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    Wildfowling 12g o/u

    Hi some of you may have seen my post after a semi auto for pigeon and wildfowling. I'm not sure what is best but I don't feel comfortable with auto's.
    What o/u 12g are good for wildfowling and pigeon shooting?
    Regards dan

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    Quote Originally Posted by danban View Post
    Hi some of you may have seen my post after a semi auto for pigeon and wildfowling. I'm not sure what is best but I don't feel comfortable with auto's.
    What o/u 12g are good for wildfowling and pigeon shooting?
    Regards dan
    Not an auto fan my self, my mate Terry uses a rem 1100 and loves it.
    I have had a Browning 325 for a long time, however it is not chambered in 3"
    So I picked up a 425 had it cast 1/4 (as they will move back especially as it just used on the marsh)
    also I shortened the stock to match my 325.

    Something to handle 3" steel, but no matter what it has to fit! please don't try it in a shop with just your day to day clothes!!
    Every thing fits with just a tee shirt on!!



    Tim.243
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    With 12-bore 3-1/2" cartridges now popular, semi-autos mean less discomfort, perhaps. I use them in an O/U 10-bore with Gauge-mates.

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    Browning build (built) a 425 Waterfowler with 3.5" chambers. Not sure I'd be tempted to go for shooting 3.5" through an OU. (Certainly not my favourite things in a pump).

    3" will probably do the vast majority of things you will need. Get something that fits by a reputable manufacturer and whatever you choose, enjoy your shooting.

    Scrummy
    "He who drags the deer has the last laugh (mainly because he has to get his breath back)"

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    At last, a topic I have some expertise in!

    Back when I was mainly wildfowling, I bought a Benelli Super Black Eagle II which took 3 1/2" steel shot cartridges. Don't let anyone tell you that steel doesn't kill either: it certainly does when you throw enough of it up in the air from a gun with a long barrel. So that was a great gun, and my first semi-auto, but I just couldn't really get on with it. It was too different from my usual array of side-by-sides. So I sold it to a friend who uses it to great effect, and with the money I bought a Yildiz side by side with 3 1/2" chambers, which was a tremendous gun. Essentially it was a modern version of the old big bore fowling pieces. All the parts were about 25% bigger, thicker, heavier than a standard 12 bore, and it was a hefty gun at about 4kg. That said, it also absorbed the recoil of the powerful 3 1/2" Remingtons I was putting through it. And yes, they thump a bit, but the gun and stock meant it didn't matter. This is the gun in question: Yildiz Eleganta A3TM magnum shotgun review review - Shooting UK
    It is a proper 'fowling piece but I used it for game shooting too a couple of times and it was fine. In fact, the long barrels really helped with my swing.

    On that basis, I'd recommend one of the over and unders for wildfowling too! But you may have to do some research. I believe Entwhistle Guns is the UK agent.

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    got a hatsan EscortAttachment 62861Attachment 62860 3" MC if you wish it selling for my old past over pals wife.#
    also got Silver pig 687 s fixed 1/4-1/2
    Last edited by paul o'; 02-11-2015 at 11:06.

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    How much Paul?
    Pm me details
    Regards dan

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    I have always held the view that the safest gun for any hide shooting, pigeons or wildfowl, is either a single barrel like a Greener GP or in fact a semi-auto or pump action.

    As none of the three require the gun to be tipped muzzle down to load so no issues either with mud and all three sorts can be left chamber open so there is no doubt that the thing is clear of any cartridge in the barrel....yet still kept vertical and ready for action with the lift of a lever or the press of a slide release button.

    And as a bonus when you get hope there is only one barrel to clean.

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    I use a Baikal (kind gift!)
    does he job
    don't mind dumping it in the drink or mud and is bullet proof

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    Quote Originally Posted by enfieldspares View Post
    I have always held the view that the safest gun for any hide shooting, pigeons or wildfowl, is either a single barrel like a Greener GP or in fact a semi-auto or pump action.

    As none of the three require the gun to be tipped muzzle down to load so no issues either with mud and all three sorts can be left chamber open so there is no doubt that the thing is clear of any cartridge in the barrel....yet still kept vertical and ready for action with the lift of a lever or the press of a slide release button.

    And as a bonus when you get hope there is only one barrel to clean.
    +1

    It is certainly easier to load pumps and semi's in the vertical than OUs.
    "He who drags the deer has the last laugh (mainly because he has to get his breath back)"

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