Joe Guide wrote: What's your preference when it comes to shotgunning for waterfowl?
My preference is having three shots. I enjoy the hunt with my friends very nicely when I'm using my autoloader. In fact, I enjoy it more when we end up killing lots of ducks.... and when I or my partner gets a triple, well, "it just don't git no better'n that". Maybe it's just me......
I just checked my hunting log for this season, and out of 411 shells fired at birds so far, 22 of them were third shots.
Of those 22 third shots, 15 resulted in a downed bird. Those are fifteen opportunities that I was able to capitalize on because I was not
shooting a double gun.
After all, aren't ducks on the strap the ultimate reason we go duck hunting?
Increased opportunities and reduced recoil are why I shoot a gas-operated autoloading shotgun.
While a double gun is so veddy European, and some guys prefer them in the marsh, I've never found them to be of any advantage...and I own five of them.
It won't be long on this thread before someone brings up the "I shoot better because I only have two shots" theory. Well, to those I say, you can just put two shells in a pumpgun
as well, if that's your style....you don't need a double-gun to limit yourself to two shots.
I, too, can pretty much tell what kind of duck hunter one is by his gun. When I see a double-gun, I figure the guy is a fashion statement, and/or mainly out here for "the experience". When I see a well-used Wingmaster, or a Benelli/Browning/Beretta/Remington autoloader, I put him in the "serious duck gunner" category.
Often wrong, never in doubt...