Help me pick a shotgun . . . with a twist

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Help me pick a shotgun . . . with a twist

Postby IdahoSkies » Wed Mar 13, 2013 10:02 pm

I am tapping into the many years of collective waterfowling wisdom here on the board. I writing a novel about a novice waterfowler and would like some suggestions about the gun she comes into ownership of.

It has to be 30+ years old, but able to handle steel (I'm not sure if that is possible), a gun with some provenance that others on the marsh will say, wow, that's neat, but something that a working guy would have been able to afford 30+ years ago. The user will be a 5'6" lady who has never shotgunned before. So what are my options. I'm not wedded to a particular action or gauges so give me what you've got, I have given some ideas to the usual suspects but would like some thoughts outside my own head. :help:

Thanks for the input.
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Re: Help me pick a shotgun . . . with a twist

Postby BigGoonTuna » Wed Mar 13, 2013 11:31 pm

50s-70s vintage 870s are a dime a dozen, and steel shot safe.
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Re: Help me pick a shotgun . . . with a twist

Postby jaysweet3 » Thu Mar 14, 2013 5:46 am

Belgium A5. Hands down the most traditional waterfowl gun. They shoot steel just fine. The steel shot has turned plenty of fixed full barrels into fixed modified barrels.
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Re: Help me pick a shotgun . . . with a twist

Postby mudpack » Thu Mar 14, 2013 7:17 am

Remington 1100 Magnum.
Affordable. Common in the 1970's. Regarded as a very desirable duck gun at that time. Being a gas gun, would have been considered quite suitable for a small female.

I would have said the Auto5, except for the stipulation that it be something "that a working guy would have been able to afford".
Brownings are not cheap now, and they weren't cheap then. Remington's always have been affordable.
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Re: Help me pick a shotgun . . . with a twist

Postby Rick Hall » Thu Mar 14, 2013 8:21 am

The American classic waterfowl gun is the Browning A-5, but for "wow" factor, I'd have her inherit the A-5's predecessor twin, the Remington Model 11. Which was, in its time, a working man's gun.
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Re: Help me pick a shotgun . . . with a twist

Postby erp10 » Thu Mar 14, 2013 8:24 am

Ithica model 37 would fit your needs.
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Re: Help me pick a shotgun . . . with a twist

Postby Jon Bergren » Thu Mar 14, 2013 8:31 am

The Excell auto made in Turkey and distributed by H&R is an excellent auto. It is of the locking block design and uses Rem chokes and is $300 at the Academy. I have shot one for several years, others have shot 1200 trap loads without a problem. I think it is better than my 1100's. Jon
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Postby dfrauenkron » Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:52 am

Another Browning A-5 vote here.
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Re: Help me pick a shotgun . . . with a twist

Postby aunt betty » Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:54 am

This novel is fiction? Hmmm. 30+ years ago was 1983 or before..so I'd say get your lady shooter this....

I myself used this shotgun to kill many ducks and geese. It's a mouthful to say...
Remington 870 Lightweight Special Field 20 gauge.
They had lightweights and special fields but I doubt many lightweight special fields were made.
We won a Winchester 20 at a DU Banquet. Sold it right then and bought that Remington instead.

I have pictures if you want them.
The shotgun is one with a 'twist" if I EVER saw one.
It has an English style stock and is cut down as much as possible. It feels like a BB gun in your hands when you first pick it up.
Will shoot 3" shells which is mandatory.
I learned the hard way that using 2.75" shells was costing me birds that I crippled. After I switched to 3" my losses went down to almost nothing.

By the way, I am 5' 6.5" tall.
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Re: Help me pick a shotgun . . . with a twist

Postby OHIODUCKA5 » Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:56 am

A-5 All the way
And a Desert Eagle that's one great big ol' pistol
I mean .50 caliber made by badazz Hebrews
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Re: Help me pick a shotgun . . . with a twist

Postby Specklebelly » Thu Mar 14, 2013 10:29 am

erp10 wrote:Ithica model 37 would fit your needs.

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Re: Help me pick a shotgun . . . with a twist

Postby lag1365 » Thu Mar 14, 2013 11:47 am

A-5 20g
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Re: Help me pick a shotgun . . . with a twist

Postby jaysweet3 » Thu Mar 14, 2013 12:22 pm

A5 sweet 16, that's the gun.
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Re: Help me pick a shotgun . . . with a twist

Postby Jon Bergren » Thu Mar 14, 2013 12:42 pm

aunt betty wrote:This novel is fiction? Hmmm. 30+ years ago was 1983 or before..so I'd say get your lady shooter this....

I myself used this shotgun to kill many ducks and geese. It's a mouthful to say...
Remington 870 Lightweight Special Field 20 gauge.
They had lightweights and special fields but I doubt many lightweight special fields were made.
We won a Winchester 20 at a DU Banquet. Sold it right then and bought that Remington instead.

I have pictures if you want them.
The shotgun is one with a 'twist" if I EVER saw one.
It has an English style stock and is cut down as much as possible. It feels like a BB gun in your hands when you first pick it up.
Will shoot 3" shells which is mandatory.
I learned the hard way that using 2.75" shells was costing me birds that I crippled. After I switched to 3" my losses went down to almost nothing.

By the way, I am 5' 6.5" tall.


I bought my boy in 1974 one of those, he was 11 yrs old and killed a lot of ducks and Lessers with it with 2 3/4" home rolled. Back in those days we used lead. My Grandsons were brought up on it also. My Son still uses it. Jon
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Re: Help me pick a shotgun . . . with a twist

Postby mmayes » Thu Mar 14, 2013 12:46 pm

Auto's Browning A-5, Rem 11, 1100, 11-48, 58, Savage 720, Win Super X, 1400.
Pumps Win Mod 12, 1200, Rem 870, 31, Ithaca 37, Moss 500
O/U Browning Citori, Superposed, Win 101, Ruger red label

That names a few

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Re: Help me pick a shotgun . . . with a twist

Postby The Duck Hammer » Thu Mar 14, 2013 1:22 pm

Japanese Auto-5 Magnum 12
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Indaswamp wrote:easy...just manipulate the ruler to make the inch shorter so that 28" reads 30"..... :thumbsup:

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Re: Help me pick a shotgun . . . with a twist

Postby SAHunter1983 » Thu Mar 14, 2013 1:28 pm

Definitely old school A-5

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Re: Help me pick a shotgun . . . with a twist

Postby Rick Hall » Thu Mar 14, 2013 1:36 pm

jaysweet3 wrote:A5 sweet 16, that's the gun.


If it's going to be an A-5, it's gotta be a Sweet 16.
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Re: Help me pick a shotgun . . . with a twist

Postby cupnglide » Thu Mar 14, 2013 7:29 pm

Rick Hall wrote:
jaysweet3 wrote:A5 sweet 16, that's the gun.


If it's going to be an A-5, it's gotta be a Sweet 16.


Another vote for the Sweet Sixteen. Although my local shop just got in an old Model 37 in 16ga on trade. That might be the perfect mix of nostalgia and working man's gunner. Could you imagine hunting the timber with that thing?
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Re: Help me pick a shotgun . . . with a twist

Postby IdahoSkies » Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:39 pm

Thank you for the suggestions. I have pondered the Ithaca, the A-5 and the 870 before, but not being an 870 man and with so many variates I did not know where to start. Thanks for the insights.

Aunt Betty, yup its fiction, though like all good fiction there is truth and personal experience in it. I'd be interested in a pic of that 870 as I couldn't find one on line. Post it or PM me.

Thanks for the help all. Haven't decided yet, so any other ideas keep them coming, but thanks again.
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Re: Help me pick a shotgun . . . with a twist

Postby mudpack » Sat Mar 16, 2013 11:40 am

Jon Bergren wrote:The Excell auto made in Turkey and distributed by H&R is an excellent auto. It is of the locking block design and uses Rem chokes and is $300 at the Academy. I have shot one for several years, others have shot 1200 trap loads without a problem. I think it is better than my 1100's. Jon

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Re: Help me pick a shotgun . . . with a twist

Postby hawk45 » Sat Mar 16, 2013 12:24 pm

A-5 or 1100
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Re: Help me pick a shotgun . . . with a twist

Postby mauserfan » Sat Mar 16, 2013 12:53 pm

My vote would have been an 870 standerd weight, 26" IC, 20 ga....she used it to shoot skeet with her dad :wink:
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Re: Help me pick a shotgun . . . with a twist

Postby reconcoupe » Sat Mar 16, 2013 1:03 pm

Specklebelly wrote:
erp10 wrote:Ithica model 37 would fit your needs.

X2

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Re: Help me pick a shotgun . . . with a twist

Postby ohio mike » Sat Mar 16, 2013 2:58 pm

reconcoupe wrote:
Specklebelly wrote:
erp10 wrote:Ithica model 37 would fit your needs.

X2

x3


yuuuup! Although my first 12 ga. duck gun was a Remington Model 11 Sportsman with a polychoke.
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