I’ll be taking the single shot to the trap range Thursday night.
Thanks Don. That’s not a bad idea. If I ever talk the wife into shooting trap I think I’ll do just that! I very nearly bought a beautiful old outside hammer sixteen gauge side by side at auction a week ago. I bid it up to $250 and it went for $275. I just couldn’t bring myself to pay $300 for a shotgun I really had no use for and probably would never hunt with.
But meanwhile (God willing) I’ll be taking the single shot to the trap range Thursday night. I have two boxes of reloads loaded by a friend that I trust enough to shoot his reloads that I’ll try her with. The price of factory loaded sixteen gauge loads might just keep me from using up too much of that ammunition at shooting trap! There is a box of number nine sized shot, and a half dozen boxes of number eight sized shot that would be well suited to use up for trap. I can’t imagine hunting much of anything with them. But there are also a few boxes of number six sized shot that would work well for small birds, a box of number fours and a couple boxes of number one sized buckshot that I can only think was loaded for self defense. What else would you use that for? Maybe geese? These are old paper hulled shells so maybe they predate the laws against using buckshot on deer?
My son and I fired the 16 gauge last night. I don’t think that I have ever fired a sixteen gauge shell before. The recoil was a lot more than I expected. In fact, if someone handed it to me I don’t know if I could have told from the recoil whether it was a 12 gauge trap load or a 16 gauge load. There was a lot more recoil than I expected. Maybe because it’s a lightly built gun and the single shot doesn’t have either the weight or springs to soak up recoil like my semi-automatic twelve gauge that I'm used to. But it is definitely not something that I would hand to my wife as a ‘low-recoiling’ gun.
This little Stevens single shot is pretty cool though it has an ejector rathercthan extractor
There it sits. Alone and forgotten in a desk drawer or maybe in the bottom of your hunting pack. The lowly compass. Primarily initially replaced by the hand held GPS and now even by the new “smart” cell phones that include GPS, electronic compass – even real time imaging on aerial maps! Once the friend of every hunter and now the companion of few. It is not glamorous or glitzy, that is for sure… no bells and no whistles. Aaaaah, but let’s not rush to forget our...