Bird hunters, whats your favorite shotgun?

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  • dbgun

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    Whats your favorite shotgun, when bird hunting?

    I started out with a pump (Mossberg 600AT & Remington 870). Then I went to a Remington 11-87. Last year I got a Mossberg Silver Reserve O/U at a pretty good price, and really enjoyed shooting it. All are in 12 guage. Not sure what I going to use on opening day of Dove season this year.
     

    hoytinak

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    I started out with a Mossberg 500 12ga. but now use a Remington 1100 12ga. I still use the 500 for HD (w/18.5" barrel) but put the 28" barrel on it if buddy wants to go hunting that doesn't have a shotgun. (I really need to talk them into getting one themselves :rolleyes:) Never hunted dove though, all I hunt anymore is pheasant and quail. Might try some turkey this coming season though.
     

    TSU45

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    LH Benelli M1 mostly. For some reason I always fall back on my old 870 when heading out for ducks though, it just seems to feel better on those longer shots. Plus I don't feel bad if it gets a little abused in the field.

    On a side note, I shot Rio shells for the first time last year. The Super Game shells are amazing. The 7.5 shells have 1 1/8oz shot and 3 1/2 dram equivalent for about the same price as most target loads. They're all I'm going to shot this year (except for the random shells I always seem to find in my house and truck).
     

    machinisttx

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    12 gauge 870 wingmaster with either a 28" barrel modified or 30" barrel full choke. I've had to walk over 70 paces to pick up birds with both of those barrels--and the birds folded up dead when they were hit.

    I did grow quite fond of my 16 gauge 870 wingmaster last season though. It's got a 28" barrel and modified choke. Almost as good as the above 12 gauges, with WAY less recoil. Had to walk 69 paces to pick up one bird, which also folded up dead when hit. That was done with a 2.5 dram equivalent, 1 ounce load of 7.5 shot. I'm about to start handloading for this gun, so the birds better be careful this season.

    I still can't hit a damn thing with my 20 gauge wingmaster, but it sure is purty. :D

    FWIW, my 12 gauge load is 1 1/8th ounce of hard, target grade shot at around 1420 fps. It's a handload, and it kills on both ends. Call it incentive not to miss much. ;)
     

    machinisttx

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    I have used my great grandfathers 1950 remington 870 for the last 3 years and I love it.

    The old ones pattern better and tighter IMO. Dad has a 50's vintage 870 with 30" full choke barrel that will drop squirrels at 60 paces---with 1 ounce loads of #6 shot. It belonged to my grandfather, and I've hunted one the same places he did with it.
     

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    Benelli Super Black Eagle II... I'm not that experienced of a hunter, but the times I have gone after some waterfowl, that was the smoothest shotgun for me.
     

    juwaba98

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    I've only ever hunted with 3 guns, browning citori field grade o/u 20ga 28" mod/full choke, rem 870 youth mod barrel, and then a browning citori field grade 12ga 28" bbls with briley chokes. Really partial to the Browning o/u's, they make it easier to keep from losing a bird b/c you put 3 on the ground and forgot where they all hit.
     
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