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Old December 30, 2010, 01:51 PM   #1
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The best single shot shotgun is...

I have been toying with the idea of getting another single shot shotgun and was wondering what you guys would recommend. I am looking for a general useage gun with decent reach, with or without interchangable chokes, and value for my dollar. I figured you all would have plenty of ideas and I want all the advise I can get!
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Old December 30, 2010, 02:06 PM   #2
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I think the H&R is the only way to go. Proven, completely reliable design. I've got a couple of .410's. Recoil is the drawback. The 12 gauges also double as fence post drivers. The 10's are a masochist's dream.
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Old December 30, 2010, 02:32 PM   #3
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The H/R as far as pure function is the ticket IMO. If you get a rifle you can fit it with shotgun barrels, but not the opposite.

If you are looking for something with a bit more form, Beretta made a few folding shotguns a while back that show up on gunbroker occasionally in the $200+ range. They fold entirely at the break so the barrel will touch the stock, and in many cases the stock has a notch cut for the barrel to enter.
fs-1, fs-2, fs-3, 412, 413 are the models.
Italian folder is also a good search term.

The H/R and italian folders have the same basic problem though, they are LIGHT. You can add weight to the stock, but that sort of defeats the purpose. If yo want "range" I assume you mean thumper loads. You won't want to fire many of either out of these, although I have used them to hunt squirrel and pheasant with the Remington Nitro pheasant loads. Those aren't the hottest loads available, but I usually use them for tie breakers in trap shoots from 50+, so they also aren't light.
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Old December 30, 2010, 03:49 PM   #4
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H&R for the money
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Old December 30, 2010, 04:48 PM   #5
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Best single shot shotgun?

That's a hard one.

Browning BT99
Ithaca Perazzi
Ljutic Single Barrel Trap.

For general field work, the H&R is hard to beat.
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Old December 30, 2010, 07:54 PM   #6
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Old December 30, 2010, 08:29 PM   #7
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I don't have any H&R shotguns but I have 2 of the rifles and wouldn't hesitate to get one of the shotguns if I wanted a single.
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Old December 30, 2010, 08:36 PM   #8
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If you are looking for something with a bit more form, Beretta made a few folding shotguns a while back that show up on gunbroker occasionally in the $200+ range. They fold entirely at the break so the barrel will touch the stock, and in many cases the stock has a notch cut for the barrel to enter.

Do you have any information as to getting barrels for these guns? I have tried to contact Investarm, but they do not respond. I have a 20 gauge model and would like to investigate getting a 12 gauge barrel, as they supposedly use the same size receiver, like the H&R.

The H/R and italian folders have the same basic problem though, they are LIGHT.

Imagine them as AOW's Shoot one of these regularly and you get to look down on the pansies that shoot 500 S&W.

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Old December 31, 2010, 12:50 AM   #9
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I got my dad an H&R for Christmas for $79 and we've been having lots of fun with it. It's got a screw in choke I believe it's a pardoner
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Old December 31, 2010, 03:55 AM   #10
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BT 99

Remington Model 870 WM

Remington Model 1100
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Old December 31, 2010, 12:25 PM   #11
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Bones, I think that you will find after a short physical survey that the 870 and 1100 are repeaters.
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Old December 31, 2010, 12:59 PM   #12
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I'm happy with my Beretta 682X in it's single barrel configuration.
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Old December 31, 2010, 01:40 PM   #13
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Is this one any good?

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/p...ducts_id/14178
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Old December 31, 2010, 01:44 PM   #14
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The spartan should be a good gun. If Im thinking right today its made by remington. It would make a good clay gun for singles. If you want to go for looks and sporting it would be a good buy but if you want a all around one I just cant let the T/C slip by
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Old December 31, 2010, 01:56 PM   #15
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What are you planning on using it for? I have several, some old, some not-all shooters. My favorite is a Stevens 94 "Long Tom" with 3" chamber and 36" full choke barrel. Since I was 13, it's won many hams, turkeys, and quite a few $$$. A close second is my grandad's Ithaca 66 lever break. I have Iver Johnsons in every gauge except 20. I have a Hunter Arms, a Savage, a Winchester 37, and a couple of foreign brands. I'd just as soon buy a used shotgun from a gun show if it was going to be a single shot. The new guns from Rossi and H&R are fun, but just no match in choke or feel for these old guys. Choosing a gun is a very personal thing to me, no matter its configuration.


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Old December 31, 2010, 02:02 PM   #16
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The Winchester Model 37 is the best single shot shotgun I own.

On this point there can be no debate.
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Old December 31, 2010, 10:02 PM   #17
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The only single shot I've fired is my Winchester 37 12ga. No issues, and took a few grouse with it. The only time I used it was my first two seasons when I was 12 and 13. Kicks like a mule though, especially for a 100 pound kid or whatever I weighed at the time!!
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Old January 1, 2011, 03:24 AM   #18
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I've got two H&Rs (both 20 gauges), a Pardner and a Topper Deluxe Classic. I like them both but they feel very different from one another. The Pardner is about 6 lbs. and is my gun of choice on hunts that are more about walking than shooting. The Topper is over 7 lbs. and more muzzle heavy. Not as nice to carry, but it feels nicer when shooting.

The Topper Classic Deluxe would be way I'd go if I wanted a 12 gauge single, because it's got a more heft than most and has a decent recoil pad. It also has a vent rib and interchangeable chokes, which a lot of inexpensive singles do not.

For me, the Parder shoots about 60/40 above/below point of aim. The Topper shoots 50/50.

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Old January 1, 2011, 03:37 AM   #19
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Bones, I think that you will find after a short physical survey that the 870 and 1100 are repeaters.
As a ATA shooter, I only fire one round at a time , and the 870 & 1100 have never had a round in their mags.
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Old January 1, 2011, 03:33 PM   #20
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Old January 1, 2011, 03:51 PM   #21
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I gotta say H&R gets my vote, especially for the money. I've got one that has been passed around the family for 20+ plus years and have never had a problem, except for its been beat around ALOT. But they do kick. I used It for my first couple years deer hunting with 3'' 00 buck, and my shoulder was glad when I got my 1100. Actaully the first time I shot the H&R was with the 3" 00 buck, and I almost got knocked over.
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Old January 1, 2011, 05:22 PM   #22
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Winchester 37 would be my choice.

I only have a .410, but an uncle has a bunch of them. No 28 though.
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Old January 1, 2011, 07:32 PM   #23
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Old January 1, 2011, 11:20 PM   #24
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Anyone have experience with a Thompson/Center shotgun? I realize they are a lot more money than an H&R, but less than the dedicated trap "single shot" guns that have been mentioned.
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Old January 2, 2011, 06:54 PM   #25
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Can't beat a Winchester 37, pleanty of used ones out there.
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