Ed. note: Â This is the final part of a three part series called Why So Many Guns? This installment covers long guns such as rifles and shotguns. Â Part 1 is here and part 2 is here.
THE VENERABLE SHOTGUNS
Having begun archery hunting 3 years ago, I have really come to appreciate the skill, difficulty, and traditional means of taking game with a bow and arrow.Â However, if I want to be certain of bringing home some meat I take a long gun into the field.Â The same principles of selection are then easily applied to long guns.
In the area of shotguns, the 20-gauge and 12-gauge are by far the most popular, but are not exclusive.Â For shooting smaller game at closer ranges a 410 shotgun can be just right, and is a great starter shotgun for younger shooters or smaller framed individuals.Â And if youâ€™re into shooting geese in the air, or zombies on the ground, thereâ€™s always the hard-hitting 10-gauge shotgun.