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Pathfinder41
PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2022 1:02 am  Reply with quote



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Just a random topic here for fun. I had the question posed to me recently: what gun would I have if I could only have one gun? Made me stop and think for awhile.

Iím curious what you guys think.

If you could only have one shotgun, what would it be and why? Can be one you own or one you wish you did. Razz




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Chicago
PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2022 5:22 am  Reply with quote
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You didnít specify the gauge but given this is a 16 ga site I guess that goes w/o saying. I only hunt upland birds and I am an English fan so any English/Scottish 16 SxS from one of the Isles better makers. I can use a 16 for grouse, pheasant or quail and all I need to do is vary the shot size and charge. I have 16 ga shells in 24, 26 and 28 gram loads. I like the weight at right around 6 lbs. My lightest is 5 lb 12 oz and the heaviest is 6 lbs 3 oz. I couldnít keep just one of them, it took me too long to find them.

Good Hunting,
Mike
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Byron Whitlock
PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2022 5:33 am  Reply with quote



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If I was restricted to one shotgun it would be my 16ga(of course) LC Smith Ideal model. It is my favorite gun to hunt uplsnd birds and shooting sporting clays.
Luckily I am not likely to face that problem since I have been divorced for over twenty years and face the other problem of always adding to my collection of LC Smiths while on a limited income Embarassed

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kennedy756
PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2022 5:57 am  Reply with quote



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Ithaca 37 mod choke

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MSM2019
PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2022 6:03 am  Reply with quote



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If I could only have one 16 gauge shotgun, and I understand they are not made, but it would be a properly scaled Beretta 686 with 30" barrels with screw in chokes.

Since that is not realistic, the shotgun I choose is the 16 gauge Remington 1100 that I currently own, just the way it is, with every modification that I have had done.

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Swampy16
PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2022 8:37 am  Reply with quote



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Location: New Jersey

FAIR Iside 16 with 28Ē or 30Ē tubes. From grouse, to ducks, to Turkey. What else would one need? But if the 16 isnít steel friendly which Iím not sure it is, it would be a 12 gauge. Iím quite certain the 12ís and 20ís are steel safe. Being I mainly only hunt grouse it would be tuff to pick the 12 over the 20. But being we never know our next adventure the 12 may be the choice.
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BarkeyVA
PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2022 9:12 am  Reply with quote
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Marlin Model 90, 26" barrels

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16gaDavis
PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2022 9:14 am  Reply with quote



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IF .... I could have a NEW Davis , I'd be fine !! BUT ... can't !! I would be torn between my 16ga 97 or my 28ga 1100 . Got a million accessories for my Remington - might have to have a shoot out - last gun standing !!

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Citori16
PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2022 9:27 am  Reply with quote
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Tough pickÖ

My current fantasy gun is an LC Smith 16 ga field grade with strengthened wood, lightning grip, recoil pad, double triggers, ejectors, Briley chokes, sparsely engraved with inlays of the birds i intend to hunt with itÖGrouse, Woodcock, Quail, Woodducks, Teal & Doves. Barrels cut to my birth year in cm. Somewhat heretical, I suppose, but Damn, I would feel good running it.

Or a BSS with similar specs.

Outside of those it would be my Citori WL with a couple of upgrades like leather covered stock pad, ported barrels.

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Old colonel2
PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2022 9:29 am  Reply with quote



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If one gun, 6lb 16ga SLE 2 3/4 inch chambers 27in barrels

I prefer double triggers, straight hand stock, splinter forend, and manual not automatic safety

If four guns

2x 6lb 16ga SLE 2 3/4 inch chambers 27in barrels
1x 7lb 12ga SLE or OU 3 inch chamber 28-30 barrels
1x 5 1/4 to 1/2 lb 20 or 24 or 28ga SLE or BLE 26-27in barrels

I could live with choke tubes on my medium guns, or with fixed chokes .005&.015.
On the heavy gun .010&.030

The 6lb guns for 90% of my shooting
The 7lb to occasionally go heavy on waterfowl or late season pheasant or for occasional clays
The light gun for messing around with the dogs at a preserve etc.

Fortunately I have more than four.
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ABNRGR
PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2022 10:13 am  Reply with quote



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A Parker VH, 16 gauge, 26" barrels, O-Frame, 5 1/4 lbs. a knock-about gun, not a D-
Grade or above that I would have to worry about scratching or getting wet, nor a high-grade Belgian Browning Superposed. The gun does the work, no fatigue, all I do is carry it, fire it, and pick up the bird from my springer spaniel's mouth.

My second choice would be a Ruger Red Label, 20 gauge with 28" barrels, blued receiver, fixed chokes IC/M.
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ABNRGR
PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2022 10:14 am  Reply with quote



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A Parker VH, 16 gauge, 26" barrels, O-Frame, 5 1/4 lbs. a knock-about gun, not a D-
Grade or above that I would have to worry about scratching or getting wet, nor a high-grade Belgian Browning Superposed. The gun does the work, no fatigue, all I do is carry it, fire it, and pick up the bird from my springer spaniel's mouth.

My second choice would be a Ruger Red Label, 20 gauge with 28" barrels, blued receiver, fixed chokes IC/M.
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ABNRGR
PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2022 10:15 am  Reply with quote



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A Parker VH, 16 gauge, 26" barrels, O-Frame, 5 1/4 lbs. a knock-about gun, not a D-
Grade or above that I would have to worry about scratching or getting wet, nor a high-grade Belgian Browning Superposed. The gun does the work, no fatigue, all I do is carry it, fire it, and pick up the bird from my springer spaniel's mouth.

My second choice would be a Ruger Red Label, 20 gauge with 28" barrels, blued receiver, fixed chokes IC/M.
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ABNRGR
PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2022 10:18 am  Reply with quote



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A Parker VH, 16 gauge, 26" barrels, O-Frame, 5 1/4 lbs. a knock-about gun, not a D-
Grade or above that I would have to worry about scratching or getting wet, nor a high-grade Belgian Browning Superposed. The gun does the work, no fatigue, all I do is carry it, fire it, and pick up the bird from my springer spaniel's mouth.

My second choice would be a Ruger Red Label, 20 gauge with 28" barrels, blued receiver, fixed chokes IC/M.
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ABNRGR
PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2022 10:19 am  Reply with quote



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A Parker VH, 16 gauge, 26" barrels, O-Frame, 5 1/4 lbs. a knock-about gun, not a D-
Grade or above that I would have to worry about scratching or getting wet, nor a high-grade Belgian Browning Superposed. The gun does the work, no fatigue, all I do is carry it, fire it, and pick up the bird from my springer spaniel's mouth.

My second choice would be a Ruger Red Label, 20 gauge with 28" barrels, blued receiver, fixed chokes IC/M.
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