To answer your question, a 16 gauge is a good load for most any hunting- provided it is loaded with appropriate ammo. Factory loads aren’t really abundant but they can be found to handle most any situation (and reloads can cover any missing spots w/ factory loads).
Can a 16 gauge kill a goose?
For my 16 gauge, I handload 7/8 oz of #1 steel at 1550 fps for geese. I have used this load and killed several geese and ducks. This load is very effective for ducks over decoys.
What gauge is best for duck hunting?
Within reasonable range, the 20-gauge can be a good waterfowl gun, particularly with some of the premium nontoxic pellets such as Bismuth, Federal Tungsten Iron, Kent Impact, and Remington Hevi-Shot. With steel pellets, the 20-gauge is more range-restricted, but with a beginner, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Is 16 gauge or 20 gauge better?
The 16 gauge can pattern heavier payloads better than a 20 gauge. It can handle larger shot sizes with excellent performance where the 20 gauge is stuffed way beyond bore capacity. Most any 16 gauge can handle 1-1/8 oz. loads well, but not all 20 gauges can.
Why are 16 gauge shotguns not popular?
Not so many years ago, one of the other major sporting publications declared the death of the 16 gauge, citing the lack of available choices in both new guns and affordable ammunition as the twin executioners of the sub-gauge shotgun.
Do they make 3 inch 16 gauge shells?
Browning has its own brand of shotgun ammo, but it does not actually make its own ammo. There is, however, a new 16-gauge is available with a 3-inch chamber. It is the Barrett Sovereign/Rutherford, a fine over/under shotgun on a true 16-gauge frame that costs $2,500.
What gun do you shoot a duck with?
Best Gauges for Duck Hunting
12 Gauge and 20 Gauge shotguns are the most popular duck hunting guns because they have enough power to take down just about any bird out there.
Can you hunt ducks with a 12-gauge?
In pattern density and shot stringing, the 12 gauge starts to offer a slight advantage over the 20, especially with larger steel pellet sizes commonly used for waterfowl hunting. … Even comparing standard 12 gauge hunting loads against standard 20 gauge hunting loads, lighter felt recoil in the 20 is still only a maybe.
Is the 16 gauge shotgun obsolete?
First, the (sort-of) good news: the 16 gauge shotgun has been dying the same slow death now for about 50 years and it’s not dead yet. It has just made a strategic withdrawal, becoming more of a cult gun and a favorite of smart upland hunters and those willing to load for it.
Is a 16 gauge shotgun good for home defense?
It may not be the ideal gun for social situations, but it is certainly serviceable as a back up or alternative for home defense. Get some upland loads for hunting, and some buckshot or heavy waterfowl loads for HD.