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Old 05-26-2010, 12:29 PM   #21
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Not that there is anything wrong with a 410. But you might want to consider at 20 or 16 if looking for less kick than a 12 but more utility than a 410.

What shotguns have you previously fired?

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If there's anyone you know who has shotguns, try to go fire some before you purchase. That's really the only way to find out what you really want.

I'll bet you find out that a 20 or a 12 is more in line with what you want.

Just to give you an example... I introduced my 13 yr old nephew to shotgun shooting with my 12ga side-by-side earlier this month. There's nothing in it's action to absorb any recoil, but it does have a small recoil pad. I anticipated he would be a little surprised by the recoil. His comment was "that wasn't bad at all".

Ottumwa Izaak Walton League might be able to help out...
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Hey guys just a little update on this. Decided i am go with the 410gauge (Mossberg either way). Then after a get used to it i will save up for a nice gun cabinet (wooden one without the door will go bye bye, new will have to fit in closet for concealment) and get a 12 gauge (brand unknown) so then I can start missing around with different types (breaks actions, pump, ect...).

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Dude get a 12, dont worry about kick... i shoot turkey with 3 1/2 mag loads and its not that bad i also only weight 140 and its never knocked me down. .410 is just too darn expensive and for a first gun you can buy cheap clay loads, duck loads, turkey loads, slugs.... i would suggest the 12. just my opinion though.
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I'm a lefty and I've been burned a couple of times by spent rounds. I do most everything I can right handed. I even fish right handed.

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really just from what my grandpa told me from his own experience with guns (he used to hunt). basically what he told me was that a 12 gauges recoil is not what he would consider "starter" friendly so he wants me to start out with a 410 like he did and move up as i gain experience.
There's nothing wrong with starting with a 410. But I think that the shottys made today are not like the ones he used. I agree that you might want to shoot a couple 16 and 20 ga. before you commit to buy. That way you get more 1st hand knowledge of the attributes of each.
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Ottumwa Izaak Walton - Ottumwa, Iowa - Trap Sporting Clays
looking into a membership there (mom's friend is a member). open range for members so i might be able to shot my grandpas 12 gauge a few with him.
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I just noticed...Your location is the same as Radar O'riely!!

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@DrumJunkie LOL

Went online to look at some other brands and prices and found New England single shotguns for $120-$145

12 guage

410 guage

nice looking and good price for break action from the reasearch i have done. and as ScottA said then I wont have to worry about the worry of taking a hot shell to the face. Im just gonna go directly out the local dealer this weekend and see what he for New England brand (think he called but the connection was either crappie or he was ummmmmmm....)

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