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in the barrel to bleed gas from the burning powder to push a piston that in turn operates the action. This gives softer recoil than the inertia “long recoil action,” but it does allow carbon residue from the gas to get into the action, and takes more time and effort to clean. But for those folks who clean their shotguns on a regular basis it’s really a moot point. Today there is a following for both inertia (modified long recoil) shotguns, such as those made by Franchi and Benelli, and gas operated guns that include the Remington, Browning, Beretta, Mossberg, Winchester and others. So if semi-autos are the way you want to go, you certainly have plenty of great models to pick from. Finally we have the double-barreled shotguns. These can have the barrels either in a side-by-side fashion or in an over/ under style. The double-barreled shotgun has been around a long time, but in reality, it was around the 1860s, when choke boring was invented, and some say it was the invention of the boxlock in 1875 that started it all. The advantage of the second barrel is that it is usually choked tighter to make that longer shot after a missed first shot, as the game quickly gains distance, or in deliberately choosing it for a far flush. The side-by-side obviously has a wider forend that displaces the barrel weight differently than the over/under, so the handling characteristics are a little bit different. Not that one is any better than the other; it’s just different. For competition (skeet, sporting clays) you will find that the over/under is used far more than the sideby-side, and that is due to most competitors preferring a single sighting plane without distraction of barrels on each side, as well as the thinner forestock. The side-by-side is traditional and many more are used in the field than in competition. For some Fun Game answer: ARCHERS.

sportsmen they also seem to give a wider sight picture window when placing that bead on a flying bird between the outside of the barrels. Doubles come in all gauges, and with screw-in chokes they are versatile, and many high-end models can be bought with multiple sets of barrels in different gauges and lengths. If you look through a Gun Digest you will find around 12 pages of different manufacturers and their models. Doubles can range in price and it all depends what you deem as important in the level of craftsmanship, balance, aesthetic appeal, engraving, inlays, adjustability, wood grade and metal finish. They can start from under $1,000 for a working man’s double with no frills and simple pleasant aesthesis, such as those from CZ, Stoeger and Stevens, and go all the way to the $95,000 Lebeau-Courally Boss-Verees for those sportsmen who can afford every conceivable custom feature available. In between those two ranges there is Ruger, Browning, Beretta, SKB, Perazzi, Merkel, Piotti and dozens of others that will tempt your taste and squeeze your wallet, and it is up to you to find that middle ground. At one time there were bolt action shotguns for upland game and waterfowl (built by Marlin, Mossberg and a few others) but those have pretty much gone by the way side. Now virtually the only bolt action shotguns available are the rifled versions that shoot slugs and sabots for deer hunting. In recent years Winchester and Marlin also made a limited run of .410 lever action shotguns that really haven’t created much of a stir in the field or on the range, but were interesting to those who liked something different. I guess there is really no single choice that any of us have as far as favorite shotguns go. We may lean one way or another to some when it comes to the fit or finish, but what really counts is the way it shoots for us, and that is what ultimately makes it our favorite. 
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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
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 3
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Triple Trophy — Thrice
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 6
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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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - The Naturalist's Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Crossings
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