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too much gun?

Postby quack-quack » Thu Jan 30, 2014 5:59 pm

I am looking for a new gun for primarily dove, quail and squirrel. I found a nice deal on a 12gauge 2 3/4" only, but is that too much load for dove and quail?
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Re: too much gun?

Postby bison338 » Thu Jan 30, 2014 10:12 pm

not too much gun at all. I use 12ga 2 3/4 all the time for dove.
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Re: too much gun?

Postby cluckmeister » Thu Jan 30, 2014 10:42 pm

A super nice gun to do what you want is a Remington Model 1100 20 gauge LT, You can usually find them at gun shows or on gunbroker.com and gunsinternational.com, My son just bought one off of gunbroker in super nice shape for 600, probably hasn't had 4 boxes of shells thru it
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Re: too much gun?

Postby Force Fetch » Sat Feb 01, 2014 3:21 pm

quack, why would you think it is too much gun? With the # of loads you can buy and many more you can reload for a 12 ga, it is the most versitile ga out there. Unless you like to have a lot of guns hanging around, I do, one good old 12ga will probably do it all from deer with buckshot to doves with 1 oz of 8's.
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too much gun?

Postby quack-quack » Sat Feb 01, 2014 11:13 pm

I just looked at the weight and that's what threw me off the 12, way too heavy.

I think I'm looking at. 20gauge now to keep weight down.
What about gauges, do you need a 3" or is 2 3/4" enough?
Also any recommendation on IC or Mod, seems like most older guns are fixed. What's the best choice for overall dove,quail,squirrelly hunting? I only want this gun for this type hunting.
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Re: too much gun?

Postby micneador » Mon Feb 03, 2014 11:38 am

If you're lookin at just a small game gun, a light 28 would be the ticket.
Ithica 37's in 28 are a dream to shoot.

As for chokes, quail don't need anything tighter than IC, unless you're talking scaled quail.
Dove and squirrel can need up to modified at times, but nothing much tighter.
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Re: too much gun?

Postby MasonG » Mon Feb 03, 2014 8:34 pm

I too would suggest a 28 gauge. I love my 12 but if I was to buy a gun just for dove, quail and squirrel, it'd be a 28. I've shot 28's a whole lot more than any other gauge because they've always shot great. But you can't go wrong with a good shooting 20 either. And too answer your first question, no a 12 is not too much gun
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Re: too much gun?

Postby quack-quack » Wed Feb 05, 2014 5:55 pm

Why a 28g and not a 16g ?
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Re: too much gun?

Postby micneador » Wed Feb 05, 2014 10:29 pm

quack-quack wrote:Why a 28g and not a 16g ?


Speaking from experience myself, but my buddy has an a-5 in 16. I'm not a fan of the long gas guns, but DANG that gun shoots sweet.
Plus 28's tend to be lighter as most are based on their own reciever instead of a 28 in a 20ga. size reciever.
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