Joined: 08 Oct 2006
Location: Tappahannock, Virginia
Unfortunately, Only you can answer that question.
Personally, yes it is too heavy for me to consider as a bird gun. But I’m a lighter is better purist. 6ish lbs would be my goal, and no more than 6.25lbs. I’m also settling in to the two trigger camp, so I’d personally give the gun two strikes...
Let's see, are you 6'5" or 5'2"
Do you weigh 125 or 250
Do you do work involving lifting or sitting at a desk
Do you practice with the guns you will use hunting.
Are you old or young?
Are you hunting in the morning or afternoon?
My 26" barreled white lightening comes in at 6 lbs 14 oz. I'm 70 and I could certainly use it for a grouse gun. However, it wouldn't be my first choice. Like others, I'd rather keep it to between 5.25-6.25 lbs.
If you need a light 16ga O/U, the Franchi Instinct SL in 16ga is supposed to weight 5.8 lbs. Even if they are off a little, it should come in around 6 lbs.
If action isn't important and you can abide an auto, the current Browning Sweet 16 is advertised at 5.75 lbs and that is what mine actually weights.
Thanks for the thoutful replies. You're right; there are a lot of variables that I didn't put into that post. I'm 50, fairly fit, average build and height. Carrying the Citori around all day is "plenty doable" for me. That said, I like carrying less weight all day as much as the next guy.
A few of you had posted before I hopped on a plane this morning; so I was able to think about your replies on the flight. Now, finishing up reading all of your posts, I came to Bill's post about the Franchi Instinct SL at 5.8 lbs. That sounds more like it to me.
I just called Scheel's; they've got a few in stock. When I get back home I'm going to check that shotgun out and see how it fits me. It's right about the same price as the Citori White Lightning. Seems it has an aluminum receiver, while the Citori has steel. I guess my next F-150 will be made out of aluminum too. Seems to be the trend.
THANK YOU again, all of you, for taking the time to give me your thoughts and observations.
Joined: 06 Aug 2004
Location: Kansas High Plains
I like my 16's at 6 to 6-1/2lbs. That said, my first ever double gun is a Stevens 5100 16ga that's a hair under 7lbs, and I sometimes think I shoot it better'n any of 'em. Don't worry about a few ounces; concentrate on how the gun feels to you.
Now, that single trigger thing...
_________________ I feel a warm spot in my heart when I meet a man whiling away an afternoon...and stopping to chat with him, hear the sleek lines of his double gun whisper "Sixteen." - Gene Hill, Shotgunner's Notebook
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