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Winchester Model 12 28 Gauge in the Uplands
October 25, 2016
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Have been using my old Winchester Model 12 28 gauge for the few times I have been able to get out for a hunt in the uplands this season.Bagged two partridge(ruffed grouse) with the gun so far.The gun works great,but the full choke is a bit on the tight side, in my opinion ,for use in the uplands. Especially with so many leaves still on the trees.Sight distance is not that great.Sure wish  I had a Model 12 28 gauge with a modified choke.

October 29, 2016
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The open chokes sure seem to help me with grouse. Like your self, I always seem to find the grouse in the heaviest of cover and quick snap shots are usually what is offered. I have a couple model 12’s I use religiously on grouse, A 20 ga. choked IC and a very early Black Diamond 16 ga. that was originally choked full but at some point it was opened up to IC. Grouse are my favorite bird for table fare, hard to beat! Best of luck on the remainder of your season…..

 

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October 29, 2016
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 Good luck with your season as well,Erin.How has your season been so far?

 

  Hope to get out this afternoon for another partridge(ruffed grouse) hunt.Out this morning for a duck hunt.

 

 Partridge are my favourite table fare as well.Here of late, my wife has been cutting them up into small pieces,along with bacon cut into small pieces.She then cooks them and  adds a sauce to them .That along with a plate full of mashed potatoes is hard to beat.Smile

October 29, 2016
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I’m at 17 for the year so far. I’ve been lucky with the bird numbers. Flushed several nice coveys of 3-5 birds and got lucky a few times with doubles. My Chesapeake pup has been a benefit, he has been working very well staying within 20 yards. No doubt when he is getting birdy so that helps a bit also.

My wife makes schnitzel with them. Flattens them with a tenderizing hammer, lightly breads and pan fries them. She then makes a white wine cream sauce and serves it over egg noodles.  Mighty tasty!  I don’t believe you can go wrong with any way they are fried, baking them—-not so much. The meat is just too lean, kind of like wild turkey in that respect.

We only have a couple weeks until deer season starts and that puts an end to our bird season. They do reopen it in Dec. but I don’t care to hunt grouse in the snow.

 

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October 29, 2016
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  Out this afternoon for a partridge hunt.Hunted hard and checked a lot of my usually good spots.Never scared or saw a bird.They seem to be scare in my area.Have bagged only 2 so far.

 

  The season opens on October 1 and stays open until December 31.

 

  Sounds like a nice meal your wife makes with your birds.

November 2, 2016
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 Out for a short hunt after work .Was able to bag two rabbits (snowshoe hare) with the 28 gauge Model 12.

 

 Any one else using a 28 gauge Model 12 in the uplands this season?

 Any one using a 28 gauge Winchester of any model in the field this season?

November 2, 2016
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 Out for another short hunt this evening.The Winchester Model 12 28 gauge came home with another rabbit.Seem to be quite a few around.Wish I could say the same for the partridge.Another hunt without seeing any.Frown

November 3, 2016
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 Out for a short hunt with the 28 gauge Winchester Model 12 and came home with another rabbit.Also saw a partridge that ran a long way ahead of me and went into some thick woods.No shot though.

November 5, 2016
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 Out this afternoon with the Winchester Model 12 28 gauge and came home with a partridge(ruffed grouse).Smile

November 15, 2016
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 Had the Winchester 28 gauge Model 12 out this afternoon for a hunt.Never saw a partridge(ruffed grouse)Frown,but did come home with two rabbits(snowshoe hare).Smile

November 16, 2016
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I used to hunt Ruffed Grouse with a 28 O/U and Rem 1100 , both skeet choked. Probably The best ga. for Grouse etc.  Being as effective as any other gauge in the forest for up to medium range, it is much more potent and humane than the popular .410 , that with skimpy patterns of too few pellets , the 410 is handicapped,  and limited to very close shots

For me The 28 is actually best for the close range game of skeet with the benefit of very low recoil ,  less chance to flinch,effective patterns are adequate , but  the 410 needs more precise hits than other gauges and is more challenging  

 

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November 16, 2016
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 Right on,25-20.Back in the mid 1980’s I used a Winchester Model 42 in the uplands.Beautiful little gun,but I must say that over all I found the 410 wanting for use in the uplands.I then went back to my 28 gauges for upland use.For 28 gauge Winchesters I have a Model 101 ,Model 23 and a Winchester/Cooey Model 84 as well.

 

 Still have a Model 42 and there is no doubt that at some point I will have it in the field .Just not as effective as the 28 gauge in my opinion.

 

 Out this afternoon for a hunt,but never saw or scared a thing.

 

  What do you use for a 28 gauge these days?

 I have a Model 53 in 25-20.Smile

November 18, 2016
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 Out this afternoon with the 28 gauge Winchester Model 12.Never saw or scared a partridge(ruffed grouse),but did come home with a rabbit(snowshoe hare.)

November 23, 2016
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 Out for the last three afternoons with the 28 gauge Winchester Model 12.No luck until today ,when I was able to bag a rabbit.Did see two partridge.One as I was driving from one spot to another and the other one ,I just got a peek at as it ran into thick cover.

November 25, 2016
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  Out this afternoon with the Winchester Model 12 28 gauge and had a bit of luck.Found a place that had not been dogged yet.Was able to bag six rabbits(snowshoe hare) and saw two others.SmileAlso had a shot at a partridge(ruffed grouse),but no luck bringing it down.

November 25, 2016
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  Out again this afternoon with the Winchester Model 12 28 gauge.Came home with a partridge and a rabbit.Also saw three other partridge and two other rabbits.No shots at them though.Smile

 

 Any others here using a 28 gauge Winchester in the uplands?

November 26, 2016
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 Out this afternoon with the 28 gauge Winchester Model 12.Never saw a thing!Frown

November 28, 2016
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 Skunked today!Frown

November 29, 2016
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  Out this afternoon with the Winchester Model 12 28 gauge.Saw three rabbits(snowshoe hare) and came home with one.

  Hard to believe that no one else is not  using a Winchester 28 gauge in the fieldSmileNo one using a Model 21,Model 23,Model 101,Model 37,Model 370 or Model 37A in 28 gauge?Smile

November 29, 2016
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Never been a fan of the 28-ga. My go to gun is a 1962 Browning Auto-5 Light Twenty.

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