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Old 10-08-2012, 10:27 PM
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Grouse Guns?

What do you use? I grew up pickin the heads off with a Cooey ranger (.22 LR). Times change and I have tried 4/10's, 20's and 12's. I have been looking hard at a 20 guage o/u (something cheap like a mossberg silver reserve), but cant justify the cost when my mariner 500 does the same job.

So all you hard core grousers, what is your choice aff gun and guage, or are you a rimfire type?

P.S, I shoot them on the ground or in the air, I dont care if they're on the wing!
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Old 10-08-2012, 10:59 PM
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My favorite grouse gun. is a Fox XE in 20 gauge.
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Old 10-09-2012, 02:16 AM
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Re: Grouse Guns?

For forest grouse; I like my Savage 24S, 22lr over 20 gauge when walking solo. If I run a dog or go with a partner I take my Huglu 20 gauge o/u.

Shooting with 3" high brass, #6 or 5 shot and Mini-Mag 36gr HP.
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:44 AM
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I would go with my 28ga 1100. Just FYI shooting any bird on ground with a shotgun unless it's a cripple is poor sportsmanship Birds are easy enough to shoot in air. I have & do shoot some on ground with a rifle. I gave up 30 years ago shooting any rabbits or squirrels with a shotgun just to easy & no chance for the game animals.
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:37 PM
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Re: Grouse Guns?

typically I shoot the ones on the ground with a rifle, but if all I have on hand is a shotgun, so be it. I hunt them for the table fair, so after I have a dozen or so in the freezer then I start being more picky with my rules of conduct. I understand the reasoning behind the "only on the wing" rule, but for me I dont get out enough as is and I preffer more birds in my freezer.

I am torn between an .22lr/20gauge over under; because then I have whatever the situation calls for, or a 20guage O/U and pack a seprate .22lr. Its always fun going for head shots only. I had used a 4-10 for years, but as soon as they are on the wing, you just cant knock them down very well. In fact I have only ever lost a bird with that gun.


Greyfox, I would be divorced and down one appendage if I bought a Fox XE!
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:29 AM
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Re: Grouse Guns?

Kind of sounds like you are stuck between "finesse and freezer" and you really like the challenge of a head shots.

Using 22lr/20g o/u and 20g o/u is like fly fishing. Its a passion/sportsman kind of thing.

For meat in the freezer, 12 gauge pump with heavy loads make hunting more like going to the grocery store. You might have to walk down more aisles, but you're coming home with food.

You already have a 500; get the 22 over 20. It's rewarding to use and the freezer will still fill up.

After you use it for a season or two. If your not enamored with its prowess. Sell it and buy and o/u 20g.
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Greyfox, I would be divorced and down one appendage if I bought a Fox XE!
Didn't get a divorce, but an appendage was in serious danger for a while!
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