shotgun is one of the most preferred firearms used by most hunters most
especially for hunting birds and some animals as they are more
effective than other kinds of guns. If you are in an area where hunting
is allowed, sure that you will enjoy hunting activity once you have
tried it. Hunting is an exciting activity. It can be rewarding in many
ways if you are knowledgeable on how to do it.
If you choose to
hunt for upland birds, there are various hunting shotguns you can use.
However, the hunting shotguns will largely depend on the birds and the
location of your hunting grounds, and on your personal comfort with the
hunting shotguns you are carrying. Good hunting shotguns acquire different characteristics that you should keep in mind, and these are the following.
1. Look for hunting shotguns
that is light, handy and easy to carry. When we talk of hunting
shotguns, portability must come first. This is because when hunting for
birds you need to make a lot of walks and need to be fast in order to
draw and shot birds very quickly. The most ideal upland hunting shotguns
weight is about 7 lbs. Remember to choose a gun that is just right for
your size and overall strength. If you prefer to use heavier guns, then
you must still be able to point and swing it accurately. The less a gun
weighs the more kick or recoil it will produce.
2. Select on the
right length. You can find various hunting shotguns in the market
available for you. Some shotguns are longer than others while some are
more compact. Ideally, for upland hunting, a shotgun which length up to 4
feet and not longer than it is a good choice. On the other hand, if you
feel like using a longer shotgun, you can as long as you are larger and
stronger enough to carry and handle it. But be aware that there are
some shotguns that are simply too long for upland hunting and is really
3. Choose the suitable gauge. What is gauge? The
gauge or bore of a shotgun is simply a unit of measurement that tells
the diameter of the barrel. Gauge size is equal to the number of lead
pellets, when compacted into a shell, measure the same as the barrel’s
diameter. Many upland hunters have a collection of gauges they choose
from. It greatly depend on you what to use. The most famous gauge are
probably the 16 gauge. The 16 gauge shotgun will give you an adequate
shot pattern, ideal for shooting quick birds on the fly at medium
ranges. However, there are some who feels good shooting with gauges from
238 to 12.