REPEATING SHOTGUN—I want to buy a repeating shotgun but have never had any experience with these guns and don’t know which one would suit me best. Which do you consider best of the following: Stevens, Remington, Marlin or Winchester? Will a 28 inch barrel, full choked, shoot exactly the same as a 30 inch? For rabbit, partridge, and duck shooting which is best, a modified or a full choke?
Personally, I don’t like a repeating shotgun, but many people do, and I would advise, if you want to buy a repeater, that you study carefully the mechanism of each—get catalogues from the manufacturers and if you can do so, examine a gun of each make. You will find that each has some very good features peculiar to it alone, and it is not for me to say which is best but you should decide which these exclusive features is most valuable to you. If I were going to buy one I would hesitate quite a while before I would decide on either. As the 28 inch seems to shoot exactly the same as a 30 inch, I think I would choose the former length, for the long receiver of the repeating gun makes it seem long and awkward, in my hands, even with the shortest barrel permissible. When it comes to style of bore, if the gun is to be used for ducks sometimes, and even for other game where you have to make long shots, being a single barrel I would have it full choked. If it were to be used only for wing shooting in cover, or for hunting rabbits and quail where the most of the shooting is at medium distances, a modified choke is good, but ordinarily a full -choke gives the best satisfaction.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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