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shotgun for girlfriend

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My girlfriend is taking the plunge. She just finished her hunter safety course this weekend and is now a licensed hunter (this could be dangerous :wink: ). I have been contemplating the "perfect" starter gun for her and have come up with 2 scenarios. First off she is recoil shy, and thought my 6.9lb Franchi 612 was "heavy" :lol:. I'm thinking 20 gauge due to lessened recoil than a 12, yet she won't have to be an intermediate to andvanced wingshooter as she would have to be to consistently down birds with a 28. I figure an autoloader will dampen recoil more than a stack, and she just might need that extra shot due to inexperience. This leaves me debating between a Franchi 620VS (26"...5.9lbs) or the Franchi AL 48 in 20 gauge (26"...5.7lbs). I'm not limiting the gun to a Franchi, they are just the lightest in the class, and I am very pleased with my 612.
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I agree that the 28 ga should be just the ticket. I have an 1100 28 ga and it is extremely deadly. I'm not sure why, perhaps there is less stringing in the pattern, anyway the pattern is very dense.
I have heard it said that a 12 ga throws a doughnut shaped pattern while the 28 throws the doughnut hole.
Don't equate the 28 ga effectivness with the .410. It is much more deadly. The down size is the price of ammo. $7 + for 25 rounds here abouts.
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