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I know this is kind of a Ford-Chevy opinion question, but does anybody have a favorite light upland gun? In my case I will probably never hunt quail or grouse, I’ll be hunting Pheasants, Sharptail and Hungarian Partridge.

I think the ideal gun would be a six pound 16 gauge. I was wondering if there is any consensus on the best handling 16 ga. between Fox, Parker or LC Smith?

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My Fox 28" barreled 20 gauge ejector gun is about as perfect as I can imagine at this time. It's a quail and woodcock gun.

Doves are an upland species I guess, and IMO require a little different gun, to be ideal. I like longer barrels for doves. And, in the late season, tighter chokes for those high flying northern birds.

Do you consider upland birds to be all game birds that are not waterfowl?

I have 16 ga. guns in Fox, Parker and L C Smith. I don't have a favorite.

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One of my favorites is a Lefever DS 16 on a small frame With 26” barrels. Sometimes I think it just tolerates me on a hunt. I think it would prefer I stay in the truck and it would go by itself and have a much heavier bag. Scarred from a hundred years of brush, rocks, and sweat and Lord only knows how many birds it has shot but I imagine it is a lot. Not much of a pedigree—lowest hardware store offering of Lefever but every much the straight, lively shooter of the best of them.

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favorite? Fabbri 20 bore 28" SxS BTFE, Marvelous Fabbri trigger, Best Italian SLE. 6 lb. 4oz.

Deadliest ? Browning 20 Bore O/U 28" SST and AE, PG stock 6lb 12oz.

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I remember a picture of that Fabbri. Very pretty gun.

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Charles Daly Miroku Superior Grade

26 inch barrels, IC/Mod chokes, 3" chambers

20 gauge

BUT this would be a fine companion

https://www.gunsamerica.com/9123310...CK-AS-NEW-1-of-305-1-of-305-MADE-NIC.htm

Mike

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Bernardelli Elos 25" 12ga 5lb 15oz
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Pair of Browning Citori Upland Specials, one on 12 and one in 20. 25 inch barrels on both, English stock. I have killed more pheasant and quail with these guns than any I have ever owned.
Second choice would be my Dickinson 16 gauge SxS.

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Benelli 828U, perfect fit, perfect balance, lightweight!

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Mine is a Charles Daly 185 16ga made in 1912. Has 28" barrels. Weighs 5#12oz. A very lively gun that shoots true and put birds in my bag. I could sell every other upland gun I own and be happy carrying this one every day.


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