Shotguns for Beginners
Here is a rundown of shotgun loads from powerful to mild
•10 gauge. Not for beginners. Not for targets. Primarily used for hunting geese and turkeys.
•12 gauge. The traditional “all rounder.” 45 long colt ammo for sale Usually too heavy and too much recoil for any beginners but large boys and adults.
•16 gauge. The “sweet sixteen” is a traditional upland bird gun. Not for beginners.
•20 gauge. A good choice for beginning adults and kids over 100 pounds. The smallest of the true all around shotguns
•28 gauge. Fairly versatile, lower weight and recoil than a 20, a good choice for kids and many women. Ammo is expensive. They make fewer 28 gauge guns than the larger gauges and they tend to be more expensive.
•.410. Lowest recoil and usually lightest weight of all the shotguns. Ammo is expensive. They make fewer.410 gauge guns than the larger gauges and they tend to be expensive. A poor choice for beginners because it is so hard to hit anything with these small loads.
For beginners, if cost is not an object, get a 28. If your are economizing, 20’s will be widely available used, ammo is cheaper.
Budget. Semiautomatics (In order of our preference)
-Easy to clean
-Easy to get parts
-Plentiful in the used market
-Older models have a fixed choke (not ideal for beginners)
-They make a youth model with an adjustable stock
-Most reliable of the semi autos
-Relatively difficult to maintain
-On a budget, look at the 390/303/302 older models
-A used Beretta 391 is more than the cost of a new Remington 1100
-A beautiful, light gun
-May have too much recoil for young shooters
-Some claim not as reliable as Beretta’s
Mid priced. Over & Under shotguns (O/U’s -In order of our preference)
•Beretta Silver Pigeon
-Light and attractive