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Redfield Widefield scope on it. It prints
nice groups at the range, and the first
time I carried it on a deer hunt, I harvested
a doe and 7-point buck an hour
apart with two shots.
A single-shot is inexpensive, reliable,
and most guns have an external
hammer so, safety-wise, it's easy to
see when it's cocked and ready to fire.
The single-shot also reinforces the
need for restraint. Knowing you have
only one shot at fleeing small game gets
you looking for the best opportunity. It
took me a whole season, but I learned
that.
On the downside, many single-shots
tend to have heavy trigger pulls, and
are not balanced as well as some of the
other shotgun action types.
BOLTS & PUMPS
Other than slug guns for big game,
bolt-action shotguns aren't seen much
in the field today.
Other than having a clip or magazine
to carry two extra shells, bolt-actions
don't offer much over single-shots for
small game.
The old ones are heavy, awkward to
carry and had heavy trigger pulls.
The good old slide-action shotgun
was and is a popular choice for smallgame
hunters. The first really successful
repeating shotgun was the Winchester
Model 1897. It was manufactured from
1897 until 1957 in 12- and 16-gauges.
Its external hammer makes the model
easy to recognize.
The Model 1897 paved the way for
Winchester's best-known shotgun.
The famous Winchester Model 12
was introduced in 1912. Production
stopped in 1963 with nearly 2 million
built in 12-, 16-, 20- and 28-gauge.
The Model 12 was reintroduced,
only in 12-gauge, in 1972, then dropped
a final time in 1980. It's said that the
Model 12 was the slide-action against
which all pump guns were judged.
The Remington Model 870 pump,
introduced in 1950 and still in production,
leads all other pump-action
shotguns in numbers sold. This reliable
standby is produced in many variations.
My first pump shotgun was a Mossberg
500, but I've owned at one time or
another Winchester Model 12s, 42s and
1300s, a Savage Model 77 and an Ithaca
Model 37. The only two pumps I own
now are my Winchester Model 42 and
Winchester Model 1300 Turkey gun.
Pump guns are good options for
hunters seeking reliable repeating shotguns
without breaking the bank. When
fitted with screw-in chokes, they can be
used for a variety of game, servicing the
" one-gun " small-game hunter.
The third shot a pump provides
comes in handy once-in-a-while for
dove and waterfowl hunting, though
Remington Model 1100 Semiautomatic
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Remington Model 870 Pump-Action

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