Whatcha dove huntin' with this year??


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rantingredneck
August 26, 2008, 07:50 PM
What shotguns are you carrying to the field for those fast moving, crazy flying little buggers???

This year I'll primarily hunt with my 11-87.

I'll take one of these as "backup"

1) an 870,
2) my 500,
3) my Rem 31.

Where we dove hunt is a couple hours from home. A broken gun can ruin a hunt. I always take a spare. Never had to use it, but there's a first time for everything and Murphy is an unforgiving jerk.

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Aaryq
August 26, 2008, 07:58 PM
Same gun I've been dove hunting since I was 12. Mossberg 183KC 20 gauge bolt-action...if I get a chance to go (I'll be moving from CA to NC and my home and hunting grounds are in ND).

Blue Brick
August 26, 2008, 07:59 PM
M500

rantingredneck
August 26, 2008, 08:03 PM
I'll be moving from CA to NC

Check out Sandhills Game Lands. Good dove fields there. Public. Maps and such available at www.ncwildlife.org. If you're gonna be at Bragg this won't be too far from you either.

Welcome to the Tarheel state :D.

romeo212000
August 26, 2008, 08:06 PM
Winchester 1400.

chas08
August 26, 2008, 08:51 PM
I'm going to start the day with an Ithaca 37 Ultrafeatherlight 20 ga. I picked up during the off season. I'll have my Baikal 28 ga. SxS for backup and last but not least... One of the most underated (IMO), softest shooting semi-autos I've ever shouldered, a Winchester 1400 12 ga. That I picked up during the off season. I'll probably save the last four birds of my limit for it. :)

TexasRifleman
August 26, 2008, 08:54 PM
Browning Auto5 in 16ga, same one I've used since I was 14 or 15 back in the 80's.....sure wish 16 was cheaper :)

sargenv
August 26, 2008, 09:06 PM
12 Ga Browning Gold 28" with reloaded 3 1/4 - 1 - 7 1/2's.

kentucky_smith
August 26, 2008, 09:14 PM
A. A5 light 20
B. M12 16 gauge

220_Swift
August 26, 2008, 09:47 PM
I'll be dove hunting this year with a Franchi 712 Raptor.

3pairs12
August 26, 2008, 09:48 PM
Beretta A302 special trap.

MCgunner
August 26, 2008, 09:59 PM
Was going to take my Spartan 20 gauge SxS coach gun on the bike to Waco, but son-in-law is going and we'll take his little Acura, so I'm taking my 12 gauge Winchester 1400. I almost would rather hunt with the 20, sorta off and on about it. Did quite well with the 20 last year, but I have made my mind up. That 1400 is sweet and fits like a well fitted glove.

shevrock
August 26, 2008, 10:25 PM
I might go hunting for the first time with some friends this year. IF i do. i'm gonna bring along my 500A.

ronnieevans40
August 26, 2008, 10:31 PM
I will use my spartan and the boys will carry an 870 and a 500 respectively all in 12. I am blessed to live in S Arizona and we have Dove off the charts....

cerberus65
August 26, 2008, 10:36 PM
I have a friend at work that really wants to go find some doves. With any luck that will be my first hunt. I'll be taking my 870 as long as the 28" barrel I ordered arrives in time. <crosses fingers>

cpttango30
August 26, 2008, 10:46 PM
If i get a chance to go it will be with my trusty old butt kickin shoulder killing Winchseter Model 12.

oneounceload
August 26, 2008, 10:57 PM
either a nice 20 SxS, or my SKB 20.......might even use a 28 for more fun

sixgunner455
August 26, 2008, 11:01 PM
Spanish 20 guage SxS. Of course, I always give the same answer when I get asked what I'm going to hunt a bird with, since it's my only shotgun.

Snarlingiron
August 26, 2008, 11:19 PM
Beretta A390.

Okiecruffler
August 26, 2008, 11:23 PM
Same as always, stevens 311 12ga. A little too much gun, but ritual must be observed.

skinewmexico
August 26, 2008, 11:24 PM
Belgian Browning Sweet 16.

ants
August 26, 2008, 11:27 PM
The same Remington 870 in 16 gauge I got for my 11th birthday in 1965.

Striker
August 27, 2008, 12:07 AM
2 new to me guns aquired in the last year: 11-48 Sportsmen 20 Ga and an 870 Special Field 12 Ga (and just maybe the 28 Ga Charles Daly Auto if I buy a few more flats of ammo).

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
August 27, 2008, 12:29 AM
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=380144

:)

machinisttx
August 27, 2008, 01:31 AM
These. Left to right-20 gauge Magnum LC Wingmaster, 12 gauge magnum Wingmaster with 30" full, 12 gauge standard wingmaster with 28" modified, 16 gauge wingmaster with 28" modified, 16 gauge Stevens 311 with full and modified(I think).

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b20/imakechips/gun%20stuff/100_0916.jpg

SimpleIsGood229
August 27, 2008, 02:15 AM
I'm using my 26" Benelli Nova 12 ga. for Texas doves this year. Hardly a typical dove gun, I know, but it's what I have.

Dave McCracken
August 27, 2008, 08:12 AM
If I can find a place, either an 870 with a LM choke or the Beretta O/U with 8 and 16 POC.

oletymer
August 27, 2008, 10:01 AM
Cynergy with modified and improved modified chokes.

plumberroy
August 27, 2008, 10:12 AM
Didn't we do this once all ready? :confused:
H&R 28 ga single shot of course:D
Roy

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
August 27, 2008, 10:13 AM
Nice lineup, machinist!

blacksmithsc
August 27, 2008, 10:34 AM
20 gauge Browning Citori
16 gauge Browning Citori
16 gauge Uggie

bearmgc
August 27, 2008, 10:47 AM
SKB 505 O/U 12GA and a an old Win 120 20GA.

rantingredneck
August 27, 2008, 10:49 AM
Didn't we do this once all ready?

Apparently so, but as my wife will tell you I have a very short memory..........;)

birddog1964
August 27, 2008, 11:04 AM
Hello guys

my arsenal will be Remington model 11 in 20ga,16ga, and 12ga depending how they are flying. the model 11 is such a fast shooting gun, sometimes you will shoot twice in row not meaning to. It has been referred to as the widow maker.

I'm located in upper east Tenn and would like to find someone in the mid west area helping me with a dove hunt, in return I can host someone or two to hut grouse in the Tenn mountains I have three bird dogs willing and ready.:)

Thanks
Lee

Omaha-BeenGlockin
August 27, 2008, 01:37 PM
Beretta 471 12ga.

SoCalShooter
August 27, 2008, 01:53 PM
Benelli NOVA 12ga
870 wingmaster 30" 12gauge
Letting a friend borrow my Ithaca 37

I'm hunting in Yuma and Winterhaven this year.

machinisttx
August 27, 2008, 02:44 PM
Hello guys

my arsenal will be Remington model 11 in 20ga,16ga, and 12ga depending how they are flying. the model 11 is such a fast shooting gun, sometimes you will shoot twice in row not meaning to. It has been referred to as the widow maker.

I'm located in upper east Tenn and would like to find someone in the mid west area helping me with a dove hunt, in return I can host someone or two to hut grouse in the Tenn mountains I have three bird dogs willing and ready.

Thanks
Lee

I occasionally hunt with a Franchi 48AL 12 gauge that belonged to my grandfather. It has such a sweet, light, and short trigger pull that the "double shuffle" recoil will occasionally cause you to tap the trigger when the barrel springs forward...this is very unpleasant when using my handloads.... It's one of the two shotguns that has knocked me over when shooting from a less than stable position.


Nice lineup, machinist!

:D Thanks! I may be adding another 16 gauge wingmaster of approximately the same vintage as the one pictured. I also know where another 12 gauge magnum is for a good price($200 on the tag). I have a weakness for the 870. :)

StrawHat
August 27, 2008, 04:19 PM
Nice to see a few SXS as to me they are the proverbial dove gun, did not see any Winchester M12s though. Too bad, great gun.

If I go, it will be a toss up between,

Baker Batavia Special, 16 ga, SXS or

Winchester Model 12, 12 ga.

OOOXOOO
August 27, 2008, 05:54 PM
I have a Baystate 20 gauge single shot that is light and fast. I picked it up at a yard sale for $40. She aint pretty but she has the most recorded kills of any weapon I own.

Oldnamvet
August 27, 2008, 06:07 PM
I'll just be wishing I was in a state that allowed dove hunting. Here they are songbirds and protected as they poop on my truck in the driveway.:cuss::fire:

publiuss
August 27, 2008, 09:37 PM
Gonna start w/my 11-48 .410 and if I can't make that work I'll switch to my B80 12ga.

Moser
August 27, 2008, 09:43 PM
1954 vintage 11-48 in 12ga, and my grandfather's old 16ga Beretta silverhawk as backup..

DZL HOG
August 27, 2008, 10:09 PM
Rem 11-87 Premiere 12ga. I do have a couple more I could use if something terrible happens. Old Mossberg 20ga (short) I used to hunt with when I was 9-13 or so.(but the safety is broken) I could use moms BPS 20ga, if dad doesnt use it. But from talking with him tonight, I think hes planning on taking his Light 12.
We're hunting behind my grandparents this year, only a few hundred yards from home.

Ive got to buy my license and get my HIP # before Monday too.

RonE
August 27, 2008, 11:24 PM
Rem 870 20ga "LT" or Browning O/U 20ga

possom813
August 28, 2008, 12:26 AM
J.C. Higgins Model 20 12ga

Backed up with a single shot NEF 20ga or a High Standard 667 12ga.

md7
August 28, 2008, 09:35 AM
870 of the 12 guage persuasion

plumberroy
August 28, 2008, 10:19 AM
Backed up with a single shot NEF 20ga
:DJust take that gun and you won't need a back up:neener:just ask Steve

just jokin'
Roy

possom813
August 28, 2008, 10:34 AM
Right on, I'm not very quick on reloading it yet, thus the pumps are going to have to break first, and I'm only setup to reload 12ga right now. Maybe by next year I'll use it as my primary dove sniping weapon. ;)

Smithiac
August 28, 2008, 10:43 AM
Pidgeon grade Win model 12 12ga.

MCgunner
August 28, 2008, 10:52 AM
An NEF could be hard on the shoulder where I hunt. Lots of birds, lots of shooting.

Here's a pic from last year of me (left) and my Spartan side by side 20 gauge.

http://thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=63416&d=1188852652

Thumbnail is a pic of me hunting two years ago with my Winchester 1400. Can't see detail, but I just thought it was a kinda cool sunset pic. Actually, IIRC, it was a sun UP pic. LOL

plumberroy
August 28, 2008, 11:21 AM
An NEF could be hard on the shoulder where I hunt. Lots of birds, lots of shooting.

I'm not real recoil shy. I once shot 27 10 gauge slugs off a rest in about 30 minutes . we were sighting in a n.e.f. 10 gauge slug gun. I wish some one besides federal made 10 gauge slugs my current 10 ga. won't keep federal slugs on a paper plate past 25 yards

MCgunner
August 28, 2008, 11:28 AM
I might get a slug barrel for my new 10 when it gets here. Only 60 bucks from NEF, but I ain't sure I'm man enough to bench it. ROFLMAO! I want that 24" turkey barrel, comes with a 30 dollar extra full choke for 75 bucks or so. I could put the modified in it and take it goose hunting locked up in the top trunk of my motorcycle. That's the neat thing about NEF, very strong guns and dirt cheap.

My friend's boy shot one in 12 one year the first day and went to an 870 for the rest of the weekend. His shoulder was pretty beat up, LOL. Even the 20 gauge I bought for my kid kicked like hell. She preferred shooting my 12 gauge Winchester 1400, less recoil, much easier on the shoulder. The things are just too light. That 10 weighs 9 lbs, sorta breaks the mold. I'm glad, though, cause I wouldn't wanna shoot it if it was as light as the 12s. JEEEESSSSUS! LOL Of course, I do have a Past recoil shield I could wear if I shot one on doves, might help.

rantingredneck
August 28, 2008, 11:31 AM
10 gauge slugs benched?? That makes my back hurt just thinking about it. :what:

MCgunner
August 28, 2008, 11:35 AM
Yeah, but I'm thinkin' it would allow me to shoot through a whole herd of hogs with one shot. :D I just hope the fall off my 10 foot tripod stand after the recoil don't hurt me too bad.

chas08
August 28, 2008, 11:57 AM
10 gauge slugs benched?? That makes my back hurt just thinking about it.

I've never shot slugs in mine,(BPS) but I did shoot it 34 times one morning for a 20 bird limit of Snow Geese. (LOL) I had to use my left hand to adjust the rearview mirror for the ride home. (SLUGS!!!) I'd contract that zero job out.:what:

Steve 48
August 28, 2008, 12:06 PM
My SKB 20 guage sxs. Steve48

556A2
August 28, 2008, 02:39 PM
12 Gauge Remington 870 with a I/C choke.

308win
August 28, 2008, 03:09 PM
Remington Sportsman 58, 20ga, IC

Speedo66
August 28, 2008, 03:55 PM
Although we are surrounded with doves in NY, there is no season for them.:confused:

dagger dog
August 28, 2008, 05:37 PM
Bought a little20 ga 870 Express Magnum, second hand last year after dove season, and didn't get a chance
to see how it handled. Guess I'll find out this weekend.
Shooting the WW Special 100 round Winchester 7-1/2's shouldn't cause much trauma to the shoulder. My old
12 ga thumper seems to hang around the safe a lot more these days. Even more so if your a bad shot , 50 rounds in the dove feilds isn't odd for me and I usually I wimp out before I limit out , so this little 20 will be a respite!

MCgunner
August 28, 2008, 07:43 PM
Although we are surrounded with doves in NY, there is no season for them.

Seems to be a southern thang. I was raised in the tradition. Doves start the season, always looked forward to. Don't freeze your butt off like with ducks or deer, either. LOL

rantingredneck
August 28, 2008, 09:03 PM
Nope, just have to avoid the copperheads and skeeters is all.

Guido2006
August 28, 2008, 09:58 PM
Remington 12 gauge 1100

MCgunner
August 29, 2008, 09:28 AM
Yeah, where I grew up, skeeters could carry you off and eat you alive. You sometimes needed a blood transfusion after an afternoon hunt. LOL They're bad all along the coast, but up the coast where there's lots of live oak woods, they just seem worse. Clute, Texas even has a mosquito festival celebrating the state bird. LOL

627PCFan
August 29, 2008, 03:58 PM
SBE II, 3 1/2' T shot goose loads (old)

Keeps things entertaining :evil:

john917v
August 29, 2008, 08:22 PM
Mine will be a mossberg 88 in 12 ga, with a pachmayer slip-on recoil pad, and probably cheap Winchester #7s. And, a MK2 in .22LR for the single (standing) birdies.

Hornet 6
August 29, 2008, 09:00 PM
If your Doves are like our pigeons, then my Miroku 28g.
Unless the silly buggers sit 100 yards out in the farmers field eating his crops, then the rimfire get an outing.

Neil. :)

oneounceload
August 29, 2008, 09:17 PM
guess I just don't get why so many folks want to use a 12 gauge for doves.......like using a flamethrower to light a cigar....:eek:

preachnhunt
August 29, 2008, 09:43 PM
In the mid 80s I asked my neighbor and friend if he would sell me his belgian A5 which he had stored in his basement but did not use any more. He said it meant too much to him to part with.
20 years later when he was 80 ;as he was dying of cancer in the hospital he called me and asked me to come see him. When I did he told me he wanted to give me that gun on one condition-that I think of him every time I use it.
EVERY opening day is reserved for one gun only for me.

chas08
August 29, 2008, 11:36 PM
In the mid 80s I asked my neighbor and friend if he would sell me his belgian A5 which he had stored in his basement but did not use any more. He said it meant too much to him to part with.
20 years later when he was 80 ;as he was dying of cancer in the hospital he called me and asked me to come see him. When I did he told me he wanted to give me that gun on one condition-that I think of him every time I use it.
EVERY opening day is reserved for one gun only for me.

Priceless!!!

ArmedBear
August 29, 2008, 11:41 PM
preachnhunt, brought a tear to my eye. Thank you.

I don't have a magical gun like that, myself. Maybe I will someday, but for the moment, I figure that my oldest friends won't ever die. Too ornery (and simultaneously too happy) for that.:)

Anyway, I'm leaning towards the 1926 Lefever 16 Gauge SxS I got earlier this year for 235 bucks. Finally, after extensive work with a sander, got the butchered old stock set up so it fits me. Don't know whose it was 82 years ago, but I'm sure he'd be happy to see it shot still.

627PCFan
August 30, 2008, 02:39 PM
Armed bear "1926 Lefever 16 Gauge SxS"

I'm dying to get an 16ga over under and kick it old school ;)

ArmedBear
August 30, 2008, 04:26 PM
"Kick it old school" can take on a whole new meaning with some of those old guns.:)

Some have a lot of stock drop and hard buttplates, and are famous for pounding the shoulder.

dasch
August 30, 2008, 07:58 PM
I'll be using the Browning Superposed 12 ga. that Dad finally let me hang on to. My 3 boys will be shooting a BPS 12, Nova 12, and Ithaca 37 in 20 ga.
That's all we've got in the safe...

wattsbarbound
August 31, 2008, 12:13 AM
Although I've never hunted with this gun, it's downed many a sporting clay! I just love "old school" guns!!!!!!

I'll be out there with a 30-30 levergun for deer season, too!

homers
August 31, 2008, 12:23 AM
Winchester 1200 12 gauge and Mossberg Silver Reserve O/U 20.

lev83
August 31, 2008, 12:34 AM
Same as always at least that is since 1984. 20 ga. IC Remington 1100. Now who is cooking the biscuits and gravy?

4sooth
August 31, 2008, 12:44 AM
16 gauge Ithaca pump--28 inch barrel--mod. choke.

First shotgun---Christmas gift from my father--1960.

swingpress
August 31, 2008, 09:45 AM
Imp/Mod Savage Fox B 12-gauge shooting 7/8 oz loads.

esheato
August 31, 2008, 12:27 PM
I'm torn between four:

Browning Citori in 12 (Mod)
Browning Citori in 20 (Mod)
Winchester 101 in 20 (Field Grade) (Mod/Full)
Browning Gold in 12 (Mod)

Ed

45crittergitter
August 31, 2008, 04:47 PM
Benelli Montefeltro 20 ga. Reserving the right to play with others, including a CZ SxS 20 ga. and a Browning 42.

SevenŠ
August 31, 2008, 08:16 PM
Winchester 101

rantingredneck
August 31, 2008, 08:37 PM
Well, I packed up the shotguns tonight for my trip tomorrow. As it turns out the Rem 31 will be accompanying the 11-87.

It was granddad's gun and I've been neglecting it lately (didn't shoot it at all last year). Must run some shells through it tomorrow. :D.

Omaha-BeenGlockin
September 2, 2008, 08:30 AM
I need to get out more---took shots at 5 of the little devils---they didn't know that they were supposed to cooperate.:(

rantingredneck
September 2, 2008, 08:45 AM
I limited out, but it wasn't because I was shooting particularly well. We had a heckuva hunt yesterday. I came close to 4 boxes of shells for 15 birds.

dano6257
September 2, 2008, 06:01 PM
I'm right there with you redneck. Yesterday was my first go-round with the dove. I got 4-1/2, but shot 23 shells. What choke are you using? Mines imp/mod, but I can't seem to drop em' if they have any kind of distance. Not sure if it's I'm not leading enough or maybe using wrong choke.

rantingredneck
September 2, 2008, 06:04 PM
Typically Mod for me. keep shots to max 40 yds. Swing through your shot. This is the part I was having troubles with yesterday. I had back surgery a year ago to fuse 4 vertebrae. This is my first wingshooting outing since then. I've also not shot much skeet lately. I was having trouble swinging smoothly on close fast moving birds. The farther birds that were moving slower relative to my position I was having no trouble with. Once I got up on the balls of my feet and got my swing down I was doing OK. Still not great, but OK. Need to spend more time on the clay range.

45crittergitter
September 14, 2008, 08:36 PM
I'm no wingshot but averaged exactly 3 shots per bird bagged yesterday. Of course, I don't use those ridiculous tight chokes or attempt 60-yard shots either. :neener:

Guntalk
September 14, 2008, 11:42 PM
I used a Spanish double (Grulla) in 12 gauge, with very light loads of 8s and 8 1/2s. Had a nice opening day.

G.E. Lee
September 18, 2008, 10:16 PM
12 gauge Rem. 11-87, skeet choke, Rem. light target loads size 8 shot, Winchester light target loads size 7 1/2 shot.

12 dove, 28 shots. 1 double.

7 1/2 shot did best.

T-Ray
September 18, 2008, 10:19 PM
my 870 express 12 26" black synthetic

PotatoJudge
September 18, 2008, 10:44 PM
Older 1100, 12 ga, fixed skeet 26 in barrel.
http://img507.imageshack.us/img507/5409/11001me9.jpg

rugbyer81
September 18, 2008, 11:01 PM
Was my first time ever dove hunting today, and it was a blast. I used my Beretta 391 Urika. We got five doves between the three of us, not great but I did get one of them.

brasskeeper
September 19, 2008, 07:22 PM
1100 16 gauge the last two times out. I may switch to the browning sweet 16.

Now how about some recipe's?

ArmedBear
September 19, 2008, 07:30 PM
http://www.gatlingguns.net/images/gat6.jpg

rugbyer81
September 19, 2008, 10:14 PM
Brasskeeper: we grilled ours with bacon and jalapenos on little toothpicks. Nothing fancy, i'm sure there are guys on here with actual recipies but they sure tasted good.

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