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    That's something I've never done but would be useful to keep track of. I think in the heat of the moment and while trying to mark the bird it would be difficult but worth while instead of just "that felt like a 22 yard shot". My general feeling is that as the leaves come off the trees the shots get farther out, but it would be interesting to see if that is actually the case.
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    I like my light 12 beretta sxs

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    If I was a really serious upland hunter Id like look at a 20g Browning BPS Upland special.

    As it is, Ive shot most of my upland with a 12g 870 Wingmaster. Second place is a 20g Cooey

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    Quote Originally Posted by blasted_saber View Post
    If I was a really serious upland hunter Id like look at a 20g Browning BPS Upland special.

    As it is, Ive shot most of my upland with a 12g 870 Wingmaster. Second place is a 20g Cooey
    I'll vouch for the 20 bps. I've used the upland special for thirty five years. I shoot left handed and its ambidextrous with bottom eject. Rather than rely on a safety, I like to keep the chamber empty, especially when dog rangling. Its amazing how fast you can pump one up with some practice.

    To bad it dosen't slam fire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by swampsinger View Post
    . Its amazing how fast you can pump one up with some practice.
    I guess that's my problem haven't really practiced with the pump. Have a .410 Browning BPS that I use on occasion for woodcock. Always forgot to pump for the second shot. May take it out more this fall and see if I can get the hang of it. Fully confident it'll be more than enough gun for woodcock. Like the idea of walking with an empty chamber as the dogs always give me ample time to load when they go on point.
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    The pattern emerging from the responses to this thread is a well-established one. A 20 ga double, whether O/U or SxS with frame and barrels proportionate to the gauge (i.e. overall weight of under 6.5 lbs) choked skeet or IC in the 1st barrel and mod in the 2nd is hard to beat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by finsfurfeathers View Post
    I guess that's my problem haven't really practiced with the pump. Have a .410 Browning BPS that I use on occasion for woodcock. Always forgot to pump for the second shot. May take it out more this fall and see if I can get the hang of it. Fully confident it'll be more than enough gun for woodcock. Like the idea of walking with an empty chamber as the dogs always give me ample time to load when they go on point.
    Shoot lots of clays. You'll catch on quickly to pumping. Doesnt have to be formal, can be informal with a hand thrower.

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    I never managed to catch on with a pump either, not no mention it beat my shoulder so badly I now own 2 "soft" shooting semis haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blasted_saber View Post
    Shoot lots of clays. You'll catch on quickly to pumping. Doesnt have to be formal, can be informal with a hand thrower.
    Ya that would be to do it. Never was much of a shooter though. Maybe shot two rounds in my life time. Guess if I can get the dogs to point 'em might be different.
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    If I wasn't allowed to carry doubles for upland birds, then I think you'd find me with an Ithaca 37 in 20ga or 16ga.
    "What calm deer hunter's heart has not skipped a beat when the stillness of a cold November morning is broken by the echoes of hounds tonguing yonder?"

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