Post subject: Re: Looking to get into hunting
December 5th, 2011, 11:39 am
well, my short answer is a quality shotgun will be far more versatile for the one gun hunter...
the long winded explanation is...
#1- of the dozen or so species listed in the michigan hunt guide, i would not target 2 of them with the shotgun, the elk and the bear, although i'm sure many bear are harvested each year with shotguns.
#2- for me, when i'm squirrel hunting my choice of weapon is a crap shoot... seems to me that when i'm hunting with the wider pattern scattergun, the pests hold up tight, high in the tree, just out of effective range,,, and when i'm carrying the pinpoint accuracy .22 rifle, the tree rats are bounding on the run, leaping from tree to tree like the "flying luewenda's",doing the acrobat's at the circus, and never pause the give me a steady shot. i personally do not consider a shotgun overkill for squirrel, they are tough little buggers, i've had to chase and ring their neck after punching a couple holes in them with the .22, i've seen the bb's of the shotgun not penetrate the meat,and lay just inside of the skin,
#3- as far as bird hunting goes, i'm not aware of a statute banning the .22,however i believe the "purists" will frown upon it, seems to me that it would have the stigma,similar to roadhunting, and a poaching technique.. i truly enjoy carrying my shotgun, turkey license,and a call or 2,while shroom hunting in the spring.
#4-to get this closed, i'll say that the rossi, shotgun/.22combo i bought my son has not impressed me,,,you will still have the choice of guage and shot sizes, and i look forward to seeing some input from others...feel free to hit us up with any further, specific questions, good luck and keep us posted!!