Semi Auto or Over Under?

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  1. PredatorSlayer

    PredatorSlayer Well-Known Member

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    What are y’all using for pheasants and other upland birds? I used an 870 supermag - then bought an 870 wingmaster. Bought a versamax woodtech a few years ago and it has been boringly reliable and accurate. Thinking about adding an over under of some flavor. Just curious what everybody is using and why? I just got back from my annual pheasant hunt and that 3rd shell only came in handy a couple times.
     
  2. Frog4aday

    Frog4aday Well-Known Member

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    I think your VersaMax is probably just about perfect for pheasants.

    If you are looking for something new/different, I switched over to a Beretta 686 Onyx over and under (O/U) several years ago and like it very much. It's a rare moment when I 'miss' having the 3rd shot of my semi-auto and loading/unloading for vehicles, fences, etc. is so much easier with the O/U.

    I also like the O/U for waterfowl better than my semi-auto as I would put two shells in the chambers for ducks, but leave the action open in the blind just in case geese showed up instead. Made it easy to pluck out the duck loads and drop in the geese loads before time to shoot.

    Just some thoughts. What you have a is great. But new guns are fun, too. Another high quality, good-value over under is the Browning Citori series guns. They are very well made and will last a lifetime.
     
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  3. KyCarl

    KyCarl Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    A really sweet 20 Ga.O/U or even a 28 with dogs. Light and fast handling.
    Remember a piece of number 5 shot going 1200 FPS is just that! They hit just as hard as a 12! just fewer of them.
     
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  4. KY_Windage

    KY_Windage Well-Known Member

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    I like having two chokes -- one for the close shots and the second for the long ones. I also like being able to easily look down the barrel(s) to check for snow or mud.
     
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  5. Salmonchaser

    Salmonchaser Well-Known Member

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    Well since you’re bored and apparently a fine wing shot why not go classic and buy a beautiful side by side?
     
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  6. lancetkenyon

    lancetkenyon Well-Known Member

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    O/U for sure. Except for duck and goose hunting. A lightweight 12ga w. 3" mag duck loads sucks....
     
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  7. PredatorSlayer

    PredatorSlayer Well-Known Member

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    I have always preferred how the O/U looks compared to a SXS. Having said that - I have never shot a SxS, so who knows, maybe I would love one.
     
  8. geo4061

    geo4061 Well-Known Member

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    You have the best shotgun. Add an EO Tech. I love this set up. I shoot everything with the sight installed including clay birds. It adds a load of fun and will make you a better shot. The third round is a great asset when you are hog hunting. Have fun.
     
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  9. just country

    just country Well-Known Member

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    morning, the o/u itch has bitten u. I had 5. sold all but 2.
    1 Winchester live bird 12ga. 1 custom Italian. both shoot.
    the feel of a good shotgun is very rewarding. I had 2
    browning cyengery's. 1 12ga. 1 20ga. when bird or trap-skeet
    shooting go with the 20gra. easier on the shoulder and the
    shells r the same prices of 12ga's. the cynergy's sp. have great
    feel and point good. get adjustable cheek and 30" barrels
    swing good and point great. justme gbot tum
     
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  10. KyCarl

    KyCarl Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    If you get the major bug look at Kolar shotguns made in Wisconsin.
    I think they are the best competition shotguns made! I worked a part time job for 3 years to buy mine! I'm glad I did! It's a Max Lite Sporting fixed ramp taper..Carrier barrel with sub gauge tubes..
    https://www.kolararms.com/
     
  11. PredatorSlayer

    PredatorSlayer Well-Known Member

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    Well, Santa just bought me a Browning Cynergy Feather :). I love my versamax, so it probably wont get kicked to the curb, but should give me something a little lighter to haul around.
     
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  12. Frog4aday

    Frog4aday Well-Known Member

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    Woohoo! Santa is GOOD. Congratulations. Should be great fun.
     
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