Q. What is the best of choice of shotgun to start a young boy or girl shooting?
Usually the choice is between a 20 ga or a .410. I favour the 20 ga. with light loads. It’s more productive for breaking targets with more shot and wider pattern. There’s not significantly more recoil with 7/8 oz. loads and it’s much cheaper to shoot.
Q. When buying a set of binoculars, should I buy the most magnification and largest binoculars or less powerful compact binoculars.
I recently saw a mass merchant selling 16x binoculars for under $100. For certain applications these may prove OK; however, any defects will be twice as noticeable and they would be much more cumbersome than a normal magnification set of cheap compact binoculars. The best set of binoculars should cost over $200., be between 7-10x and be compact enough to hang just under your chin on your chest. You will have more clarity from 8x-10x binoculars in a better, mid-size set than the large, cheap 16x and will carry them with you instead of leaving them in the camp or auto.
Q. I have a smooth bore 12 ga. rifle sight slug barrel. What should I use for ammo?
Many slug shotguns shoot regular 12 ga.2 3/4” Remington, Winchester or Federal rifled slugs very well. We have found, for consistency in ranges 50-80 yards, Challenger slugs or Rottweil slugs with a Brenekee type slug and base wad are the best performers. The most important thing is to shoot and sight in your shotguns with at least 20-30 rounds of ammo over a couple times at the range.
Q. In a serious big game bolt action rifle do I need a detachable clip magazine or should I buy a drop floor plate magazine model?
Most big game hunters prefer a drop floor plate. You won’t lose it and it’s very dependable. African trophy hunters and guides mostly prefer floor plate, Mauser -type action rifles for dangerous game.
Q. When pistol shooting, what should my first handgun be?
As anyone who has read any of my ramblings knows, the answer is a 22LR semi auto target sighted pistol. Smith & Wesson, Browning, Ruger, etc. all make excellent 22 pistols. The 22LR is cheap to shoot, easy to control and very accurate.
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