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 Post subject: Bird guns?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:17 pm 
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What's your favorite bird gun and what kind of hunting do you do with it?



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 Post subject: Re: Bird guns?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:25 pm 
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I have two. A 1961 12 ga Beretta Silver Snipe o/u I use for Pheasant hunting when I can find them and Rabbits. She's getting new springs put in her. Also a 1970's Remi Wing master 12ga. for most of my upland bird hunting.

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 Post subject: Re: Bird guns?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:00 pm 
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28 gauge AYA#2 and 16 gauge Grulla 216RB. I use both for my upland hunting over my DD.


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 Post subject: Re: Bird guns?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 7:53 pm 
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Beretta SPV in 28 ga, doves


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 Post subject: Re: Bird guns?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:03 pm 
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A S&W Elite Gold (now Dickinson) 20 gauge; used to have a SKB 505 28

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 Post subject: Re: Bird guns?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:57 pm 
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Depends on the what when and where for me.

Preserve Quail - 20 ga. Merkel 147 EL or Winchester model 42
Dakota Pheasants - 12 Ga. Superposed
Illinois Pheasants - (few and far between)
20 ga. Belgium Daly or Beretta 686 upland special
Nebraska Grouse - 3" 12 ga. Miroku Daly or Magnum superposed
Dove - whatever I decide that day usually.


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 Post subject: Re: Bird guns?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:47 pm 
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Browning 20 gauge White Lightning usually choked skeet and improved cylinder. I use it for all my preserve hunting (pheasants, chukar, and quail).


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 Post subject: Re: Bird guns?
PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 6:46 pm 
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Doves 20 or 28 ga Ithaca Model 37
Wild quail 20 ga SP III
Preserve Quail 28 ga SP III
Preserve Pheasant and Chukar 20 ga SP III
Tower Pheasant 12 ga SP III


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 Post subject: Re: Bird guns?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:51 pm 
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I use an 870 super express 12 gauge.
LOOONG barrel .
Hunt every thing from Doves to swan and crane.
Cottontail to coyote.
I have a composite pistol grip stock and sling on it and just a front bead, AND the most important thing a Limb saver,
I shoot from 2 1/2 3/4 oz lead to MONSTER 3 1/2 1 5/8 oz steel shells , 1 3/4 oz lead for dogs.

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 Post subject: Re: Bird guns?
PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:57 pm 
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Early 80’s vintage SKB 500 Lightweight 12ga. Use it for most bird hunting.

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 Post subject: Re: Bird guns?
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Franchi 48 20 gauge. Very light, reliable, and won't tire you out carrying it all day. Being very light, it has a bit of recoil but you usually won't shoot it enough to bother about reoil.

I have been using a Franchi 48 since it first came on the market back when I was a teenager. When Franchi made a special run of the same gun for American Arms, I bought the Black Magic. Same gun, all parts interchangeable, but a bit more classy on the exterior.

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 Post subject: Re: Bird guns?
PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 10:28 am 
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Benelli Montefeltro 20 ga. It’s light, not terribly expensive, reliable and is effective on pheasants and quail.

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 Post subject: Re: Bird guns?
PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:00 am 
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Depending on the birds, I either use a Parker repro 28 Ga. or a 16 Ga. #2 AyA. Both guns have beautiful wood, straight stocks, splinter fore ends and double triggers. The Parker is over 30 years old and the AyA is 12 years old. Prior to getting the AyA, I used a pair of 20 Gauge Browning BSS's behind both pointing and flushing dogs.


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 Post subject: Re: Bird guns?
PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:04 pm 
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Location: Upper Mississippi River
Remington 1100 12ga 3inch Mag with extra barrels and with it in the past 40 plus years.
Pheasants, Hungarian Partridge, Quail, Waterfowl Ducks & Geese, Chucker, Sharptail Grouse, Whitetail Deer, Coyotes, Feral Cats, Cottontail Rabbits, Jackrabbits, Raccoons, Squirrels. all have been taken with one gun.
Now days mostly Pheasants & Waterfowl with a few Quail you will always find a 1100 or 11-87 in my hands in 12ga 20ga or 28ga yes life is good with a Remington in my hands.


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 Post subject: Re: Bird guns?
PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:09 pm 
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For quail, I use a Franchi Veloce 28 gauge. For doves, it's a Classic Doubles 101 20 gauge.


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 Post subject: Re: Bird guns?
PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:59 pm 
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Also Benelli Legacy 28 ga. Less than 5 lb and downs birds effectively

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 Post subject: Re: Bird guns?
PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 5:13 pm 
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My favorite Mearns Quail gun is a Merkel model 8, 20 Gauge, 25" barrels and Brily Thin-Wall chokes. It's light <6 Lbs., fast, sports a sling and a painting of my favorite Brit pointer, just perfect for my type of hunting.

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 Post subject: Re: Bird guns?
PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 6:12 pm 
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Location: SE Ohio...where ruffed grouse were
To narrow it reasonably...ruffed grouse & woodcock:

16 Fox made in 1916, plain ol’ Sterlingworth, C - IC, 26”, 6#

or

Sweet 16 Auto 5, IC, 26”, 6 3/4#(maybe)

Either one works equally swell....weights & measures of the scattergun are unimportant, unless at the extremes.
Soooooo many other points from shell to cover to day to...ad nauseaum wil tell the tale, and tell it differently on different days.


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 Post subject: Re: Bird guns?
PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 7:41 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Bird guns?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:38 pm 
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Browning 725 field 20ga .bought it this past summer and love carrying this gun . it was bought as grouse / pheasant gun with 28" barrels 6lb 9oz .it carries so easy and point the same .



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