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#6548535 - 11/17/16 07:43 PM First year hunting
Haskell Wells Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 11/17/16
Posts: 3
Hey all, this is my first year hunting waterfowl, trying to figure out what shotgun shells I should buy. I've got my grandpa's 16 gauge he gave me, and 12 gauge mossberg I got for Christmas last year, any suggestions?

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#6548565 - 11/17/16 08:03 PM Re: First year hunting [Re: Haskell Wells]
Barny Topwater Offline
red bone Bob

Registered: 11/22/09
Posts: 2694
Loc: New Braunfels TX USA
12 gauge, easier to find shells for.
What kind of 16 gauge?
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#6548732 - 11/17/16 09:40 PM Re: First year hunting [Re: Haskell Wells]
3up3down Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 02/06/10
Posts: 10
#4's

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#6548735 - 11/17/16 09:41 PM Re: First year hunting [Re: Haskell Wells]
3up3down Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 02/06/10
Posts: 10
#4's Steel

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#6549064 - 11/18/16 08:20 AM Re: First year hunting [Re: Haskell Wells]
Guitars&Guns Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 07/23/14
Posts: 59
Loc: N. Texas
Before shooting Grandpa's 16 gauge, be sure it can handle steel shot etc. If it's an older gun, it's not advisable to fire the high velocity modern shells through the gun, as you can ruin the barrel, forcing cone, etc. Start by figuring out what year it was made (make, model, and serial number will get you there).

Stick with the Mossberg 12ga and use #3s or #4s.

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#6549161 - 11/18/16 09:06 AM Re: First year hunting [Re: Haskell Wells]
AbeLinkkin Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 12/16/08
Posts: 98
I would personally not take a gun like that if it has any sentimental value. Duck hunting can take a toll on a gun and I would hate to have it rust or get damaged.


Edited by AbeLinkkin (11/18/16 09:06 AM)

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#6549466 - 11/18/16 12:22 PM Re: First year hunting [Re: Haskell Wells]
Barny Topwater Offline
red bone Bob

Registered: 11/22/09
Posts: 2694
Loc: New Braunfels TX USA
He could buy Bizmuth for his Grandfathers shotgun but like Abe, I wouldn't want in the swamp
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There is time, and you must take it, to lay your hand on your dog's head as you walk past him lying on the floor or on his settle, time to talk with him, to remember with him, time to please him, time you can't buy back once he's gone" GBE

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#6563338 - 11/28/16 11:16 PM Re: First year hunting [Re: Haskell Wells]
Haskell Wells Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 11/17/16
Posts: 3
Thanks for all the advice!

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#6563340 - 11/28/16 11:17 PM Re: First year hunting [Re: Barny Topwater]
Haskell Wells Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 11/17/16
Posts: 3
Originally Posted By: Barny Topwater
12 gauge, easier to find shells for.
What kind of 16 gauge?
it's a savage fox model b

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#6566749 - 11/30/16 11:09 PM Re: First year hunting [Re: Haskell Wells]
smirly22 Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 04/26/08
Posts: 43
Loc: aubrey, texas
12 gauge.... too easy to find good shells.

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#6566901 - 12/01/16 08:02 AM Re: First year hunting [Re: Guitars&Guns]
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Registered: 12/06/05
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Originally Posted By: Guitars&Guns
Before shooting Grandpa's 16 gauge, be sure it can handle steel shot etc. If it's an older gun, it's not advisable to fire the high velocity modern shells through the gun, as you can ruin the barrel, forcing cone, etc. Start by figuring out what year it was made (make, model, and serial number will get you there).

Stick with the Mossberg 12ga and use #3s or #4s.

This. I have grandpa's16 ga as well, can't shoot steel in it, and it's a full choke. I use #4 year round, #3 do too much damage to the bird for my liking. My first waterfowl gun was a mossberg 12ga, shot it for years and never cleaned it.

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