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Bearded Beast
11-19-2009, 12:05 PM
What type of gun do you prefer, auto, double barrel, pump, etc? Just wondering what type on gun you guys prefer for hunting phesant.

NElabaholic
11-19-2009, 12:12 PM
I can never make up my mind, I love my 1100, but you cant go wrong with a 870 either! Im no help lol

tuna
11-19-2009, 02:07 PM
I can't make up my mind either. I go from SxS's to autos (A5 Sweet Sixteen) to pumps (870 Wingmaster) to single shot H&R's - depending on what I feel like that day.

Only thing I do, is on my repeaters, I'll only load 3 shells max - I've found that if I miss on the first one, I can sometimes make it up with the 2nd but usually after that I'm just pumping rounds into the sky. If I limit my shots to 3, to someone hearing my shooting, it sounds like I finally connected. If I fire all 5, I notice that people tend to head over to my area looking for the bird I missed. Gives me better odds on being able to re-flush.

bobeyerite
11-19-2009, 03:32 PM
I am strictly a 20 gauge O/U man. I have been shooting them for around 10 years now. I find if I can't get the bird in 2 shots I never will. My buddies claim 1 shot dead bird. 2 shots good chance the bird won. What I really love about the 2 barrels is each can be choked differently. One for close shooting the other for farther out. Mix your shells a bit and you can make some very deadly combo's........Bob

JMBZ71
11-19-2009, 06:00 PM
There are few things in life that can rival the beauty and simplicity of a good double gun.

Brad6260
11-19-2009, 06:36 PM
A Pictures worth a thousand words !
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f385/Brad6260/P4200125.jpg
16 Bore!

RogerWYO
11-19-2009, 06:44 PM
All I've ever shot is SxSs, from my first 16 gauge muzzle loader to now.

Brad6260
11-19-2009, 06:46 PM
Amen brother !

jnormanh
11-19-2009, 07:32 PM
I am strictly a 20 gauge O/U man. I have been shooting them for around 10 years now. I find if I can't get the bird in 2 shots I never will. My buddies claim 1 shot dead bird. 2 shots good chance the bird won. What I really love about the 2 barrels is each can be choked differently. One for close shooting the other for farther out. Mix your shells a bit and you can make some very deadly combo's........Bob

I've got to agree with bobeyerite. I can do everything with a 20 ga that I want to do. At one time or another I've owned hump-back autos, gas autos, side and bottom ejecting pumps, 12, 28 and .410s, and recently (still own it) a really slick SKB SxS.

I still shoot my pair of 20 ga Win 101s better than anything else. They could just as well be Brownings or Berettas.

Different strokes for different folks.

Anyone want an as new SKB 385 20 ga? It's English stock, 26" barrels, auto ejectors, barrel selector on trigger, 3" chambers, five choke tubes. Absolutely unmarked as new, hard case. I've got $2K in it. $1600 and I'll pay shipping to your FFL in 48 states.

Dakotazeb
11-19-2009, 09:15 PM
Damn, wish I had an extra $1,600 laying around as that is one sweet looking SKB.

Back to the original question: I shot a pump (Win. Mod. 12 and Rem 870) for nearly 30 years and have been shooting an auto (Rem 11-87 and Benelli Monte) since 1987. But earlier this year I bought a Citori White Lightning in 16 ga. and can't put it down. My Monte is just sitting in the gun case and I love that gun. I feel bad about it and took it out on a couple of hunts recently but it just didn't feel like the Citori. The Citori will probably be the only gun I use the rest of the season.

moellermd
11-19-2009, 10:17 PM
Ah yes, the nostalgia of a good SXS or O/U. Of course some of us realize that there has been some advancements in the last 200 years in shotgun design and that there are now much better tools for the job and shoot an auto. ;) There, that should start a proper fight.

LWJ2009
11-19-2009, 10:50 PM
The wonderful thing about the O/U is that the Game Wardens leave you alone when they see them. The poor folks with the Semi's and Pump guns get all the attention. Since I bought my Winchester select in Jan of 08 I have to wait until 2011 to get my next shotgun, my wife was not pleased when I told her about my investment...

bobeyerite
11-19-2009, 11:28 PM
It still all comes down to a few basic facts. Which gun do you prefer and can afford? Which gun do you shoot the best with? Which guns feels like it is part you? As YOU see it is all up to YOU. There is no real fight here, no type is better than the other, it is just up to the user/buyer to decide......Bob

Rooster Roaster
11-19-2009, 11:38 PM
I like em all. I have taken birds this year with a SxS, OU, and semiauto. At the moment I don't have a working pump in my rotation (got a broken one!), but for years I happily shot birds with my pumps. One of the many joys of hunting for me is taking birds with different shotguns as the situation or mood calls.

JMBZ71
11-19-2009, 11:59 PM
Ah yes, the nostalgia of a good SXS or O/U. Of course some of us realize that there has been some advancements in the last 200 years in shotgun design and that there are now much better tools for the job and shoot an auto. ;) There, that should start a proper fight.
One day you shall understand the zen of the double-gun... grasshopper. ;)

jnormanh
11-20-2009, 08:50 AM
The wonderful thing about the O/U is that the Game Wardens leave you alone when they see them. The poor folks with the Semi's and Pump guns get all the attention. Since I bought my Winchester select in Jan of 08 I have to wait until 2011 to get my next shotgun, my wife was not pleased when I told her about my investment...

A friend and I were shooting doves one year when the game warden stopped to check us. He looked at my friend's license, counted his birds and then asked to check his gun. Friend broke open his Rem 3200 OU and handed it to the warden. The warden counted..."one...two...okay, you're legal."

It's the truth.

LWJ2009
11-20-2009, 08:59 AM
A friend and I were shooting doves one year when the game warden stopped to check us. He looked at my friend's license, counted his birds and then asked to check his gun. Friend broke open his Rem 3200 OU and handed it to the warden. The warden counted..."one...two...okay, you're legal."

It's the truth.

Wow that is awsome, I guess he must be an equal opportunity guy. I was talking to a warden in the parking lot, and we were just shooting the breeze. When another hunter about a hundred yards away kicked up a bird, we heard the boom, boom, boom.....boom. Well the warden's ears perked up and a nice grin was on a his face because he just found a winner.

kiotehntr
11-20-2009, 09:03 AM
All of them, pump, auto or O/U.......:D

UplandHntr
11-20-2009, 10:19 AM
12 ga CZ Redhead Deluxe O/U
I like it a lot-mainly because it's never failed to go boom when I pull the trigger. I'm easy to please

kiotehntr
11-20-2009, 02:23 PM
12 ga CZ Redhead Deluxe O/U
I like it a lot-mainly because it's never failed to go boom when I pull the trigger. I'm easy to please^^^^ LOL thats the truth about the gun going boom...:D

Fenway
11-23-2009, 09:00 PM
Double barrels I have both, I just bought this Rizinni 20 bore this year, and I'm shooting it so well my sxs 20 and my o/u 12 have'nt come out. I have a auto and pump but don't use them.

http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj229/redtop48/100_1160.jpg

onpoint
11-25-2009, 08:39 AM
Wow that is awsome, I guess he must be an equal opportunity guy. I was talking to a warden in the parking lot, and we were just shooting the breeze. When another hunter about a hundred yards away kicked up a bird, we heard the boom, boom, boom.....boom. Well the warden's ears perked up and a nice grin was on a his face because he just found a winner.

I prefer O/U's but do hunt with all types of actions.

Just wondering, where do you have to have your plug in when hunting Pheasants. I know waterfowl and dove require it but as far as I knew Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom was legal when it come to Pheasants.

onpoint

LWJ2009
11-25-2009, 08:50 AM
Out here in the hinterland, if your on state property it is 3 shells only. I have never had the chance to hunt Pheasants out of state, so having 4 shells would be new to me.

cheesy
11-25-2009, 01:01 PM
Started out shooting my dads SxS 20, Churchhill was the brand, cheap spanish import, I killed a lot of birds with that my first couple of years. Then it was an 870 20 guage youth, used that for the next 4 or 5 years, along with a Mossberg 500 and Winchester Model 12 when I thought a 12 was required, then was an 870 12 guage, used that for 5 or 6 years. Finally moved onto a Beretta 391 12 guage about 6 years ago. Dad, myself, brother in law, uncle, and a handful of buddies all bought then in about a year period. Just this weekend we were commenting that we couldn't think of a better pheasant gun, light, point well, function perfectly, great gun, ymmv. Once in a while I'll throw in my 60 year old 20 guage Ithaca 37 thats choked super duper extra double full for a change of pace though.

onpoint
11-25-2009, 01:15 PM
Out here in the hinterland, if your on state property it is 3 shells only. I have never had the chance to hunt Pheasants out of state, so having 4 shells would be new to me.

In Wyoming?

Boy sounds like that Alaska HP show. They kick the door in on peoples homes for drinking in their own house. Sometimes the places you think would be full of freedom..you find out are more regulated than some cities places.

Carry on

LWJ2009
11-25-2009, 01:47 PM
Yup in Wyoming, although it is really not that bad though. If you can't hit a bird in three shots a fourth is not going to make much difference. I mainly use my O/U so it does not matter, I get two bangs before I have to reload. When it comes to the 2nd Amendment though Wyoming is one of the best states to live in.

FCSpringer
11-25-2009, 02:00 PM
OU now, I gota Cortona Grande sporting and like it. Mainly this one because of the fit. I tried several others I liked but they did not fit. Ceasars And Cortona were the only ones I could get to fit nice. had a benelli auto too that was fun to blast with but I now like the OU's better. And with the gun fitting good I shoot better with it as well.

onpoint
11-25-2009, 04:50 PM
Yup in Wyoming, although it is really not that bad though. If you can't hit a bird in three shots a fourth is not going to make much difference. I mainly use my O/U so it does not matter, I get two bangs before I have to reload. When it comes to the 2nd Amendment though Wyoming is one of the best states to live in.

I hear ya

I shoot a O/U 95% of the time too. Not that big of a deal.

cheesy
11-25-2009, 07:11 PM
First time I hunted in Northern Missouri this year for pheasants, the guys I was with said I had to have a plug. I called them liars, but put one in anyways. This thread reminded me to check the regs, sure am glad they told me to put a plug in. Only used to that for migratory birds in Kansas.

ole_270
11-26-2009, 08:02 PM
I'll agree with the SxS or OU if you'll guarantee single flushes! I've hunted with doubles several times over the years and done well on the singles. Where the magazine repeater shines is when another bird flushes to the shot at the first, and another, and another! Too many times I've been empty and marking my bird down when more birds flush, with 4 or 5 shots available where legal, I can drop another bird instead of hoping to see more birds later in the hunt. Just this last weekend I got into one of those ragged flushes where they just keep getting up, had 3 birds down when the dust cleared and one of them took 2 shots. Try that with the double. I prefer the SxS for both feel and tradition, but we work too hard to get birds up in range to be able to just salute them with a grin while they fly off cussing me. I guess at 57 and 40 some years bird hunting I've still not graduated into the mentality to just enjoy the time afield. I'm too competitive and result oriented, I want birds in the bag when opportunity knocks. Not that I can't enjoy a good hunt where I only get a bird or two, but when the birds are in range and I'm not limited out they better be ducking!

onpoint
11-27-2009, 12:37 PM
I felt much like you with the extra mag capacity of a auto. I was raised with auto's. At first, after switching to a O/U, I thought of switching back right away. I wanted to make use of every opportunity of a chance at game. I get sick just knowing I could have bagged the bird if, well there's a lot of if's. If I think of all the malfunctions I had with auto's that caused me to miss opportunities to bag birds. IMO, I have shot more birds with the o/u. I have had "Zero" malfunctions with the o/u's in the past 3 years since switching totally over to them. Now, I wouldn't go back for nothing. Reliability is everything to me and no matter the auto I never could find that and I had them all, some several times over.

onpoint

ole_270
11-27-2009, 02:56 PM
I had the same problem years ago with an 1100 JAM-O-MATIC, used an 870 for years because of it. As Cheesy said there are several 391s in our group and I can't remember one malfunction with factory loads.

TJC3
11-29-2009, 03:40 PM
I'm sold on the O/U. I've hunted my 870, but since I started hunting with an O/U I've been pretty loyal to it. I'm shooting a new Beretta White Onyx in 20 gauge and I like it too many! Also, hunting in the field with an O/U you don't have to chase shells, I like that too many too.