blackduck_killer wrote:I'm buying my girlfriend a shotgun for her birthday, and I'm trying to decide between the Weatherby Sa-08 semi-auto and the Benelli Nova. The other debate is 12 gauge or 20, she is comfortable shooting a 12 guage but she wants it to be light weight, I don't know if a 12 in these light guns would bother her?
So I geuss I'm looking for input from female hunters.
The Nova is a pretty heavy gun and it iskicks harder than any semi-auto. I had a Nova for a (very) short time, but it kicked like a mule so I got rid of it. I hunt with a 12 exclusively and don't usually have any problems but I do take weight into consideration because I tend to do a lot of walk in hunting and want the versatility of using the gun for upland game... is there any way you can have her shoulder some of the guns you are looking at? If she doesn't have long arms, some guns may be unnatural to shoulder. I have long arms so I don't run into that problem, but I have found that some guns fit my hands a lot better - ie SBEII is finer stocked than the A400. Good luck - I'm sure she'll be thrilled with whatever you find!