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#468290 01/08/17 11:20 AM
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Gil's photo of his French 16 today and, surprising to me, numerous mentions of the 16 lately on the board has me wondering if there's renewed interest in 16 gauges and why if there is.

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My love affair with the 16 began after handling a #2 AyA and subsequently purchasing the the gun. I have used the AyA since 2006 as my primary upland bird gun and that is after a lifetime of shooting 12 and 20 gauge SxS's.
A 16 gauge is more than adequate for upland bird hunting and because of the lack of selection and ejecta options I began loading Rocky Mountain Cartridge all brass hulls and have obtained outstanding patterns with ejecta ranging from 3/4 oz. through 1 1/8 oz.




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The 16 gauge always has a soft spot in my heart. The first gun I ever hunted with was an old Stevens SxS with 26"barrels. My father still has it at the farm back home. My 2 16 gauge guns are an L C Smith featherweight field grade with 28" barrels and a VH Parker with 30" barrels. Both guns are choked full/full. Although I would have preferred they had more open chokes, I have restrained from opening up the chokes so far. Below is the pic of the VH Parker cleaned up and barrels re-blued by Brad Bachelder (case color is original). BillK

[URL=http://s167.photobucket.com/user/billk_album/media/Parker%2016GA%20SxS/Parker16Ga4.jpg.html]

[URL=http://s167.photobucket.com/user/billk_album/media/Parker%2016GA%20SxS/Parker16Ga2.jpg.html]

[URL=http://s167.photobucket.com/user/billk_album/media/Parker%2016GA%20SxS/Parker16Ga1.jpg.html]

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Cousin King, my interest has been renewed because I've bought a couple over the last few months. Better reloading options these days, and I'm even going to get back into the 16ga reloading business--which I'd sworn off for about 10 years.

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...And here is my L C Smith...(I just had the pad added)...

[URL=http://s167.photobucket.com/user/billk_album/media/L%20C%20Smith%2016GA%20SxS/IMG_1583.jpg.html]

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I forgot my newest acquisition that is with Gunter Pfrommer currently for restoration.
Ed Kettner (made by Sauer) 16Ga hammer gun. I can't wait to see how it would look after Gunter is done with it.BillK

[URL=http://s167.photobucket.com/user/billk_album/media/Ed%20Kettner%20Hammer%20SxS%2016%20Ga/333a_6.jpg.html]

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Among those under 50 there is no revival of the 16.
(I am not under 50... or 60, but I have never been a fan either)
If you like it more power to you. I'm not totally rational either - I like the 28.

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I am 49!

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Gauge is not the biggest factor when I am buying guns as a collector piece but I have upland hunted almost exclusively with a 16 gauge for the last 10 years. When I find something that I really want if it is a 16 gauge that is a bonus and I will definitely use it the first chance I get.

I recently bought a custom engraved Citori Gran Lightning with Browning Custom shop style D5G deep relief engraving by Ron Reimer with 3X wood. Being a 16 was a closer for me.

It is a 16 gauge and has 28 inch barrels with choke tubes. I like everything about it except the plastic butt plate is kind of cheap compared to the rest of the gun. I'll have to take care of that soon, most likely with a leather covered pad.

Here it is below on its first outing just the other day.



Ron Reimer is exceptionally talented. Here are some close ups:








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much, much easier to sell a small bore of any gauge in a SxS. Most everyone who shots doubles already has the 12 bore nitch filled. To sell a 12 bore it has to be cheap or special....not so with any small bore double.


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