I shoot a round or two now and then with a 16 ga 1942 era Mod 12 FC, just a field gun but it breaks targets hard. One ounce loads. Ran into a sale on them for about $6.00 a box at the local Meijers store. Bought about 15 boxes.
I just picked up an 1897 16 ga full choke and shot a round of skeet(21) and then a round of wobble trap(23) and had a ball. Makes me wish I had some hulls to do reloads but then I would have to buy a reloader as out of eleven I don't have a 16 ga reloader. Jackie B.
Check out 16ga.com and you will see quite a few that shoot the 16 gauge. Right now you can get Remington Game Loads in 7.5 shot for $4.99 per box if you buy 10 or more boxes from Dick's Sporting Goods (this price was in Sunday's paper). Have eight 16 gauge guns (Citori's, Browning Sweet 16's, Remington 870 (early model) and Remington 11-48. All are fun to shoot and hunt with.
So far. They break like a 12 and carry like a 20. I have presold the next 3 ?16 gauge MECs at this time. It may be coming back! Have fun and enjoy. I might even let a junior high shooter shoot a 16 this year until they are ready for the 12 gauge. IMHO Omaha
I have a Winchester model 12 in 16 gauge. It is my number one hunting shotgun for pheasants and other upland birds. I honestly think this is the best hunting shotgun I have ever had, and there have been quite a few.
Bob Hawkes, sorry to disagree with you but the selection of 16 gauge shells available now is pathetic compared to "the good old days" Were you aware that the 16 gauge shells were offered in both Trap and Skeet loads and the boxes are so marked? Also Spreader loads, shells loaded with BB shot, shells loaded with #10 shot soft or chilled, Lubaloy shot, single ball, 2 different lengths, 2 9/16" and 2 3/4" at the same time. In case you are wondering, I am a collector of 16 gauge shotguns, having 19 not counting pumps, o/u, single shots and\or SXS. My first shotgun was a 16 gauge Iver-Johnson Champion single shot which I still have.
The main problem with reloading the 16 nowadays is an almost total lack of 1-ounce wads. The only really good one available is the Gualandi from Graf and Sons. The Remington wad available is a 1 1/8 ounce wad and the Claybuster Winchester Blue Wad clone is also 1 1/8 ouce, meaning that you have to re-adjust your loader every time you switch load weights. Hulls are a problem. The Eederal or Estate case is the best American-loaded brands, the Winchester and Remington are so poor that they are not worth picking up, most can only be reloaded twice at max. The only really good case with a good reloading life is the Cheddite which I buy from Graf in 1000 piece buys.
The odd thing is that Remington makes a one-ounce wad that is available only from certain suppliers and you have to buy a bushel of them as they are not sold in 250 or 500 piece bags. If Remington would make a decent 16 gauge hull and offer their 1-ounce wads in normal size quantities, I would switch in a heartbeat as I don't like having to buy foreign products.
I don't have any problem getting lead hunting ammo in 16 guage. Granted the selection isn't near what you find with the 20 or 12 but you can get good 16 guage ammo at reasonable prices. I don't worry about reloading the 16 because I only shoot a few boxes per year of the stuff. Too bad the 16 isn't more popular, it offers all the performance you need for upland game.
I hunt with a Browning 16 Citori feather weight and reload all of my loads. After bugging Claybuster at the Grand for many years they now produce the one ounce Winchester AA wad. This is the only American made one ounce wad I know of. Also I have been hunting quail and Chuckar with gage mate 20ga tubes with AA Sporting Clays loads and at 1300 FPS does a number on Pheasants also. Just wish Winchester still made the AA 16 ga hulls.
I also have a couple of Citori Lightning Feathers in 16 gauge. Haven't hunted anything but doves with one of them and it is a great dove gun. Did upgrade the gun to an adjustable position trigger and a Hi-Viz recoil pad.
I have 2 870 wingmasters, 1 1100 classic field, and 1 spartan o/u and enjoy shooting all of them. I hunt dove, quail and pheasant and 16 ga is all I use for hunting. I reload cheddite hulls and 1oz wads but still have to put a .03 shot card on top of shot to get a good crimp. All the other hulls I have tried need the shot card too. Wish I could find a wad that didn't require the shot card. Hunter
16 gauge shooters unite! Awesome just reading about the numbers and styles of 16 gauge shotguns still out there. Now I don't mean to stir up trouble again, but..... Downrange was supposed to put into production their 16 gauge wad in 2008. I didn't see it happen yet. I can't put a link up directly to Kevin, but if all of us asked him when they would be ready, he might think we will buy some. I would even offer to test reload some 16 gauge loads to try. I think they will be a thick, slick plastic rosin very similar to the 20 Versalite wad. Maybe we should get Greg to stir the pot at Downrange. I think the die was from a well known wad maker that Kevin may use to build his 16 wads and private label for others. What say KEVIN?