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Old 12-17-2009, 09:16 PM
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12 ga 3.5 or 10 ga 3.5

I am trying to decide on a new shotgun and don't know if I want a 12 ga that can shoot 3.5 shells or a 10 gauge. This will be a primary waterfowl gun, as I have others for upland game. Tell me the thoughts from those with more waterfowl experience than me. Last year I used my old remington 870 and it was marginally sucessful but it is only a 2 3/4 with a fixed full choke.
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Old 12-17-2009, 10:27 PM
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Re: 12 ga 3.5 or 10 ga 3.5

Will you be reloading or buying pre-made? Will you be travelling far from home on commercial transportation? What's your emphasis, ducks or geese?

If you are slinging the same payload thru both bores, the 10ga. will give you a wee bit less recoil than the 12ga providing the gun weight, action and projectile speed is the same.

While I haven't done any side-by-side comparisons against a 10ga, my Remington 1100 12 ga. with the Stan Baker Big Bore Barrel patterns steel better than the regular 12ga barrel, and that's with .060" choke constriction in the SBBBB.

If the Baker BBB was readily available, I'd say go with it, but I haven't seen many for sale in the past few years.
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Old 12-17-2009, 11:43 PM
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I will be hunting close to home, ducks and geese. I will only be shooting factory ammo.
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Old 12-17-2009, 11:47 PM
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Re: 12 ga 3.5 or 10 ga 3.5

I am thinking of a browning bps, but can't make up my mind on 12 ga or 10 ga. I think the 12 might be more flexible because I don't have to shoot 3.5's all the time. I was also considering a Benelli SBE, since they make them in LH, but I don't know if they are worth the money. I heard the Cabellas in MT has a used SBE for 1100.00, but I am finding a lot of BPS's for around 600.00
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Old 12-18-2009, 11:48 AM
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Re: 12 ga 3.5 or 10 ga 3.5

The Brownings are nice if you're hunting in a blind with other people because of the bottom ejection. A friend had one but sold it because he didn't like the recoil vs. his SBE. The 12ga. IS more versatile than the 10 ga because of the availability of different shells, and you don't have to shoot 3.5's as a steady diet. The 12 ga will be a lot cheaper to feed, the availability of shells and variety of shells is better than the 10 ga.

If you can, go to a store where they have them both in stock. Handle them, close your eyes and throw each one up to your shoulder like you are shooting at a duck. Open your eyes and see what gun fits you better without you having to move your head at all. Is your eye aligned over the barrel? Is your eye looking down the barrel or are you looking at the whole top of the barrel? It would be even better if you could shoot them both, but that might be hard to do.

They're both pretty bulletproof guns. This is a personal choice, but I'd go with the SBE over the BPS. There might be a reason why you are seeing more BPS's for sale than SBE's (and I'm a browning shotgun person).
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Re: 12 ga 3.5 or 10 ga 3.5

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I am trying to decide on a new shotgun and don't know if I want a 12 ga that can shoot 3.5 shells or a 10 gauge. This will be a primary waterfowl gun, as I have others for upland game. Tell me the thoughts from those with more waterfowl experience than me. Last year I used my old remington 870 and it was marginally sucessful but it is only a 2 3/4 with a fixed full choke.
I have owned just about every brand and type of shotgun and in almost 50 years of hunting
I have and recomend the 3.5'' over the 10 gauge because of available ammunition and the
firearms that are available in 10 gauge.

I have owned 2 10 gauges and loved them for geese but they were to heavy for ducks and ammo
was hard to find in the smaller shot sizes and ounce.

The shotgun that I like the best for ducks and geese is the Beretta 391 Extrema semi auto.
It is a purpose built 3.1/2 '' (Not a 3'' that has been modified to shoot 3 1/2 '' shells like
most brands).

It is a large shotgun and has the best gas system that I have ever seen (It will shoot everything
from 1 ounce light dove loads to 2 1/4 ounce heavy turkey loads without any adjustments.

So when I'm waterfowl hunting I can carry several different loads with out fear of switching
and having a problem. In fact we have coyotes in the marsh and I carry some buckshot loads
(In steel) also.

This is also my favorite turkey gun and where I hunt the turkeys are very call shy and hold up at
50+ yards (No problem for the 2 1/4 ounce loads out to 65 yards).

I have hunted in the swamps in Arkansas and the marshes in Texas and the only shotguns that
never failed to work in freezing weather and with an occasional dunking under water was the
Extrema and the 870 wing master pump.

Like you I prefer the over/under for upland game but for an all round waterfowl and turkey
shotgun you will be hard pressed to beat the 391 Extrema in 3.5 inch.

Just my opinion.

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Old 12-18-2009, 03:31 PM
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Re: 12 ga 3.5 or 10 ga 3.5

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I forgot about that one! I'd have to take a serious look at it if I didn't have my 1100. It's a 3" Magnum duck gun, and since the 12 ga. Stan Baker Big Bore Barrel has an internal barrel dia. of .800", I could shoot 3.5" shells if they'd eject.
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