View Full Version : Has anyone hunted with a short-barreled SxS "coach gun"?

September 9, 2007, 09:07 PM
Just wondering if anyone has hunted this year or in years past with a coach gun. The short barrel would be handy for flushing quail, following darting doves, etc. I think it would be useful as well as nostalgic to hunt with one, but wanted to hear input. What kind and caliber you use in a hunting coach gun? Thanks.

September 9, 2007, 10:44 PM
P.S. By "coach" gun, I don't mean to exclude internal hammer guns - include anything with a really short barrel - but does have to be a SxS.

45Marlin carbine
September 10, 2007, 02:58 AM
yes, I have a Stoeger. right bbl is 'improved cyl' left is modified choke. good upland game or rabbit gun. I don't hunt doves.

September 10, 2007, 05:27 AM
not yet but to see the reach on my JW 2000
I shot the full side up in a tall pine
Id say a good 50 ft , I think it would make a fuzzy tail getter :)

September 10, 2007, 09:38 AM
I have an altered 311 type Stevens which is cyl & cyl and it does well on close flushed grouse and quail. I also have a H&R topper which I cut back but it has a Lyman adjustable choke. No problem for pass shooting dove and such.

September 10, 2007, 11:31 AM
Had a Stoeger---used it on quail and doves----those short barrels really forced you to pick your bird and to concentrate on follow through.

September 10, 2007, 05:12 PM
those short barrels really forced you to pick your bird and to concentrate on follow through.

How so? Can you explain why that is - I don't get it.

If it'll help my shooting, then I'm all for it. Yesterday evening, in 2 hrs, 15 minutes, I saw 21 doves, but only 18 while I had my shotgun on me. Of those 18, only 6 came close enough to get a shot at - the rest were very high or very far away. On those 6 (2 pairs of 2, and 2 singles), I expended nine shells (3, 3, 2, and 1), but hit only 2 birds. I was using a Win 1400 in 20 ga, with 2.75" 7.5 shotshells, 7/8th oz of shot, skeet (cylinder bore) choke. I don't think I was leading them enough, aiming well enough, or following through well.

September 10, 2007, 09:13 PM
I may be shunned by my father and other traditionalists, but I hunted dove last weekend with a 20" Mossberg 500. I darn near had to be on top of them to have a chance. Pretty much skillet-shooting. It was fun though, even though nothing was flying. I got two out of 7 shots. I ended up clearing a good bit of huisache with it instead.:)