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 Post subject: 5 Pound Guns
PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2020 12:33 pm 
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Hi all,
I'm thinking about getting a dedicated lightweight upland gun, preferably O/U or SxS but I'm open to any action type. I was wondering what's out there in the 5 to 5.25 lb range? So far I've seen the Franchi Instinct SL in 28 gauge is supposedly 5.2 lbs. That's about the lightest I've seen so far.

My upland hunting is mostly grouse and woodcock in steep, mountainous terrain. I currently have three 16 gauge guns, the lightest being 5.8 lbs and heaviest is 6.5 lbs. I have a bad back so weight makes a huge difference carrying all day. I would love to find something closer to 5 lbs. that isn't ridiculous money.




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 Post subject: Re: 5 Pound Guns
PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2020 12:39 pm 
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Doublebass73,

Not exactly sure of the listed weight, however I own a 555 Stevens/Savage 28 gauge O/U that is very light. Mine is just under 5.0 Lbs and gets the job done. Mine has no doubling problem, some of the early guns did.

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 Post subject: Re: 5 Pound Guns
PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2020 12:55 pm 
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I used to hunt grouse and rabbits with a 20 gauge Franchi 48AL which weighed 5.2 pounds. It was lighter and easier to carry and handle in close spaces than an old 20 gauge pump that weighed 6.1 pounds which I had used for many years.

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 Post subject: Re: 5 Pound Guns
PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2020 1:17 pm 
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The Benelli Legacy 28 ga weighs in at under.5 lbs if you can find one. I think it’s the same gun as the lightweight but with ornamentation. Mine is a delightful upland gun for all but wild pheasants

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 Post subject: Re: 5 Pound Guns
PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2020 3:06 pm 
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Pine Creek/Dave wrote:
Doublebass73,

Not exactly sure of the listed weight, however I own a 555 Stevens/Savage 28 gauge O/U that is very light. Mine is just under 5.0 Lbs and gets the job done. Mine has no doubling problem, some of the early guns did.

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Thanks, that's good to know. The listed weight is 5.5 lbs so I didn't really consider it especially since most manufacturers list their weights higher than reality. A friend's wife has that same gun and uses it for waterfowl, she likes it. I might have to go look at one now.


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 Post subject: Re: 5 Pound Guns
PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2020 3:11 pm 
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A 28 or 20 semi like the Benelli or Franchi in that weight range would be really nice. Recoil must be really mild.


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 Post subject: Re: 5 Pound Guns
PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2020 4:07 pm 
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casonet wrote:
The Benelli Legacy 28 ga weighs in at under.5 lbs if you can find one. I think it’s the same gun as the lightweight but with ornamentation. Mine is a delightful upland gun for all but wild pheasants
I have one as well. Wildly underrated gun.


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 Post subject: Re: 5 Pound Guns
PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2020 5:25 pm 
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casonet wrote:
The Benelli Legacy 28 ga weighs in at under.5 lbs if you can find one. I think it’s the same gun as the lightweight but with ornamentation. Mine is a delightful upland gun for all but wild pheasants


After seeing how badly a Benelli Legacy 28 gauge performed on a pheasant hunt last year, I wouldn't recommend it for pheasants. I think it would be a good grouse and woodcock gun. I'd use something bigger for pheasants. It was a very beautiful gun, however. It just wasn't a pheasant gun.


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 Post subject: Re: 5 Pound Guns
PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2020 6:30 pm 
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It’s fine for pen raised birds but you need more gun for wild ones, at least here in Kansas

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 Post subject: Re: 5 Pound Guns
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See if you can find any of the Browning Upland Specials or Superlights. I have them in all 4 gauges and love them all, EXCEPT the 12 gauge.... Also look at the Remington Special Field in 20 gauge.


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 Post subject: Re: 5 Pound Guns
PostPosted: Thu Nov 12, 2020 10:19 am 
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I have a Rizzini 28 Omnium that comes in at 5lb. Cabela's has a few in their gun library. Check Gunbroker as well.


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 Post subject: Re: 5 Pound Guns
PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2020 11:06 pm 
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Does anyone have an actual weight for a CZ Bobwhite in 28 gauge ?


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 Post subject: Re: 5 Pound Guns
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Doublebass73 wrote:
Does anyone have an actual weight for a CZ Bobwhite in 28 gauge ?

The G2 is 5.38#.

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 Post subject: Re: 5 Pound Guns
PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2020 8:39 am 
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Tristar has a 28 GA SXS at 5.24 pounds ($1,100) and a 28 GA SA at 5.2 pounds ($740). I don't own either but have good reports on the brand name. They are popular with hunters here in Utah. My neighbors son lives and hunts quail in southern Utah with the 28 GA SA and absolutely loves it.

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 Post subject: Re: 5 Pound Guns
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A friend has a 28 gauge I. Rizzini Iside with 28" barrels, steel frame. It weighs 4 lbs 15 oz. He had a good year on grouse/woodcock with it.

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 Post subject: Re: 5 Pound Guns
PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2020 8:45 am 
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Halwg wrote:
casonet wrote:
The Benelli Legacy 28 ga weighs in at under.5 lbs if you can find one. I think it’s the same gun as the lightweight but with ornamentation. Mine is a delightful upland gun for all but wild pheasants


After seeing how badly a Benelli Legacy 28 gauge performed on a pheasant hunt last year, I wouldn't recommend it for pheasants. I think it would be a good grouse and woodcock gun. I'd use something bigger for pheasants. It was a very beautiful gun, however. It just wasn't a pheasant gun.
I would agree that it is not a good gun for wide ranging/flushing wild pheasants. I owned one for 3 years and it killed lots of farm pheasants just fine. I even killed mallards with it over decoys. It would work very well on the OPs grouse & woodcock.

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 Post subject: Re: 5 Pound Guns
PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2020 11:57 pm 
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There's more options than I realized, I appreciate everyone's responses.




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