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#6420267 - 08/22/16 06:20 PM What does your wife shoot?
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I am looking to get my wife a new shotgun for this season. This gun will be for dove and sporting clay. She is 5'3 and very petite. She complained last year about the recoil of the 12 gauge. So what is yalls advice on a good 20 gauge that won't break the bank. Thanks

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#6420317 - 08/22/16 06:58 PM Re: What does your wife shoot? [Re: BassCats24]
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Mossberg 500 or remington 870.

In my experience. The cheapest Mossberg's are nicer than the cheapest Remington's.
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#6420348 - 08/22/16 07:21 PM Re: What does your wife shoot? [Re: BassCats24]
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If your wife is recoil shy you should look for a gas operated semiautomatic shotgun for her. You want her to remember the time in the field and not how hard the shotgun kicked so I would stay away from pump, O/U, SxS and recoil operated guns.

Depending on your "not break the bank" budget you may be able to a new one, If not there are a lot of quality used shotguns sitting on the shelves of gun stores.
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#6420351 - 08/22/16 07:22 PM Re: What does your wife shoot? [Re: BassCats24]
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Mine either shoots a 12g 11-87 or a Spanish SxS 20.
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#6420436 - 08/22/16 08:22 PM Re: What does your wife shoot? [Re: BassCats24]
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Mine just took over my Beretta Extrema 12g. I am now in the market for something else because a Mossberg 835 isn't going to cut it after getting use to that Beretta
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#6420442 - 08/22/16 08:28 PM Re: What does your wife shoot? [Re: BassCats24]
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#6420473 - 08/22/16 08:42 PM Re: What does your wife shoot? [Re: BassCats24]
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#6420537 - 08/22/16 09:17 PM Re: What does your wife shoot? [Re: BassCats24]
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Let her shoot a 20 before you invest in one. They are lighter and some of them kick as hard as a 12. A youth 12 with kick pad may be lighter recoil. Especially with light loads like Winchester or Rio.

Mine shoots a Browning gold but she is kind of hard headed.

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#6420542 - 08/22/16 09:19 PM Re: What does your wife shoot? [Re: BassCats24]
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My wife usually just shoots me the finger.
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#6420551 - 08/22/16 09:27 PM Re: What does your wife shoot? [Re: BassCats24]
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Find her a 20ga semi like the rem 1100 and get her some light loads. She would probably do just as well with the 1100 in 12ga

They make some stocks for the 1100 that make it really soft but you could just get a good pad.


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#6420693 - 08/23/16 05:52 AM Re: What does your wife shoot? [Re: BassCats24]
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My wife shoots the Extrema 2 with the kickoff system, she's about 115 lbs and runs 3.5's when she can convince me to buy them.

Definitely need to go with a gas operated semi though, the pumps will make her not want to shoot anymore.


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#6420741 - 08/23/16 07:14 AM Re: What does your wife shoot? [Re: Ramball36]
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Originally Posted By: Ramball36
My wife shoots the Extrema 2 with the kickoff system, she's about 115 lbs and runs 3.5's when she can convince me to buy them.

Definitely need to go with a gas operated semi though, the pumps will make her not want to shoot anymore.


12 or 20 gauge?

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#6420804 - 08/23/16 08:08 AM Re: What does your wife shoot? [Re: BassCats24]
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As others have said, a good Rem 1100, 11-87, Beretta 390 /391 or something similar. Gas operated shotguns siphon off some of the gas from the spent shell to eject and load a new shell. That makes them have less recoil. Since she is a little thing, stay away from the 12. Can she shoot it? Sure. But it hurts after a while. Fun is probably way too heavy and long for her to handle well.

20 ga is very popular and you find it just about everywhere. 16, 28, and .410 have less recoil than the 12, bit shells are gonna be more expensive... Like 2 or 3x that of a popular 20 ga.

Real cool that your wife is into it. Make it fun for her and enjoy your time in the field together. up
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#6420807 - 08/23/16 08:10 AM Re: What does your wife shoot? [Re: BassCats24]
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She likes to shoot a good 1911 in 45 ACP - but nothing else seems to appeal to her.

She is very good with a 45 though, I have to giver her that.


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#6420809 - 08/23/16 08:12 AM Re: What does your wife shoot? [Re: BassCats24]
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Beneli m4 12 gauge. Really light but the semi auto really takes the punch out of it. That or she will shoot a 12 gauge beretta O/U we have.
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