I bought one two years ago and have been patterning it right much. I picked up a used original (not as light) Gold 10. I took it to MD last year on a duck/goose hunt and on the second shot in the 20 degree temp snapped the bolt buffer and locked the gun up. Nobody's fault really. Terrible time to have it happen but I ordered a new buffer and $40 later she hasn't missed a step. Part of the risk when you buy a used gun (course I got it for $400 with a kick's tube in it... I still came out ahead).
I haven't been really wowed by it yet. I have a couple different chokes and have shot two different brands of steel with two different sizes of shot. I am going to try some slightly lower speed loads with mine and I think my patterns will improve. It shot hypersonic #2s pretty good with the XFull high flyer.
Mine does not shoot factory loaded buckshot worth anything. In fact its flat awful. I have started reading up and assembling a few components to load my own buckshot for it. I have seen what they can do, but seldom do I ever see anyone that has great success with factory buckshot loads (especially considering there is only one offering anymore).
I would submit that anyone who thinks a 10ga has TOO MUCH recoil probably hasn't ever shot one. Unless they are comparing an 1100 12ga to an old SxS 10ga.... then I would see their point.
But you take a Gold 10 and shoot it next to an SBE with a 3.5 shell and you'll take the 10 every time. Course, that is because its a good 5# heavier. For hunting in a pit or a blind, its really no issue at all.... you carry it to the blind, set it on the rail, pick it up for two minutes, shoot, reload and put it back on the rail. Wasn't meant to be a quail gun.
I have 4 kicks tubes now, two HF in Xfull and Mod, a Buckkicker full, and a Gobbling Thunder .690 that was suggested to me for buckshot (nope!). I am thinking about trying some Comp-n-chokes out of it.
Anybody have any choke tube recommendations for a Gold 10? I am mainly concerned with shooting geese and divers/seaducks with it at fairly long range.... swatting the kids crippled buffleheads and such. I pretty much want the thing to shoot like a rifle.
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