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    Default 16 gauge; It really is a illness

    Did it again. Another sixteen to the collection. This one is a late 1940's "Sweet Sixteen" A5 to go along with my new model; which I really like. Not perfect but perfect for hunting.

    I've really got to start making more time for using these.

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    I have a early 1940's A5, 12ga. Still works. However, it doesn't have the speed load that was introduced in the 50's. Would be interested in hearing how your new A5 is working...

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    Hope to shoot it this coming weekend.

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    Agreed but just wait till you get into pump guns, over unders and side x sides... I have a a couple of each! Only one semi auto though. 1939 Savage 720... the poor man's A5. The 16 is the best gauge for pheasant, in my opinion.
    Ithaca Flues 16 gauge (1921)
    Ithaca NID 16 gauge (1935)
    Ithaca Two Bolt hammer side by side 12 gauge (1912)
    Ithaca 51 Magnum 20 gauge
    Browning Citori 16 gauge
    Savage 720 16 gauge (1939)
    Marlin 90 16 gauge (1944)
    Ithaca 37's pump 16 gauge (1941 and 1952)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ithacafan View Post
    Agreed but just wait till you get into pump guns, over unders and side x sides... I have a a couple of each! Only one semi auto though. 1939 Savage 720... the poor man's A5. The 16 is the best gauge for pheasant, in my opinion.
    I already do. In addition to the old and new A5, I have a Browning Citori Gran Lightning, a Fox Model B, a Stevens SxS and a Model 12 w/ 2 9/16 chamber. Plus my old single shot. All sixteens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ithacafan View Post
    The 16 is the best gauge for pheasant, in my opinion.
    Albeit a fact-based opinion.
    "Most pheasants in South Dakota don't react too well to #5s." -The Hunt for Red Rooster

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    Quote Originally Posted by A5 Sweet 16 View Post
    Albeit a fact-based opinion.
    Thanks for pointing that out... it is a fact based opinion... I just didn't want to start any arguments with the 20 and 28 gauge guys.
    And to you jalinkly, that is a nice selection of 16's. I have a plain jane Citori in 16... I'd love to get some higher grade wood for it like your Gran Lightning. If you ever get a chance to buy one, pick up a Marlin 90 in 16. They are great field guns.
    Ithaca Flues 16 gauge (1921)
    Ithaca NID 16 gauge (1935)
    Ithaca Two Bolt hammer side by side 12 gauge (1912)
    Ithaca 51 Magnum 20 gauge
    Browning Citori 16 gauge
    Savage 720 16 gauge (1939)
    Marlin 90 16 gauge (1944)
    Ithaca 37's pump 16 gauge (1941 and 1952)

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    Would love to find a Marlin. Heard nothing but good things about them. I’ve never seen one in any gauge.

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    I just bought a BPS 16 ga grade 3. It has nickle plated receiver with engraving on each side. Pheasants on one side duck on the other. It's ahandsom piece. I also have a field model 16. Glad to see I'm not the only one with the sickness

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    Quote Originally Posted by ithacafan View Post
    Thanks for pointing that out.
    No problem ithacafan. I'm good for throwing tact & understanding to the wind & making broad generalizations, especially when I have no idea what I'm talking about & absolutely no back-up. Shear luck that in this case, I'm right, as are other 16 fanatics! Other gauges pale in comparison to a 16 for roosters. It's just the way it is. No use trying to convince me otherwise. I'm not open to other considerations.
    "Most pheasants in South Dakota don't react too well to #5s." -The Hunt for Red Rooster

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