Thanks for the info on proofing guys, it seems to me, that a reasonable thing for me to do would be find the gun I like in my price range, regardless of 12 or 20 guage, then save a little money and buy a fee boxes of the right loads for whatever I am pursuing.since it will likely be only an upland gun, I can shoot lead shot through it and simply bring along my 11-87 or 870 for water fowling, or if we hunt restricted land. Because of the reduced effectiveness of steel, I wouldn't really want to risk hurting the gun just to shoot steel through it at something like a grouse ( easy to drop with just about any load ) when I already have another option. This of course applies only to the older non proofed guns. My only concern with this, is I may have to be cautious of the areas I hunt. I jump shoot quite a few woodies when grouse hunting, and would rather not be doing something illegal.
Maybe I should seriously consider the baikal a little more, or one of the new guns even though it may cost slightly more.
I also found out my dad has a 311 in I've gun safe he has only shot once, I might be able to get him to part with it. Unfortunately, I don't know the year it was manufactured.
I also have been considering a used browning citori I found for sale that is almost too good of a deal to pass up, the guy only wants 600 for it, full set of chokes, 28 inch barrels, but it's pretty well used. I've really never shot many over/unders, but I did alright with the ones I shot. My heart is really kind of set on a side by side though for some reason. Not to mention if I save enough money, maybe I can spend the extra on my girlfriend to keep her happy (or stick it in the hunting buddy/puppy fund)
How different is hunting with an over/under than a sxs? I know the sight picture is different and I can't really see any way it would be.
My dad has hunted my whole life with a citori and a custom citori lighting. It was his sporting clay gun and he almost never took it for anything but pheasants. I never saw a single rooster get away from that thing, and it only ever took one shot. The regular citori he hunts with has killed more ducks and geese than I can even count, which has lead me to develop a fondness for doubles. Plus they are just down right classy, and really pretty cool. Don't get me wrong, I love my semi autos and will probably buy a few more of them in my lifetime, but I really really like a double.
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