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Location: Charleston,SC
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Over & unders?

What is the big thing about this gun. It looks nice but how can it bring birds down than any other shotgun?

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Location: Maui, Hawaii
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Its a personal preferance. I shoot mostly doubles because of the limited amount of left hand auto and pumps out there. In general the balance is better and because the action is so short, you end up with a shorter faster swinging gun. A browning Citori with 28" tubes is 45" long. A Browning pump with a 28" tube is 49.25 inches long.

If you want to argue S x S vs. O/U, you get into another whole set of user preferences.

Wngshooting is all about fit. If a pump fits you better than an O/U then by all means hunt with a pump.

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Location: Oklahoma City, OK
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I use my Kahn Arthamus MDL12 O/U 12g for everything. It fits me and will take 3" shells. If I can't drop it in 2 shots them the 3rd ain't gonna help. I do alota Trap and Skeet as well so depending on what I'm after its a matter of choke tube selection. I've shot several pumps and just never really liked them. I love the Rem. 1100. But I stick with the O/U. Its all about personal preferance.

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Location: Maui, Hawaii
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I hunt chukars and there have been many instances when I do wish I had more than two shells in my gun. Usually when the chukars flush, the main group will come up and ten seconds later stragglers will flush. Gotta learn to reload that double fast!

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Location: Misouri
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Over & unders?

Like side by sides personally.

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remington wrote:
Like side by sides personally.

SxS's load faster than O/U's! The barrel's don't drop as far. AyA Matador, 16ga

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Location: austin and amarillo texas
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They are great for quail, duck and pheasant hunting because of the quick second shot you can get off. They are also a lot easier/quicker to load. You can shoot just as quickly with a semi auto, but I always felt they lacked the class of the over under and took some of the sport out of hunting (i.e. competing against your buddies that have doubles or pumps with a semi auto lacks class). Lastly, they just look great and have so much better of an aesthetic than the other actions, in my opinion.

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Location: austin and amarillo texas
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I also like SXS guns, but I prefer them in big bore rifles and like the over unders in shotguns better. I have a little more trouble lining up on birds with most SXS's than I do with the O/U's. Might just be me.

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Location: Wa.
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I prefer and use an O/U for upland game. Comes up quick. Short and easy to carry with 26" improved and modified barrels. I can select either barrel to fire first or have a quick second shot with the modified barrel.
I also prefer to have the improved and modified choice. They don't ruin a good bird on the close hits and is plenty of choke for the extended shot at quail and chukar sized game. 2 3/4" #6 to #8 and you'll have a good day in the field.

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My preference for SxS's is not the speed of the second shot. It's the way they handle. You can get off two shots just as fast with a pump if your practiced. You work the action durning recoil. Then I'm not sure of the value of the third shot of pump's and autos either. I can reload a SxS awful fast with ejectors. Then while your putting three more in a pump or auto I could fire maybe six more. Pump's and auto's only have a speed advantage if no plug is required and then I'm not sure it's that much. Just takes to long to load them as opposed to just dropping in two more shells.

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Location: Maui, Hawaii
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In Hawaii we have no migratory birds - we do have a Ducks Unlimited Chapter - but not wild ducks. Anyway, no plug is required. So pumps and autos are generally loaded with 5 rounds. What slows me in loading is catching the empties. I do this because I do not like to leave rubbish in the field. I guess thats also the reason I do not care for autos. I have to spend too much time searching for hulls.

I have seen a few guys shoot trap doubles with a pump. It can be done, but, it sure looks like a lot of work.

I hunt with both a SxS and and O/U. I have yet to decide which I prefer. What I do notice is that SxS's are a little lighter than a comparable O/U.