I recently had the pleasure of shooting at the Orvis grounds in Sandanona, NY. I got to shoot a 20 gauge Caeser Guerini O/U gun, and to say the gun left an impression on me is an understatement. The entire experience definitely made me want to get a nice gun and shoot more often. I own 5 or 6 12 gauges, all of them pumps (Remington 870s, Old Ithaca Model 37s, etc. and Mossberg 835s), all of which I've killed upland birds and/or turkeys with. However, while all are very nice shotguns which I'm very happy with, I'd really like to get a double gun. I've shot both O/U and side-by-side, but I guess I tend to gravitate to the over under.
Can you pros give me some gun recommendations? Here are some general guidelines:
- fit - I'm 6'8" tall and have very long arms, but I manage well with most guns
- price - I don't want to spend $10,000 on a shotgun at this point in my life. What should I really expect to spend? How much gun can I get for $500/$1,000/$3,000/$5,000?
- use - I will use this gun to hunt upland birds and break clay birds, if this gun gets shot more than 20 times in a year, then I have had a great year.
I know that there are a lot of talented hunters here with a lot of nice guns. So, without giving me a 30 paragraph diatribe about ethics, do you think you could suggest a few guns to look into or share some advice about double guns with a novice?
Thank you very much.
Hunting WMUs 2D,2F