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Postby rangerwidgeon » Tue Mar 01, 2005 1:34 am

I just found this website - good stuff. Who makes a new ten gauge? My dads and grandfathers old shotguns are too nice to use and have become heirlooms. It wasn't the fanciest, but I really liked the old long barrel lever action. I've looked at used shotguns, but they are either junk or overpriced. Maybe it's just confidence, but my buddies 12 gauges simply don't perform on geese like my ten gauge. I want a nice, new shotgun to add to the collection. What to do you suggest?
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Postby rangerwidgeon » Tue Mar 01, 2005 2:45 am

looked at remington, winchester, browning, benelli and Franchi online. I will buy the remington ten gauge if they can make me a high grade custom with a longer barrel. The remingtons are like my german cars, excellent performance and quality, but no personality whatsoever.

I also liked the Benelli Legacy, if they will make me a custom 10 gauge - the website didn't show any 10 gauges. The Benelli quality makes me a little nervous, everyone says great things, but I'm just afraid they will be finicky. Maybe they make better shotguns than their cars.

What do you all think? What would you buy?
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Postby Dogman » Tue Mar 01, 2005 3:03 pm

My Browning BPS 10 gauge has preformed very well for me over the years although I use my 12 gauges more now.My BPS is 12 years old and hasn't let me down.
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Postby Swamp Puppy » Thu Mar 03, 2005 5:01 pm

with the production of 3.5" 12 ga ammo and the increasing number of 12ga guns that are chambered for it...finding a "new" 10ga is probably a tall order.

the ability to deliver comparable payloads of shot at velocity and still have the versatility to do other things makes the 12 a safe bet for gunmakers and the 10 a "specialist" gun....and since special markets are risky markets, you will probably find most gunmakers hesitant to play.

anyway, good luck on your search.

-Ed

PS - no worries about Benelli. their guns are ready for anything you can dish out.
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Postby tengoose1 » Fri Mar 04, 2005 1:33 am

I have my bps for about 10 years or so and have fired more than 4500 rounds through it and have had no problems at all, and i am not talking factory ammo im talkin handloads you hear a lot about the 3.5 12 but when it boils down to open water or field shooting the ten always seems to do better from what i have seen. It seems alwfull funny i end up shooting most of the cripples cause the other guys cant kill em. Maybe this reply will open up a can of worms :pissed: :toofunny: and as far as being a specialists gun your exactly right it doesnt matter how big it is if you cant point it in the right spot but in the hands of a good shooter the BIG10 can really perform well back to the subject browning or remington they are both good browning makes a lightweight gun in the auto
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Postby hamernhonkers » Fri Mar 04, 2005 11:28 am

I have used the SP10 for 15 years now. Its a very reliable gun. After 15 years and around 15 to 20,000 rounds I finally had to replace the extractor on it. It was an easy fix and cost only 5 bucks.

If you are a dedicated goose hunter the ten is the perfect choice. If you are looking to reload for it try ballistic products. They have all the stuff you need to keep the goose feathers flying.
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Postby thaner » Fri Mar 04, 2005 11:43 am

I personally like the 3.5" 12 because I believe in a lot of off season shooting practice and the 10 just doesn't lend it's self to that easily. With that said, I personal have shot a few and I would probably go with the BPS as is the most like some of my 12's and wouldn't be as hard for me to make the transition. Some of the auto's I have shot are so heavy they just don't point and handle they way I like and carrying them is a pain.
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