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    I missed a chance at a Browning Sweet 16 a little while ago, that is what happens when I stop to think about it and the next guy doesn't.
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    I have my grandfather's 16ga Ithaca 37R from 1953. He passed in 1987. I begged for it for years...my father finally gave it up when he moved to a retirement community.

    So yeah...I also love this in between gauge....best of the bunch for small game as far as I'm concerned. I hope to have it out after squirrels this weekend in NH. Ammo is expensive comparatively speaking...but it is what it is.

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    Shot my first deer with a Winchester M-12 in 16 gauge.
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    Always been a fan of the 16, but my old mid-20's Double Barrel kicks like a mule and is loud as heck. I find myself grabbing another (usually a 22) when a snake or what I believe is a rabid animal is too close to the house (although Black Snakes usually get a pass). I'll still use it when necessary though, lol.
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    The 16 was, at one time, the most popular gauge among hunters and sport shooters. The 16ga is generally accepted as the best all around gauge. Skeet and trap are most responsible for the decline of the 16gs, with most participants opting to go with the more hefty 12ga payload. The 16 and 12 were lumped together in the same category/class, and the extra payload of the 12 just couldn't be beat. After I get set up for reloading shot shells, I will probably get a 16ga.
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    My Dad was a Trap shooter and bird hunter. He was a shotgun nut too. I didn't follow his footsteps, my Bro did. I have always had a few to hunt with. Bro has all the classics in all the guages they were made in. Things are different now but when I was a kid I don't remember anybody that hunted with anything but a 12g. Some kids had 410 or 20 single barrels. In fact even 12g guns were full choke. Small guage repeaters were rare. Not because they weren't avaiible, people just bought 12g. That translated into the used racks. The 16g guns weren't popular and would bring less than a 12g. I think their was some regional traditions involved in shotgun gauges because I have been in areas where it seemed everyone had a 16g as their dad and grandfather.
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    I am a confirmed fan of the 16 gauge myself.
    I have had a good number of them over the years, but have only kept this one.
    Remington Model 48 my Dad purchased new in 1950.
    Same long recoil action as the Model 11, and the original Browning Auto 5.
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    I live near a very small village in upstate ny. my local hardware store has 16 ga shells in stock!. must be some guns around this area. .
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    I have a Sears Ranger double 16. It's made by Stevens and has a beautiful case hardened receiver. These used to be cheep 2nd rate guns but are much nicer than the ones coming from a lot of overseas makers now. It was made late 30's early 40's.
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