for upland game & birds I prefer a double with choke tubes and a selective trigger. I personally need a 12 but a 20 is fine.
Keep the gun under 7 pounds. The selective trigger will allow you to select the barrel and choke needed for a particular shot. You can also load different shot sizes and loads .
For instance, when I hunt ruffed grouse I use an IC with 8's and the second barrel with mod full choke and baby magnum 6's. This allows for a wide pattern up close followed by a longer shot with the 6's and the heavier shot with fewer pellets are partially offset by the mag load and mod full choke
However, open pine forests for quail may be less demanding as one can wait for the longer shot and pattern to match. Hence, an auto loader 20 may be a consideration. But the double can still use 2 full chokes or a modified and full.
Outside of pass shooting for ducks etc my choice has been a double THAT FITS YOU AND PRESEASON PRACTICE.
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