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Old 08-06-2005, 07:55 PM
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Hi All! I wanted to look into purchasing a new shotgun, I do have a old 20gauge of my fathers which I shoot, but I want to look into getting my own, starting fresh. The 20gauge's recoil I can handle, but I was wondering if a 28 or a .410 or anything else would be any better handling,less kick and could be used for upland bird hunting. I wanted to start hunting mostly grouse, but maybe pheasant or quail as well, no duck. I am getting a English Springer Spaniel puppy that I was thinking of training to do occasional hunting with. If anyone has any tips between the 20,28 or .410 or any othersI'd appreciate any sort of help. Thanks!
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Old 08-06-2005, 08:52 PM
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I would get a 20 gauge semi auto. If pheasants are on your list I would not go with a smaller gauge than the 20.A gas auto will help more with recoil than either inertia or long recoil. Gun fit is the number one factor in felt recoil. The second is the shell used(oz/drams), then gun weight. Since you are using it for upland I would go with one of the lighter and smaller models. You may also want to check on youth models as they have shorter stocks. Four models pop to mind.

Benelli Montefeltro is inertia operated. It come with shims for the stock for a better fit and it's a very easy gun to clean. It's an upland specialists. They sell for about $750.00-$900.00.

Beretta AL391 is gas operated. It comes with shims to adjust the stock for a better fit but, is some what complicated gun to clean(easier after the first time).They run from about $700.00-$800.00.

Franchi 620 or 720 are gas operated. They are the same gun except for the shape of their receivers. They come with shims for the stock and are easy to clean. They sell for $500.00-$700.00.

Franchi AL48 is long recoil operated. It's very easy to clean and is an upland specialists. They sell for about $550.00-$700.00.

All of these models are very well made and have a lot of features. They are also very small, light weight, and availabile in youth versions.
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Old 08-07-2005, 11:04 AM
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I have a citori feather weight which I love accept that it is so light the recoil is actually almost that of a twelve gauge. Light weight is good but I would'nt go to light.
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Old 08-07-2005, 02:36 PM
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Take a look at the remingtons. Like a 11-87 or a 1100 in 20 gauge both are semi auto. Or a remington 870 in 20.
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Old 08-07-2005, 05:14 PM
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the 28 gauge is gaining in popularity. I don't see why you couldn't use a 28 on Pheasants you just need to adjust your shot size and choke for what you are hunting
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Old 08-08-2005, 06:53 PM
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I like to use my trusty 12 guage for grouse.. just make sure to hit em in the head.
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Old 08-09-2005, 07:14 PM
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[&:]I recommend sticking with a 20ga. and preferrably an O/U or SXS, as far as recoil is concerned with these, have a recoil pad installed.
don't use the auto ejectors, put the empties in your game bag to throw away or reload!
Magazine feeders and the shooters that use them typically leave a trail of their whereabouts, with a breach loader and practicing retrieval, you won't!
If grouse is what you mostly hunt, I imagine its in thick forest terrain, so open chokes would be in order, maybe skeet and impcyl?
28ga and .410 ammo is quite expensive, and quite frequently not readily available!
Beretta makes a fabulous 12ga. O/U, their "Ulatralight" it weighs less than six pounds, comes with a 2.75" chamber only, choke tubes, alloy receiver and handles like a smaller gun, pricey, but, worth every penny!
Hope these ideas help?
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Old 08-10-2005, 10:49 AM
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ORIGINAL: RedDogRunner

[&:]I recommend sticking with a 20ga. and preferrably an O/U or SXS, as far as recoil is concerned with these, have a recoil pad installed.
don't use the auto ejectors, put the empties in your game bag to throw away or reload!
Magazine feeders and the shooters that use them typically leave a trail of their whereabouts, with a breach loader and practicing retrieval, you won't!
If grouse is what you mostly hunt, I imagine its in thick forest terrain, so open chokes would be in order, maybe skeet and impcyl?
28ga and .410 ammo is quite expensive, and quite frequently not readily available!
Beretta makes a fabulous 12ga. O/U, their "Ulatralight" it weighs less than six pounds, comes with a 2.75" chamber only, choke tubes, alloy receiver and handles like a smaller gun, pricey, but, worth every penny!
Hope these ideas help?
Hey there pal.. I have seen plenty of sxs and o/u guys leave a trail behind as well. Dont lump us auto loader/pump/whatever types together.You uppity double barrellers can be just as bad.
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Old 08-10-2005, 05:25 PM
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[X(]my Penn state friend, if you read closely, you'd have seen I said TYPICALLY, there's always exceptions to every rule, and yes, the uppity double gunners do use their ejectors and let them fly and lay!
I'm not one, primarily because I got into reloading, and I buy the best ammo, for reusable hulls, so, that lead me to be habitual about not using the ejectors on my gun and bag my empties!
Out here on the West coast, I've witnessed most empties being left by the magazine loaders! Peace, Brother!
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Old 08-11-2005, 12:18 PM
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I'd go with a 20ga. gas operated sem-auto and use a medium load. That shouldn't kick too much.

Don't buy a 20ga. O/U feather weight. That's what I have. It's a great gun for hunting all day b/c it's so light, but if you ever decide to shoot skeet or any type of clays, it will beat you to death. I even put a kick-eez pad on it and it still packs a bit of a wallop.
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