considering is the Winchester SX3. The O/U isn't bad, I'm just not a huge fan of the way it swings. It fits alright, but doesn't swing well with me. The SX3 would only be used for ducks, so I'm pretty sure I'm just going to stick with the 870 for a while yet.

Upland_Canuck
01-23-2011, 09:13 PM
Mossberg Silver Reserve 12ga o/u

Augusta
01-23-2011, 09:50 PM
Remington CTI II
Remington 870 Wingmaster
Remington Versa Max -New for next season
All are 12 gauge, 28 inch barrels

shooter mcgavin
01-24-2011, 10:29 AM
Stevens 5100 double 16 gauge

Tbear
01-24-2011, 11:28 AM
Beretta Xtrema 2. I needed a gun that could do everthing. I would realy like a nice o/u but its not in the budget right know. Maybe I will get luck and win one at the PF banquet next month.

onpoint
01-24-2011, 05:39 PM
O/U first choice

Sadiemae
01-24-2011, 06:30 PM
Beretta BL-3 O/U 12 gauge
Beretta A302 12 gauge

ingodwetrust1975
01-24-2011, 07:05 PM
Springfield 12ga Single Barrel manufactured buy J. Stevenson Company.
One shot one bird!

airmedic1
01-28-2011, 08:33 PM
Birdman65/
Your treatment of dogs is about the only thing that we agree on. I have three dogs, 2 GSP's and 1 Welshie. They live in the house, sleep on the bed and are as much of the family as me or my wife and kids.
That being said, I don't need to have more that one gun, I simply choose the have a bunch. I don't play golf, go to the bar, or have other expensive hobbies, I buy guns. Usually expensive sxs's because that is what I like and that is what I hunt with. I once loved the semi autos and then the O/U's. Now I don't even take them out of the safe and would sell them if I got the chance.
I don't hunt to kill things, I hunt for the dog work so if I can't take it to hand with two shots then it can live for me to chase it another day.:)

victordlt43
02-04-2011, 10:17 PM
I love 12ga shotguns they are my weapon of choice just about for everything but when i'm upland bird hunting there is my Weatherby SAS 12ga or my Orion O/U 12ga if those fail I carry the Weatherby PA-08 upland 12ga pump or a Remington 870 magnum express 12ga, but I have been looking at the Maxus or the SX3 in the Upland models maybe soon ;)

FCSpringer
02-04-2011, 11:05 PM
All I have anymore is my Cortona 12ga OU Grande Sporting. Got rid of the Benelli and Browning. Hope to aford a Kimber some day. I guess I have a smoke pole and a 22 also, I know I'm boring.:D

SDJIM
02-05-2011, 04:07 AM
Ruger Red Label Woodside 12 ga. I also love my new 16 ga o/u stoger Condor--It is a cheap gun with out any frills but it sure does a great job of killin' roosters.
Early season will sometimes use my 28 ga 870 and for fun and a challange will haul out the SXS smoke pole.

I'm going to add a Benelli Vinci but use it mostly for waterfowl.

Fez-ant
02-07-2011, 10:35 AM
I shoot a Benelli super Black Eagle 12 ga. A CZ side-by-side 16 ga. Kill deer in state with a .44 Ruger super redhawk and kill deer out of state with a Winchester .270. I am looking to add a rifle with iron sights and a couple new handguns.

berettadouble
03-31-2011, 10:28 PM
Beretta 471s, a 26" 20 and a 28" 12.

870-Lefty
04-02-2011, 12:09 AM
Left Hand 870 wingmaster 12 ga., Left Hand 1187 premier light contour 12 ga.,Left Hand Benelli M-1 12 ga., Browning Citori 12&20 guages. The 2 Citori's will be going with me to S.D. this Nov.

BleuBijou
04-02-2011, 03:22 PM
This is my favorite. Beretta 686 Silver Pigeon Double Barrel set in 20 and 28. It only took me 5 years of saving my pennies. Want to start hunting with the 28 barrels a little more other then Doves.:cheers:




http://i897.photobucket.com/albums/ac173/BleuBijou/IMG_4962.jpghttp://i897.photobucket.com/albums/ac173/BleuBijou/IMG_4963.jpg

JMD
04-14-2011, 12:13 PM
Bleu - beautiful gun there - very jealous!

Mine is an 870 Wingmaster 12g - that is going to be handed down to my son on his first SD trip next year.

Replacement will be either Rem 1187 or similar semi-12g

Dog Gun Time
04-14-2011, 12:52 PM
Ruger Gold Label. (12 ga, Side by Side with 28" barrels, straight stock, splinter forend, single trigger)

BritChaser
04-18-2011, 03:12 PM
For upland: Browning Citori 625 12 ga., 28" barrels

For turkey: Stoeger Condor II 12 ga., 26" barrels (my first gun, now loose in the hinge).

Bob M
04-18-2011, 08:55 PM
For nasty weather waterfowl I use a Beretta AL390, 12ga., camo, and 24in bbl.
For almost all of my other shotgun shooting I use a Merkel built 16ga. sxs with 28in bbls and double triggers.
I keep a 40s vintage M37 Ithaca 16ga. sitting by the bed and use it for a little rabbit hunting.
Then theres the little 11-48 Remington 20 ga. I've had for years. 28in. plain barrel and I had tubes put in it. Kinda neat for a little informal skeet.
Last of all is a little Beretta 685 o/u in 20 ga. 26in bbls. choked IC/M. Haven't had it long but it is a delight to carry and really hammered some decoyed ducks with 3in steel this past season.
Used to have a couple more early M37 16ga. but grandsons kept coming of age to hunt and taking them home. I guess the bedside gun will go to No.3 in another year.:)
BobM

Kismet
04-18-2011, 10:26 PM
Most often used, and best loved, AYA Matador II sxs, 20 ga, 26 in, vent rib, selective trigger, auto ejec, imp cyl and mod. Had it since early marriage, took three months to pay off the $125 in 1970. :) I got lucky back then and didn't know how lucky I was to find "this Spanish gun."

Carry a single 20, either Stevens or H&R, a lot. I loved the dog work more than the kill with the GWPs, and old legs and single shots naturally fit together.

The 12s don't come out much.

I'll probably stick with the AYA with the field springer to give myself a chance at dropping more birds for him, reinforcing this whole new world he's encountering. He's a rescue, 4 or 5 years old, and hunting was not on his resume.

We're getting there.

Dakotazeb
04-19-2011, 08:07 AM
I know this thread goes back several months but shouldn't this thread really have been placed in the "Guns & Ammo" forum?

FishinFreaks
04-22-2011, 08:28 PM
I've been shooting a Beretta AL390 for years. I just picked up a new Franchi Renaissance Classic O/U that hopefully will become my new favorite. Gotta get out and do some shooting with it.

birdshooter
04-22-2011, 09:31 PM
I've been shooting a Beretta AL390 for years. I just picked up a new Franchi Renaissance Classic O/U that hopefully will become my new favorite. Gotta get out and do some shooting with it.

You and I live rather close to each other. I'm in Hanover. If you want a great place to shoot some skeet, trap or sporting clays try Wild Marsh sporting clays up near Becker Mn. I shoot every other Wednesday evening. If you want hook up and check it out sometime send me a PM.

trophytimegundogs2
05-06-2011, 09:30 PM
I use a couple different ones....

Browning Citori
Browning 525

One issue that I think is sort of important is....making the decision
if you want a field gun or something you keep nicer. Its hard to
keep a field gun looking nice, they get marks, and scratches
and dings. So my basic philosophy is buy the gun your willing to
sort of sacrifice in the field that could mean passing up some
fine engraving or nicer wood or whatever. Unless you want that
and you don't mind a few marks of course. Just something to
think about before you spend extra money for some features
that might not be as useful in a field gun.

Also if you hunt in wet weather alot or want something you
can use for waterfowl, then definitely consider the synthetic
stock.

bird shooter
05-09-2011, 01:51 PM
I have been very lucky to have tried numerous shotguns while pheasant hunting. My first thirteen years of hunting pheasant out west I have used 14 different shotguns. Most of these I would try for awhile then trade for something else. I prefer semiautos. I have tried several pumps, a couple of over-unders, never a SxS. I maybe a slow learner, but I have had a lot of fun trying different shotguns over the years. It is my passion (obsession). I do not care to fix up old cars or buy the latest sports car, I do not trade out wives every other year (way too expensive). I do like dabbling in gun trading and fixing up some of the classic semiauto shotguns. Lately I have been playing with 16 gauge shotguns. Getting back to the original topic of this post, My favorite shotgun to use for pheasant hunting is a Benelli Supersport II. It is light enough to carry all day and is easy to clean. Plus I can hit with it. Grouse hunting I prefer a light weight 16 gauge. Life is pretty good when I am able to pursue a hobby at not too great expense.

RoosterBooster3632
04-28-2014, 05:38 PM
The two I hunt with the most are:
Benelli SBE II - 12 ga.
Benelli M1 - 12 ga.

Others that don't see much field time:
Browning Belgian Superposed 12 ga.
Browning Belgian A5 16 ga.
Browning BPS 20 ga. (wife's shotgun)
Beretta White Wing 12 ga.
SKB M-7300 12 ga.
Mossberg 500A 12 ga.
Stevens Model 67 12 ga.

Jdog
04-28-2014, 06:34 PM
Benelli Monte Silver and a M2

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee235/JEitutis/Oct%2010%20SD%20Pheasant%20Hunt/Janddogs.jpg (http://s232.photobucket.com/user/JEitutis/media/Oct%2010%20SD%20Pheasant%20Hunt/Janddogs.jpg.html)

bird shooter
04-29-2014, 09:35 AM
I picked up a 16 gauge Remington Model 58 semi-auto shotgun this month. It is light at 6 2/3 lbs. It came with a screw in choke and a 28 inch ribbed barrel. It shoots my reloads with little recoil. I am anxious to get out in the field with it this year. I will shoot a few rounds of trap this summer to warm up.

SDJIM
04-29-2014, 10:54 AM
My newest. Franchi Veloce Squire Limited in 20/28 ga

http://i1105.photobucket.com/albums/h349/SDJIM1/Franchi20-28ga.jpg (http://s1105.photobucket.com/user/SDJIM1/media/Franchi20-28ga.jpg.html)

http://i1105.photobucket.com/albums/h349/SDJIM1/20-28incase.jpg (http://s1105.photobucket.com/user/SDJIM1/media/20-28incase.jpg.html)

http://i1105.photobucket.com/albums/h349/SDJIM1/20-28garight.jpg (http://s1105.photobucket.com/user/SDJIM1/media/20-28garight.jpg.html)

http://i1105.photobucket.com/albums/h349/SDJIM1/20-28galeft.jpg (http://s1105.photobucket.com/user/SDJIM1/media/20-28galeft.jpg.html)

http://i1105.photobucket.com/albums/h349/SDJIM1/20-28gabottom.jpg (http://s1105.photobucket.com/user/SDJIM1/media/20-28gabottom.jpg.html)

One always needs the help of a good dog

http://i1105.photobucket.com/albums/h349/SDJIM1/Skipandpheasant.jpg (http://s1105.photobucket.com/user/SDJIM1/media/Skipandpheasant.jpg.html)

quail hound
04-30-2014, 01:54 PM
Very nice gun Jim and one hell of a dog too.:cheers:

mgorvi
04-30-2014, 05:01 PM
All I want to carry now is my Sweet 16. I might have maybe ten more years to hunt and I'm gonna carry it until the end and then pass it to my son. I just like the way it looks and goes up, for some reason.

FeatherandFinBlog
04-30-2014, 05:25 PM
I use a Citori 725 Field 12 ga, 28 inch barrels. Love it

Upland4Ever
04-30-2014, 10:21 PM
Last weekend there were 6 of us hunting, 5 of us were shooting Beretta 391's. The other was switching between a Beretta 3 1/2" that weighed to much and a Browning O/U.

Sometimes when I'm feeling froggy I'll take my Ithaca 37 20 guage. 1949 vintage.

I love my SX3

Rooster Roaster
05-01-2014, 06:27 AM
Beretta customized 686 12 ga. 28"
Browning Maxus 12 ga. 26"
Belgian OU 16 ga. 27.5"
Beretta 409 SxS 16 ga. 28"
Remington 11 16 ga. 28"

I like to mix it up a little.

Adding a Weatherby SA-08 12 ga. 26" this year to the mix. It's a 1/2 pound lighter than the Maxus and I'll reserve my camo Maxus for waterfowling.

birdshooter
05-01-2014, 08:30 PM
I use a Citori 725 Field 12 ga, 28 inch barrels. Love it

AHH.... another member of the 725 club. :thumbsup:

Your a man after my own heart. I have a 32" Sporting and still have a 325 with over 100k rounds thru it.

Thor
05-01-2014, 09:03 PM
Here's my scatterguns:

-Browning Citori Lightning
-Beretta AL 390 Silver Mallard - Field
-Beretta AL 390 Silver Mallard - Camo Synthetic
-Winchester Super X2
-Franchi I12
-Browning BPS

reddog
05-01-2014, 09:34 PM
Primary upland gun is my 20 ga 686.

http://photos.imageevent.com/okoboji_images/huntingandfishing/websize/20131115_124048_1_.jpg

Once in a while I break out the Browning double auto that a deceased 5th grade teacher willed me..

http://photos.imageevent.com/okoboji_images/huntingandfishing/websize/ElliePhez3.jpg

Last year I bought a sweet little Browning A5 20 mag 26 skeet from a member here. Havent broke it out yet, but plan to this upcoming season,, just for nostalgic reasons..

PTM
05-01-2014, 11:48 PM
Beretta SV10 Perennia III 12 gauge (my go to gun)
Browning Citori Superlight feather 16 Gauge
2 Browning Citori Grade 1 16 Gauges
Winchester SX3 20 Gauge
Franchi Affinity 12 Gauge

onpoint
05-02-2014, 08:38 AM
Browning Custom shop B-25 Superposed 20ga
Browning Sweet Sixteen 1960 vent rib
Browning A5 20ga Magnum vent rib
Weatherby Athena 12ga O/U
Beretta 686 Onyx Pro 3.5" 12ga O/U
Browning Cynergy 3.5" Camo O/U
Browning Citori 20ga English stocked upland
Winchester model 12 16ga
Winchester model 97 16ga
Winchester model 12 vent rib trap
Ithaca 37 vent rib trap/field combo high grade 16ga
Ithaca 37 vent rib 12ga

Any one of them can see action in the field, just depends on the mood and how well I'm feeling.
Model 50 Winchester 12ga auto

sockeye
05-02-2014, 09:46 PM
just got a 725 20 gauge that i'm really looking forward to harvesting some eastern montana roosters.

wisturkeyhunter
05-02-2014, 10:30 PM
Old post but this fall I'll be hunting with an a400 xtreme. After shooting a 870 wingmaster the beretta will be a nice change of pace. I shoot a lot of 3 and 3.5 inch shells.

Richwood
05-03-2014, 08:43 AM
This fall I will be hunting with a Benelli M2 20g that I have on order along with my Ruger Red Label 20g and if I want to use a 12g my 870 Express.

drew3287
05-03-2014, 04:22 PM
If I take a trip up north this fall, probably my Benelli Ultra Light 20 gauge. Interested in the new Browning Citori 725 20 gauge though.

Deweybagger
05-03-2014, 08:17 PM
Benelli SBE 2, woodcock-turkeys one gun that does it all.
Like Wis Turkey I also shoot a lot of 3" (public land steel) and 3.5" geese passing over the phez field.

wisturkeyhunter
05-03-2014, 11:48 PM
Benelli SBE 2, woodcock-turkeys one gun that does it all.
Like Wis Turkey I also shoot a lot of 3" (public land steel) and 3.5" geese passing over the phez field.

Yep that's exactly what I do 3 inch 2 ' s or 3's for pheasants and ducks, and 3.5 inch for geese that fly over or if I catch one in a spot I can jump them.

Sometimes pheasant even get killed with 3.5 Inch shells and that works too.

gsppurist
06-05-2014, 05:06 PM
My first was a Mossberg 500 12 gauge, then a Baikal O/U 12 gauge. Last season, I purchased a Beretta SV10 in 20 gauge that is my go to when I am not in the mud/rain.

Byrdoglvr
06-15-2014, 08:50 AM
Great thread--Allows guys to puff their chests out a bit--I have a mix of Benelli and Remington's. Hunt with a Montefeltro mostly. . I have a Stoeger 2000 that has killed more birds then my other 9 shotguns combined. Love that gun but mostly borrow it to my out of state buddies now. I have a Benelli Montefeltro Silver that I am considering selling and buying an O/U as I feel it's just to pretty to hunt with.

ndhgm
07-13-2014, 11:39 PM
So I recently had the chance to shoot the Beretta A400 Xplor Light 26" in 20 gauge at the trap range. The gun had the kickoff stock, which I thought was a gimmick. Man, what a light, quick shouldering gun. Not the best suited for trap or skeet, but I was thinking of it in terms of the field. The first few shots I took with it I kept checking to see if it had actually cycled. Admittedly, I usually show up at the trap range with my beat-up Mossberg 835 just to prove to guys with Kolars and the like that the shooter makes the gun, not the other way around. But I was really impressed with my buddy's gun. I went home and looked around for one, only to find that it had been discontinued by Beretta. I was able to find one used on an auction site in 12gauge with the 28" barrel I wanted. It was more than any shotgun I had ever purchased and I am not a rich guy, but I was able to afford it after selling a couple of guns that i rarely use. Planning to give it some heavy use once the season starts. I will keep everyone posted on my experience, but would welcome some thoughts from anyone that is hunting with one already. Hoping I made the right choice.

roche1982
07-19-2014, 11:38 AM
Franchi Instinct L O/U 12ga 28"
or
Remington 1100 12ga 28" fixed MOD choke

crockett
07-19-2014, 05:03 PM
Given the age of the thread, i suppose that there is a good chance that I'm repeating myself, but...
Grouse/woodcock - 12 ga beretta ultralight 686 steam bent to fit my southpaw ways.
Pheasant - 12 ga beretta 687 silver pigeonII, also steam-bent for me.
Duck and geese - have been shooting a cam XtremaII for 5 years or so, but got to dislike it more and more relative to shooing my OUs, so two days ago I received a camo Cynergy 3.5" 12 ga. Haven't shot it yet, but it fits me well and will fit me better once the cast-on comb insert arrives. Hopefully it will take th Xtrema's place.
I also have a sabatti 12 OU that has teh barrels chopped at 20" even. This fits in my small backpack so i use it for hunts when I need to be discrete to get in/out or as a 'comfort gun' if I'm camping in bear country.
Dave

McFarmer
07-19-2014, 10:57 PM
Broke out the old Beretta O/U 20ga. on some clay pigeons, I think I will carry that this year.

conobirds
07-20-2014, 01:12 PM
Cheap-"O" tri-star 28ga. o/u for chukar, huns, forest grouse and sharp-tail, browning gold-hunter 12ga. for pheasants, sage grouse and waterfowl and a miroku 20ga o/u for field trials.

copheasanthunter
07-20-2014, 05:29 PM
browning gold upland hunter, browning pump upland special, browning liege O/U, remington 11-87

kick them up
07-21-2014, 09:21 AM
This year I will be carrying the following among others.
CZ Wingshooter 12 ga.
CZ Ringneck 28 ga.
CZ Canvasback Gold 20 ga.


Kick'em Up!

btomlin
07-21-2014, 12:00 PM
I will be packing my 20ga CZ "jons exclusive" upland sxs.

kick them up
07-21-2014, 01:15 PM
I will be packing my 20ga CZ "jons exclusive" upland sxs.

Great Answer!

Dakotazeb
07-21-2014, 01:20 PM
I know this thread has been around a while but shouldn't it be in the Guns & ammo forum?

jmac
07-21-2014, 01:37 PM
I know this thread has been around a while but shouldn't it be in the Guns & ammo forum?

I was thinking the Same thing Zeb. Feel free to move it If you Wish.

Dakotazeb
07-21-2014, 04:42 PM
Thread has been moved. Geez, wonder why we didn't catch this before? Oh well, it's where it belongs now.

goldenboy
07-21-2014, 05:02 PM
Many different guns over the days. Started with an old mossberg pump. Shot that thing till the action opens up every time I pull the trigger. Tried many Stoeger O/U's with no luck getting them to shoot consistently. Now I shoot a Beretta O/U love the gun! Shoot it for sporting clays and most upland work. I have an 1187 for ducks and geese. Just bought a Citori white lightning O/U 16 gauge that I am really liking a lot. This is the go to gun when I am at the game farms.

Dakotazeb
07-21-2014, 05:22 PM
Just bought a Citori white lightning O/U 16 gauge that I am really liking a lot. This is the go to gun when I am at the game farms.

I've had a 16 ga. White Lightning for probably 7-8 years and I really like it. Mine has 26" tubes. I use it mainly for my NSTRA field trials but it takes a few pheasants down every year too. Hope to try it on some Ruff Grouse this fall.

goldenboy
07-21-2014, 05:46 PM
Zeb, I had to look around for a while but I found one that someone brought into a Cabela's. Still in the box new. I love it.

mustistuff
07-21-2014, 07:41 PM
just had my bubble popped. had planned on using my 4/53 aya 28 ga. but over the past 11 mo. I have had two of them and 5 repairs on the guns just about everything was wrong with them. really troubling, so for me it is back to my bobwhite 28 ga., beretta silver pigeon, 28 ga. and maybe bring out one of a couple of my lc smiths in 20 ga.. love the side by sides double triggers

cheers

jimspenz
08-01-2014, 06:56 AM
Browning Citori 28 ga Lightning. IC/Mod tubes

HighBrass68
08-10-2014, 07:34 PM
Benelli Montefeltro Silver 20 gauge: cyl for quail and imp cyl or mod for pheasants.

Just purchased a nice Franchi Veloce SP 20 gauge for the wife......can't wait to borrow it this fall:)

Still searching for a nice 20 ga sxs.....26" barrels:confused:

RP

bird shooter
08-11-2014, 03:58 PM
Bird guns for me include a Benelli Sport II, a Beretta 391 both 12ga. and a Remington 1100 & Model 58 in 16ga. and a Beretta 391 20ga. I like them all. The Benelli is my go to gun for anything, the rest fill in the gaps or give me more variety. I do have a Marlin Model 90 16ga that mostly hides in my gun safe.

BleuBijou
08-11-2014, 08:17 PM
You all have some nice shotguns!:thumbsup:

wade b
08-17-2014, 03:16 PM
I like using Citori in 12 & 20 ga. I will also break out the old Sweet 16 and my Browning BSS. But my Fav is my old junky 1936 Model 12 Winchester with a 25 inch barrel.:thumbsup::cheers:

Winchester Model 23 Light Duck - 20ga

Ruger Red Label O/U - 12 ga

Benilli Nova - 12 ga

spoonbill82
08-18-2014, 03:29 PM
Browning BPS Upland 16ga,Beretta 303 20ga, and Winchester SX3 12ga.
I should take my M12 12ga out for a short hunt on my dad's farm this fall.
It has been many years since I have hunted pheasant with the M12.

hlj3
08-27-2014, 03:26 AM
I recently got a CZ Ringneck English Stock 20 Ga/26" bbls and I'm looking forward to some Grouse hunting with it soon.

http://i.imgur.com/fkmb5yXl.jpg

BleuBijou
08-27-2014, 05:40 AM
I recently got a CZ Ringneck English Stock 20 Ga/26" bbls and I'm looking forward to some Grouse hunting with it soon.

http://i.imgur.com/fkmb5yXl.jpg

I am liking that!!!!:thumbsup:

Rooster Roaster
08-27-2014, 06:14 AM
Nice piece of wood on that CZ. :thumbsup:

mustistuff
08-27-2014, 08:11 AM
Nice piece of wood on that CZ. :thumbsup:

i have two of the bobwhites and I didn't get a chunk of wood like that. like both guns, one a 28 and the other 410

cheers

Deuce
08-27-2014, 09:13 AM
I picked up a (barely used) Beretta BL-4 this summer and have fallen in love with it. 26" barrels, Mod/IC choked. Looking forward to swinging it at Grouse and Pheasants this fall. Maybe even a few doves.

quail hound
08-27-2014, 09:34 AM
That is a nice piece of wood on that ringneck. My redhead deluxe is almost that nice but I took a spill with it on its maiden voyage into mountain quail territory and put a big gouge in the stock.:eek: My ringneck's wood however is very plain.

mustistuff
08-27-2014, 10:14 AM
I picked up a (barely used) Beretta BL-4 this summer and have fallen in love with it. 26" barrels, Mod/IC choked. Looking forward to swinging it at Grouse and Pheasants this fall. Maybe even a few doves.

they were really neat guns, while in college I was trying to save up for the bl3 but never made it. they have been out of production for a pretty long time. prior to those they had a silver and golden snipe, owned a silver in 20ga. about 45 years ago

hlj3
08-27-2014, 11:39 AM
Thanks guys!
I ran across it online at a shop in CT. When it arrived, the trigger on both barrels was around 10lbs. I sent it to Mark DeHaan, and it is on it's way back to me now with the trigger breaking on both barrels at a crisp 4 1/2 lbs.
I'll pattern it next week with a couple of Trulock Precision Hunter extended choke tubes (Skeet 2/.611 & IM/.601) and see where we are.
I'll also order IC & Mod. tubes from Carlson's.
I'm using Winchester AA Heavy Target loads 20ga. 2 3/4" 2 1/2 Dram Eq. 1 oz. 7 1/2 for Blue and Ruffed Grouse.
I'll be looking forward to hunting Pheasant with it in SD in the future.

Harry

hlj3
08-27-2014, 11:47 AM
Here are my shotguns:

mustistuff
08-27-2014, 12:20 PM
Here are my shotguns:

not a 28 ga. in the bunch.

cheers

hlj3
08-28-2014, 01:44 PM
:cheers: I'm really partial to 20ga.

davidtodd
08-28-2014, 10:11 PM
My main gun is a Westley Richards 12 bore hammer double.

I use brass cases loaded with anywhere from 2 1/2 drams to 3 drams of FFG and 1 to 1 1/4 oz of plated shot.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v104/catnthehat/2011%20bird%20hunt/2011birdhuntpics024.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/catnthehat/media/2011%20bird%20hunt/2011birdhuntpics024.jpg.html)
I started using my Grand Dad's 16 gauge under lever that I have rebuilt extensively to get it back up and running.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v104/catnthehat/2014%20SCI%20hunt/SCI3_zps90045092.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/catnthehat/media/2014%20SCI%20hunt/SCI3_zps90045092.jpg.html)
[t's a fine gun for birds with 2 1/2 drams ( about 68 grains ) of FFG and 7/8oz of shot - brass cases , of course!:p
I use is a 16 gauge FAIR and a 20 gauge FAIR , but not too often.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v104/catnthehat/fair%2040th%20anniversary/fair1.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/catnthehat/media/fair%2040th%20anniversary/fair1.jpg.html)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v104/catnthehat/2012Brooks%20bird%20hunt/ironcross15.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/catnthehat/media/2012Brooks%20bird%20hunt/ironcross15.jpg.html)
I also use a Ugartechea 28 gauge SXS side lock that I had built to my specs, it's a super gun!Love it, but I am a black powder looney!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v104/catnthehat/2011%20bird%20hunt/2011birdhuntpics063.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/catnthehat/media/2011%20bird%20hunt/2011birdhuntpics063.jpg.html)
DT

uplandsportsman
08-29-2014, 05:32 PM
I'll usually be found with either my Uggie 20ga or my Benelli Vinci, opposite ends of the spectrum but both sweet in their own ways. The problem is sometimes I forget I'm carrying a wood gun when I go to set it down on the road, fence, rock, etc.. Sometime using a tool instead of a work of art has its advantages!:cheers:

BleuBijou
08-29-2014, 05:47 PM
Sometimes the tool is a piece of art! That is why it is so nice to hunt with our beautiful wood guns. Hunting with a fine piece of art! Yes, they do get love marks on them!!!:cheers:

My 20/28 combo that Seems to find the field 99% of the time anymore. Rarely seeing the 20 gauge barrels.
http://i897.photobucket.com/albums/ac173/BleuBijou/user1941_pic1454_1325647417_zps9a51fb83.jpg

Rooster Roaster
08-30-2014, 07:40 AM
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hlj3
08-30-2014, 04:40 PM
So many beautiful shotguns!
I'm thinking about selling my Bobwhite and replacing it with a Franchi Infinity 20ga.

hlj3
08-31-2014, 12:51 PM
not a 28 ga. in the bunch.

cheers

I'm trying to decide on a 28 still. So far, it's between a CZ Ringneck (known quantity), DeHaan, Dickinson, or a Spanish gun.
I like the idea of a 28 for close upland and preserve hunting.

quail hound
08-31-2014, 01:01 PM
I'm trying to decide on a 28 still. So far, it's between a CZ Ringnecks (kown quantity), DeHaan, Dickinson, or a Spanish gun.
I like the idea of a 28 for close upland and preserve hunting.

Once you start shooting a 28ga you'll start to like the idea of it for almost all upland situations. The only time I shoot my 20 anymore is for dove hunting or when I have to shoot non tox.

mustistuff
08-31-2014, 02:55 PM
if there is a draw back to the 28 ga. it's the cost of shells, compared to the 12 ga. you are getting 1/2 the shell at twice the cost. I have used the 28 ga. for a very long time and I roll my own and they are cheap to reload. my reloads will out perform any 20 ga. 2 3/4" shell you can buy or reload for that matter. there just are things you can do with the 28 reloading ya can't do with the 20. that said, that is only part of the deal, get what ya like and have fun with it. I use mine for everything from dove to geese, steel or lead.

cheers

hlj3
08-31-2014, 04:15 PM
if there is a draw back to the 28 ga. it's the cost of shells, compared to the 12 ga. you are getting 1/2 the shell at twice the cost. I have used the 28 ga. for a very long time and I roll my own and they are cheap to reload. my reloads will out perform any 20 ga. 2 3/4" shell you can buy or reload for that matter. there just are things you can do with the 28 reloading ya can't do with the 20. that said, that is only part of the deal, get what ya like and have fun with it. I use mine for everything from dove to geese, steel or lead.

cheers

No Question I'm going to love shooting a 28 ga. I plan on reloading for it on a MEC Grabber.

BleuBijou
08-31-2014, 04:43 PM
They are just plain fun!!! I may have to look into reloading them. I just need a few parts probably. The ol Mec hasn't seen work in sometime. Now with a buddy buying a 28 we should have lots of hulls. What barrel lengths do you guy's like? Mine are 26 1/2, I thought it was a weird length at first. But I shoot it so well...My buddy has 28" on his 686.

quail hound
08-31-2014, 05:34 PM
26" on my guns, perfect for quail hunting but I'm thinking about getting 28" barrels on my next SxS which will probably be a 20 gauge.

mustistuff
08-31-2014, 05:39 PM
the latest b.s. on light guns are at least 29" barrels and 30" are surely in vogue, that along with about a lop of 14 3/4's. shoot what ya have. the idea with the longer barrels on a light gun is that in some minds it makes it less whippy. between the longer stock and barrels it increases the pointability of the gun. my aya had 29" barrels and 14 3/4 pull and I loved it that way, however the guns never worked and got my money back. shorter barrels are no longer the things to own. I have several guns with both and will live with them. at the time shorter barrels were the thing to have. times change I guess. as far as reloading. hands down, the best loading info out there comes from BPI and most of it involves their wads etc. but they seem to be the only one trying to keep up with the times. other than that good loading data is hard to find for the 28 ga. and they have it for steel and everything else. example my pheasant load is 7/8's and just over 1400 fps. good luck.

cheers

davidtodd
08-31-2014, 07:54 PM
My 1899 Thomas Bland and Sons that I just sold was a very light 20 gauge with 30" barrels and the extra length did not seem to hinder the swing on th
at gun at all!
The fella I sold it to hunted sharptails with it last fall and did super with it!:)
The load as right out of BPI's book - 27 grains of Al\liant Steel powder with a BPI brush wad and 7/8 oz of nickle plated 7's - 7,700PSI and 1,390FPS!:thumbsup:
Personally , I use their components more than any other , and just love the 28 gauge load of 30grains of H110 in a HV28 hull and 7/8oz of shot
DT

jimdvs0
09-14-2014, 11:15 PM
Talked the boss into getting a Brittany two years ago, last year finally convinced her to get a 12 gauge Browning Maxus 26 inch barrel chambered in three inch, and this year an English setter. Now I just have to find some birds.

duppy
09-21-2014, 09:57 AM
I use two 20's, a 40 year old SKB side by side (cyl, imp cly) and a Beretta Urika auto with 24" barrel. I use 3" shells with 1 1/4 oz of # 6. I am and old grouse hunter and shoot very quick so most shots are under 30 yds, but both will kill out to 40 yds. with Imp cyl.

merlin13
09-27-2014, 08:17 PM
Wow, sounds like me. Got my Brittany last year. Just picked up my Browning Maxus a couple weeks ago. I love it.