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Shotgun Dilemma

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I'm hoping you can help me out on a dilemma. I'm looking to buy my father a new 12 gauge Over/ Under for his Birthday coming up. He stole my Ruger Red Label a few years ago, and has been using that. Well I want it back.

He hunts (alot) Pheasants primarily, some grouse. So I've settled on a 12 gauge 28" barrel. And he likes an over / under.

Here's my list so far. What are your thoughts. Issues with any of the manufacturers. Experience?

Caesar Guerini - My personal favorite so far.

Woodlander - My dad's style. Minimal engraving.
http://www.gueriniusa.com/gun_models...odlander.shtml



Magnus - My personal favorite. The balance of the gun is perfect.
http://www.gueriniusa.com/gun_models...s/Magnus.shtml



Baretta
687 Silver Pigeon III - Similar in feel to the Magnus, but more front weighted. And a little bit heavier.
http://www.berettausa.com/products/6...er-pigeon-iii/


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Red Label - He currently has my gun. But 26" barrels, which we both agree are too short. I would get the engraved version, with Grade A wood if I went this route.
http://www.ruger.com/products/redLab...ge/models.html
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I'm not going to be any help here in terms of performance but that Magnus is probably the most beautiful shotgun I have ever seen.

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get the gun that fits him the best.
Theyre all beautiful

pheasants and grouse and 26" is too short? Hmm
Thats what I shoot and have no need going through a thicket up north with 28"

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Does 2" really make that much of a difference?
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I agree with Mike, the gun should fit him. And I have carried a 28" barrel shotgun in fields it isn't bad, in thickets a pain. Does he shot sporting clays too?

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Does 2" really make that much of a difference?
ever grouse hunted?

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No he doesn't shoot clays.

He hunts more pheasant than grouse, which is why the 2" extra in the barrel should help for the long shots in South Dakota.

Im thinking the Caesar Woodlander will fit him best. He's slightly smaller than me, and that gun seems just a bit small for me. I would like it to be a surprise, so having him go fun shopping with me, is a bit out of the question. I'm going off the fact that he shoots the Ruger right now, which is similar in size and drop to these.
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I know nothing about these types of shotguns, but those first two are beautiful machines!

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I'm not going to be any help here in terms of performance but that Magnus is probably the most beautiful shotgun I have ever seen.
Take a look at a Perazzi. They are extremely nice but also cost as much as a new car.

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Take a look at a Perazzi. They are extremely nice but also cost as much as a new car.
I sold Perazzi one of their EDM machines a couple years back. Great equipment but the language barrier was rough.

Kreighoff is amazing too, but both those and Perazzi are in a different league altogether.

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I think I've made up my mind.

Going for the Caesar Guerini Magnus.
Left Hand Stock 28" Barrel 12 Gauge
They offer a free fitting when you purchase the gun. (Change in pull length)
And if the comb drop needs to be adjusted, they can do that as well. (For $200).
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