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GUIDE
SHOTGUN

SHOTGUN SKILLS YOU NEED

PHIL BOURJAILY
AND THE EDITORS OF FIELD & STREAM

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SHOTGUN
GUIDE
SHOTGUN SKILLS YOU NEED

PHIL BOURJAILY
AND THE EDITORS OF FIELD & STREAM

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7. Westley Richards & Co. Droplock
Westley Richards introduced the idea of
internal hammers cocked by the opening of
barrels; doubles as we know them wouldn’t
be possible without that idea.

8. Beretta 390
Beretta’s 300-series semiautos set the
world standard for gas-gun reliability.

9. Perazzi M Series
Perazzis made their name grinding clay in
competition, but their gorgeous O/U game
guns work just as well on feathers.

10. Benelli Super Black Eagle
This is the first semiauto chambered for
31/2-inch shells, and the flagship of Benelli’s
inertia line of guns famous for shooting
every time, no matter what.

11. Beretta 680 Series
Along with Browning’s Citori, the 680s
set the standard of the affordable O/U
excellence.

12. Parker Double
America’s iconic double, “Old Reliable”
came in more gauges, sizes, and grades
than any other American gun.

13. A. H. Fox
Brilliantly simple in design, the American-
made Fox was the choice of Teddy
Roosevelt, among others.

14. Krieghoff K-80
Remington’s Model 32 O/U failed in
the Depression but was resurrected by
Germany’s Krieghoff to become one of the
world’s winningest target guns.

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42 LEARN TO RELOAD
Years ago I was in a store with my mother-
in-law, who looked at the flies, then the
fly-tying materials, and asked, “Why
would anyone make their own when they
have such nice ones already done up?”

That was my attitude toward shotshell
reloading when shells were cheap and my
kids weren’t old enough to shoot. Now, I
roll my own shotshells so I can afford to
go to the gun club. And I can make up
7⁄ 8- and even 3 ⁄4-ounce 12-gauge reloads
that have very low recoil, both to soothe
my wimpy shoulder and to serve as
training loads for new shooters.

Be aware that reloading changes you in
ways both good and bad. There’s definite

pride in shooting homemade ammunition,
you can customize your hunting and
target loads, there are savings, and looking
for hulls adds an exciting little Easter egg
hunt to every trip to the range. It is
possible to get too fixed on the savings,
though, to the point of self-delusion. I
once shot with a $100-an-hour consultant
who spent what could have been billable
time at his reloading bench, putting
together loads that saved him 75 cents a
box. “Every time I pull the trigger, I’m
making money,” he bragged. Uh, no. But,
you do feel like you’re shooting for free
when you can reach into a 5-gallon bucket
of shells and take as many as you need.

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Editor Anthony Licata
VP, Group Publisher Eric Zinczenko

2 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10016
www.fieldandstream.com

President, CEO Terry Newell
VP, Publisher Roger Shaw
Executive Editor Mariah Bear
Editorial Assistant Ian Cannon
Creative Director Kelly Booth
Art Director Barbara Genetin
Designer Michel Gadwa
Cover Design William Mack
Illustration Coordinator Conor Buckley
Production Director Chris Hemesath
Production Manager Michelle Duggan

All of the material in this book was originally
published in The Total Gun Manual, by David E.
Petzal and Phil Bourjaily.

Weldon Owen would like to thank William Mack for
the original design concept adapted from The Total Gun
Manual. Marisa Solis provided editorial assistance.

© 2012 Weldon Owen Inc.

415 Jackson Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
www.weldonowen.com

All rights reserved, including the right
of reproduction in whole or in part in any form

Field & Stream and Weldon Owen are divisions of

Library of Congress Control Number on file with the
publisher

ISBN 13: 978-1-61628-485-5
ISBN 10: 1-61628-485-4

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