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Walley 08-21-2010 01:04 PM

How many of you people regularly hunt with single shot guns? I guess that I have been a bit exocentric all my life, as I have always preferred them. In my way of thinking the one shot one kill principal makes one a better shot and a more contentious hunter. That could be the reason that I have gotten big time into muzzle loading hunting.

c3shooter 08-21-2010 04:30 PM

Have hunted with just about everything from a pointy stick to a belt fed MG (Well, OK, technically that was self defense, not hunting) But yes, have- and sometimes still do- hunt with a single. With the RARE exception of an occasional double in doves or quail, I cannot recall when I had a clean miss with my first shot, but got it on my second. That has included once hole shootsguns (as they were call around Baton Rouge) Highwall rifles, the odd single shot 22 rifle here and there, and a .50 Hawken. However, if I am hunting something that can eat ME, I want a 2nd (and a 3rd and a 4th and a 5th) shot.

hunter Joe 08-21-2010 11:07 PM

I have a couple single shots shotguns but normally hunt with my side by side Savage Fox in 20 ga. I do hunt with a single shot T/C Encore in 7mm-08 for whitetails if that counts for anything at all.

This fall my ten year old granddaughter and I will be hunting together and carrying a single shot .410. Because we are hunting under the mentor program we will be sharing the firearm. She has to hunt this way until she is twelve so I guess it's a single shot for the next two years.

Walley 08-22-2010 12:03 AM

Looks to me that you are starting your granddaughter out the right way. I would start her with hand thrown clays and a lot of practice. That is how I started all my kids and grandchildren, Moved them up to a 20 gauge single when they were a little bigger. My favorite pheasant gun is the 410 H&R topper my father gave me when I was ten over sixty years ago.

The Encore is a nice little gun but a bit pricey for me. My latest pride in joy is an H&R Handi-Rifle. I have 243, 270, 308 and 30-06 scope-mounted barrels for it. It is like having four guns for less than a grand sights and all. For northern Wisconsin deer you might think about one in the 30-30. As I remember it I think that it is shotgun only down around you. We lived in near Bristol about 15 years ago.

You might want to check out the Seven Mile Fair every now and then. I picked up some nice guns at great prices there when we lived in your area.

skullcrusher 08-22-2010 02:56 AM

I agree with you Walley that having one shot makes a person a better hunter. I use my muzzlelader quite often and it has been good to me. For a challenge, I sometimes take my NEF .410 when I am ground hunting. I do loves me some single shots. I need to get more. Heck, for the price, it makes good sense. Plus, the wood furniture is just beautiful on the NEF's and the H&R's.

hunter Joe 08-22-2010 01:11 PM

Walley, that girl has been shooting quite a lot. She will be also hunting whitetails with her new black gun in 6.8 SPC this season. We already have a stand picked out for the youth hunt on Oct. 9th.

I think she's becoming a pretty decent shot and I'm looking forward to getting out with my new hunting partner.

groovy mike 08-22-2010 03:31 PM

I have done it but prefer the side by side :)

sniper762 08-22-2010 04:41 PM

i started both of my sons out at 11 with single shots. i figured when they became able to cock the hammer themselves, then they were ready.

MHTConline 08-24-2010 10:35 PM

Wouldn't make much sense if bird hunting but I suppose it's understandable for big game. Not being a big game hunter I'm not too sure how it all works but what if you wound on the first shot and need that number two to finish the job?

Walley 08-25-2010 12:01 AM

By holding a shell between the fingers of my left hand I can reload a break open single shot in about two seconds. In the past 60 years I have scored doubles hunting pheasant and quail several hundred times doing it that way. Same system works with my break open rifles.

Hunting successfully with single shots, shotgun or rifle, takes one thing. It is called discipline. You have to know not only your weapons limitations but also your own. You can never take a shot in the field that you canít make every time at the range. Only take the shots you are sure of and pass on the iffy ones. Any moron can bang away with a pump or automatic but it takes a good shot and skilled hunter to do it with only one shot

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