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 Post subject: Re: What is your "go to" gun?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2010 9:51 pm 
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I only have 12 ga.'s a winchester 1300 pump,stoeger 2000, and a charles daly semi-auto. I would have to say the charles daly light and less kick then the other's. But I'll use my pump some times as well.




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 Post subject: Re: What is your "go to" gun?
PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2010 9:20 am 
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My great grandpa's single shot 20 gauge is a lot of fun for hunting rabbits, squirrels, and doves. Depending on the weather, cover, and the situation, I go between my 12 gauges. Fausti O/U, Verona semi-auto, and Winchester 1300 pump.

I am married which means only one woman the rest of my life, but one shotgun no way.

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I have had lots of fun with a single barreled 20 gauge. It is light and handy.

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 Post subject: Re: What is your "go to" gun?
PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 12:34 am 
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I like to buy and sell guns so on any particular day, I'm likely to take out something in the cabinet that I haven't used before. But I'm a low-budget guy and one of the two guns in my cabinet that I will never sell is my Mossberg 500A, which I have owned for over twenty-five years. I use it for pheasant, grouse, turkey, squirrel, rabbit, hope to take coyotes with it and if I were a deer hunter I would use it for that too!

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 Post subject: Re: What is your "go to" gun?
PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 12:54 am 
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As I've gotten older, I've gravitated more to lighter guns.

Go-to's for upland this season have been my 15 year-old Citori Superlight 20 ga. or a Beretta 686SP 20 ga. Both have been used for woodcock, grouse and early-season pheasant. For the last eight weeks though I've been pheasant hunting with a '61 vintage M12 16 ga. Still a light gun to carry all day for walking behind a bird dog.


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 Post subject: Re: What is your "go to" gun?
PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 8:07 am 
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Merkel 16 ga., browning gold 12 ga. or 20 ga. Winchester Model 12 16 ga, just depends on the circumstances, and the mood I'm in. :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: What is your "go to" gun?
PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 12:15 am 
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I always call shotgun.

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 Post subject: Re: What is your "go to" gun?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 7:48 am 
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First let me say that this is my first post after joining.Have learned alot from reading everyones writings on here.Now back to the real topic.It just depends on my mood.Sometimes it's my Browning M12 20ga. or the Citori 28ga. or maybe my 686 Onyx 12ga.


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 Post subject: Re: What is your "go to" gun?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 9:48 am 
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Wolverine fan, WELCOME!!!! {hs# ..........This is a great site with soooooooo much knowledge, as you, I too have learned much from this site. Again, welcome.


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 Post subject: Re: What is your "go to" gun?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 4:11 am 
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My "go-to" shotgun is the New Haven 600CT 20 gauge pump that my dad bought for me when I was 14. The gun has sported a 24" Mossberg 500 vent rib "Accu-Choke" barrel for the last 20 years or so. I had the reciever re-finished this year, and a LimbSaver pad installed.

I use it for quail, chukar, phesant, squirrel, rabbit, and I shoot recreational sporting clays with it. I've had a lot enjoyment out of this gun over the last 31 years. I expect to get another 30 or 40 years of use out of it yet.

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 Post subject: Re: What is your "go to" gun?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 8:23 am 
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12 ga 28" WingMaster 870 with (90% of the time) Imp Cyl choke.
That is a Hastings barrel... don't trust no RemChoke nohow.
If it's beyond Imp Cyl range, I probably shouldn't be blasting anyway.
///olde 8) pharte///

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 Post subject: Re: What is your "go to" gun?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 8:28 am 
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evbutler wrote:
I have had lots of fun with a single barreled 20 gauge. It is light and handy.


EV, my dad has a Savage 28 gauge single shot. My mom bought it for him as a present when I was 3 or 4. That should make for a light walking around gun.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 10:41 am 
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 Post subject: Re: What is your "go to" gun?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 11:09 am 
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My Beretta O/U sporter used to be my go to gun, but in recent years picked up a Urgetechnea which has seen a great amount of use, especially as a cowboy action gun. It never missed a beat, but was a bit stiff to open. I gave it to a 'gunsmith' who came well recommended and he ruined it (he did a pretty good job on a Rossi 92, but obviously is not a shotgun expert, despit the recommendations). It opens nicely, but the firing pins drag across the primer faces when closing and even though the trigger pressure seems strong enough it utterly refuses to fire my shotshells (it will fire Federals it seems). It also snaps shut too easily and this is a big problem in Cowboy shooting as you have to 'stage' you gun in a rack, etc with the action open at times. 99% of the time, the action now shuts and you have to stop and go back and open it. No good!

It is currently at a specialist shotgun gunsmith getting 'unsmithed' as well as an IAC hammer coach which another prominent 'gunsmith' worked on rendering it virtually useless. When he started tut-tutting, I told him not to get too smug because he screwed up a few rifles (well, fitted light walkabout hunting 'wands' with heavy profiled barrels and hogging timber out of the forends to make them fit. He is excellent with shotguns, but sooooooooooooooo slow :(

I now have a near new Miroku SxS. Whe I get the Urgy-whatever and it together I will test them extensively and select my new hunting SxS and the loser will be lopped to 20" and fitted with Briely chokes and used for cowboy shooting or sold off. I don't like using cheap SxSs even though they seem to work ok for most people.

Heck I'm slow enough without having shotgun troubles. I had rifle trouble for years and have finally got that sorted, now I got shotgun troubles. I'm not worried about what it costs within reason, but how do I just buy stuff and get it to work so I can concentrate on my shooting and not always have things go wrong???

Nothing quiet like walking the paddocks on a cold frost morning with a nice SxS (Its not too shabby with the Beretta O/U either).


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 Post subject: Re: What is your "go to" gun?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 12:12 am 
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although im down to two guns, if i had to choose one i take out more regularly, it would definitely be the remington 870: it just feels like it fits to my 6'6" size.

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 Post subject: Re: What is your "go to" gun?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 3:06 am 
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The SANITS'S Woooo!

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 Post subject: Re: What is your "go to" gun?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 10:46 am 
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 Post subject: Re: What is your "go to" gun?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 11:23 pm 
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ok one question that gets thrown out well.... never: what is your least favorite gun you own? seems there is one gun we go to, although we dont like it, that still performs well...


mine happens to be a stoger 20 ga O/U i got from my dad. dont like the gun, but it seems every time i go out fox or coyote hunting with it, something gets brought home...

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 Post subject: Re: What is your "go to" gun?
PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 3:26 am 
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Over the years EV it would certainly be my 48AL 12 for upland birds. And fast moving little furry critters too...:lol:

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 Post subject: Re: What is your "go to" gun?
PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 6:48 am 
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fourfingersofdeath wrote:
My Beretta O/U sporter used to be my go to gun, but in recent years picked up a Urgetechnea which has seen a great amount of use, especially as a cowboy action gun. It never missed a beat, but was a bit stiff to open. I gave it to a 'gunsmith' who came well recommended and he ruined it (he did a pretty good job on a Rossi 92, but obviously is not a shotgun expert, despit the recommendations). It opens nicely, but the firing pins drag across the primer faces when closing and even though the trigger pressure seems strong enough it utterly refuses to fire my shotshells (it will fire Federals it seems). It also snaps shut too easily and this is a big problem in Cowboy shooting as you have to 'stage' you gun in a rack, etc with the action open at times. 99% of the time, the action now shuts and you have to stop and go back and open it. No good!

It is currently at a specialist shotgun gunsmith getting 'unsmithed' as well as an IAC hammer coach which another prominent 'gunsmith' worked on rendering it virtually useless. When he started tut-tutting, I told him not to get too smug because he screwed up a few rifles (well, fitted light walkabout hunting 'wands' with heavy profiled barrels and hogging timber out of the forends to make them fit. He is excellent with shotguns, but sooooooooooooooo slow :(

I now have a near new Miroku SxS. Whe I get the Urgy-whatever and it together I will test them extensively and select my new hunting SxS and the loser will be lopped to 20" and fitted with Briely chokes and used for cowboy shooting or sold off. I don't like using cheap SxSs even though they seem to work ok for most people.

Heck I'm slow enough without having shotgun troubles. I had rifle trouble for years and have finally got that sorted, now I got shotgun troubles. I'm not worried about what it costs within reason, but how do I just buy stuff and get it to work so I can concentrate on my shooting and not always have things go wrong???

Nothing quiet like walking the paddocks on a cold frost morning with a nice SxS (Its not too shabby with the Beretta O/U either).


Well I got the Urgtechnea back, sears, re cut, new hone marks in cylinder honed out and all sorted out, apart from the gun snapping shut without much provocation, which pretty much ends it's career as a cowboy shotgun. I'll sell it off to a hunter where the slick action will not be a problem.

I haven't had a chance to try the IAC Hammer gun out yet, It has new springs fitted apart from a mess of unsmithing performed on it. It feels ok, but I'm laid up with a bad back at the moment and haven't had a chance to try it.

It looks like the Miroku SxS will be my go to gun now. I was going to shorten it and fit Brieleys as it was advertised ad 30" Bbls choked Full/Full, but when I got it home I realised that it has 28" Bbls, choked half and full, so I will probably leave it as is and whack the odd door and window frame as I move between targets in cowboy shoots.

I am thinking that I should move the O/Us along and concentrate on my doubles.




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