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•10 gauge. Not for beginners. Not for targets. Primarily used for hunting geese and turkeys. •12 gauge. The traditional "all rounder." Usually too heavy and too much recoil for any beginners but large boys and adults. •16 gauge. The "sweet sixteen" is a traditional upland bird gun. Not for beginners. •20 gauge. A good choice for beginning adults and kids over 100 pounds. The smallest of the true all around shotguns •28 gauge. Fairly versatile, lower weight and recoil than a 20, a good choice for kids and many women. Ammo is expensive. They make fewer 28 gauge guns than the larger gauges and they tend to be more expensive. •.410. Lowest recoil and usually lightest weight of all the shotguns. Ammo is expensive. They make fewer.410 gauge guns than the larger gauges and they tend to be expensive. A poor choice for beginners because it is so hard to hit anything with these small loads.

•Remington 1100/1187

-Easy to clean -Easy to get parts -Plentiful in the used market -Older models have a fixed choke (not ideal for beginners) -They make a youth model with an adjustable stock

•Beretta 391

-Most reliable of the semi autos -Most expensive -Relatively difficult to maintain -On a budget, look at the 390/303/302 older models -A used Beretta 391 is more than the cost of a new Remington 1100

•Benelli Legacy

-A beautiful, light gun -Expensive -May have too much recoil for young shooters -Some claim not as reliable as Beretta's Mid priced. Over & Under shotguns (O/U's -In order of our preference)

•Beretta Silver Pigeon

-Light and attractive -Reliable -Good for clays and the field -Expensive Article Source:

•Beretta 686

-Heavier to carry than the Silver Pigeon -Better for recoil if the weight isn't too much -Less expensive -Reliable -More used examples -Older models may have fixed chokes

•Browning Citori

-Similar to the 686 -Can be heavy, especially in older models -Older models may have fixed chokes -Some models can be expensive


Shotguns for beginners