When I first moved to AZ, I went to buy a shotgun for dove season at a local shop in Yuma. They were basically begging folks to shoot a 20 gauge, because their stock just sat on the shells for years. Boy have things changed rather quickly in recent years as the older folks are sick of lugging around heavy 12 bores. If you’re looking for a used gun, there’s a steady influx of used 12 gauge models coming into stores like Cabelas.Lets take a poll for everyone's choice of gun for quail, dove and other upland game. I'm in the market for a new upland gun and am curious to see how many people use a 12g or 20g and if they prefer a Over/under, Semi, or pump.
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Thanks everyone for their feedback
- Is it a Over/under, Semi, or pump
- Why you chose a Over/under, Semi, or pump
- 20 or 12 gauge
- Why 20g or 12g
- And if you had to pick again would you still pick the one you have
A 12 gauge is very forgiving, which is advantageous for a guy who wants to just get out and kill game without having to put too much range time in.
Now being specific to the available wild birds we have here in AZ, a 20 gauge can do it all. Dove are easy to kill even at longer ranges and testing ones wit with a sub gauge will make you a better shot in the long run.
It really doesn’t matter what anybody else is shooting! What matters is what YOU want to shoot. I’ve watched a guy clean house on a skeet field with a cheap Mossy pump as dudes with high dollar double guns sat with a chagrin look on their faces.
If your survey is about one gun that can do it all, then my choice is a 20 gauge semi auto. Light and sporting, while still being able to shoot magnum loads with minimal recoil. Interchangeable chokes for different ranges and loads. Lots of guys romanticize lightweight double guns, but shooting mag loads through them is not pleasant. Shooting tight holding birds over a well trained gun dog is awesome, but those opportunities are becoming less and less with this drought and urban sprawl.