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What's your favorite bird gun? #8145400 01/27/21 03:50 PM
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I wanted to throw that question out there and get a idea of what's popular. Pumps? Autoloaders? Over under's or side by sides?

For me, it's hard to not reach for my 1975 Ithaca model 37 featherlight 12g with a 28" mod choked barrel. It's a natural pointer for me and with Remington heavy dove shot it has the knockdown power for high flying early season dove and chachalacas and using lighter loads it easily knocks down quail at longer ranges than my 20 gauge Remington wingmaster. (Either that or I'm just a better shot with it)

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That was my first 12 gauge. 14th Birthday and Christmas present. Same day for me.


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I use an old H & R over under 12 ga. That Mom bought for dad in 1970 at Kmart for $275 (I have receipt) I/C & MOD CHOKES. I've used it on Quail since 2002. I bought a Tristar Magnum hunter a couple years ago and have carried it some but if I was going somewhere that I wanted to make sure I hit what I shoot, I will have that h&r.

I have a 20 ga Ithaca model 37 Ultrafeatherlight that dad bought me in 80 or 81 but it has always been terrible about jamming. Has been back to Ithaca at least twice and to two gun shops in the Dallas area, Last time to Mcllelands and I think it may be fixed now but it has failed me so many times in the field I'll probably never hunt with it again. And please don't take that as me bashing your gun choice because I'm not, I just got a bad one somehow.


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Great photo.

Beretta BL3 , 20 gauge, O/U with 26 inch barrels bored skeet and skeet. One ounce ounce of number 8 shells.


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Parker DHE 16.

108 years old and going strong.

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Another great picture. Are shells difficult to find for the 16?


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Re: What's your favorite bird gun? [Re: RGVshooter] #8145651 01/27/21 06:25 PM
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I don’t have a true favorite but it is between these four. I change it up a lot depending on mood. I really like the 687 SP ll. I get off it at times but always go back to it. This pic was triple on the covey rise on wild quail in 2016 when wild birds were everywhere.
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Shooting a double on wild pheasant with it after being off it for a while
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The one I shoot best is a little citori lightning. This is a rare double on woodcock with it.
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The one that is the most fun is a 410 Yildiz that weighs about 5 pounds. This is a double on sharp tail grouse with it.
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The one I’ve shot the most birds with is probably a beat up 12 guage citori
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They are available on the Internet, I get them from RST Shotshells. Mainly because they are the proper length and lower pressure.

Don’t see them much in the local hardware store though. I grabbed the wrong bag of shells when leaving for a hunt one time and didn’t realize it until I got to the hunting spot. Instead of a hunt it turned into a training session for my Brittany. ;-)

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Originally Posted by CCBIRDDOGMAN
I use an old H & R over under 12 ga. That Mom bought for dad in 1970 at Kmart for $275 (I have receipt) I/C & MOD CHOKES. I've used it on Quail since 2002. I bought a Tristar Magnum hunter a couple years ago and have carried it some but if I was going somewhere that I wanted to make sure I hit what I shoot, I will have that h&r.

I have a 20 ga Ithaca model 37 Ultrafeatherlight that dad bought me in 80 or 81 but it has always been terrible about jamming. Has been back to Ithaca at least twice and to two gun shops in the Dallas area, Last time to McClellan's and I think it may be fixed now but it has failed me so many times in the field I'll probably never hunt with it again. And please don't take that as me bashing your gun choice because I'm not, I just got a bad one somehow.



When I first got my model 37, I had a problem with every spent shell getting stuck. I would have to use some persuasion to get the empties to eject. Turned out it just doesn't like cheap bulk ammo. Runs beautifully on Remington Game Loads, Federal Prairie storm and Winchester AA's and that's what I stick with.

In addition to my 37 featherlight 12 gauge I also use a 1971 Remington 870 wingmaster 20 gauge with the full choke barrel and a Remington 1187 in 20 with the Rem choke system. Of these 3 shotguns the Ithaca is my go to field gun...

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I prefer my beretta 28ga o/u, but the quail are down so I find myself carrying my benelli 20ga because it has a shoulder strap. easier to carry for long periods.

I don't hesitate to shoot my 28ga as far as I'd shoot any gun.

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Ruger Red Label 28 gauge O/U. I have a beautiful little Parker VHE 20 gauge on a 0 frame I bought years ago, but I can’t hit the broadside of a barn with it. Go figure.

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Citiori featherweight straight stock 20ga with 24” barrel.


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Originally Posted by Nogalus Prairie
Ruger Red Label 28 gauge O/U. I have a beautiful little Parker VHE 20 gauge on a 0 frame I bought years ago, but I can’t hit the broadside of a barn with it. Go figure.

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I have an indentical 28 ga. It’s too nice to carry around in the brush. I have a 20 that’s my brush gun.

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My goto gun is a cheapo Steven's Savage 28 with good baileys.
I have severe bahinck problems and carrying anything above 5-6 lbs. takes a toll.
Not sure of the weight of the Steven's but it is the lightest gun I have ever owned.
I used to shoot SKB .28s. Heavier than the average .28. but it swung well.

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Originally Posted by Nogalus Prairie
Ruger Red Label 28 gauge O/U. I have a beautiful little Parker VHE 20 gauge on a 0 frame I bought years ago, but I can’t hit the broadside of a barn with it. Go figure.

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There is a gunsmith in Southlake named Andrew MacFarlane that will bend the stock of your gun under a hot oil machine and make it fit you. he's done several for me.

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I have an Ithaca 37 in 16 gauge that I love for pheasants. I have a 20 gauge wingmaster I shoot doves with. For quail my Browning BPS in 28 gauge is a joy to shoot.

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I have three. An citori lighting 16 gauge, citori lighting 20 gauge and a new one I just picked up a Yildze 28 gauge. The yildze really shot well in a hunt last week. 😀

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20 gauge single shot Stevens.


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Originally Posted by Nogalus Prairie
Ruger Red Label 28 gauge O/U. I have a beautiful little Parker VHE 20 gauge on a 0 frame I bought years ago, but I can’t hit the broadside of a barn with it. Go figure.

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I have two. Both 28ga and I've learned I can miss just as well with the 28. The Beretta 686 Onyx swings the best to me(had it trimmed from 28 to 27in and screw-in chokes) but the Franchi Fenice is so so lite and easy to carry it's the choice in my old age.

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Originally Posted by Chet
I have two. Both 28ga and I've learned I can miss just as well with the 28. The Beretta 686 Onyx swings the best to me(had it trimmed from 28 to 27in and screw-in chokes) but the Franchi Fenice is so so lite and easy to carry it's the choice in my old age.

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That's probably my #1 complaint of my Ithaca 37 featherlight is it's weight. I guess the lightest shot gun I own is a Remington 1187 20 gauge. Carrying these guns around all day while walking thru fields & woods wears me down after awhile. And I'm in my 50's.

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My grandfather always preferred an Ithica 37 in 16ga improved and short. He carried it for years. It never had a problem and weighs nothing. All the blueing is gone and the stock is wrapped with electrical tape behind the trigger guard from a crack. It was shot every day of season and lucky to be cleaned once a year. That shotgun killed thousands of bird. When he retired from Gulf in ‘79 they gave him a new A5 sweet 16. It was still brand new when I inherited it. He didn’t like the weight.

I prefer my old Superposed 20, mod/imp. It’s light, smooth, and still pretty to look at although it’s seen a lot of miles.

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My little Ruger feels like a feather which is one reason I love it.


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For quail my favorite is a CZ Woodcock in 28 gauge. It's extremely lightweight and it fits me very well.
For dove I shoot a Beretta Whitewing in 20 gauge, if it's a water hole hunt I use a Beretta 686 in .410 bore.
For Pheasant I like the same Beretta in 20 or my AL 390 in 12 gauge.

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Parker DHE 16.

108 years old and going strong.

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Man that's nice. Have always wanted one exactly like that. I imagine she shoots as sweet as she looks.


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