Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 59

Lock, Stock & Barrel
By Jim Romanelli

Choosing a shotgun comes down to what suits a hunter’s needs — where, what and how he or she hunts or target shoots — and simply what he or she likes aesthetically.

Which Shotgun is Best?
OT LONG AGO I was trying to sharpen up my shotgun eye on some claybirds with a few friends when one of them asked, “What is your favorite shotgun?” That was a question I wasn’t sure I could answer, because I have had so many favorites throughout the years, but for those that were my favorite, they certainly had a purpose at the time. A few I still have, but most of them I sold or traded for one reason or another. Anyway, that started a discussion among the four of us about the attributes of different types of shotguns and their influences on shooters. All four of us coincidently started off with single-shot shotguns, namely the Harrington & Richardson break open model, and the reason for that was because they were inexpensive and very safe: perfect for beginners. As we walked the fields and learned from our adult mentors, our guns were loaded but the exposed, manually operated hammer was never pulled back to full cock, until the bird was in the air and/or we had a clear shot at a rabbit or squirrel. So if we were about to inadvertently swing the barrel where it shouldn’t have been, nothing would happen except for a reprimand as in, “Watch where you’re swinging that barrel.”
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We all, coincidently, started out with a .410 at hand thrown tin cans or claybirds within a real short distance. In hindsight that .410 threw only a half ounce of 7½ shot (choke unknown), and unless we were right on the money, a lot of missed targets were a part of our learning curve. We certainly would have been better off using a 20-gauge with a recoil pad and improved cylinder choke. What would have helped us even more was if we were shown what the pattern looked like on a large sheet of paper (with a 6-inch X or circle in the center) at 25 yards in relation to where we placed the front bead, and then start shooting at aerial targets from there. But even without that, we eventually learned by trying to remember where we held that bead when a clay would finally break. Later, when I began shooting trap, I found that many single-shot shotguns weren’t inexpensive. I saw many high end models from Ithaca, Kreighoff and, later on, Beretta, Browning and others that were way beyond my financial means then and even now. They were and are more or less custom guns, due to the way they were engineered, the high quality of workmanship and the way they balanced.
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011
Myths & Legends of the Whitetail
Contents
Triple Trophy — Thrice
National Archery in the Schools Program
One More Squirrel Hunt with Dad
Harvey Roberts
Pennsylvania’s Hunter Access Program
State Game Lands 93
Right Violators, Wrong Deer
A Shot in the Pines
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist's Eye
Fun Game
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Myths & Legends of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Contents
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Triple Trophy — Thrice
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - National Archery in the Schools Program
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - One More Squirrel Hunt with Dad
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Harvey Roberts
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Pennsylvania’s Hunter Access Program
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - State Game Lands 93
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Right Violators, Wrong Deer
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - A Shot in the Pines
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Conservation News
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