With the right loads. Look up Randy Wakeman and 20 gauge pheasant loads. Also, see what he says about over and unders, he doesn't like them, because with two barrels you will get 2 different point of impacts. Randy has a GREAT wealth of knowledge and experience.20 gauge will be ok for wild birds ?
This.Keep in mind that a double gun has no action
/receiver like a pump or auto... thus you can have a 30" barrel(s) and the gun will be about the equivalent length of a 26" auto/pump.
Secondly, I love the safety aspect of a double. When crossing a ditch, creek, fence, etc you just break open the action... then close it once the obstacle is completed.
For the lower price range, I like the Franchi. I really like the Franchi SL with its aluminum frame, in 20ga at 5.5lbs!You like a franchi instinct over a browning cynergy?
I primarily target quail but usually have 20-30 roosters that get in the way every year. Load up with lead 5s or 6s incase I run into a rooster and switch to 7.5s when I'm working single quail. Usually end up shooting a handful of roosters with those 7.5s as well. It's been my all around gun for a while now and I've shot a couple hundred geese with it using steel 2s and 3s.20 gauge will be ok for wild birds ?
If I go semi I think 20 gauge
if I go o/u I think 12
Sounds like we need to team up. We've struggled to get on birds in Kansas and Nebraska the last few years.I primarily target quail but usually have 20-30 roosters that get in the way every year. Load up with lead 5s or 6s incase I run into a rooster and switch to 7.5s when I'm working single quail. Usually end up shooting a handful of roosters with those 7.5s as well. It's been my all around gun for a while now and I've shot a couple hundred geese with it using steel 2s and 3s.
I purchased the Benelli Ethos 20 ga. after shouldering both. Ethos fit better but was quite a bit money. I grew up in South Dakota and hunted waterfowl and pheasants with a Wingmaster made in 1962, still have it and have never been undergunned with a 20 ga.All the research I am doing tonight it seems the benelli montefltro 20 gauge keeps popping up over and over again
I'd go with the longer barrel one. It probably doesn't matter and I probably can't tell, but I got both length barrels. The one I initially bought had the shorter barrel, but I'm OCD and bought the longer barrel just because. Also realize that, that Montefeltro will kick some, especially with heavy loads, because it's inertia driven and it's light. Also, google the Benelli click. You don't need to worry about it, unless you fall when you are hunting and jar the bolt like I sometimes do chukar or mearns quail hunting!!So I think I am going to go with a 20 gauge montefeltro .
I held the montefeltro and ethos this morning and they felt the same to me. I can’t justify an extra 1000 on the ethos when they weight and feel the same.
I’ll save the over under for next year
It's all about the fit. I much prefer the fit and simplicity of the Benelli's, but like the recoil reduction of gas driven semis, or used to when I had sever shoulder tendinitis.My favorite autoloader is a 391 Beretta in 20ga, imho the 391 is the epitome of Beretta autoloaders.
I've owned 3 benelli autoloaders, none of them fit me well and I didn't like them in the end.