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 Post subject: re: Hunting with a single shot shotgun?
PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2008 10:27 pm 
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i have a pump (1300 winny) and prefer to take out my h&r single shot! carrying it all day is sooooo much nicer than the pump. nice and light. and with bulky winter clothing on, it fits me better. the pump gun is fine with a t shirt or a sweat shirt. but w/ a heavy winter jacket and everything else the single shot fits just right then. it was the best $ i've spent on a gun.

totally rugged, its nice too, to walk around with it broken open, shell in the chamber with a finger on it to hold it from falling out. the gun is totally safe this way and can be snapped shut, cocked, and fired in no time flat. infact this gun i think i am going to get the barrel chopped to 18" and a poly choke permanently installed to make that total length. it will break down and fit right into a backpack. great from camping! and its just nice at the end of the day to throw the thing in your pack. I cannot reccomend one enough.

I'm sure you will get this and then get other guns and hunt with those for awhile but after some time i bet you will come back to that nice light, fast to be in action single shot.

i use mine for squirrel hunting mostly




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 Post subject: re: Hunting with a single shot shotgun?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 1:50 pm 
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I'm planning on taking a 12ga single out this year for pheasants too! The gun has been in the family for 100 years, and I think it
s due to bag a rooster. I also plan on teaching my youngin to shoot with it. I was considering buying a 28ga or .410 barrel insert for him to shoot with that gun. Nothing like a little family history to make a $25 -$75 shotgun priceless.


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 Post subject: Re: re: Hunting with a single shot shotgun?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 4:49 pm 
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Pheasants For-dinner wrote:
Nothing like a little family history to make a $25 -$75 shotgun priceless.


So true. My favorites were not bought by me, they were handed down. I find the one's I bought come along for the ride as back-up but the one's putting roosters in the bag are the old family guns. Cheers, Jack

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 Post subject: re: Hunting with a single shot shotgun?
PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 10:04 am 
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Location: N.J. 5'10" 140 LBS. WADDDDAYA WANT?????
first few years of shotgun hunting was with dads ithaca 66 12 ga. 30" full. kicked like a mule,never shot any animals with,never had the chance too.

dad took a few pheasants and ducks while hunting with it. also has a savage single in 20 ga. 26" or 28" mod choke.

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 Post subject: re: Hunting with a single shot shotgun?
PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 7:04 pm 
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I did a lot of hunting as a kid with a single shot 20 gauge Savage. Gun was pretty ugly but it was always reliable and still is. I have shot squirrels, doves, rabbits, and other game with it. The gun is a great shooter!


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 Post subject: re: Hunting with a single shot shotgun?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2009 2:38 am 
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My first gun (still use it) was a Stevens 94 M 12g. It is what is known as a Long Tom because it has a long barrel. It is ugly as hell, but when I aim, I hit. I always carry an extra shell between my fingers and can get a second shot off pretty quick if needed. I've hunted rabbits, dove, quail and squirrels with it. I also have a pump, but hardly ever carry it.

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 Post subject: re: Hunting with a single shot shotgun?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2009 12:53 pm 
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My first gun was a 20ga single. Hunted with it for 4 yrs before I bought a .22lr then a 12ga pump. Brought home a lot of dinners with it. Ah the memories of some 40 yrs ago and grandpas farm.


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 Post subject: Re: re: Hunting with a single shot shotgun?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 12:22 pm 
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1cdog wrote:
I did a lot of hunting as a kid with a single shot 20 gauge Savage. Gun was pretty ugly but it was always reliable and still is. I have shot squirrels, doves, rabbits, and other game with it. The gun is a great shooter!


I started with my dads Savage 28 gauge with a fixed mod choke. That gun has killed more rabbits and tree rats between the two of us than I can count. I will inherit it one day and will again use it like I did 35 years ago.

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 Post subject: re: Hunting with a single shot shotgun?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2009 9:00 am 
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It is the crippling effect that is bad . It is bad enough with 2 or 3 shots let alone 1. I personally never used one but I did buy a 20ga. one for my son when he was 12 and we go to the pheasant farm alot ( 20 times a year) and there was nothing worse than watching a hit pheasant keep on flying to go suffer and die somewhere so after 3 times with that gun I bought a inexspensiveO/U for him in a 20 ga.I think they are fine for squirel and rabbit but nothing like pheasants. Yes everyone shot pheasants and deer and so on but you also have to be responsiblefor your actions. We always tried to have a backup for him but sometimes it wasnt possible .


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 Post subject: re: Hunting with a single shot shotgun?
PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2009 11:56 am 
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A very long :cry: time ago, when I was able to get through the brush, my FAVORITE rabbit gun was a single shot 20 gauge. I used to get a lot of static from my partners for choosing my single shot and leaving my Superposed Browning 20 ga at home.
Truth be known, I liked the fit and feel of the H and R much better than the Browning!
I'd sure like to have a new H and R (NEF?) in 28 ga. with choke tubes!!!
Good hunting... shoot safe and cook well.
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 Post subject: re: Hunting with a single shot shotgun?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 12:59 pm 
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The only times I've really wished for the ability for multiple shots is when I've flushed a whole covey of grouse. Otherwise, it's pretty rare to get more than one clear shot at most game.

And if your first shot just wounds the animal, what are the odds that a second or third shot is going to be more accurate than the first one, anyway?


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 Post subject: re: Hunting with a single shot shotgun?
PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 8:02 pm 
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with a pheasant you can almost always get a 2nd or 3rd shot .In30 yrs I killed plenty that were hit on the 1st shot and had to hit it again with the 2nd


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 Post subject: Re: Hunting with a single shot shotgun?
PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 4:16 am 
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well....
i do belive in deed, that hunting with single shotgun is THE ART OF TRUE HUNTING, since it is the true chalenge for hunter.
most ppl think it is for the beginer wh wants to start hunting, but i belive it is for he who knows how to hunt.
it is light, east to carry, and efficient.
i have one and i use it more than i use my other simi automatic one. why, coz i found that i can hunt anything with it. but you must know a lot about the right amo you need. and the place you will hunt in.
for ex. i shoot quail with size 9 and 28 grames, and guess what, i usually get 2 birds in one shot.
i hunt dove with it, and use size 6 and 32 grames, and never need a second shot to get the dove down.
it can shoot whatever you want, and the art of using it and which amo with it, is the true knowledge of hunting.

good luck.... u have nice shotgun enjoy.


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 Post subject: Re: Hunting with a single shot shotgun?
PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2009 8:07 am 
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Everything in life is a circle they say. I started out 16 years ago with a new to me CIL Model 402 in 28ga, graduated to an 870 Wingmaster Combo, sold it for a Belgium Newmann Bros, sold that and hunted the past 10 years with a Marlin 55GDL, barrel shortned to 25.5". This year I decided to return to a single shot, bought a new Boito Reuna in 12ga. Their is something rewarding about hunting with single shot be it a rimfire, centrefire rifle or shotgun. With a single, one must make that shot count or not take a shot.


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 Post subject: Re: Hunting with a single shot shotgun?
PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 9:43 am 
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As a kid I hunted with an old Savage 24, this is an over/under with a 22LR on the top, and a 20ga shotgun on the bottom.

I usually hunted with an Ithaca M49 Single Saddle Gun (22 single shot lever action), started taking the Savage because I got tired of my grandfather being the only one who got shots at quail and woodcock when we jumped them while squirrel hunting. I don’t remember actually ever getting a shot off with that Savage at anything flying though, it’s selective hammer always slowed me down too much. I was also probably between 6-8 years old when I used to pack that gun too.

What I remember most about that gun was that I ALWAYS wanted to be sure I got the squirrel with the 22 so I didn't have to shoot that bruiser of a 20ga. I remember that thing as being a real butt kicker at that age, then again, I’m pretty sure I always took Remington Express 1oz #7.5 loads in it too.

I need to break that Savage out again one of these days, my dad divided up most of his guns a few years ago and my brother ended up with that one, I need to remember to ask to borrow it from him this squirrel season for old time’s sake.


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 Post subject: Re: Hunting with a single shot shotgun?
PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 11:24 pm 
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Wow I posted a testimant to the quality of the single shot on the o/t forum and got nothing but ridicule. I earned my stripes shooting an NEF 20 ga and would do it again.

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 Post subject: Re: Hunting with a single shot shotgun?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 7:00 am 
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Only someone who would drown in the rain would snub his nose at the single shot.There purpose in life was to put meat in the pot and they still do. I believe every man should spend at least one day in the field each year with a single so he can remember what brought him to the hunting life and remember how simple hunting can be without all the gadgets
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hunting is about the `one` shot. it just happens that u/o and SXSs have a second "one shot" just next to the first. :lol:

i`ve often loaded just one shell, and used it with good effect, good shootin y`all


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 Post subject: Re: Hunting with a single shot shotgun?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 8:19 pm 
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You ask about single shots my dad grew up from about 13 years of age with his single H&R .410 shootin rabbits and squirrels...the other day I shot a squirrel with my single shot break pellet gun and got the idea AFTER i got rid of the squirrel that i should try to tan a hide.... SO last nite i went out with the 25 year old break open .410 and shot me a squirrel after jumpin a deer of of my deer spot and then I took the squirrel home and asked for some help skinnin the squirrel... he said no, no help that is somin i should learn to do on my own.... so after about 30 mins of skinnin out a lil ole squirrel (some of the people out there are probably laughin their heads of about that) but i finnally got it took care of and am now tannin the hide... IMO single shots are a valuable tradition that should never ever be lost!!!


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 Post subject: Re: re: Hunting with a single shot shotgun?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 11:09 am 
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pheasent89 wrote:
Yes everyone shot pheasants and deer and so on but you also have to be responsiblefor your actions.


I think the single shot is PERFECT for teaching just that. Only take the sure shots. NEVER take a shot with a probability to cripple or lose game. Know when you pull the trigger that YOU can make that shot. I know that cripples happen, but they seem to happen even when a second or third shot is available. Make the first one count.

I do not know the situations of the cripplings. It could be anything or any combination of things. If he had repetitive problems with crippling maybe he was shooting too far? Or maybe he hadn't patterned the gun so he knew where to hold? Experience will fix some of those things too.

Not trying to be inciting or anything, just posting an opinion.

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 Post subject: Re: Hunting with a single shot shotgun?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 4:19 pm 
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I like single shots
I use a single shot NEF Pardner 12 ga.
I'm a better shot when I use it, I think mostly just because I know it's the only shot I got, so I gotta make it count, Ya kno?

I love shooting Pumps and Semi-Auto's, but if I have to make the shot count I prefer my old Single Shot

Keith




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