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Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Fredericksburg, VA
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Re: OT - Shotgun Purchase Options
I've never been a big Browning shotgun fan, and therefore do not really know their prices... but I do know the Belgian-made Brownings are said to be the better ones and fetch good/higher prices. $450 sounds like a pretty good price for one in good shape. That being said, that big, nasty, ugly-as-a-troll polychoke would decrease its value in my mind. I hate those dang things. One of my Ithaca mdl 37 16ga.'s has one of them - I have it only b/c someday (before I present it to one of my sons) I will either cut it off and install choke tubes or have a perm. choke installed. Now that I have a 'good' 16ga/37, I refuse to shoot it - that bulge hanging out there on the end of the barrel messes up my shooting focus. (Maybe a 'personal' mental problem?!)
As well, I think the 16ga. is near perfect for upland game. While I agree the 12 is needed for waterfowl (though I have never hunted w/f), I think the 12 is overkill for bunnies and birds (I use a .22lr for squirrel). If you do not get a good head shot on a cottontail w/ a 12, you're either wasting a lot of meat or biting down on a lot of shot.
While I have never fired one, from all accounts I have heard, the 1187 is a good gun. My best friend up in Ohio has an 1187 SP (Special Purpose) he uses for waterfowl; I've never heard him say a negative thing about it. And, given the cabinet full of shotguns he has, he wouldn't be using it if it was not up to the job.
Of the two you name, my personal preference for a combo w/f and upland gun gun would be the 1187 SP. Parkerized metal finish is rust resistent and satin finish on wood is subdued as you would desire in a w/f gun. The interchangeable chokes would allow w/f-type steel shot capable full choke w/ option of changing to the more upland-friendly modified choke. As well, you can easily interchange barrels to have a long tube for w/f, intermediate for upland quarry, and a short rifled/cylinder bore barrel in case you want to slug hunt big game.
Hope this helps.
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