I am looking to buy a new shotgun. I really want a 16 ga but I might settle for a 12. I only have experience with 20 ga. I was wondering if you guys think a 12 is too much gun for grouse and bunnies.
No, at one time in the past, 90% or more of the shotguns were 12 gage. Just buy different loads for different game and seasons. Never know when you might run into a pheasant or turkey when chasing bunnies. If you do you'll be thankful for the 12.
I do carry a 16 mostly but sometimes carry the 12, both are SXS. I carry the 16 more do to the fact it's built on a smaller frame and is lighter. Pushing 65 years of age, Ive found smaller and lighter is more enjoyable.
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use whatever gun you're comfortable with. I prefer light weight smaller barrels on my grouse guns because it's a lot of walking saving half a pound from the start saves about 7 tons on the way out of the woods.
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When one of your buddies visits your man cave for soft drinks, pull out a 20 or 28 gauge and suggest that it is your "grouse gun". When October rolls around, and you reverently approach your favorite covert for the first time, proudly uncase a 12 gauge, improved cylinder barreled pump, semi., or double, and enjoy your walk through the thickets, hopefully behind an orange and white Brittany, or a nearly equivalent pointer!
No a 12 gauge is not too much gun for grouse or bunnies.
Use the right choke and load combination and you won't rip
any game animals up too much. I prefer the 12 gauge over
all other shotguns but that's just me.
I'd rather be fishing or hunting!
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