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Anybody shoot trap with a 16 gauge?

I picked up a single shot 16 gauge shotgun – mostly because I ended up with ten boxes of 16 gauge shells and didn’t have a sixteen to use them in.  Would it be silly to shoot trap with a sixteen gauge? 

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If I had a wife and 10 bxs of

If I had a wife and 10 bxs of 16ga shells, I'd suggest to her that I might get some old double barrel tio shoot them out of, and by the way Honey, You could use some new shoes! I prefer my AyA's!

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I’ll be taking the single shot to the trap range Thursday night.

Thanks Don.  That’s not a bad idea.  Thumbs up 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?

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My son and I fired the 16 gauge last night.

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

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