View Full Version : Anyone use a single shot for grouse?

September 26, 2007, 06:05 PM
Thinking about taking out the old NEF 20 gauge. Lightweight- but was wondering your opinions on cocking the hammer. Do you feel that it's a drawback as compared to a normal safety. Advantages or Disadvantages?

September 26, 2007, 08:06 PM
Shouldn't be a problem at all. Follow up shots on multiple birds or misses on single birds is a little slow. As for hammers, I hunted with a 16 ga. double with exposed hammers for quite a few years with no problems. One thing about the Grouse around here. You don't have to be too sneaky to get a shot.

September 26, 2007, 08:07 PM
When I was young there was an old guy hunted doves with a single barrel. Held three shells between the fingers of his left hand and he was fast. Got more birds with that single barrel than anybody else did.

September 27, 2007, 08:38 AM
Problems with a single shot..............no follow up shot (2nd. shot) and the recoil with heavy ammo can knock the snot outta of ya! :eek:
absolutely no problem with using a hammer gun once you get the hang of it.:D

September 27, 2007, 06:59 PM
I used to go hunting with my dad and brother in Eastern KY (Daniel Boone Natl Forest). As you probably know, this area is very hilly (like almost mountainous). I used to take a Win 1200 that weighed over 7lbs until I realized I was only getting one shot at the grouse, since they moved so fast. So, instead of packing the Win around, I decided to use an H&R 12ga single shot, to save weight. This paid off since most of the day we were walking up and down the hills in the Appalacian Mountains.