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Iam looking for a used over/under that will handle 3 inch shells for waterfowl hunting. Any ideas and what do you like or dislike? thanks stu
 

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Very good field gun but it's good pointing qualities come at the cost of recoil. True of most o/u guns. Also the break action design is not something you will like if your are hunting from a blind. These two reasons are why most waterfowlers use big gas operated autoloaders.
 

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Never had any trouble with my Brownings. I prefer an automatic. That third shot sure comes in handy on waterfowl. The advantages with the over-and-under are the ease of switching between duck loads and goose loads and not ejecting my reloaded hulls out of the blind. With automatic ejectors, without an automatic safety, and a shell strap on the stock with a couple of shells in it you can get very fast at putting two more shells in the gun for two more quick follow-up shots.
 

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Before you invest in a o/u for waterfowl borrow one to shoot,get some 3 inch duck and goose loads and shoot a round of skeet/trap (if they allow you to use
hunting loads at you club,some don't) and you may understand why we all shoot autos.Just trying to help.
 

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Browning makes Citori's in camo. Ceasar Guerini also made a Waterfowler with matte bluing on the barrels. Beretta also has models that will fit the bill. Be sure to buy a model that is a true waterfowl gun, not a light game gun that happens to be chambered for 3" shells as it will be uncomfortable to shoot and difficult to rebound with the 2nd shot. Unfortunately a good waterfowling O/U will not typically do double duty as an upland gun. Simply to heavy to lug around afield. I currently also use a semi-auto, but I'd prefer to be shooting an O/U.

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My 12 gauge Browning Citori weighed 8 pounds. The minimum I would want in an over-and-under waterfowl gun. It wasn't bad on recoil. If the gun had longer barrels I would still own it.
 
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