In February of this year I tried pheasant hunting for the first time and fell in love with it. This summer, in preparation for hunting, I began the task of training my 2 year old Airedale Terrier, Bob, to retrieve and I took up the sport of trap shooting. Bob and I are nearly ready for the season, but I would like to get a new gun. Right now I am using an inherited 1928 Remington Model 11 and I would like to get something that will shoot steel and 3″ rounds. I have been told the model 11 is too small for me by a local gunsmith, but I can consistently shoot above 20 in trap rounds with it. So far I have looked at the Beretta A391 Urika and the Benelli Montefeltro but I have not looked at over and under models due to their price. In your opinion, should I get an auto, or should I look for a used over and under? I hope to move on to skeet and sporting clays at some point plus hunt upland game (probably not waterfowl). Any other brands/models of either type I should look at? Thanks!
If I were to have only one shotgun, it would be a semi-auto for sure (my first gun was one). They are ideal for hunting (I love those three shots), and also work well for skeet and sporting clays. In addition, they cost less than an over/under, and have less recoil.
I’m partial to Beretta A391’s, Browning Gold’s, and Remington 11-87’s, in that order. Don’t know a lot about the Benelli’s, but I think I would prefer a gas-operated gun. Just make sure that whatever gun you choose fits right and feels good to you.
I hope this helps. Best wishes and happy shooting,