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 Post subject: Re: New bird hunter, can y'all help with shotgun selection?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 8:42 am 
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Many of the new 12 gauge semis are very light. A light semi with a 26" barrel is a very versatile gun. On pheasants I prefer a 12 as nontoxic shot is required in some of the places I go and 3"#3 steel does a good job at a affordable price. Just food for thought. I have used the same benelli M1 for years. I have acquired 3 barrels for it over the years. A 24" most of my upland hunting (lite), 28" for crows, pigeons, dove, waterfowl and a 21" for turkey hunting. I wish I had a second so I had a matching pair.



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 Post subject: Re: New bird hunter, can y'all help with shotgun selection?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 10:41 am 
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Hmmm...I'm jealous. I love the WRR...great place to live..down near the Hobacks or farther South near Pinedale? I'm heading to Driggs next month to visit my son and I plan to poke around on the Wyoming side while I'm there. I'm thinking ahead to next fall for a speed goat hunt.

If I had only one affordable gun to use for small game and waterfowl it would be a Remington 870 12 gauge. I used one for years for ducks, geese, turkey, crows, grouse etc. I tend to worry about the finish on my guns so I prefer to use a gun that I'm not afraid to scratch up...consequently I used an 870 express that I camo'd...a bit heavy but when I changed to a synthetic stock it lightened up quite a bit. my Wingmaster (an early 60's model) is used in good weather and when I'm not crawling on the ground or plowing through heavy brush.
After years of using the 870 I switched to a semi-auto. I bought a Win SX3 that I absolutely love. It's a great fitting and very soft shooting gun. With the pump I could frequently shoot doubles but I was never successful with triples. With the SX3 that all changed...I'm now disappointed if each shell doesn't drop a bird when the opportunity is there... the Rem V3 seems to be getting lot's of good press...you might also take a look at that.
For upland birds I tend to use my Win 101 over and under or my Lefever Nitro 16 gauge....
I own CZ rifles and to repeat what has already been said about CZ service...it's terrific. Markedly better than Rem or Win.....


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 Post subject: Re: New bird hunter, can y'all help with shotgun selection?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 10:55 am 
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Welcome to Wyoming, an outdoorsmen' paradise.
I live in Wyoming and hunt big game, upland birds and waterfowl. My choice of shotguns for upland bird hunting has evolved over a lifetime of experience and I prefer a SxS with 2 triggers and 2 chokes, stocked straight with a splinter fore piece in 16 Gauge. I shoot 3/4 oz., 7/8 oz., 1 oz., and 1 1/8 oz. loads reloaded in all brass hulls. I shoot a SA 12 Gauge for waterfowl.

I shot a pair of 20 Ga. BSS SxS' for over 30 years before switching to the 16, which is a lighter much better handling gun and throws outstanding patterns from my brass hull reloads.
This pic shows a limit of Chuker, a 20 Ga. BSS one of a pair that I shot for over 30 years and Emily my now deceased Brittany.
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The shotgun is my favorite, a 16 Ga. #2 AyA brass hulls in thee foreground.
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This pic is of Annie my French Brittany, the AyA and 3 pheasant.
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Below are loaded RMC all brass hulls that throw the best patterns that I have ever witnessed in a lifetime of shooting.
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I recognize that my experiences and preferences may not parallel yours and I suggest that you try as many shotguns that you can before buying as you just may find your dream gun. Good Luck.


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 Post subject: Re: New bird hunter, can y'all help with shotgun selection?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:39 am 
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wyobirds wrote:
Welcome to Wyoming, an outdoorsmen' paradise.
I live in Wyoming and hunt big game, upland birds and waterfowl. My choice of shotguns for upland bird hunting has evolved over a lifetime of experience and I prefer a SxS with 2 triggers and 2 chokes, stocked straight with a splinter fore piece in 16 Gauge. I shoot 3/4 oz., 7/8 oz., 1 oz., and 1 1/8 oz. loads reloaded in all brass hulls. I shoot a SA 12 Gauge for waterfowl.

I shot a pair of 20 Ga. BSS SxS' for over 30 years before switching to the 16, which is a lighter much better handling gun and throws outstanding patterns from my brass hull reloads.
This pic shows a limit of Chuker, a 20 Ga. BSS one of a pair that I shot for over 30 years and Emily my now deceased Brittany.
Image

The shotgun is my favorite, a 16 Ga. #2 AyA brass hulls in thee foreground.
Image
This pic is of Annie my French Brittany, the AyA and 3 pheasant.
Image

Below are loaded RMC all brass hulls that throw the best patterns that I have ever witnessed in a lifetime of shooting.
Image

I recognize that my experiences and preferences may not parallel yours and I suggest that you try as many shotguns that you can before buying as you just may find your dream gun. Good Luck.



Nice pictures , good looking dogs there .


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 Post subject: Re: New bird hunter, can y'all help with shotgun selection?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 11:35 am 
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Thank you Ron.


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 Post subject: Re: New bird hunter, can y'all help with shotgun selection?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 12:17 am 
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Randy shoots a lot too and speaks from experience


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 Post subject: Re: New bird hunter, can y'all help with shotgun selection?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 1:02 am 
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Love the pictures WYO


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 Post subject: Re: New bird hunter, can y'all help with shotgun selection?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:49 am 
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67G, thank you.




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