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I've been looking at 12 or 20 gauge Single Barrels as a cheap beginners shotgun. The ones that I have looked at are by Rossi and NEF. Does anyone have any experience with these manufacturers or recommendations?
 

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My first ever gun purchase was a NEF Pardner in 20 gauge. I've enjoyed shooting it and have had no problems with it. Nice and easy to use and clean.
 

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My first shotgun was a H&R .410. Nothing like a single shot in my opion. Ive been looking for a NEF 16ga with a full choke. No luck yet but its hard to locate 16's anymore. Might just have to order one I guess. The only diffrence I beleive between a H&R and NEF is one is nickle plated and black painted stock and the other is blued with a finished stock.
 

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hummm... i just bought a 16ga off brand' [stevens model 94]

for 50 dollars and change off gunbroker.

they are fantastic old shotguns,

i've had my original stevens 16ga since i was a kid, 40+ years ago.

i've killed everything on the planet with that ol' single barrel.ha.

i have many other shotguns, but as i get older. i carry the single barrel the most now.

i hit very well with it' it patterns great. its safe. IT HAS A HAMMER !!!

its classic, its lightweight. its ''cool'' lol.

and of course' it was given to me by my granddad, i'll always love it.

the memories i have with that old gun ..... is priceless.

i've shot deer, wabbits, quail, squirrels, crows, snakes, feral dogs, hogs, spiders, tin cans, mice, fish, rock's, clouds. tailgates, and a frying pan....and everything else inbetween.

the 16ga rules !! purple shells rocks !! lol.

love em.

peabody
 

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hummm... i just bought a 16ga off brand' [stevens model 94]

for 50 dollars and change off gunbroker.

they are fantastic old shotguns,

i've had my original stevens 16ga since i was a kid, 40+ years ago.

i've killed everything on the planet with that ol' single barrel.ha.

i have many other shotguns, but as i get older. i carry the single barrel the most now.

i hit very well with it' it patterns great. its safe. IT HAS A HAMMER !!!

its classic, its lightweight. its ''cool'' lol.

and of course' it was given to me by my granddad, i'll always love it.

the memories i have with that old gun ..... is priceless.

i've shot deer, wabbits, quail, squirrels, crows, snakes, feral dogs, hogs, spiders, tin cans, mice, fish, rock's, clouds. tailgates, and a frying pan....and everything else inbetween.

the 16ga rules !! purple shells rocks !! lol.

love em.

peabody
Where have you been? I thought I was the only 16ga nut on this forum.....Aren't those purple Federal hulls just plain sexy?? Do you reload?

OP, I've got an H&R Topper in 410 and it has been absolutely flawless. I would recommend it highly. I think I paid $75 out the door for it and it looked like new.
 

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Where have you been? I thought I was the only 16ga nut on this forum.....Aren't those purple Federal hulls just plain sexy?? Do you reload?

OP, I've got an H&R Topper in 410 and it has been absolutely flawless. I would recommend it highly. I think I paid $75 out the door for it and it looked like new.







lol....sexy ? YES.

i BLEED PURPLE.

as a kid, gradpap would feeds us, cow milk and paper 16 hulls, :rolleyes:

i can reload all the rifle and pistol ammo i need, but have never re-loaded a shotgun shell.

honestly, i grew up holding a stevens 16ga single, then a sweet 16 browning,then a model 311.
but im back to the single.

it fits better , i hit with it better, and grandpa gave it to me.

im very interested in learning how to re load shotshells, i'ed love to work up some black powder loads.

i'll never leave the 16...

16's forever.

amen.
 

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There aint nothin any cooler than break barrel shotguns.I have a single and a side-by-side,old ones i got for less than $200 a piece.Not any expensive wood trim,just fun guns! Cant malfunction,and the side by side has a hammer for each barrel,not one flip-switch.
 

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I bought my first 16 when I was college. I grew up hearing my dad talk about them and got to shoot my grandfathers semi auto a few times. I wanted a double barrel and I'm so glad I got it. This little beauty is my favorite shotgun for birds or clays. It points like a dream and swings quick(and will beat your shoulder up, but it's worth it).

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hummm... i just bought a 16ga off brand' [stevens model 94]

for 50 dollars and change off gunbroker.

they are fantastic old shotguns,
peabody
I would have to agree. I was reciently back home in TN and a buddy of mine on the police force just bought a old stevens model 94 in 12ga. from a guy at a gun show. he paid $50 dollars for it. we went out a shot it one day and buy the end of that day it had become my favorite gun there. i tried to give him 75 and even 100$ for it but he wouldnt sell it to me. nice and light enought to haul around but heavy enought that it didnt kick the hell outta you. i will have my eye out for one at the next gun show thats for sure!
 

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Used to be, when our Wal-Marts in this area sold guns, you could go in and buy any of the H&R single shotguns for $89.99. I never did buy one back then but I have a H&R Ultra Slug now and love it.

As to 16s, I don't currently own one but I want to get one soon. My FIL used to have a Stevens SxS 16 and I loved that gun. He traded it for another gun. Used to love that gun for rabbit.
 

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I own 17 H & R single shots and in my way of looking at things they are the best bang for your buck on the market today. I do like the 16 gauges but like the 20s, 28s and 410s better. It is sometimes hard to find 16 gauge shells around here so I don't use mine that much. Take it from an old man buy the H & R. You won't be sorry.
 

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I have my great grandfather's old H&R from before the turn of the last century. It is no longer what I would consider safely shootable, but it was definitely a well used tool. It has a firing pin that he made by hand. It has some barrel wobble, that is my biggest concern for safety. But it shows that these simple guns are of a sound design that can get the job done at an affoardable price.
 

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I got my great grandfathers Stevens single shot 20. It's my go to for squirrel and rabbit and such. It's so trained I just let it do all the work. Ha ha. I love that gun.
 
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