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Best gun for a new hunter

Postby duckhunter10610 » Fri Aug 16, 2013 12:54 pm

I want my wife to start hunting ducks and geese with me. I was wondering what people would recommend to be the best gun for her to start hunting with and just get her used to shooting.
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Re: Best gun for a new hunter

Postby Luvbowhuntn » Fri Aug 16, 2013 1:02 pm

I bought my wife a Beretta AL391 Urika 12ga. She does great with it and she's a smaller framed woman. Matter of fact that's the only gun in the safe she says I'm not to trade on haha


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Re: Best gun for a new hunter

Postby clampdaddy » Fri Aug 16, 2013 1:03 pm

Buy the gun that you want and give her your old one. :lol3:
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Re: Best gun for a new hunter

Postby duckhunter10610 » Fri Aug 16, 2013 1:09 pm

Luvbowhuntn wrote:I bought my wife a Beretta AL391 Urika 12ga. She does great with it and she's a smaller framed woman. Matter of fact that's the only gun in the safe she says I'm not to trade on haha


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Ok sounds good I'll look into that. Do you know how much they range from?
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Re: Best gun for a new hunter

Postby duckhunter10610 » Fri Aug 16, 2013 1:09 pm

clampdaddy wrote:Buy the gun that you want and give her your old one. :lol3:



:lol3: Thats a good one!
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Re: Best gun for a new hunter

Postby LiquidA45 » Fri Aug 16, 2013 1:27 pm

best gun for a beginner = remington 870. best gun for a duck hunting vet = remington 870. best boat paddle, best shovel, post driver, hammer, fire starter = remington 870


get her a 20 ga.
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Re: Best gun for a new hunter

Postby Luvbowhuntn » Fri Aug 16, 2013 1:28 pm

I've got $600 in hers. There's a guy with one listed in the classifieds here for $850 that's been sitting a little while. May can talk him into a really good deal on it. It's brand new


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Re: Best gun for a new hunter

Postby duckhunter10610 » Fri Aug 16, 2013 2:31 pm

LiquidA45 wrote:best gun for a beginner = remington 870. best gun for a duck hunting vet = remington 870. best boat paddle, best shovel, post driver, hammer, fire starter = remington 870


get her a 20 ga.


Thats what i started shooting was a youth model remington 870 and I loved it. Thanks
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Re: Best gun for a new hunter

Postby duckhunter10610 » Fri Aug 16, 2013 2:32 pm

Luvbowhuntn wrote:I've got $600 in hers. There's a guy with one listed in the classifieds here for $850 that's been sitting a little while. May can talk him into a really good deal on it. It's brand new


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Sounds good ill look into it thanks :smile:
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Re: Best gun for a new hunter

Postby Specklebelly » Fri Aug 16, 2013 2:41 pm

I think we need pictures of her first. Just kidding.

I would let her use your gun first to see if she likes duck hunting. Dropping a bunch of $$$ on a gun without knowing if she has interest is a risk. If that is not an option, go with the mossy or 870 pump.
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Re: Best gun for a new hunter

Postby LiquidA45 » Fri Aug 16, 2013 2:48 pm

duckhunter10610 wrote:
LiquidA45 wrote:best gun for a beginner = remington 870. best gun for a duck hunting vet = remington 870. best boat paddle, best shovel, post driver, hammer, fire starter = remington 870


get her a 20 ga.


Thats what i started shooting was a youth model remington 870 and I loved it. Thanks



I got mine 12 years ago for $179, I think they go at right under $300 now. Wouldn't trade it for anything, clean it once every other year and it never jams or anything.
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Re: Best gun for a new hunter

Postby duckhunter10610 » Fri Aug 16, 2013 3:09 pm

Specklebelly wrote:I think we need pictures of her first. Just kidding.

I would let her use your gun first to see if she likes duck hunting. Dropping a bunch of $$$ on a gun without knowing if she has interest is a risk. If that is not an option, go with the mossy or 870 pump.


Haha thats funny. And ive let her use my gun before to shoot clays but she says its to big, I shoot a 12 gauge old browning Black and gold model. But yea I think imight let her shoot my little brothers 870 and see if she likes it.
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Re: Best gun for a new hunter

Postby duckhunter10610 » Fri Aug 16, 2013 3:10 pm

LiquidA45 wrote:
duckhunter10610 wrote:
LiquidA45 wrote:best gun for a beginner = remington 870. best gun for a duck hunting vet = remington 870. best boat paddle, best shovel, post driver, hammer, fire starter = remington 870


get her a 20 ga.


Thats what i started shooting was a youth model remington 870 and I loved it. Thanks



I got mine 12 years ago for $179, I think they go at right under $300 now. Wouldn't trade it for anything, clean it once every other year and it never jams or anything.


Yea im looking into getting another one just because they are so reliable that or a Beretta xtema. I cant decide.
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Re: Best gun for a new hunter

Postby Bakercountyboy » Fri Aug 16, 2013 5:52 pm

clampdaddy wrote:Buy the gun that you want and give her your old one. :lol3:

That is genius :thumbsup:
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Re: Best gun for a new hunter

Postby clampdaddy » Fri Aug 16, 2013 11:37 pm

Bakercountyboy wrote:
clampdaddy wrote:Buy the gun that you want and give her your old one. :lol3:

That is genius :thumbsup:

Experience. :lol3: I bought two guns for my wife but she never really took to the whole shooting/hunting thing so now those guns just sit in the safe. When my daughter was born I picked a .22 and a shotgun out of my collection for her........and then I headed straight to the gun shop to buy myself two new guns. :wink:
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Re: Best gun for a new hunter

Postby BurninPowder » Sat Aug 17, 2013 7:09 am

My wife shoots an 870 youth 20ga. on the seldom occasions she hunts with me. Perfect for a small frame with the shorter LOP and barrel, simple and reliable to use, and the 20ga recoil is tolerable for most shooters. Best of all if she doesn't take to the whole hunting/shooting thing you're not out much money and if you have to sell it, you shouldn't have much trouble.
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Re: Best gun for a new hunter

Postby mudpack » Sat Aug 17, 2013 7:40 am

I've known a few women who could handle a full-sized 12 ga, but not many. I'd say start her out with a high-quality 20ga. autoloader. Then, don't call the shot until the birds are inside 35 yards. :thumbsup:
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Re: Best gun for a new hunter

Postby Edge » Sat Aug 17, 2013 4:41 pm

LiquidA45 wrote:best gun for a beginner = remington 870. best gun for a duck hunting vet = remington 870. best boat paddle, best shovel, post driver, hammer, fire starter = remington 870


get her a 20 ga.


He's right, I think a pump is one of the best guns to learn with. Most folks rely on that second shot with an auto, plus learning with a pump is like learning to drive stick, learn to shoot it and you can shoot anything.
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Re: Best gun for a new hunter

Postby dakotashooter2 » Sat Aug 17, 2013 9:01 pm

Take her to a gunshop and have her try a few for fit. Most likely a youth model will be best. Pump or semi auto is unlikely to matter at this point as you'll want her to concentrate on one shot at a time. The semi auto will have less recoil but you can compensate somewhat for a pump by going to 2 3/4" shells. And unless your are planning on shooteing a couple boxes of shells per hunt the recoil probably won't be that noticable anyway..................at least not till the next day....LOL......
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Re: Best gun for a new hunter

Postby max1982 » Sun Aug 18, 2013 8:11 pm

Take her to the gun store and let her pick. Just tell her the ones she can't get. I bought my wife a 12ga Franchi last year that she picked out herself and she really likes it. I thought it would kick the hell out of her but she has never said a word about it. I am just guess but think she has probably shot around 1,000 rounds through it.

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Re: Best gun for a new hunter

Postby WalpoleTed » Thu Aug 22, 2013 9:26 am

While this might not be the right gauge, perhaps it's an idea that will help you. My wife is fairly slight, so when I bought my 10 year old son his first gun (a Beretta 391 youth - 20 ga., Al lightweight receiver), I put an adjustable recoil pad on it that can extend LOP by up to 2 1/2" inches. So when my wife wants to shoot targets, I just crank out the plate, and she has a lightweight auto that fits. Two birds with one stone so to speak, as it can grow with my son for another few years as well.
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