10 GAUGE WINCHESTER—My brother has one and I will say that it is a good gun. It may be better for geese as buckshot is the beat size shot for them, but for ducks, where large shot is not needed, the 12 gauge is about the same.
The 10 gauge will hold up about 15 yards farther which does not make much difference. I now own a 12 gauge Stevens hammerless, pump gun, full choke, and will say that I have not seen any gun that would beat it for good close shooting. By using No. 4 shot I can get as many ducks at long range as any of them with their 10 gauge guns. For ducks or geese I use No. 4 shot, as larger shot will not work as good—that is my experience. No. 4 for geese, ducks, rabbits, etc., and for grouse, quail and small birds I use No. 8 shot with black powder as the black powder seems to work best as the shot will scatter more.
The Stevens is nothing extra for looks but if you want a good, bard shooter, safe and single action gun, get the Stevens, for it is in a class by itself, when it comes to smooth working. I never worry about wet shells clogging it for it will go away ahead of any pump gun in that line. I have often mashed the shells half flat and there was nothing doing on the balking question. It will chamber anything that will go in the magazine.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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