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My son has graduated to a 12 gauge!

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by bernie, Jun 13, 2009.

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  1. bernie

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    My 12 year old son (5'3" and 101 pounds) has duck and squirrel hunted with me for a couple of years now using a 20 gauge youth gun but last duck season at the end of the season we picked him up a used 870 Super mag 12 gauge. He had not fired it at all until today while we were shooting some informal clays. He was devastating using one ounce loads on clay targets. He is now a convert to the 12! Dad is surely proud!
     
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  3. Hungry Seagull

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    Congratulations.

    Wait until he beefs up a bit more before loading him with magnum slugs. :neener:

    My god, that does sound/read terrible on so many levels.... sorry for any unintended puns in that sentence.
     
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    I remember the day I graduated to a 12 gauge when I was around 12 yrs old too. It took me about 15 yrs but I have since graduated back to 20 gauge as my only shotgun size.
     
  5. ArmedBear

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    LOL

    Savor these moments in your son's life, bernie.:)

    In what seems like the blink of an eye, he'll graduate again. To a 28.:D
     
  6. Sauer Grapes

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    Good for him!! Funny how we seemed to graduate to the 12 and then go the other way.
    I still shoot my 12,s, but now with very light loads. I never thought I would own anything smaller than my 16, but now I shoot a 28 on a regular basis.

    Enjoy this time with your son, time passes much to quickly.
     
  7. tju1973

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    That is awesome! Jus tmake sure he doesn't take to much "to the game"-- I still "lug" a .410 if I am squirrel hunting with a shotgun, and my 28ga is the only gun I hunt quail and dove with...

    Congrats though-- my 1o year old (daughter) recently took a shot at my 20ga Mossy and said "I like it.." yet she rubbed her shoulder the whole afternoon..

    :)
     
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    Hey Sauer-- that was my point! :D

    I couldn't wait to get to hunt with a 12ga--

    Now that I am older (36) and have joint problems and am laid up for a day after a box through my Mosin/Nagant M44, I love dove season-- I can shoot a 28ga all day and not feel it....

    I do a day ( couple of hours) of skeet, and I am sore for a week....;)
     
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    earlthegoat, you and me both. I used a 20 gauge when I was a kid, graduated to a 12, used it for 40 years, now back to a 20 gauge and well satisfied.
     
  10. John Peddie

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    Funny how this works.

    My first shotgun was a 12 ga double, and the second was a 12 ga Ithaca 37.
    Loved 'em both.

    Then I started hunting with an older guy who used a 20 ga 1100 because of the reduced recoil. He was deadly with it.

    So I bought a 20, and then another and...well, you know how it goes.

    I think that the 12 ga is something everyone has to do-a rite of passage I guess. As kids who read about guns more than we shot them, the 12 ga was hyped as "bigger n' better", so we had to have one.

    We looked down on a 16 as "baby stuff", not for us real men. A 20 would have been an outright embarrassment.

    Seeing a 20 ga in skilled hands, and using modern, more effective ammo-well, it does everything I could ask, within its limitations. With age, I guess we learn about limitations, pass up the Hail Mary shots, and maybe develop a bit of skill.

    And my friend? Last fall he still outshot me. He credits the 20 with extending his hunting career by several years. We're already planning this fall's hunts, and he turned 89 last month.
     
  11. bernie

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    I appreciate that everyone does not stay with the 12 gauge. However we do a lot of waterfowl hunting. While smaller gauges will work on ducks, they are no nearly as effective on passing geese. My son and I are excited because he will be able to more effectively waterfowl hunt in the next year. We still shoot our 20's as well!
     
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    congrats ..

    i cant wait till my son is big enough to outgrow his nerf dart shooters and graduate to a .410 or 20 gauge.
     
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