My favorite shotgun... How about you?

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My favorite shotgun... How about you?

Post by Steve007 » Sat Oct 08, 2022 2:23 pm

I will admit that on one level, it is fairly pointless to address a single shotgun as “my favorite gun.” Different shotguns have different purposes, and there is no reason to select only one. Nevertheless…

The first thing you might look for in a single shotgun is flexibility. An 8# sporting clays gun -- and I have several-- is a fine thing, but not ideal for all-around bird hunting. Likewise, a 10 or 12 gauge semi auto -- and I have one-- may be the best choice for waterfowl, but a little style might be satisfying as well. Too much style, of course, is liable to be pretty expensive, and perhaps not the right gun if you care about getting it a little banged up in upland hunting.

In any case, while I have quite a few guns, my favorite all-around is probably my 20gauge Browning BSS Sporter with Briley thinwall chokes and better-than-average wood. With mod/full chokes (or others if you prefer), I can nail longer shots at sporting clays (sometimes), cylinder works for skeet, c/sk for quail or woodcock and so forth. And hevi-shot (or similar) would work for pheasant. It would not work for waterfowl, but that's not what I do.

I don't suggest one gun would work for everything, but this is pretty decent for most things, easy to carry and a SxS is, well, pretty stylish and fun, too. If you give me another gun, I'll take my Browning Superposed Lightning. I have a dedicated modern sporting clays gun, and if I were shooting for money -- not likely-- that's what I would bring, but there is a lot to be said for a neat well-balanced gun with some history behind it.

How about you?

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Re: My favorite shotgun... How about you?

Post by Garrison » Sat Oct 08, 2022 4:28 pm

Wow…..laying down the gauntlet Steve!😉 That’s a tough call. For all intents and purposes (clays included) I think it would have to be my Citori 525 Field, but do not like carrying it in snow covered chukar country. One of the old 870’s or Model 12’s might be my desert island pick. A5 Belgium for history’s sake (dropped my first bird and many great days on the chuks). Maybe Browning white lightning for most upland duties.

The past couple seasons I have been using what would seem like a pretty odd pick for quite a lot of my hunting. Mossberg 940 JM Pro with the magazine extension removed. It is really quick and cycles even quicker. Never thought I would use Mossberg and amazing in the same breath, but the inner workings are really something. On a gun I don’t mind dropping in the dirt/snow.

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Re: My favorite shotgun... How about you?

Post by gonehuntin' » Sun Oct 09, 2022 11:55 am

If you take waterfowl out of the equation, it's an old Browning Superposed Superlight 12ga, straight stock, screw in tubes by Briley.
I've shot that gun since 1965. My second is a Browning Freather 20 with a set of 28 barrels also. Must be near 20 years I've shot that one as well. For waterfowl it's an A-5 Waterfowler, 12ga, 3", 32" barrel. Don't own or shoot many different guns. Year ago I sold them all and just kept my go-to's.
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Re: My favorite shotgun... How about you?

Post by Steve007 » Mon Oct 10, 2022 12:17 pm

gonehuntin' wrote:
Sun Oct 09, 2022 11:55 am
Iit's an old Browning Superposed Superlight 12ga, straight stock, screw in tubes by Briley.
Wow. A Superposed Superlight with Briley chokes would sure be neat. Only Briley and the thin walls could be trusted to do a good job with the limited barrel wall thickness at the muzzle, but I'm sure they did. I could even live with the 26 inch barrels on the superlight. Good gun!

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Re: My favorite shotgun... How about you?

Post by gonehuntin' » Mon Oct 10, 2022 6:42 pm

They did a great job Steve. Been shooting it about 15 years now with no issue. I have a set of steel choke for it too, but I’m afraid to chance it.
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Re: My favorite shotgun... How about you?

Post by Roman Nose » Mon Oct 10, 2022 8:08 pm

Citori superlight 12ga with briley thin walls for me. Originally a fixed choke gun. Second in line is a Citori gran lightning 20ga.


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