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I`m curious what everyones flavor is when it comes to a hunting shotgun. I only own one...an Ithica Deerslayer Model 37 Featherlight 16 guage. Long barrel with ramped front sight and adjustable rear. I`ve had it for 35 years now. Great gun.

For upland birdhunting I have the distinct pleasure of being able to borrow my best friends O/U Barretta 12 guage. I don`t remember the particular model, he`s had it for many many years, but talk about a beautiful looking and sweet shooting gun....NICE.
 

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Many years i used a 870 Wingmaster 20 Gauge then had shoulder rebuilt twice So now i use a A390 Beretta 20 Gauge .. I only use my shotguns for bird hunting
 

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SKB Royal 12 ga double, 28" bbl, straight stock, serrated end on the butt stock, engraved receiver, weighs 5 lbs. Light and fast handling, though I would not want to shoot trap with it :eek:
 

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I've been using a BPS 10 for geese for several years, BPS 12 3 1/2" for ducks. After wanting an A5 3" mag for several years, I finally traded for one a few months ago. I'll have to try & get the geese in closer now. For doves I use an old A5 16 or a light 12.
 

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I found an old Remington model 58 used and abused in a pawn shop. Its a 16 gauge. The action was good, so I bought it, cleaned it up, and took it dove hunting. BEST bird gun I've ever shot. Good spread, but holds a good pattern too. Awesome for turkey shoot too.
 

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the wife gave me a Rem. 1100 12 ga. for Christmas about 15 years ago and that will always be my favorite, but, i get just as many birds, with less shells, using my Ruger Red Label
 

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For waterfowl, I use a Benelli auto...........also use it when I'm out shooting crows, the sport of kings.:wink:

For upland, I use one of my Over/Unders. Got them in 12, 20 & 28. I have and know more about shotguns than I probably ever will with pistols.

I choose them based on the quarry.

I compete in Sporting Clays and FITASC and use a Perazzi MX2000 for that.
 

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Mine is a Mossberg 835. Put light loads in it for small birds and can use 3 1/2" for turkeys. She kicks hard enough with the magnum loads that the shoulder safety gets engaged. Something I'll have to look into one of these days.
 

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I started out with a Sears bolt action clip fed shotgun when I was just a kid. From that one I went to a Remington 870 pump to a Remington 1100 and then to a Remington 11-87SP. I do not have any of those any longer but if I was to get back into needing the use of a shotgun it would be another Remington!!!!
 

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Plain and simple for the woods - Remington 870 Express Magnum. I did replace the synthetic stocks for some wood that I refinished. The rough finish on this gun is perfect for moving through the underbrush and limbs where we turkey hunt.

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I seldom do any shotgun hunting anymore. I sure do enjoy watching good bird dogs work, though.

I used an Ithaca 37 a lot, but got to liking the Beretta A390 I got about eight years ago.

But the one I've used most is an SKB XL900 semi-auto. It's sorta like a Rem 1100, but with an alum alloy receiver and no O-rings. It was my first shotgun, and only one for a long time.
 

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Here's something you may or may not find interesting. Shooting shotguns is my #1 hobby. Depending on the year, I'll shoot somewhere between 7,000 - 10,000 shells at clay targets. 7-8 years ago, I shot 30,000 shells in a year.

One of my closest friends shoots 45,000 every year.
 

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That is 5 boxes a day.????
THat is a lot of shootin.
 

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That is 5 boxes a day.????
THat is a lot of shootin.
Yep, it sure is a lot. This friend belongs to two different trap leagues and he competes in at least one Sporting Clays tournament per week. Another way of looking at it, that always freaks me, is that for the most part, all of this shooting is done in 4 days per week.

If I followed him around, I wouldn't have a shoulder.:wink:
 

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I shot Trap for a year or so.
I only shot once a week at my club, which held it's shoots on a Wednesday night.
A lot of people used it as a warm-up for the shoot at another club on Thursday night...
...Which was really a warm-up for when they went to the big Trap club on Friday night, and all day Saturday and Sunday.

That's three nights and two days of shooting.
Every week.
I was single at the time, lived in an apartment, and had very few responsibilities and even then I didn't know how they did it.
 

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I shot Trap for a year or so.
I only shot once a week at my club, which held it's shoots on a Wednesday night.
A lot of people used it as a warm-up for the shoot at another club on Thursday night...
...Which was really a warm-up for when they went to the big Trap club on Friday night, and all day Saturday and Sunday.

That's three nights and two days of shooting.
Every week.
I was single at the time, lived in an apartment, and had very few responsibilities and even then I didn't know how they did it.

Looks like you were into it pretty well, Barry. I've shot some Trap, but only screwing around. People really go through shells that do it seriously. Trap has it's own rythm and people pound out a lot of shells in almost no amount of time. Every now and then I'll run into shooters with a flinching problem. It's a very rare one that didn't come from a Trap background.

I usually only flinch at my misses.:wink:
 
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