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If your a fan of the 16 ga shotgun as I am,here's a site you may enjoy.
I have an Ithaca 37 in 16 and love it. There are actually more 16's for sale than you think. Browning bps, remington 870, Ithaca 37 (recently re-introduced) H&R pardner. CZ has some nice doubles in 16. The Problem isn't finding the gun, it's finding the ammo.
The 16 gauge is my preferred upland game gun. I have managed to find 16 gauge pumps, doubles, bolt guns and semi-automatics in the gun shops around here and selling for not much money. I picked up what appealed to me.
The downfall of the 16 gauge in popularity compared to the 12 and 20 gauges was based on marketing. The 16 gauge would have cut into both 12 and 20 gauge sales if there had been 3-inch 16 gauge loads. Think of it, 3-inch 16 gauge loads would have made the 16 gauge a gun that could do it all. All the best...
Bo,I believe Browning still carries the BPS in 16 ga,
Kody,sign me up on the campaign.I too am baffled by the 16 ga's lack of popularity.I own two 16's and they are the most used firearms I own.
Bo, nice to hear from you. I am heading out for a good meal and packing up my gear for another goose hunting outing once I get home. Man, I am having so much fun hunting this year. I hope you are doing well. Perhaps I should launch a Bring Back the Mighty !6 campaign!
Kody, I think it was all in the marketing, everyone that I know who has ever owned a 16 loved it. I haven't seen one for sale in years.
I got my Ithaca 16 Gauge Pump when I was a kid. It was my prized possession for many years. Why has the 20 gauge put the 16 gauge all but out of business? The 16 get you closer to the 12 gauge with out the recoil. It is more potent than the 20 gauge based on the heavier loads and more dense shot patterns. How do you suppose this has occurred? Is the ammo cheaper for a 20 gauge, was it the choice of sheet and trap shooters, did the gun manufacturing outfits focus on its production over the 16 gauge? I would like to know.
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