Seen threads lately for 'what's your first gun, favorite rifle, most used handgun, what if you could only have three' type threads, but don't see a lot of mention about sporting use of shotguns, other than as a bear protection tool.
I personally really enjoy upland bird hunting, the best I got into was in the mid-70's when I was stationed at Great Falls (Malmstrom AFB).
First hunting trip was after pheasants with my Dad and Granddad on his farm. That was back when I think he left a bit of grain on the ground for the birds and deliberately left brush borders around his fields for cover. Nowadays around here, the fields are harvested to the edge of the road, and there's nothing left. Not many birds, either, but it's still fun to get out and wander around.
My shotgun wants/needs have been fairly narrow. It's only been in the last five or six years that I've finally got 'round to using a 20 ga, and a semi-auto gas gun, at that. Just don't enjoy getting pounded if I don't have to, you know?
What're your favorites? At the moment, it's my 20 ga. 1100 LT Special, 28" modified with vent rib, close second is a gun I let slip down the road, an older 16 ga. M37 Ithaca with a factory solid rib, mid bead, upgraded wood buttstock and grooved forend, also a 28" modified. Loved that gun.
I still really enjoy getting out and going a few rounds of skeet. Not competitive anymore, but it's still fun. For that, I've got an older 1100 SB Skeet that I bought from J&G when they were still in Montana. Never could shoot an over and under well, so I stayed with what worked...
What do you use? What're you looking for? How do you use 'em?