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freshdesigns@hotmail.com
01-27-2007, 7:37 AM
It's certainly not a popular bore, but any fans out there?

marksbb
01-27-2007, 9:07 PM
I bought one for my teen-aged son a few years back. I didn't think he was ready for a 12 guage. Well, he's taller than me now and can handle anything I can, plus some.

I regret buying a 16 guage because no one carries shells for it. It will probably go the way of the dinosaurs.

bear93445
01-27-2007, 11:26 PM
Growing up dad only had a 16ga side-by-side; later he bought himself a 12ga. I learned to shoot trap with it then to hunt. It was a great gun to learn how to shoot with, as a youth, since it didn’t quite have the recoil as a 12ga. I still have that gun and I still enjoy shooting it. At least I did until it started firing both barrels; even with a 16ga that still hurts. I need to take it apart to fix it; I just never seem to have the time. Agreed 16ga is getting harder to find, but I don’t care I won’t get rid of it. Every time I look at it reminds me of dad.....................

whoops started to day dream. :) :) :)

freshdesigns@hotmail.com
01-28-2007, 7:09 AM
Hey bear93445,
Hang on to that gun. If it has great memories, that's probably the BEST reason I've ever heard for keeping a gun!

M. Sage
01-28-2007, 12:35 PM
I learned on a 16 ga single. 16's a good gauge, if people would make ammo for it. I'd rather shoot 16 gauge than the reduced 12 gauge some people like.

Mr. Beretta
01-28-2007, 12:49 PM
Back in the day, I had a Winchester model 24, 16ga side by side. It was my first shotgun. Love'd it. Used to get boxes of ammo at K-Mart for it. The shells were purple and I think they costed $1.99. Sold it for $35. Man I wish I would have kept it.

Sgt Raven
01-28-2007, 9:43 PM
16ga Winchester 97 is a great "gamer" gun for Cowboy Action Shooting. The ejection port is the same size on 12ga and 16ga '97s, so you have a bigger target for throwing your shells in.

AJAX22
01-29-2007, 9:11 AM
16ga Winchester 97 is a great "gamer" gun for Cowboy Action Shooting. The ejection port is the same size on 12ga and 16ga '97s, so you have a bigger target for throwing your shells in.

The receiver on a 16 gauge win 97 is the exact same as a 12 gauge win 97 (I have an original that I'm going to do a build on someday)

I supose that means the 16 gauge setup has more metal in the breach area and is stronger as a result.

I never liked the patern I got out of a 16 gauge, I tried it a few times, it worked, but it just didn't have the reach that a full choke 12 had.

I'm a fan of 20 and 12, 16 seems to be the answer to a question that never was asked.

anotherone
01-29-2007, 11:26 AM
I've used a 16 guage to take squirrels and rabbits before. I liked it because it had less recoil than a 12 guage but patterned better than a 20 guage.

Ever since I got my Beretta Xtrema2 12 guage though I've never looked back. That gun makes shooting 12 guage shells feel like a .410!