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Shotgun for Women

by , Posted to on 04/18/2009 10:02 PM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 03/14/2009
Location: ND

In discussions with several women, most use a youth size, 20 gauge shotgun for upland and waterfowl hunting.  What do you use and would you recommend it to others?

Joan




Re: Shotgun for Women
by on 04/19/2009 8:08 PM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/22/2007
Location: ND
I use a youth 20 gauge, too, but would like to have something with a little more power. I wish there was a place you could take a gun for a "test drive" before purchasing.
Re: Shotgun for Women
by on 04/19/2009 9:50 PM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 03/14/2009
Location: ND
In visiting with one of the guys at Scheels he said more gun companies are looking at developing shotguns just for women.  He also mentioned that there are some 12 gauge youth sizes.  I've looked around for some recently and Remington makes a 12 gauge - model 870 but the barrel length is 26".  Mossberg also makes a 12 gauge - model 500 that comes with a 12 gauge option and a barrel length of 24"... 

I think your idea is awesome about trying out guns.  Holding them and looking at the ceiling just doesn't cut it.  Actually getting to try out the model would be huge.
Joan




Re: Shotgun for Women
by on 05/19/2009 08:50 AM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/22/2007
Location: ND
I went to a DU Fun Shoot in Bismarck this past weekend and decided I am in serious need of a new shotgun, so I started asking around. My brother got me in touch with a guy who shoots a lot of clays, skeet and trap, and just knows his guns. He gave me some good advice on the different options I was thinking about. Thought I'd share them with everyone else in case it helped answer any questions they had, too. Watching others shoot sporting clays kind of got me thinking about maybe going for an over-under, or at the very least, a semi-auto. Here's what he had to say:

"A good Over-Under is a great choice and very durable,however you will get more felt recoil because there is nothing built in the gun to soften the blow,BUT some modifying can be done,like have the gun fitted and also have the gunsmith add a recoil reducer,mercury (9oz) and a "gel recoil' pad are very helpful and worth the investment,also the O/U is tough as nails,you can drop it,drag it thru mud and she'll always fire,take a look at the Browning Sporting Edition,comes with a 3" chamber and wood fore end and stock, Browning has a another newer model in synthetic but can't remember the name? also worth considering. Keep away from Beretta O/U's they all have trigger issues, however the  Beretta semi auto is a sweet shotgun for 1/2 the price of the O/U and very soft shooting, no mods need for recoil, just some fitting. PS Beretta also has a junior model for smaller folks, look at model 3901 or a like model 391. Don't be afraid to get a longer barrel either, most weekend warrior's will tell ya to go short, fact is a longer barrel gives you better balance and a smoother swing.
 
With that said,in the shotgun world the saying "you get what you pay for" is very true.So,yeah the models I've mentioned are on the higher end in pricing,but remember,these shotguns will last you a lifetime and not fall apart, just keep it clean after each use."

He also said it's important to get fitted by a shooter. He stressed a making sure the person fitting you is a shooter, not a salesman because he/she will do the job right.

I'm probably leaning toward the .12-ga Beretta semi-auto. It's probably a better choice for a first (real) gun and would probably work best for all my uses - upland, waterfowl and sporting clays. Of course, that may all change when I actually go out shopping and start holding the guns in my hand...we'll see!
Re: Shotgun for Women
by on 05/22/2009 07:10 AM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 03/14/2009
Location: ND
Thanks for the information! 

I did a little shotgun shopping this past weekend and in visiting with the manager at the Minot Scheels he also suggested purchasing a 12 gauge and using a lighter load shot.  Another suggestion he had was to purchase the 12 gauge regular size (not youth or compact) and have it cut down at a gun shop.  However I'm not sure if I am excited about having one cut down.  I'd rather just purchase one that fits from the beginning.  He also talked about the gel pad and said they were worthwhile.

I'm still trying to decide what I'm going to get but all this information helps in making a decision!



Joan




Re: Shotgun for Women
by on 07/24/2009 8:54 PM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 09/19/2008
Location: ND

A couple years ago, when I was first getting into duck hunting,I started out with my husbands 20 ga, but only because that was the only extra gun he had at the time... we found a remington 870 that fit me at Scheels in Fargo... and I am only 5'3".... it will use up to a 3 1/2 in shell... I love it, it is not that heavy and I have to keep my husband from steeling it from me!.....

I love fall in the upper midwest!
Re: Shotgun for Women
by on 08/04/2009 4:18 PM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/22/2007
Location: ND
I just bought a Benelli Ultralight 12 gauge a few months ago and I absolutely LOVE it!  At first I was a little leery. Since it was only a five pound gun, I knew it would probably have a little kick to it, and well, with the 3 inch heavy loads, she packed a punch. The light target loads, however, were manageable. I could get a round of sporting clays in (50-60 shells usually) so I kept it. I recently met with a fitter and he cut about an inch off and got a Limbsaver put on. Now you can't even tell the difference between my gun and a 20 gauge Beretta my friend shoots.

I would definitely recommend it for anyone who is looking for a lighter gun to carry for long walks in the field. Heck, it works just fine for clays, too. We'll see how it goes for waterfowl season, but confidence goes a long way.

If anyone is in Bismarck and would like to go out and shoot a couple shells through it, I'd be happy to oblige. I know what a pain it is to try and find a gun when you don't know if you'll actually like something when you shoot it. My cousin also just bought a Winchester Over-under 12 gauge and I bet she'd be open to letting anyone "sample" hers too. Just shoot me a PM. If all else fails, Scheels does have a policy where you can return a gun within 30 days if you don't like it.
Re: Shotgun for Women
by on 08/05/2009 08:15 AM | Reply #7 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 03/14/2009
Location: ND
Thanks for the insight!  I am still trying to decide what to get but I told my husband I better go and get one ASAP.  :)
Joan




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