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Unread 05-14-2019, 03:08 PM   #1
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Default Ideal weight for upland guns

Now that all hunting seasons are basically over here and my Jon boat is still at the shop, how about we think wistfully about the bird season that is months away?

What is your ideal weight for an upland gun? I weighed some of my favorites and determined somewhere in the 6 pound range. My GH 28 is 6.05. My VH straight grip 20 is 6.08 and my big GH 16 on the 0 frame (28" barrels) is 6.13. All of those handle well. Tried a 12 on a 1 frame with 28 inch barrels and it is over 7 pounds and a tad weighty.
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For grouse and woodcock I would say 6lbs to 6 1/2lbs ,closer to 6 the better.
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If I designed a grouse gun, it would weigh 6 lbs with 30 " cyl/cyl barrels
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Harold, that sounds nice!
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I foot hunt all day...we travel to hunt so we waist no time on other things if possible, days are long. That said I have settled on the 16 gauge. O-frame parkers run about 6lbs up to 6-4oz on average with 28" barrels. My 30" barrels Fox will jump that up to 6lbs-5oz. I like 30" barrels for Kansas roosters, the wind always is blowing and the longer barrels keep up with the fast flying birds. I also have some other rooster guns that run plus or minus but nun are over 6lbs-9oz. My grouse guns run lighter yet down to 5lbs-8oz for 16ga. and 5lbs-2oz in 28ga. I do not want to hunt with a gun over 6 1/2 lbs max. I mostly hunt with 16 gauge guns as they also get birds in the bag like a 12 but are light like a 20. I always wanted a DHE-16, never could find the right gun, finally I bought a 28" M/F DHE English grip that comes in at 6lbs-9oz that fits me good. I hope its the one! SXS Ohio
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I like 26" barrels on my upland 20 ga. guns, I shoot them well and they seem very light and responsive in my hands. I like anywhere between 5/15 and 6/12. Parkers are heavier than my Foxes gun for gun.
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My Fox 20 is under 6 pounds and I use it primarily for duck hunting
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Except for my 28g Repro, my grouse guns are 2-16’s and 1-12 and weight 6-lb, 4-oz to 6-lb, 10 oz. To me it’s more about balance than weight and I’m more concerned about how a gun feels when I am carrying it than what the scale says. In fact I prefer not to know the weight of a gun so as not to mess with my perception of weight.
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My upland guns fall between 6 and 61/2 lbs for the most part, the exception is a 26 inch barreled H&H 20 that's 5lb 12oz.
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Jay has a good point about just the overall feel of a gun.
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