Originally Posted by D.Camilleri
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
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.
J E CUSTOM