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is there any advantages to a single shot break action shotgun and what are they mainly used for?

Question by petersoncam02. Uploaded on January 20, 2010

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from matt wasson wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

For me it is a kick back to when I was younger, this was the first style of weapon we where trained to hunt with, one shot made us better shots.
I like to use mine to go after rabbit, or occasionaly pop a ground hog by the house or barn. Its nice to have one close by in the barn when you need it instead of running to the house for the other ones locked up. advantage= make better shot. Oh I killed my first deer with one too!

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from mutt wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

like what matt said one shot better make it count

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

They are light and very safe. A great gun to start a kid with.

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from matouse3 wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

I have a single shot H&R, with a heavy barrel that I use exclusively for deer since I hunt in a shotgun only zone. It is deadly accurate and fun to shoot. With a stock mounted shell holder, you can get that second shot off mighty quick too.

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from WhitetailHunter706 wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

yeah if you start with a single shot are start using one when you move or move back to others you will be surprised how much better you shoot, because you learn to shoot SMART!!! yep i also learned to shoot a shotgun with a single shot break action 20 guage still shoot it occassionally

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from bobcat.trapper.95 wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

you have 1 shot and it makes you think more about aiming and accuracy

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

I was just given an old 12 ga single shot goose gun. A real joy to carry at only 5 3/4 pounds but, oh mama, it will thrill you when you touch off that 3" high velocity 1 1/8 load of BBs at 1550 fps.

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from matt wasson wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

have Dave its a rabbit do you really need a 3 inch shell??

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from 99explorer wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

It is probably the least expensive shotgun money can buy, which permits the owner to leave it around in places where it often comes in handy while the safe queens are locked away.

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from shane wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

Light weight, the ultimate in reliability and simplicity, easy to clean. Probably one of the most accurate options in slug guns. They are a great option for someone who wants the handling and compactness of a break barrel, but can't afford a double. Single shots (usually very expensive ones) are used in high level trap, too. A lot of them have adjustable combs and adjustable ribs, with very long barrels.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

Explorer brings up a good point. I keep a real old single shot 12 gauge (probably unsafe to shoot) as well as several other clunkers inherited from my wife's side in the official locked gun cabinet (required by federal law up here). The good guns are hidden. A burglar will go right to the gun closet and be satisfied with that haul. Help yourself, buddy!

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from firehawk532 wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

Another thing about shooting a single shot gun is it teaches you to make the 1st shot count because you have to reload before you can take a 2nd shot. When I started hunting my uncle made me start with a single shot for this reason.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

When I started hunting my dad gave me a Model 12 pump, but he made me buy my own ammunition. That made me REAL careful about wasting any.

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from jamesti wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

i have a single shot Pardner 12 gauge that i use for rabbits and my daughters can shoot it too. i also have a matching .410. great guns!

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

The single shot is one of the least expensive to own. It is light and fast for target acquisition. A great learning gun because it teaches beginners to aim rather than to keep pulling the trigger until something is hit. It is also handy for carting around in the back of a pickup, in the trunk, on the tractor or combine or in a saddle scabbard... you won't have to worry about dinging it up or knocking off the sights.

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from blackdawgz wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

"Single-shot break action" takes in a lot of territory.There is the cheap one that has served people with limited budgets. At the opposite extreme are Beautiful and accurate Trap Guns. But let's not overlook the T/C Contender and Encore. The Encore Particularly covers all the bases. You can have an excellent VR shotgun in 12 or 20 gauge, or you can have practically any rifle or pistol, all with the same receiver. Where I'm from, nobody hunts with rifles anymore.

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from texasred_54 wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

Lots of great answers here. One thing several have failed to include is the simplicity. I have had 4 in my life time. They are the easiest weapon to clean and maintain. They seldom (never for me) fail to function. One can field strip and clean it in under a minute. If you drop it from a tree stand, you probably will not have to take it to a gunsmith to adjust it (meaning the scoped rifles usually will have something that broke). Repairs are fairly straight forward and often something the average individual can accomplish in a typical mechanic's tool kit. Again, cleaning is a breeze. I typically dissasemble mine, soak the interior barrel with brake cleaner, run a sock through it (literally, old sock tied with a piece of trotline string), then oil the interior and outside, scrub the trigger area with a toothbrush, and it's ready to go. Try that with your brand new Bennelli super auto and see how long you shoot.

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from matt wasson wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

For me it is a kick back to when I was younger, this was the first style of weapon we where trained to hunt with, one shot made us better shots.
I like to use mine to go after rabbit, or occasionaly pop a ground hog by the house or barn. Its nice to have one close by in the barn when you need it instead of running to the house for the other ones locked up. advantage= make better shot. Oh I killed my first deer with one too!

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

They are light and very safe. A great gun to start a kid with.

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from bobcat.trapper.95 wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

you have 1 shot and it makes you think more about aiming and accuracy

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from matouse3 wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

I have a single shot H&R, with a heavy barrel that I use exclusively for deer since I hunt in a shotgun only zone. It is deadly accurate and fun to shoot. With a stock mounted shell holder, you can get that second shot off mighty quick too.

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from WhitetailHunter706 wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

yeah if you start with a single shot are start using one when you move or move back to others you will be surprised how much better you shoot, because you learn to shoot SMART!!! yep i also learned to shoot a shotgun with a single shot break action 20 guage still shoot it occassionally

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

I was just given an old 12 ga single shot goose gun. A real joy to carry at only 5 3/4 pounds but, oh mama, it will thrill you when you touch off that 3" high velocity 1 1/8 load of BBs at 1550 fps.

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from mutt wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

like what matt said one shot better make it count

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from 99explorer wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

It is probably the least expensive shotgun money can buy, which permits the owner to leave it around in places where it often comes in handy while the safe queens are locked away.

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from shane wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

Light weight, the ultimate in reliability and simplicity, easy to clean. Probably one of the most accurate options in slug guns. They are a great option for someone who wants the handling and compactness of a break barrel, but can't afford a double. Single shots (usually very expensive ones) are used in high level trap, too. A lot of them have adjustable combs and adjustable ribs, with very long barrels.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Ontario Honker ... wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

When I started hunting my dad gave me a Model 12 pump, but he made me buy my own ammunition. That made me REAL careful about wasting any.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from jamesti wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

i have a single shot Pardner 12 gauge that i use for rabbits and my daughters can shoot it too. i also have a matching .410. great guns!

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

The single shot is one of the least expensive to own. It is light and fast for target acquisition. A great learning gun because it teaches beginners to aim rather than to keep pulling the trigger until something is hit. It is also handy for carting around in the back of a pickup, in the trunk, on the tractor or combine or in a saddle scabbard... you won't have to worry about dinging it up or knocking off the sights.

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from matt wasson wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

have Dave its a rabbit do you really need a 3 inch shell??

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

Explorer brings up a good point. I keep a real old single shot 12 gauge (probably unsafe to shoot) as well as several other clunkers inherited from my wife's side in the official locked gun cabinet (required by federal law up here). The good guns are hidden. A burglar will go right to the gun closet and be satisfied with that haul. Help yourself, buddy!

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from firehawk532 wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

Another thing about shooting a single shot gun is it teaches you to make the 1st shot count because you have to reload before you can take a 2nd shot. When I started hunting my uncle made me start with a single shot for this reason.

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from blackdawgz wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

"Single-shot break action" takes in a lot of territory.There is the cheap one that has served people with limited budgets. At the opposite extreme are Beautiful and accurate Trap Guns. But let's not overlook the T/C Contender and Encore. The Encore Particularly covers all the bases. You can have an excellent VR shotgun in 12 or 20 gauge, or you can have practically any rifle or pistol, all with the same receiver. Where I'm from, nobody hunts with rifles anymore.

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from texasred_54 wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

Lots of great answers here. One thing several have failed to include is the simplicity. I have had 4 in my life time. They are the easiest weapon to clean and maintain. They seldom (never for me) fail to function. One can field strip and clean it in under a minute. If you drop it from a tree stand, you probably will not have to take it to a gunsmith to adjust it (meaning the scoped rifles usually will have something that broke). Repairs are fairly straight forward and often something the average individual can accomplish in a typical mechanic's tool kit. Again, cleaning is a breeze. I typically dissasemble mine, soak the interior barrel with brake cleaner, run a sock through it (literally, old sock tied with a piece of trotline string), then oil the interior and outside, scrub the trigger area with a toothbrush, and it's ready to go. Try that with your brand new Bennelli super auto and see how long you shoot.

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