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Adult Single Shot Fans?

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by JCooperfan1911, Nov 26, 2022.

  1. JCooperfan1911

    JCooperfan1911 Member

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    We all know single shot shotguns are just for kids, right? Well, I’m an adult but I enjoy shooting them. The simplicity and ruggedness of the action, as well as the handy streamlined shape, is appealing to me. I also enjoying practicing quick reloads. They can be much faster in action than some think.

    I like them enough to have just purchased a Henry 20 gauge single shot with brass frame. Henry advertises these as adult oriented and not made to a price point, but instead focus on quality and reliability. They aren’t cheap, but they’re gorgeous:

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    Are there any other adult fans of single shot shotguns on here?
     
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  2. dak0ta

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    How is the trigger pull and balance?
     
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  3. Armored farmer

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    There are more single shot trap guns out there than you can count.
    Perazzi
    Beretta
    Browning
    Ljutic
    ....and on and on.
    I hunt turkeys with my NEF 12ga break-action.
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  4. hms365

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    I love my very first gun, H&R 20 gauge, still have the receipt for $42. It goes out grouse hunting more often than my other 20 gauge. I am also very proud to say I manage a reload and hit on a true pair shooting some 5-stand with it. A great single-shot that my brother and I have used forever. Big fan!
     
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  5. JCooperfan1911

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    They break at about 4 lbs and balance is very good.
     
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  6. bearcreek

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    I don't know if I necessarily count as a "fan", but I do think they're cool. My first firearm was a NEF 20 gauge. Been looking for one recently for a grouse/rabbit gun. Wish they still made them. (Yes, I do know about the Chinese Savage version)
     
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  7. Boattale

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    I keep one nearby to deal with armadillos in the yard. I suppose in a pinch I could also use it to repel boarders.

    Definitely a fan especially when walking with more walking than shooting. The light handy factor can't be dismissed. Good recoil pad is a must.

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  8. Jim Watson

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    One of our old timers said his BT99 34" F would take a squirrel out of a tall tree.
    Got to be careful in the woods, a dedicated trap gun does not have a safety catch, and they are pretty heavy.
     
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  9. JCooperfan1911

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    I’ll be a 12 gauge 3 1/2” magnum rifles slug would put a number on an armadildo.
     
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  10. WestKentucky

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    I have a few and I enjoy the simplicity. I don’t necessarily appreciate the wallop that they pack. That wallop is the tradeoff of being light and portable though. For slow shooting I’m definitely a fan… turkey, rabbit, deer. For fast shooting where you shoot a lot of shells I’m much less of a fan… dove, squirrel, for those give me a heavier gun that soaks up recoil better
     
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  11. dak0ta

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    Old Winchester Model 37, I like this one very much.

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  12. JCooperfan1911

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    Shoot a lot of shells for squirrel?
     
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  13. Arkansas Paul

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    My very first firearm was a Model 37 in 16-gauge.
    Still have it.
    It's been in the family for about 80 years or so (mid-forties I think). I'm the 3rd Paul to have it.
     
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  14. plainsdrifter

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    My first shotgun was an Ithaca 20ga .22 wmr over under.
    Loved it
     
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  15. dak0ta

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    What's the weight on that Henry 20 ga? I don't mind it being a little heavier and solid so that it reduces the recoil on heavier 20 ga loads like a slug if need be. It also would swing much smoother with some weight.
     
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  16. JB111

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    I love single shot shotguns. I have several but my most recent additions are twin Rock Island Armory Traditions with the 20 inch barrel with choke set. Polymer stock and they kick like a mule but I love shooting them. They pattern surprisingly well considering barrel length as well.

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  17. Boattale

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    2 3/4" 4's or 6's work just fine.
     
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  18. JCooperfan1911

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    6.8 lbs.

    That’s my thinking, too. A too light of weight single can kick like a mule! That weight should be ideal to strike a nice balance between portability and recoil management.
     
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  19. Dirtybob

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    I have one of those that I mostly use to shoot 'clean up' when we're playing informal clay games. I added weight (got it up to 7.5#) and a pachmayr slip on pad but it still has more felt recoil than my pump.
     
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  20. WestKentucky

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    When we get into them it seems we shoot quite a few out of one spot. I have shot limit out of one tree a few times. When it’s one right after another the single shots can be a handful.
     
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  21. bannockburn

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    I have just the one, a Marlin Model 200 12 gauge with a 28" barrel. Got it for Christmas one year and use it a couple of times breaking hand thrown clays in a friend's backyard. Lots of fun shooting (must add that I was wearing a PAST shoulder pad at the time), and I have kept it around just because I think single-shots are cool!
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  22. d2wing

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    They kick too much for me being so light, and I like having more shoots because I am a bird hunter.
     
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  23. Micro

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    I just found a H&R Topper 20 gauge witha modified choke in a LGS. In so good a condition it is only missing the box and manual that came with it.

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  24. kennedy

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    3 winchester 37 all 16 ga and all a little different. A Limbsaver slip on butt pad makes them shootable 16 ga 002.JPG
     
  25. PapaG

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    Who makes a 3 1/2" slug??
     
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