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I wanted to know what people thought on having a different gun for different hunting. I know guys that have there dedicated slug gun for deer, a different shotgun for upland birds, and yet another for duck and turkey. I have A Remington 870 that I have used for deer and will be using for turkey, and I have a Beretta WhiteWing O/U I use for pheasant. I always figured have one gun for everything, but I hear different things. What does everyone else do?
 

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well i have a rem 870 and use for everything all i do is change barrels and smoke deer non stop by far my fav gun
 

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I've gone through both phases in life.

A Browning Citori for uplands. An old Browning Auto 5, with a PolyChoke) for ducks. A Remington 1100 set up for slugs.

But, other times, my Browning BPS for everything.
 

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I believe in having many guns for many specific purposes. However I also believe everyone should have atleast one reliable shotgun that they can use for all purposes in their collection. Like an 870 or a benelli super nova. maybe a Rem 1100 or 1187.Something along these lines so you know that you can do it all with 1 backup if something happens to your specific use gun..
 

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I do damn near everything with my 20 gauge 1187. Ducks and upland with the smooth bore, deer with the slug barrel. The only thing i pull the 12 out for is buckshot and geese.
 

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My first gun was a Winchester ranger 120. I used it for everything and it worked great whenever I pulled the trigger. As I got older I bought all kinds of shotguns. Some worked great and some worked so - so. I broke out the old Winchester a few weeks ago and went skeet shooting down at Quinton Sportsmen with my son. I didn't miss a single shot all night. My son was amazed. He asked me "how come you don't use that gun all the time?" I didn't know how to answer that one. So I went to the local gun shop and bought a nice old Winchester 1200 because it is older and prettier than my beat up 120. We'll see how it shoots soon.
 

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12 guage 3 1/2 835 mos for deer,20 guage benelli monofeltro for upland birds,12 guage 3 1/2 benelli SB11 for ducks,geese and turkey,20 guage browning silver for rabbits and my favorite little 20 guage browning bps upland special for squirrel and early duckin on our ponds.
 

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my first gun was 870 and love it. have since gotten a browning and winchester over under.

This year i decided to get a designated slug gun. I feel this is the right choice for me. Keep it sighted in and know it should be good anytime i want to use instead of worrying after changing barrels.
 

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Seems like most everyone has multiple guns. I love my 870. Probably since it was my first. Got it back in Kmart 15 years or so ago. Used it for everything till I got my Beretta Whitewing. Been using that for pheasant, and the 870 has been used for deer. I bought a NIB 1974 vintage Ithaca model 51 about 2 years back, and have been using it for skeet. I'm thinking about finding a deer barrel for it and taking that out in the field. My one hesitation is the fact that its so pretty, I don't want to ruin it in the woods. I am heading out turkey hunting for the first time this year with my dad, so the 870 will again be doing double duty. I actually saw a nice used Beretta 390 for sale that I have been thinking of picking up, and using as a dedicated slug gun and then having the 870 just for Turkey.
 

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I used to do everything with a Remington 1187. Still have that gun and don't do a thing with it now. [hihi]

I use a single shot T/C Encore 20ga slug gun for deer.
Upland birds I use one of 2 Merkel SxS 16ga guns.
Trap and Sporting Clays I use a Citori Grade 6 16ga.
 

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Remmington 1100LT 20ga. with screw in chokes for the smooth bore and a Hastings rifled barrel. Is my favorite all around.

I use a Mossberg 9200 Auto 12 ga. for turkey.

Remmington 700BDL .30-06. Variety of ammo readily available and manual (bolt) action is legal in all states with rifle hunting.
 

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I use my CZ Readhead O/U for upland and sometimes for ducks over dekes. I would prefer to us a 20ga for upland, but the only 20ga I have is a single shot and needs work.

For jump shooting ducks I use my 12GA 835 with the IC choke and 3.5" #4HeviShot.

For turkeys I use the 835 with the turkey choke that came with the gun. It patterns tight enough( 8" at 25 yards; 12"at 50 yards) that I don't need to use the more expensive HeviShot. 3.5" lead works fine.

I also have a Patternmaster for the 835 and a "Dead Coyote" choke. The latter is supposed to work well with the HeviShot "Dead Coyote" loads, but I havent done much patterning with either. Recoil on the those loads is very high.

I have a slug barrel for the 835 with a scope. I only hunted with it once. I sighted it in for a friend to use.

In NJ I hunt for deer exclusivly with the muzzloader.The last 7-8 years I have been using the T/C Black Diamond. This year I bought the T/C Triumph and will be using that.

In NYS I alternate between the Rem 700 30-06 and the muzzleloader.
 

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My father has been hunting with his 12 gauge sxs for the last 35 years and would not change it for the anything. I use my 1187 slug gun for deer, my 30 06 for deer in ny, pa or when i go on a hunting trip, and for bird hunting its either my 12 gauge Beretta 686 silver pigeon, 20 gauge ruger red label or my favorite 20 gauge Benelli. My other 26 guns are dust collectors [hihi][hihi][hihi]
 

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I bought my dad a Ugartechea Model 30 SxS years ago, and he uses it for everything also. Pheasant, quail and deer. Great gun.
 

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I have an 870 that I change out 21" rifle, 28" smooth and 30" trap barrels; buy far my favorite gun,I've got others but they don't seem to leave the safe lately.
 
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