Which type of gun do you like better for duck hunting?

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Which type of Gun do you like better for duck hunting

Over-Under
1
2%
Side-by-Side
2
4%
Semi-auto
24
53%
Pump
18
40%
Other
0
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Total votes : 45

Which type of gun do you like better for duck hunting?

Postby MNduckhunter » Mon Feb 14, 2005 6:18 pm

Answer the poll and then post, a reason why you like that type.
Post weather you like 12 gauge or 20, or another gauge.
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Postby mallardhunter » Mon Feb 14, 2005 6:23 pm

I like shooting my auto because you can get 3 shots off before they get out of range. I also have a pump the only reason I like about it because it won't jam up like a auto, but my auto hasn't yet. I shoot a 12 gauge 3.5 inch because if I had a 20 it wouldn't bring the big canada geese down.
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Postby hickeyville » Mon Feb 14, 2005 6:32 pm

I shoot a pump because it will never jam. I shoot 12 gauge 870 3 inch shells at ducks and 10 gauge BPS at geese.
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Postby thaner » Mon Feb 14, 2005 6:53 pm

I voted auto for ducks, but it depends on the situation.

I like the auto for lower recoil so I can stay on the birds and shoot a little faster, and the recoil of the heavy stuff is reduced. I shot Beretta 390 silver mallard and 391 Xtrema and like the function of being able to take shells out of the chamber and mag with the cut off function.

I like the pump for extreme conditions. I have always had a soft spot for mod. 12’s and 870 WM’s.

I love O/U’s but mine are nice so they only go out ducking when the conditions are good and I won’t be trashing them. I prefer the O/U for every other type of shooting besides water fowling and turkeys. I shot the best percentage of shots to kills when I only have two shots and love having two different choke constrictions.

I use the 12’s for the waterfowl and turkey because of the versatility and the higher shot capacity with steel for ducks and big heavy loads for turkey. I do all my other hunting with 20, 28, and .410.
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Postby MNduckhunter » Mon Feb 14, 2005 7:16 pm

Yeah for duck hunting i like to use the semi auto. Over under and side by side i like to use for skeet and trap shooting.

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Postby had » Mon Feb 14, 2005 7:16 pm

pump for reliability
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Postby mallardhunter » Mon Feb 14, 2005 7:51 pm

My first gun was an 870 express :salude: Good gun :thumbsup:
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Postby stalns » Mon Feb 14, 2005 8:10 pm

Learned to duck hunt on a 870 WM. It never gave me a problem. I did get a Hastings barrel with interchangeable chokes. Switched to a semi auto while hunting the clubs. Just picked up a Franchi 912 3.5 inch. The semi auto was smoother and like mallardhunter said it was faster. I shot two triples this year partly because of the smoothness coming off of one bird to the next.

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Postby h2ofwlr » Mon Feb 14, 2005 8:30 pm

A semi I've shot semis for over 30 years now. First the Rem 1100, then the S&W 1000 waterfowlers special, then a Win SX2. Gas ops have a lot less kick than pumps. I dislike bruising my shoulder which can happen with 3.5" mag loads when over a box are shot while hunting combo duck/geese in CA or snows in spring. I have that 3rd shot too if there is a cripple from the 1st or 2nd shot so I can dispatch him.
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Postby Trois_beaux_canards » Mon Feb 14, 2005 8:35 pm

I chose pump. the only time i've used anythgin else was for upland hunting. very reliable! 12ga. I love my 870!
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Postby gsphunter » Mon Feb 14, 2005 11:07 pm

I shoot an 870 pump, because the price was right and I like the reliability of them. So many guys complain about jamming autos especially in cold weather.
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Postby Cupped-n-Committed » Tue Feb 15, 2005 8:34 am

Pump for the reliability. I only had it jam once and it was this year with geese flying over and it was 6 degrees and my gun was frozen to my glove also. So I think it got some ice in the action or something like that.

I would love a semi but my buddy had a 20 and a 12 both jam this year while out
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Postby shrpshtr » Tue Feb 15, 2005 12:18 pm

i shoot an 11-87 exclusively. more than 20,000 shots through it and never a problem...
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Postby Kurt » Tue Feb 15, 2005 1:29 pm

I have a 870 WM and will never be with out it but would like to try the super X2 or Berreta.
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Postby 870 » Tue Feb 15, 2005 3:36 pm

My nane says it all. I love to see semi's jam when it's below freezing. It gives me good reason to shoot thier ducks.
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Postby Greg Wile » Tue Feb 15, 2005 4:31 pm

Just more use to it. Used to rabbit hunt alot 300 to 500 a season and all I used was a Modle 37 Ithaca 12ga mod choke and no. 5 shot. Always had rabbit hounds and still have one but don't hunt her any more due to her age.
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Postby Dogman » Tue Feb 15, 2005 5:02 pm

My #1 gun is a Mossberg pump 12 gauge 3",this gets the nod more often than not.I also use my RRL all weather s/s 12 gauge o/u for jump shoots on small water.Once in a while I'll use my BPS 10 gauge 3 1/2" for big birds.
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Postby the_duckinator » Tue Feb 15, 2005 5:05 pm

I like my side by side 20, but its expensive shooting it, I have to shoot bismouth because it has fixed chokes. It points and swings nicely, but I usually take out the semi auto 12 because its cheaper and it can take a harder beating.
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Postby MNduckhunter » Tue Feb 15, 2005 5:33 pm

Yesh i agree the sidebyside is a better shooting gun and more smoothly, but as every one knows... we all need are three shots in more times than one :laughing: so the smooth shot of the semi auto is a good compramise, plus it is a lot cheaper as you said.

My semi-auto hasn't jab up yet- i guess you just have to keep it clean and in good conditiong, but if it jams it is part of the sport gentlemen, enjoy it and watch the birds fly off just like with fishing. You catch some and you miss some, and you catch some(call them in-ducks) and you have to let them go.

Part of being a Sportsman and savign some for others... even though none of us wants to :tounge:
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Postby Quackcephus » Sun Feb 20, 2005 10:57 am

870 Super Mag... if you can poke 'em you can stroke 'em... I have never had a "failure" of any kind, pumps don't jam. My gun is a duck gun, I reserved it when Remington annouced that they were gonna make a 3 1/2 pump. I shot a WingMaster for years before that... guess I'm a pump guy. :yes:

I will admit that I'm seriously lookin' at addin' a SBE or SBE II to the arsenal, them are some fast shootin' reliable autos. :thumbsup:
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Postby Jusluv21 » Mon Feb 21, 2005 3:47 pm

I use a Pump because they seem to be more reliable and don't cost nearly as much. And I like the action of them knowing that if you're not quick, you could miss an easy kill.
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Postby frazier2209 » Mon Feb 21, 2005 6:46 pm

First of all, my Beretta 391 20 ga. has never jammed up on me. I have hunted geese over a cornfield in 9* below. Our limit is 2 and luckily I limited out on the first group and could go home and warm up. I have no problem bringing down any species with the 20 ga. To me, a goose is just a bigger target. When standing in timber holding your gun, I am glad I have a lightweight one, with the Beretta weighing in at just under 6 lbs. A Rem. 1100 weighs about 8 and it makes a difference standing there all day.
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Postby duckdog » Tue Feb 22, 2005 12:07 pm

I shoot a pump because that's what I grew up on, and they are easy maintenence. No jamming like some auto's. I've got two 870 12gauge's, one 870 20 gauge, and a Winchester 12 gauge pump. And every once in a while I take my grandpa's old 12 gauge single shot with a 32" barrel out just for fun, with my oldest boy he's got a Rossi .410/.22
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Postby cmsu870 » Tue Feb 22, 2005 2:17 pm

I have an 870 and i love it. I've had too many problems and hunted with guys that have had too many problems with their semi's jamming up like crazy on them. Plus, my 870 holds 3.5 inch shells and its been really realible so far.
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Postby KCDuckMaster » Wed Feb 23, 2005 1:20 pm

I shoot a Remington 870 super mag pump. I shoot pump because it wont jam. Some people say they like Semi because they can get off all 3 shots before they get out of range. But I have never had a problem with not being able to get off all 3 shots.
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