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Old June 23, 2009, 02:07 PM   #1
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Shotgun for the wife? Suggestions?

My wife wants a shotgun to go hunting with. She is pretty small but not tiny. Any suggestions of where we should start? She will make the final decision but wants me to help her dedide.
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Old June 23, 2009, 02:09 PM   #2
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20 ga

Get her an over-under 20 gauge with a nice recoil pad. Make sure the gun fits her real good or she'll get banged up and probably never shoot it again.
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Old June 23, 2009, 02:14 PM   #3
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My wife has a Beretta 3901 Target RL in 12ga. Short stock, recoil is next to nothing, can shoot 2-3/4" and 3". She mainly breaks clays with it but it is a laser on birds.
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Old June 23, 2009, 02:24 PM   #4
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A 20 pump.
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Old June 23, 2009, 02:39 PM   #5
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A snub nosed 357 magnum, obviously.

I would try to find her a 12 ga if you can, it is the standard.

I thik the only way to pick which one is to get her to try some.
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Old June 23, 2009, 02:51 PM   #6
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First things first - what are you hunting? Upland? Waterfowl? Deer? Turkey? Something else?
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Old June 23, 2009, 03:10 PM   #7
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I'm going to assume your going for deer and bear, just going to round it off at that. I would go with a 12. However my wife has a grudge against a 12 gauge.She won't use one because she thinks they kick to hard, and my wife is a little thing to. If your wife has a problem with the recoil of one as well, then i'm quite sure a 20 gauge would do just fine
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Old June 23, 2009, 05:02 PM   #8
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mine has a youth model 870 in 20ga. smooth bore for skeet, rifled barrel for michigan deer. She wants a benelli.
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Old June 23, 2009, 05:24 PM   #9
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Have her LOP measured... Then if she ain't after a "fine sportin' arm" a mossberg would suit her just fine as frogs hair. Pump or semi auto, they got an offering for her...
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Old June 23, 2009, 05:27 PM   #10
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As for recoil...
Both the 12 and 20 in an exact gun will have similar felt recoil as a 20 gauge gun is lighter weight than the same model in 12 gauge.
If you weigh down a 20 it will feel softer on the shoulder but heavier on the hands and feet after a day of carry.
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Old June 23, 2009, 05:42 PM   #11
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She will be using the shotgun to hunt white tail here in pennsylvania.
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Old June 23, 2009, 09:13 PM   #12
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Old June 23, 2009, 09:14 PM   #13
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20 ga Rem 870 express youth. Got one with a Hastings cantelever barrel for my Mrs. She has a Win 1300 youth in 20 ga for birds.

I've learned to never deny your wife her guns. Give in to her whims and she won't complain about your's.
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Old June 24, 2009, 12:31 AM   #14
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Shotgun for the wife? Suggestions?

I wouldn't trade mine for less than a Purdey or H&H double.....
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Old June 24, 2009, 07:13 AM   #15
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What about a gas operated semi-auto like a Remington 11-87? Wouldn't the soft recoil be a big plus?
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Old June 24, 2009, 08:53 AM   #16
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I agree re. a gas gun- if the family budget can handle it, a youth model 11-87 20 ga. would likely be a good way to go. Women & Guns had a review on it a couple of issues back- our own pax ( www.corneredcat.com ) thought it was a winner.

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Old June 24, 2009, 09:23 AM   #17
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Both the 12 and 20 in an exact gun will have similar felt recoil as a 20 gauge gun is lighter weight than the same model in 12 gauge.
If you weigh down a 20 it will feel softer on the shoulder but heavier on the hands and feet after a day of carry.
Mostly true, although I think there are a few cases where this is not true. I believe Stoeger specifically has several models that they do not scale.

Going with semi-auto action is the best way to reduce recoil without adding weight or giving up the 12 ga which is much more available. My 11-87 is great. It does not handle high volumes of fire well(250+ between a wipedown), especially with dirty powder(cheap loads for sporting clays).
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Old June 29, 2009, 06:35 PM   #18
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Tim,

If your wife is going to hunt deer in Pa get her a rifle. A 20 or 12 gauge will kick the **** out of her. A 12 gauge slug compares in recoil to a .300 Win. Mag. rifle shell. A nice .243 or something like it will work better and be alot more comfortable for her.

If you or her are hell bent on a shotgun, buy something that you have no problem cutting the stock.

I shoot a fair amount of trap and have seen countless people take a beating from their gun and shoot poor scores because the wood was "to pretty to cut" or "if I cut the stock the value will drop". Both of these statements are pure B.S.! A ill fitting is worthless. Also do not get her the lightest gun you can find, get her the heaviest gun she can carry and handle. It is all physics, it takes more energy to more something the heavier it is. 1/2 a pound in a gun weight makes a world of difference in recoil. This still doesn't make up for stock fit as that is the most important thing in shotguns.
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Old June 29, 2009, 07:12 PM   #19
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If hunting deer in PA, no semi autos are allowed. It must be a manually operated firearm.

If you are in a shotgun only area, I would consider the 870 youth express. Clamp some sights on the vent rib and get a good recoil pad for it. The 20 ga guns are light and can be a handful.

If you aren't in a shotgun only area, I would consider a rifle in .357 mag or .243. Both have plenty of energy to kill a deer at 100 yds and have less recoil than a shotgun.
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Old June 29, 2009, 07:14 PM   #20
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If she can cook, I'll give ya a Winchester 1300.
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Old June 29, 2009, 08:11 PM   #21
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Old June 29, 2009, 10:08 PM   #22
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If it's true that no semi's are allowed, I'd have to +1 for the Rem. 870 20 ga. I had an 870 Express combo gun that came with a 21" rifle sight barrel with IC choke. It would be ideal with foster slugs out to 100 yds. The other barrel was a 28" VR remchoke barrel.

A combo like that would be a perfect starter gun and would allow her to hunt just about anything later if she wanted. If she has short arms, the youth model might fit better. It's true that a heavy, gas operated automatic 12 ga. would feel gentle compared to an ultralight fixed-breech 20 ga. If you compare apples to apples, the 12 ga. will feel more harsh.
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Old June 29, 2009, 10:10 PM   #23
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Its hard to go wrong with a Browning BPS or an 870.
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Old June 29, 2009, 10:41 PM   #24
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I think simple economically price shotgun for starters. My favorite all time shotgun is my old Winchester model 120 youth in 20ga. It has taken more grouse and dove than anything else I've owned. It fits me to a T. My second favorite shotgun is my SKB model 505 field O/U 12GA. But I would start her out with a 20GA. WOOHOO! another woman hunter!
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Old June 30, 2009, 12:54 AM   #25
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New to the thread--and the shotgun forum in general...
Or you can skip all the hooey and get her a new or used 16 ga Rem or Ithaca 37 pump :-) ...Browning Citori Lightning O/U in same if you've got the jingle. Best of both worlds--12 and 20. I think Rem came out "anew" with the 16 pump after a long lay off, and maybe the Ithaca too a few years ago when it looked like the 16 was having a resurgence. Used Ithacas abound if not. Speaking of hooey, before it starts regarding ammo availability, can almost always find at least game load at the likes of Big 5, etc. The 16's relative lack of popularity (and of course related lack of broad availability of shotguns that shoot it) is the classic case of "once it gets started..." And speaking of classic, can't think of a more classic gun for your wife--or anyone for that matter. Though slugs not impossible (internet), I'll give you that one. So, find a source and load up--not going shoot a ton of those as practice anyway.

All of the posts have been good, offering fine but same ol' standard suggestions...just thought I'd shake it up with a little "16 talk." Love the 37 I've had for 40 years. No wilting violet, ...definitely no 20; you swear you've just shot a 12, until of course you shoot a 12! I don't shoot mine enough, but that's my doing what with other busy-ness...as I say, always can find shells for it, just not down at the local 7-11.
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