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So this dog I have who will be 1 year old January 15th, has completely changed me and how I choose to spend my spare time. I have become addicted to following him around in the fields and getting him in the duck blind when possible! That being said I'm in the market for a new upland gun! Any recommendations on a good gun? I'm thinking I want something somewhat light in a 20 gauge...... but open to all ideas. Really not looking to drain my bank account but I am willing to put down some cash for something nice!

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Look at the RETAY they are made in turkey with a better then bennelli inertia system.. They don't have the bennelli click ( misfire). They are light and come in many models, well worth the little cash they are. Kentucky gun company i got mine from.

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I highly recommend a Franchi Affinity 20g with a 26” barrel. Light, fast, and a great value IMO. 
 

I have 2 20’s:  one that is my go-to upland gun and one that is a dedicated turkey gun. 
 

Same technology as a benelli for 60% of the cost.

 

 

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I have a Remington 1100 in 20 gauge that is a joy to shoot. I like older guns. It helps to have an autoloader for birds like grouse and pheasant 

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I'm still undecided on getting and auto or O/U. Just keep going back and forth. It's going to be strictly for upland so I'm leaning towards an O/U for weight and easy of carrying. But man there are a couple auto's I've fallen in love with!

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U/O my pick, in all the grouse hunting I have done using Grman shorthairs, never once has there been a chance for more that 2 shots, there long gone by then. For water birds it's another story where your sitting still so the heavier gun is not a big deal. I haven't hunted water birds in decades but last I knew 3 shot gun was all your allowed were the U/O would still be a good use. 

20G Browning Citori, 3" mag, 27"

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Around here where there’s one grouse there’s usually more. Definitely not uncommon to empty a 3 round tube. I hunt with a Remington model 1100 in 28 ga. I grew up with them and it’s like a part of my body at this point. I just shoot it well. Don’t know your experience level but I definitely prefer the people I hunt with to have over under if there novice hunters. Safer for me and my dog.


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Hey, finally a topic I can contribute to.

I hunted pheasants in Nebraska and South Dakota for 35 yrs. 

Guns (all 12 gauges with no. 5 shot);

started with a Remington 1100 - too  heavy

Ithaca M87 - I wasn't coordinated enough to pump the next shell into the chamber.

Franchi semi auto - light, but jammed all the time

Settled on a Beretta AL390 semi-auto with screw-in chokes. Very reliable. I still have it and use it occasionally for pheasant hunting in NY.

Hardly ever saw an over and under in the field.

Dogs;

springer spaniel - couldn't keep up with him (wild birds prefer to run)

Brittanys - too much hair. Too short in tall grass.

German Shorthairs - there is nothing like hunting over a pointer. Perfect height. White color help find them when on point in tall grass.

Join NAVHDA and train your dog to whoa. Use a shock collar with beeper modes.

Hope this helps

 

 

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i've hunted ducks and pheasants and rabbits with an 1187 for 30 years, but it's not the fastest-swinging gun. I would love to get a lighter 12 ga O/U. I'm no gunhead, so i've never even heard of CV. What do most of you think of the CZ Upland Ultralight O/U?

thanks!

andre

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I have had one for several years and am very happy with it. Not afraid to carry through brush and brambles and worry about scratching it up like on a high dollar gun. Has extractors, not ejectors, but not an issue for me. Neve r had any issues with it. At least before buying it, see if you can find one to see if it fits, and swing it.

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i have a few A400s and love them.  I have a light model that I use for bird hunting.  checkout the Ultralight model that is out now.  probably comparable to mine.  Basically nil on recoil and a pleasure to carry chasing birds. That upland version looks sweet.  i don’t have that one!

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Browning BSS20, find a nice used one and pay 1500-2000 for it and you won't be sorry,

Yes it shoots 3" mags nicely.  Holds its value as they keep going up yr after yr.

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