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    Anyone else like the 16ga?

    Hello Gents,
    I was wondering if anyone else out there has a fondness for the 16ga? I have 2. A 1951 Browning Sweet 16, which came with a solid rib, AND, I also have a japan barrel with interchangeable chokes including a turkey choke!! Lucky me, I got that barrel brand new, still in the box for 125.00!!!...albeit, a number of years ago. This is my all time favorite shotgun. My other is a Fausti Steffano Real 16. It is a 16ga made on a 16ga frame. Not a 12 gauge frame with 16ga barrels. Which a lot of manufacturers do. The real kicker to this shotgun is, its actually a Rizzini! Fausti makes great shotguns, but Rizzini makes shotguns that cost as much as new automobiles. I'm not saying this one does, but its nice to think that the quality is there. Heres a few pics for eyecandy!! IMG_0391.jpgIMG_0392.jpgIMG_0393 (1).jpgIMG_0394.jpgIMG_0396.jpgIMG_0397.jpgIMG_0398.jpgIMG_0399.jpg

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    The 16 gauge is the best of the bunch IMO but I have no interest in them because of the shell availability and associated cost. I probably should take up shotshell reloading and dive in one day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rx7dryver View Post
    The 16 gauge is the best of the bunch IMO but I have no interest in them because of the shell availability and associated cost. I probably should take up shotshell reloading and dive in one day.

    I feel the same way....it is the best of the bunch IMHO. I have no problem getting shells. Believe it or not, 16ga is coming around again. Browning even makes the Sweet 16 again, albeit a totally different shotgun, but 16 nontheless. Estate makes 16, federal, remington, winchester, fiocci. Its all over. As far as shotshell reloading, I did it for a time, and no, its not cost effective. Not when you can buy 200 rounds for 15.00.....It costs more to make em.. Its why I stopped.
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    Beautiful shotguns.

    I began my hunting experience with my dad's three 16g shotguns, a double SxS hammer, a Fox Sterlingworth from the 30s, and a 50s era 870 Wingmaster. Great guns all. Usually I hunted with the 870, which had been my grandfather's. It had a 30" full choked barrel. I soon learned that if I wanted anything left after I shot, I needed to wait until my target got at least 25 yds away.

    Unfortunately the 16g has been orphaned. My dad eventually gave the Fox away, and the 870 was not appropriate for the grouse woods (when I still lived in PA). I still have the hammer double, but it was always in a poor and unsafe condition, not locking up tight. Quite the shame, as it had been a very nice weapon originally, with carved stock and inlaid sidelocks. I'd like to see if I can tighten up the action one day.

    But now, my rare excursions to the preserves see me carrying one of my 20 gages, either my Ithaca SxS, or my 870 LW. I've got a few 12s also, modified side-by-sides left over from Cowboy Action and also a defensive pump.

    It's getting hard to find 16 ammo, and what can be found is both expensive and of limited variety compared with the 20g and 12g offerings.

    Still, the 16 gages were beautiful and graceful. I miss them too.
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    Yes, 16 Ga is by far my favorite and constitute half of my smooth bores. The other half are 12's. Each has a use from my 1974 Marlin "The Original" Goose Gun (12) to my 108 year old Meffert German Drilling (16/16 over 9.3x72R) that actually sees more time afield than all the others.
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    It's my brothers favorite deer tracking firearm. Can't remember what make or model but it's a single barrel. It's also light, powerful, and packs a punch at close range.
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    Hey Wrangler - I've never owned a 16 gauge (and shame on me for that, I suppose, as they're a great gauge. BTW, those are two DANDY examples of the 16. Thanks for sharing.
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    16 gauge has always been my favorite

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    I never had a use for 16g shotguns. The only ones I've had that I liked were European SxS birdguns that felt like 20g. I'm not sure if I own a 16g. If I do it's a single barrel. Not enough difference with 12g to fool with. I've only got a dozen repeaters left, all 12g and two 20g. Got some assorted run of the mill singles and BAs in assorted guages. They aren't citizens and will be deported on trades as soon as possible.
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    my 1957 Stevens 16ga, it is in almost new condition. I grew up on a 16 single barrel Winchester, I still have it,,,,,,,,,,
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