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 Post subject: Re: What shotgun do you hunt with?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2020 8:18 am 
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Location: Mississippi Gulf Coast
Back on point, as to what shotgun do I use to hunt, I have to say that I only hunt quail and do that only occasionally. As a general rule it seems that nostalgia plays a big role in our personal preferences. Not always but usually. My Grandfather started me out shooting quail with a 16 gauge Model 12 Winchester. I am still a pump man to this day. Being a pump man AND an occasional quail shooter could be viewed as mutually exclusive things but I ignore convention and plod on. My favorite blunderbuss for such endeavors is a Remington 870 Special Field in 20 gauge. It's one of the later models with RemChokes and is approximately 35 years old. Shotgun makers went through a phase of making upland styled pump guns that started in the early to mid 80s. The youngsters around here won't be familiar with these models. Browning apparently continued making their BPS Upland, although in a much cruder form than the early guns, until relatively recently. Remington, Winchester and Browning all made short barreled, straight stocked pump guns aimed at upland bird shooters who in turn aimed them at upland birds. I owned all of them. They were all, to my mind, handsome guns, but apparently not everybody shared that sentiment. They certainly seemed like a good idea at the time and I suspect, like fashion trends, we may see them again one day. The same Grandfather that taught me to hunt quail with the Model 12 also left me a 12 gauge Browning Lightning Superposed which is nice but hunting quail with it is like driving a finishing nail with a drilling hammer. I also have my departed Uncle's 20 gauge Browning A5 from the early 60s equipped with the stylish for then Cutt's Compensator and Lyman chokes. The A5 is a trim, svelte pleasing gun to use that causes quail to fall from the sky but try as I might I just can't pump it. So while it may seem gauche and blue collar I suppose I'll be a pump man until such time as I'm not.




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 Post subject: Re: What shotgun do you hunt with?
PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2020 1:28 pm 
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Location: Endless Mountains of PA
boray,

I have an old M12 16 gauge here at the log cabin training facility myself, it is worn so smooth that it almost rotates itself after firing. Had the choke opened to IC for Grouse and Woodcock hunting long ago. The girls love the light gun very much.

All my Semi-Auto's are now gone, gave the Model 58 Rem to my Best friend as a Christmas present a few years ago, the 1100 has been gone for many years, did shoot a mess of Lancaster County Pheasant with it in College.

My good guns are all Breech loading, L.C. Smith, J.P Sauer, Ithaca/LeFever, early H&R etc. Can't remember the last time I carried anything else to hunt with. Each to his own!

Pine Creek/Dave
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 Post subject: Re: What shotgun do you hunt with?
PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2020 5:05 pm 
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Location: Central NH
I usually hunt woodcock with a LeFever Nitro Special in 20 gauge. It has pretty open chokes which work great in our cover.I also have a Nitro in .410 that I hope to use next season for woodcock.

For pheasants, I have an old Charles Daly/Miroku 20 gauge O/U that I shoot pretty well. I recently bought a Dickinson in 28 gauge that I'll try out for preserve pheasants next time out.
Since the Dickinson has screw in chokes, it will likely see some time chasing dogs chasing woodcock.


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 Post subject: Re: What shotgun do you hunt with?
PostPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2020 2:19 pm 
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Location: Endless Mountains of PA
painter,

I have known and talked to different men down thru the years who really like the Ithaca/LeFever 20 gauge
Nitro guns and once they hunt with them, they are stuck on those 20 gauge guns. Got to admit they are smooth little Grouse guns, that swing well and put the birds down nicely.

Post some pictures of your hunts with the new Dickinson 28 some time, would love to see it.

Pine Creek/Dave
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 Post subject: Re: What shotgun do you hunt with?
PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2020 12:24 pm 
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Location: Central South Dakota
I hunt only with 16ga shotguns. I rotate between a Citori, a Miroku A-5, and a Belgium made A-5. Sometimes I sprinkle an early 870 in there as well.

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 Post subject: Re: What shotgun do you hunt with?
PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2021 1:56 am 
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Location: Melbourne, Australia
Hi everyone. First post and Happy New Year to you and your loved ones.

I use 3 shotguns to hunt with but my number 1 is my Beretta Ultralight Deluxe.

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Miroku MK10 Sporter that I mainly use for Skeet/Sporting Clays. A bit heavy to carry all day but does ok.

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BRNO ZP49 which I take out every now and then for a bit of fun.

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 Post subject: Re: What shotgun do you hunt with?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2021 8:34 pm 
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Minoan,

The ZP49 looks real cool, have fun with her!

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 Post subject: Re: What shotgun do you hunt with?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2021 12:03 pm 
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i am using Remington 870. for duck hunting but in my opinion these shotgun are also good for hunting.
Weatherby SA-08.
Winchester SXP.
CZ USA Drake.
Benelli Ethos {hs# :D


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 Post subject: Re: What shotgun do you hunt with?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2021 6:24 am 
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I have used approximately 10 type of shotguns' most of time i used crossbow for hunting.
some of the shotguns that i have used it is
Remington 870
Weatherby SA-08
CZ USA Drake
Benelli Ethos
these four are my fav shotguns ever :D {hs# {hs# {hs#


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 Post subject: Re: What shotgun do you hunt with?
PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2021 2:24 am 
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Location: WA
My go-to is a 12ga Wingmaster that I restored. My father and grandfather both shot Wingmasters', so it's only natural i did too. Well actually i own heck of alot more, but who's counting... Hopefully not my wife :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: What shotgun do you hunt with?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2021 2:32 pm 
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I primarily hunt with a Browning 725 20 gauge field model or a Benelli M2 20 gauge when I need an auto loader.


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 Post subject: Re: What shotgun do you hunt with?
PostPosted: Sun Mar 21, 2021 7:20 pm 
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Ithaca Model 37's: usually a 20ga and sometimes a 16.


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 Post subject: Re: What shotgun do you hunt with?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2021 12:22 pm 
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Location: Endless Mountains of PA
Gentlemen,

I recently picked up a 1914 L.C. Smith Field Grade 20 gauge gun, that had been special ordered back in the day. Real nice #5 gun, French Walnut wood, with 24" barrels. Only a few of these guns were made and the original owner kept this gun in near perfect condition. The little 20 gauge will be a great Grouse and Woodcock gun in heavy habitat with RST or Poly shells.

all the best,

Pine Creek/Dave
L.C. Smith Man

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After a nice rub down the 100 Plus year old stock, on the L.C. Smith 20 gauge gun really looks nice. I hope the modern round body 28 gauge Turkish made Trigger Plate gun above it, fairs as well after 100 years.
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 Post subject: Re: What shotgun do you hunt with?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2021 1:16 pm 
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Location: SE Ohio...where ruffed grouse were
Pine Creek/Dave wrote:
Gentlemen,

I recently picked up a 1914 L.C. Smith Field Grade 20 gauge gun, that had been special ordered back in the day. Real nice #5 gun, French Walnut wood, with 24" barrels. Only a few of these guns were made and the original owner kept this gun in near perfect condition. The little 20 gauge will be a great Grouse and Woodcock gun in heavy habitat with RST or Poly shells.

all the best,

Pine Creek/Dave
L.C. Smith Man

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After a nice rub down the 100 Plus year old stock, on the L.C. Smith 20 gauge gun really looks nice. I hope the modern round body 28 gauge Turkish made Trigger Plate gun above it, fairs as well after 100 years.
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A special order 20 gauge Elsie that is a field grade and also a #5, with no engraving but having 24" barrels...all in swell condition then....perhaps it was ordered by an "independent yankee cuss", as termed by you know who, that kept it only for special occasions or special coverts.
I trust the barrels were choked commensurate with the best upland use for 24" barrels.
A true collector piece.

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 Post subject: Re: What shotgun do you hunt with?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2021 2:30 pm 
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Location: Endless Mountains of PA
MF,

The 1914 Field Grade gun looks to have #4 or #5 French Walnut wood, it is not a #5 gun for sure. Real nice Special Order gun, choked IC & M, which should be a real nice Grouse gun. It does throw some real nice bird killing patterns, especially with the RST shells. Nice light gun with the 24" barrels and 14 1/8" LOP. The gun was probably made for a lady or a young man, back in 1914.

Thanks for the nice comment on the gun.

all the best,

Pine Creek/Dave
L.C. Smith Man

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 Post subject: Re: What shotgun do you hunt with?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2021 3:16 pm 
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For dove I use a 12 gauge Benelli Montefeltro Silver

For ducks and turkeys I use a 12 gauge Benelli Montefelto in Camo

For quail I use a Rizzini Artemis Deluxe in either 20 or 28 gauge, though I'm waiting on my dream gun to get here, a 20 gauge H&H that's getting customized.

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