I have to agree with hatracked. I think you really need to go out to the range with a few boxes of shells and figure out the gun. Set a limit on shooting distance that you feel is lethal, then stick to it. I don't shoot past 30 yards. I know where the birds are, and what they do in my area, so my buddy and i set up to get them close enough. If you practice, pattern, and work a little, a 16 is going to be enough gun. you just can't shoot them at 60 yards away.