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post #1 of 58 (permalink) Old 06-12-2014, 04:41 PM Thread Starter
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Who else would like to see the 16 GA revived?

I have always had a fondness for the 16 GA. My father's 16 GA was one of the first guns I ever shot. They are becoming extinct. With the exception of pricy O/U and side by sides there isn't many new 16 GA shotguns on the market. My grandfather told me that when he was younger they were almost as common as 12 GA shotguns. There seems to be plenty of 28 GA shotguns on the market. I wonder why the 16 GA died off. I guess it is because a newer 20 GA with a 3" chamber can do anything a 16 GA could do. Even so I still love a sweet 16.
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Re: Who else would like to see the 16 GA revived?

Yes, with the new ammo over the years there is not any gap between what a 20 ga. 3" and a 12 ga. light load can do. I also remember in the 50's and 60's when the 16 was very popular because it was a light 12 or a heavy 20 ga. However I never owned one.

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Re: Who else would like to see the 16 GA revived?

Maybe I just like them because they are unique. At least they are unique in the modern era.
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Re: Who else would like to see the 16 GA revived?

One problem with the 16 gauge is when they are built using 12 gauge frames. I for one have no interest unless its a lighter gun. Who wants a shotgun with less versatility that weighs more than what you can buy in a 12 gauge.

If they'd just build them on 20 gauge frames.

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Re: Who else would like to see the 16 GA revived?

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One problem with the 16 gauge is when they are built using 12 gauge frames.
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Re: Who else would like to see the 16 GA revived?

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One problem with the 16 gauge is when they are built using 12 gauge frames. I for one have no interest unless its a lighter gun. Who wants a shotgun with less versatility that weighs more than what you can buy in a 12 gauge.

If they'd just build them on 20 gauge frames.
I thought Browning built it's 16 GA BPS on a 20 GA frame.
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Re: Who else would like to see the 16 GA revived?

A buddy of mine had a 16 for one reason, because his 4 sons had 12's and they were always 'borrowing ' his shells, he said I'm going to break this up...16 had those purple shells....
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Re: Who else would like to see the 16 GA revived?

I have a Browning Citori super feather weight in 16 gauge that is awesome.It weighs 5.9 lbs and is great to carry.Couldn't find one locally so I went online and found a NIB in South Dakota,with 26" barrels.When I got it I really didn't care for that high gloss finish so I took it to woodcock hills in Benton,Pa and had Glen put an oil finish on it.It came out gorgeous.I started out in 62 with a Ranger sxs in 16 gauge and I like it better than a 12 or 20.Took it to Maine for grouse last year and the grouse were shaken,LOL
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Re: Who else would like to see the 16 GA revived?

My 1st shotgun was a bolt action 16. That gun weighed 12 lbs. By the end of a day of rabbit/pheasant hunting your arms would be at least 2" longer. Even back then shells were harder to find and cost more. I always reloaded which helped, but not much. So let me tell you I was about as happy as I could be when I traded that booger off to get my 1st 870. Now I wish I still had that gun just for the simple fact not everyone owns one.

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Re: Who else would like to see the 16 GA revived?

I would take a 16 GA O/U or sxs over one of those new camo turkey/waterfowl cannon pump guns in 12 GA.
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