I forgot to mention I hunt over flushing dogs, not pointers, so I don’t have that luxury of calmly walking up on a bird sitting tight. My dogs are very well trained field trial Golden Retrievers, but I have to keep on my toes to keep up with them.
I agree with whoever said, less than six pounds is a little whippy and high six’s is a little heavy to carry all day. I think my sweet spot is a 6-0 to 6-6 sixteen gauge or light 2-1/2” English twelve.
I also like longer barrels, 90% of my upland hunting is pheasants in wide open Montana. This is a far cry from quail or grouse hunting where a super light, fast handling gun is preferred.
Last edited by Glacierjohn; 03/13/21 08:35 PM.