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Grouse or Woodcock Gun

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by bkt514, Mar 17, 2012.

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  1. bkt514

    bkt514 Member

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    I am pondering the purchase of a nice Grouse & Woodcock gun. I would appreciate suggestion or comments on that subject. I have been to Orvis...LL Beans...et al. Thanks Bruce.
  2. miketmx

    miketmx Active Member

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    You need light weight, short barrels, quick handling, and open chokes.
  3. GW22

    GW22 Active Member

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    I love my light, quick-handling 16ga Citori w/ 26" bbls.

    -Gary
  4. williamkelly

    williamkelly Member

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    I have a 28gage browning 26 sksk in perfect shape #1500.00 great for hunting
  5. Setterman

    Setterman Well-Known Member

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    Beretta Silver Hawk SXS 20 gauge.
  6. Garry

    Garry Member

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    Setterman,

    I just looked at the Beretta website but it's lacking on specifications.

    Can you provide the weight, LOP, DAC, DAH and cast?

    Thanks
  7. UpNorthMN

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    I hunt grouse a lot, my favorite is a Beretta 20 gauge 686 with an English stock. Don't get anything too heavy.

    David
  8. Kerz

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    I hunted grouse for several years with a Remington special field 12 gauge. English stock and 21 inch barrel. Execellent handling gun. I did have the stock cut to better fit heavy colthes for the winter.
    Vic
  9. lots of 24's

    lots of 24's Member

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    I had a 28 ga. Remington 1100. worked like a charm.
  10. seitz647

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    Most sxs20ga or 28ga will be of suitable wieght - I would not go with 26 inch barrels - 28 inch will give you better wieght distribution and swing much smoother - 28 ga with 28 inch barrels double triggers is all you'll need - I hunt alot of grouse and woodcock and many have fallen with this combo - AYA,Arietta,are nice guns - good luck J Mroczka
  11. Setterman

    Setterman Well-Known Member

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    Sorry Garry, sold it to a friend. 28" barrels are best. They have little cast. The LOP can be changed easily.
  12. 16gun

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    bkt14 find yourself a 28" O-frame Parker 16 gauge with IC and MOD chokes (double triggers) and your search for the perfect grouse/woodcock gun will be over. You will pay for it but it is worth every penney. Once you get the gun find a good english setter, train him well, and you will be as close to heaven as humanly possible. Good luck. Jerry
  13. Ron(Oh)

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    My favorite was my SKB280E 20 guage sidexside imp/imp 4 1/2lbs
    I just sold it last year, wish I would have kept it....Ron
  14. Bob Hawkes

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    About time we had a thread of some importance on here. Nothing wrong with the old Belgian Brownings 20 or 28 if you find it. They carry well as do a 16ga Mdle 12 with a "dial a choke" on the end. Any number of SXS's if you can get one that fits and has a decent trigger. More important than the gun, is just being there, it's why we put up with the rest of the year. I used to love Brittanies until Annie, an English Setter found me. So now I'm back to a work in progress while she's training me. Enjoy it while we can :)
  15. Blaser F3

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    CZ 28gauge side by side very light and inexpensive
  16. smsnyder

    smsnyder Active Member

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    Franchi semi in 20 gauge. weights about 5 pounds and a pleasure to carry and shoot.
  17. birdogs

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    Traphooters spend a fortune on their trapguns but are skinflints when it comes to field guns. Dr. Flanagan, founder of Grouse Ridge Setters said,
    agebtleman hunts with an English Setter and a ide by side. I took that to heart. I routinely shoot a Perugini,Visini 20Ga. whioch weighs a bit over 5 pounds. It is wonderfully lively and a real pleasure to carry and to shoot. It is also a beauty to look at. I shoot 3/4 oz number 8 shot which I find more than sufficient for the task at hand.

    When I had a vision problem with my right eye I was forced to start shooting fro9m the left shoulder. While this was a bit of a challenge at trap, it was a major re-adjustment in the field. Having to mount and shoot at a rapidly retreating bird from the "wrong side" took a great deal of time and effort but the light-weight and lively little 20 Ga. made the task "doable".

    Get a good SxS and hunt like a gentleman. Remember, they are not old fashioned or antiques but the zenith of the gun makers art.
  18. Sprinklerman

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    I just bought a Gambia 28 guage. It is made in Italy and is a copy of the 391 Beretta. The only place I have seen them is Shooting Supplies by Shelia.
  19. Doug Brown

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    To Hell with tradition, when I went I used a Rem 1100 LT-20 bored skeet!
  20. trapshootin hippie

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    I like my 20 gauge Rem 1100 Special Field. Improved cylinder barrel, now only if there were some birds around here to hunt!!

    GneJ
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