Pennsylvania Game News - February 2015 - 60

John McGonigle

A Single Barrel of Fun

Pump actions and semi-automatics are reliable shotgun choices.

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HE CROWD that swears by sideby-side or over-and-under shotguns
often points out that having two chokes
available for the first shot gives an
advantage, and that might be so.
But pump-action and semi-automatic
shotguns have delivered more loads
to avian targets than any other types
of firearms, and they remain the most
popular choices for today's hunters and
shooters.
Both have a single barrel restricted to
only one choke at a time.
There is definitely something to be
said for having the choice of two chokes
- and doubles have that, if they have
double triggers.
But if they don't have double triggers,
the average wingshooter still will be
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stuck with one choice for the first shot.
Let's face it, switching the choke
selector while taking the safety off under
the pressure of a flushing bird is tough.
And even if you can do it, making
the most of an advantage a side-by-side
(S/S) or over-and-under (O/U) might
give you, single-barrel aficionados will
point out that many folks still will focus
better on the target using a single barrel
for sighting.
Except for pass shooting waterfowl or
hunting turkeys, I would use improved
cylinder or modified (maybe light mod)
for upland birds with a single barrel.
I have always wondered how oldtimers hunted upland birds with a 30inch pump with a full choke, which was
quite common back in the day.
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