Big birds require big shotguns. OL's John Taylor picks his five favorite goose guns.
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Browning Gold 10
My all-time favorite goose gun is the Browning Gold 10 semi-auto. Although the 12 is the standard, and 3 1⁄2-inch shells that once seemed to doom the 10 to oblivion are readily available, the big 10 remains my go-to goose gun. Never mind that I shoot mine well—it just drops geese like a bag of rocks. I was once on a hunt with 3 1⁄2-inch 12-gauge ammo, and someone sardonically boasted, “The 10-gauge is dead.” Au contraire, mon ami. So why is the 10 so good?
Because of its wide bore (.775 inch), it patterns large BB and BBB shot well. And then there is the matter of recoil. Ten-gauge shotguns—the Browning Gold 10 and Remington SP-10 and Browning BPS pump—are 10-pound guns, and that weight soaks up the punishment that heavy waterfowl loads deliver. Compared to a lighter 12-gauge shotgun running 3 1⁄2-inch shells, which deliver extra recoil to the shooter for questionable ballistic gain (a topic for another day), the 10-gauge can’t be beat.