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roy reali
February 26, 2008, 12:54 AM
This question is mainly for those of you that use shotguns often. Those that participate is clay shooting or hunting.

Do you tend to use one shotgun for all your shooting or do you use several different ones?

February 26, 2008, 01:10 AM
Several, but I could use one. The "old" warhorse is a 12ga camo pump that I have both a smoothbore and a rifled barrel for. Use it as my turkey gun, but looking forward to trying it on deer in a shotgun state one of these years. Shot some clay with it back when it was my only shotgun. Next up was a decent 12ga semi. Tried that on waterfowl this past year and now it's my clay-breaking gun, although I haven't been getting out for much recently. Also grabbed a 20ga semi for when I feel like something really light or to let new shooters try out.
Could the pump do it all? Yes and more, but who doesn't want more guns? :D I am still drawn to doubles, in spite of having no real reason for them at this time.

February 26, 2008, 08:03 AM
as of right now i have 1 870 express mag. 12 ga. with 3 barrels. 1 vt and 2 rifle sighted 1 is smoothbore and the other is rifled. in the cabinets at my dads a 12 ga. 1100 a wingmaster 12 ga. a 12 ga. wingmaster mag. 2 12 ga. sxs a 12 ga. single,express 870 12 ga. express 870 20 ga., 2 ithaca 37 12 ga. 2 20 ga. singles and a .410 single. theres so many because of the idea of grandchildren going hunting and or taget shooting etc. when they get older. nothing worse than trying to divide 2 shotguns between 4 grandkids. i haven't shot all of them myself. but for hunting or clay target shooting so far my choice would be the express mag and the wingmaster mag. i do like the look of the ithacas but they have the older fixed choke barrels. when i was younger and first started hunting he was using his 1100 and i had the 12 ga. single.

February 26, 2008, 10:09 AM
I own 12 shotguns,, each has it place

February 26, 2008, 10:23 AM
1: Sporting Clays .410
2: Skeet .410
3; Squirrels .410
4. Skeet, sporting clays and 5 stand .410

1. Trap 12 gauge
2 Trap and Skeet 12 gauge
3. Winchester 20 gauge, Quail gun
4. Ithaca SxS 12 pheasant
5. Winchester model 12 , 12 gauge, Ducks.
6. Home Defense CAT..

Dave McC
February 26, 2008, 11:39 AM
It all depends.....

I've a first cousin that uses an old Model 11 Remington family gun with Polychoke for everthing. He's taken grouse, deer, geese, ducks, pheasants rabbits and so on with it. He shoots a little trap now and then and takes it to turkey shoots.

It's not for sale.

I gave it to him, he had as much right to it as I did and I couldn't hit jack with it.

OTOH, I have a main clays gun, a Beretta 686. There's also 5 870s here set up for everything from WWIV to venison gathering to small birds up close.

By the standards of the guys in the Geezer League, I'm a piker. Some don't know how many shotguns they own. One guy has lost track of how many high grade 20 gauge Parkers he has. Another collects Model 21s.

We shoot similar scores.

And if money were in better supply here, I'd probably pick up another couple old Wingmasters, just to keep them out the hands of folks who wouldn't appreciate them.

Niagara Shooter
February 26, 2008, 03:10 PM
I have all different guns for different game,

Deer- 12 ga BPS hunter w/slug barrel, 1300 Winchester w/slug barrel, 16 F/N made Auto 5 w/slug barrel.

Duck- 12 ga Remington 1100 3'

Geese/Turkey: Browning Gold Hunter 3.5'. Remington 870 Wingmaster 3.5', H&R single 10ga 3.5'

Rabbit- Mossberg 500E 410, or the 16ga Auto 5

Skeet- Remington 1100 2 3/4 26' skeet barrel, morgan pad

Also planning on adding- Remington 1187 Premier 20ga (Skeet/rabbit), Browning BPS Hunters in 16ga, 410, and mb 10ga :D

February 26, 2008, 03:15 PM
I generally take at least two on a dove hunt. I also usually have two in the truck for me for deer hunting. Depending on where and how I'm hunting that day will dictate whether it's slugs or buckshot. Have different guns for each.

I also tend to take a couple loaner guns along if any of my nephews are hunting with me. My two are still a bit young, but lots of teenage boys in the family that love to hunt.

February 27, 2008, 06:15 PM
I use a variety of shotguns:

Over/Unders - I like the Browning XS Skeet model 30" barrels - in 12, 20, 28 and .410 . I rarely use the .410 in the field - and its more for skeet or sporting clays. The XS Skeet model is my primary gun for skeet and sporting clays - and for quail, doves.

For Trap - I primarily use a Browning XT Trap over under 32" barrel / but occasionally I use an older Browning BT-100 single barrel 34" for singles.

Waterfowl - I primarily use a Benelli Super Sport 12ga / although I have a 20ga version as well now for upland game,etc.

Skeet practice - I shoot a 28ga a lot - just because its a good pattern and only used 3/4 oz of shot ( rather than 1oz or 1 1/8 oz in a 12ga ).

I own a variety of pump guns / 12 & 20ga - Browning BPS - but I rarely shoot them these days.

Would one gun do everything - yes, the Benelli Super Sport 12ga - its a good all around gun - or any 12ga for that matter. Balistically, you can reload or get a variety of shells these days - where you can make a 12ga perform like a 20 or 28ga very easily ( so its a good gun in skeet, quail, etc ). I like the Benelli because it shoots cleaner than a gas operated semi-auto, its quicker to cycle the 2nd shell than most semi-autos and its real easy to break down, clean and reasseble in 10 min.

February 27, 2008, 06:45 PM
Have to keep adding to the stack as I have not found that perfect 25 gun yet! :D Good!

A few in 12 of various actions, a few in 20, a couple in 28 and a couple in 410bore. Best go find a 16!!

Know what is bad .... I shoot better with my used ($300) M1100 than with my $5k trap gun! At skeet, too, but since I hate to chase hulls I use a 3200 or a 101.

February 28, 2008, 01:10 AM
i have one shotgun, got the combo so i could get the extra barrel, an 870 12 ga with a pistol grip fore end and a pistol grip stock, also has a tube extender, i will use it in the configuration it is in for clays, deer, home defense, upland, waterfowl whatever walks in front of my sights..........

February 28, 2008, 01:22 AM
one is all you need, but i use several depending the weather:o


February 28, 2008, 04:03 AM
I've only got two, both SKB SxS doubles, just because I like doubleguns. One, 12-gauge 28" (M/F) barreled is strictly for the trap range. The other, 12-gauge 26" (IC/M) barreled is my field gun, and works halfways well at skeet.

AFAIK, SKB no longer makes SxS doubles, just O/U doubles. That's a darned shame, because they really are nice shotguns. If my pockets were deeper (they're not) I'd love to have a Winchester model 21 Grand American, but the last one I saw for sale was ~$40K.

February 28, 2008, 10:39 AM
i have two shotgun's. the first is an old stevens arms 16ga single shot that I like to use for dove hunting. and a 12 ga mossberg 500 for everything else.