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    I've had a 1960 Sweet Sixteen for over 7 years and have really grown to love it. But it does get a little heavy at times. So I bit the bullet today and bought a new Sweet with 26" barrel. Took it on it's first hunt and missed a fairly easy shot. I hit one other rooster that flew a couple hundred yards over a hill and died in mid air. But Bree and I looked for 20-30 minutes and could not find it. Since it flew over a little hill I was unable to pinpoint the exact stop it went down and the CRP was about 5' high and thick.

    It sure is a light, easy to carry gun and I didn't find the recoil to be bad at all and I was shooting the Federal PF loads at 1,425 fps. I hope I start hitting with it but it does come up different than my old Sweet. I didn't trade my 1960 Sweet in and will keep it until I know the new one is going to work for me.

    Here is something interesting. The over all length of the new A5 is 2.5" longer than my 1960 model and both have 26" barrels. It's all in that long action.
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    In the store, the new one seems to come up & fit me real well, as I'm sure you thought the same thing. Interesting how when you get into a "real" situation, that little something "not quite the same" can make a difference. Guessing you'll get it figured out though. Probably just the weight difference. I'd like something a bit lighter, too, but just can't make myself do it, either w/ the new S16 or the Franchi o/u. Yes, they cost money, but I mostly don't want to risk a slump due to a different gun. Don't know if my pride & sanity could handle it. Interesting about the length. Wouldn't have guessed it'd be that much longer. Will look forward to future reports.
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    I fondled a new Sweet 16 recently at the Scheels in Rochester, MN. It really feels light and it does seem long. I have to imagine that the 26" barrel is the right barrel for that gun.

    I regularly hunt pheasants with a 16 gauge Stevens 5100 sxs. I recently borrowed an older Sweet 16 from my brother (who inherited it after our father died).

    I had an experience similar to yours. I had one shooting opportunity with it and wounded a large rooster with my third shot. It sailed into a phragmites filled ditch and my dog was unable to recover it.

    I am disappointed in myself. I think that I feel your pain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dakotazeb View Post
    I've had a 1960 Sweet Sixteen for over 7 years and have really grown to love it. But it does get a little heavy at times. So I bit the bullet today and bought a new Sweet with 26" barrel. Took it on it's first hunt and missed a fairly easy shot. I hit one other rooster that flew a couple hundred yards over a hill and died in mid air. But Bree and I looked for 20-30 minutes and could not find it. Since it flew over a little hill I was unable to pinpoint the exact stop it went down and the CRP was about 5' high and thick.

    It sure is a light, easy to carry gun and I didn't find the recoil to be bad at all and I was shooting the Federal PF loads at 1,425 fps. I hope I start hitting with it but it does come up different than my old Sweet. I didn't trade my 1960 Sweet in and will keep it until I know the new one is going to work for me.

    Here is something interesting. The over all length of the new A5 is 2.5" longer than my 1960 model and both have 26" barrels. It's all in that long action.
    Congrats on the new gun! I got a new Sweet 16 last season, also the 26" barrel. It's a dream to carry around for sure. I'm still a little bit shocked how light it is each time I get it out of the case. Shooting-wise, I would say that so far I've shot it "ok", not great, but not bad either. Not a huge sample size, maybe a dozen roosters, handful of ducks, and a couple of quail. It's very different than what I was used to, being a long-time Remington 870 & 1100 guy.


    I'm curious which choke tube you used on your first outing. I've mostly used the modified. I read a review of the gun by Randy Wakeman that stated that the factory choke tubes are off.....that the Imp Cyl was more like Cylinder, and the Mod was more like Imp Cyl.
    Don't know if this is true, I haven't patterned mine. If it is true, and you had the Imp Cyl tube in, you might've been throwing a lot more open pattern than you intended.
    I did buy an Improved Mod tube from Trulock, but haven't used it yet.
    I do plan to pattern mine at some point, just haven't gotten around to it.

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    I did have the IC choke in but that wasn't the reason for my miss. On the first shot I could of had a Cyl. choke and it would have killed the bird. I was just off. It seems to mount fine but not like my old Sweet. Guess it's just going to take some getting use to. But I'm still shocked at how much longer the new one is. Still in my gun case by the old Sweet it looks like it has a 30" barrel.
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    George: I noticed the same thing when comparing my 12 ga. Browning Stalker - 26" barrel is way longer(2") than my Browning Gold 20 and new/used A5 Light Twenty, both 26" guns.

    Both the forend and receiver are longer than my two other guns. I plan to sell the Stalker, as I find it doesn't mount well and is cumbersome. And I don't need a 12 ga for pheasants

    Love the A5 Light Twenty!

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    I would like to buy one myself but cant get past that ugly long receiver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by westksbowhunter View Post
    I would like to buy one myself but cant get past that ugly long receiver.
    The receiver does appear long. But today while hunting I compared it to my buddy's Benelli Black Eagle and the length of the receivers was about the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dakotazeb View Post
    The receiver does appear long. But today while hunting I compared it to my buddy's Benelli Black Eagle and the length of the receivers was about the same.
    Was the Black Eagle a 2 3/4 or a 3.5 inch gun? Hard to compare a 2 3/4 to a 3.5.

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    I have a Stoeger 2000 (3") in my gun case and I compared the length of the receiver on the Stoeger to the A5. They are the same length. So while the A5 receiver may appear long it isn't any longer than the other guns with similar operating systems. Actually the Stoeger with a 24" barrel is almost an inch longer than my 1960 Sweet Sixteen with a 26" barrel.
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