Shotguns Billings MT

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Laurel Rifle Club
406628460
Po Box 21
Laurel, MT
 
Tims Gunsmithing
613 5Th Ave
Laurel, MT
 
Central Montana Handgunners Club Inc
(406) 538-3476
Brandywine Lane
Lewistown, MT
 
Mr T'S
406821384
111 S Main St
Darby, MT
 
Teigs Gun Sales & Repair
406572367
6.6 Cottonwood Rd
Martinsdale, MT
 
Laurel Rod & Gun Club
(406) 628-6292
Riverside Park
Laurel, MT
 
Kloppel, David C
406453536
616 Pine Ridge Ct
Great Falls, MT
 
Knerr, Frank
406535749
205 Truck By Pass
Lewistown, MT
 
Beaudrys Western Supply
406538882
158 Valach Road
Lewistown, MT
 
Jls Firearms Specialties & Rod Repair
406223185
Us Hwy 89 S 5034
Livingston, MT
 

Choosing a Shotgun

Every once in awhile new shooters ask some basic shot gunning questions trying to decide which shotgun they should buy.  They are generally concerned with either home defense, or hunting, but often both. 

Yes you can hunt small game and game birds with the big 10 gauge, but it is more recoil than most people want to deal with on a regular basis.  By and large the “big gun” is the 12 gauge. It has been a fight stopper from the OK corral to World War Two. 

I have been asked many times if a 12 gauge is too much gun for hunting small game.  There is a fear among some new shooters that the smaller animals will be too peppered with pellets to be edible or at best a gruesome mess. It is not true.  Many, many, many rabbits and partridge and pheasants have gone down to the 12 gauge and been perfectly suitable for eating world wide over the last hundred years or so.

Sixteen gauge shotguns use a shell slightly smaller than the 12 gauge shell, but there is not a significant difference in the perceived recoil.  In my opinion, the only thing gained by using a sixteen gauge is greater expense because the shells are more rare and thus cost more than the twelve gauge or the 20 gauge.

That said, a 20 gauge is also perfectly suitable for all shotgun hunting and for self defense without the full recoil from the larger shells. I agree with the often repeated advice that new shot-gunners, most women, and younger teens who wish to hunt or shoot trap or skeet should begin with a 20 gauge.  Many are built for smaller frame shooters (youth models) and they will probably be a better match for those folks.

The 28 and 410 gauge shells are much smaller than the 20 gauge and also more expensive.  They can be used for hunting and defense, but it is like deer hunting with a 22 rimfire. These shells are really not best suited to the job. These smaller gauges are useful for teaching shotgun use, and for youths to hunt squirrels with, but in my personal opinion they do not throw enough lead to reliably take birds on the wing. Others will disagree.

Once you decide on what shell to fire, the next question is what action choice to make for your shotgun.  Single shots are simple to operate and inexpensive, but slower to reload than other types of actions.  The venerable side by side shotguns aka “double barrels” are basically two single shot guns sharing a single stock.  They are reliable in that you have two complete actions (triggers, hammers, chambers) so that if one breaks you still have the second, but they are also heavy.  You are carrying two barrels.  Pump guns are the next technological step.  There are good ones and bad ones.  They require two hands to operate and I have found them more prone to jam than any other action, but they did dominate the shotgun market for 50 years, so I really can’t put them down too much.  Any of these can and will work for you if you find one that f...

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