So I was just wondering what kind of shotguns people use?
I currently use a Winchester SX3 waterfowler automatic that shoots 3.5 inch shells. I use it for everything in regards to hunting.
I notice in really cold weather it doesn't like to eject the shells and I get a lot of stove pipes. I also have trouble shooting some low base target rounds. They too seem to not want to eject. But I still love the gun and would recommend it. It weighs 7 lbs.
I used to shoot an old Browning auto 5 that my grandpa gave me. It was his gun he bought in 1940. That gun would work no matter how dirty or cold it was. It is heavy at 8 lbs and only shoots 2 3/4 inch shells. If you don't know anything about these guns the barrel actually slides back into the chamber to eject the shells which gives it some extra kick.
I also own a Remington 870 express which will shoot 3 inch shells, good gun for beginners but also works for everyone else. It weighs 7.5 lbs. If you're more experienced in hunting and shooting and you like the 870 I would recommend the 870 express magnum which will shoot the 3 1/2 inch shells. It also most of the time has a longer barrel which I prefer.
I prefer a tighter choke in my guns while hunting ducks, and a bigger choke when hunting grouse. Where I hunt ducks in eastern WA There are many times where I have longer than average shots. So I like the tight group my SX3 throws out there to bring down the ducks. Where I grouse hunt in eastern WA it is in high thick timber or in bushy creek beds. So when you flush a grouse you have to be on it fast and get a shot out fast, with a bigger shot pattern your chances are better to bring down the grouse or what ever you're shooting at.
Well I kind of got on a soap box there but that's how I like my guns.