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 Post subject: What shotgun do you hunt with?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2013 9:44 pm 
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So what shotgun (or shotguns :D ) do you hunt with and how many did you go through before you found "The One"?

Me personally I've used a little bit of everything. Starting hunting squirrels with my dad when I was 10 with an old H&R .410 since then I've hunted with:

Trying to go in order:
H&R 410
NEF 20 ga
Franchi 48 20 ga
Remington Model 11 12 ga
Mossberg 500 12 ga
Winchester 1400 12 ga
Mossberg 835 12 ga
Winchester 1400 MK II 12 ga
Remington 1100 Magnum 12 ga
Remington 870 12ga
Mossberg 500 20 ga
CZ Bob White 12 ga
Remington 11-87 12 ga
Browning Citori 12 ga
Remington 11-87 12 ga
Ithaca 37 12 ga
Browning Auto 5 Light Twelve 12 ga

Most of these have been sold/traded over the years but I still have the Franchi although I
don't use it much anymore, the 11-87 has become my turkey gun, and the Citori and Light 12 are my go to guns for everything else.

I think the 37 was the biggest disappointment it kicked like a mule, had safety issues, and despite being a factory fixed full choke, didn't pattern very well. The Bobwhite was another turd and caused me to swear off Turkey made shotguns.




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 Post subject: Re: What shotgun do you hunt with?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2013 9:59 pm 
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With what I remembered to add to my records the number of shotguns I have gone through encompass several pages of legal paper. The ones I have kind of stopped at are (in order):

Waterfowl:
field hunting
Ithaca Mag 10
12 ga Browning Gold Hunter
12 ga Beretta 391

Over water
3.5" Browning Citori Hunter

Upland:
16 ga Browning Citori Upland Special
28 ga Browning Cynergy
12 ga Winchester 24
12 ga Beretta 391

Turkey:
Browning Gold Hunter

Predators:
Browning Gold Hunter
Ithaca Mag 10

I don't hunt small game anymore so I don't have a gun I prefer for them.


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 Post subject: Re: What shotgun do you hunt with?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:20 pm 
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Started off years ago with a Savage/Stevens 311A 12ga. SxS. Sold that and bought a Win. 1200 Pump in 12ga. Traded that in on a Mossberg 500 12 ga. Then I progressed to a L.H. Rem. 1100 12ga. What I hunt with now are: L.H. Benelli M-1 12ga. and L.H. Rem. 870 Wingmaster for waterfowl. For upland: 16 and 20 guage Citori Lightning Grade 1's, 16ga. Ithaca 37, 20ga. Ithaca 37, Springfield/Stevens 5100 16ga. SxS, and Laurona 20ga. SxS.


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 Post subject: Re: What shotgun do you hunt with?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 5:16 pm 
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As I only hunt dove and quail now, I use a Browning Gold 20 gauge, Franchi Veloce 28 gauge or a Franchi AL48 28 gauge. Whichever one tickles my fancy on that day. Usually, I don't use the Gold for quail.


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 Post subject: Re: What shotgun do you hunt with?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 7:53 pm 
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It depends....

Waterfowl usually my 12 SBE or my 20 ga M2.

Upland either the 28 ga Milaon or the 20 ga Milano. Sometimes I use the M2 but not as much these days.

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 Post subject: Re: What shotgun do you hunt with?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2013 6:48 am 
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I have my trusty Mossberg 930 waterfowl for duck and geese. Fits me to a T! Good luck this season to everyone.


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 Post subject: Re: What shotgun do you hunt with?
PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 10:50 am 
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Location: The Lowcountry of SC
Deer: Browning gold hunter in 12.

Turkey: 870 supermag in 12.

Waterfowl: Same Browning as above.

Dove: Winchester 1300 in 20.

Rabbit & squeel: Rossi single 20.

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 Post subject: Re: What shotgun do you hunt with?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2013 8:20 am 
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Mberg 835 deer/turkey combo.


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 Post subject: Re: What shotgun do you hunt with?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2013 8:55 am 
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First was an 870 express mag combo for everything, now Im hunting anything that flies with my 1100

Looking for a Beretta to replace my 1100.


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 Post subject: Re: What shotgun do you hunt with?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2013 8:07 pm 
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At present, a Franchi 20 ga 48AL and Franchi 20 ga 720 camo. Prior to these I hunted with the Benelli Montefeltro, Browning Gold Hunter, Remington 1100, Charles Daly O/U, Mossberg 500, all in 20 ga, and one other Franchi 48AL in 12 ga.


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 Post subject: Re: What shotgun do you hunt with?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 5:01 am 
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Location: South Carolina
First: Savage 410 single
Doves: Wingmaster 12ga / Super X Model 1
Deer: Versamax / 870 Express 12ga
Turkey: 870 Express 12ga / Versamax
Ducks: Versamax / Wingmaster / 870 Express 12ga
Rabbits: 1100 410 / Youth 20ga Express
Everything "Do All": Wingmaster 12ga
Wife's: Youth 20ga 870 Express / Savage 410 single

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 Post subject: Re: What shotgun do you hunt with?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 9:56 pm 
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As a kid I had an Ithaca DB feather light 20, Hatted the single trigger and it kicked like a mule. Got rid of that and got a Stevens DB 20 Loved it still have it the kids learned to shoot with it. I Then got a Marlin Goose gun bolt 12, Top notch back then but then steel happened. Now I only use it when I hunt deer in a shotgun only area. Now a 870 supper express 12 -3 1/2" . Love the gun hate the trigger...

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 Post subject: Re: What shotgun do you hunt with?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 9:17 am 
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Location: Apex, NC
Waterfowl:
new Browning A5 Stalker 28" (this replaced my H&K era M1 Benelli last year)

Dove, Quail & Rabbit:
Franchi 48AL- 28ga
CZ Partridge .410
Browning Gold Hunter 20ga
Ithaca Featherlight 20

Pheasant:
Browning Sweet Sixteen
above Browning A5

Deer (on drives) & Turkey:
Same Browning A5

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 Post subject: Re: What shotgun do you hunt with?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 7:14 am 
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Back in the late 70's I had an 1100 that I hunted quail/pheasant with but haven't hunted since. I just bought a new A300 and plan on getting back in the game for duck and possibly goose. Just signed up for a Hunter Ed course(mandatory in my state to get hunting license).


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 Post subject: Re: What shotgun do you hunt with?
PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2013 8:01 pm 
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I think the 37 was the biggest disappointment it kicked like a mule, had safety issues, and despite being a factory fixed full choke, didn't pattern very well. The Bobwhite was another turd and caused me to swear off Turkey made shotguns.


So, by your logic, when you had an issue with the 37, you should have also sworn off ALL US-made guns :roll: .........There is more than one gun maker in Turkey. Guns made in the town of Huglu are not all made by the same company (similar to all of those gun companies in the Val Trompia region of Italy).

So to keep this on topic, I use a S&W Elite Gold SxS and it functions perfectly and has for several years now, as does those used by many friends who also bought these. These are great upland guns weighing about 6#6oz

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 Post subject: Re: What shotgun do you hunt with?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 12:39 pm 
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Most days I pick my sweet sixteen, but if I could add a gun it would be a 20ga. Beretta Silver Pigeon V.

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 Post subject: Re: What shotgun do you hunt with?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 5:27 pm 
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H&R 28 ga is my First choice for rabbit, squrrel and dove
Rossi 410 second choice
Woods bummin' I carry A H&R tamer 20 with standard stock on it or a old H&R smooth bore slug gun
If I need more gun I have H&R/NEF 12 ga, 10 ga and a standard size 20 ga .
I have a couple pumpguns but haven't carried one in the woods in a long time
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 Post subject: Re: What shotgun do you hunt with?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 6:49 pm 
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Winchester 1300. I have a nice Benelli, but I shoot well with the winchester. Wish it was a pound lighter.

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 Post subject: Re: What shotgun do you hunt with?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 7:39 pm 
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My experience is limited to preserve hunting for pheasant, chukar and quail. My go to gun is a Citori White Lightning in 20 gauge with 28" barrels. Occasionally I'll switch to a Wingmaster in 28 gauge.


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 Post subject: Re: What shotgun do you hunt with?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 9:31 am 
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For upland, I pretty much stick with my Browning SBS, straight stock and of course permanently choked (in mine, IC and MOD). Beware the man with one gun. For waterfowl, I've been trying out a new-to-me Winchester O/U choked in MOD and FULL.

On really bad wet days, I hate to take a double out at all and have been known to use my 870 Marine Magnum for upland, but that requires the installation of a special magazine plug and, being a lazy guy, I've only done it a few times.




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