Is a 12 gauge to big for dove and quail hunting?

i want a 12 gauge for waterfowling and dove and quail. is it to big for my upland birds. or should i sacrifice to get a smaller gun even though i hunt waterfowl. any suggestions on good guns?

No, more waterfoul, quail and doves have been taken by a 12 ga. than all of the other gauges together. There is no significant difference in the velocity of the shot from a 20 ga or a 16 ga. . and a 12 ga. the main difference is the amount of shot you put into the air. Doves are very hard to hit in the air and you will need the extra shot that a 12 ga. has. Quail are not as hard to hit so a 20 ga. can be a very effective quail gun. For waterfoul, there is no question that you want a 12 ga. Whatever your quary, a 12 ga. is always a good choice.

Those who tell you that a 12 ga. is not a good gun for quail or especially dove simply have never hunted either or they would know that the ubiquitous 12 ga. is never too much gun. If they tell you that a 12 ga. is too much gun for waterfoul, they are obvioulsy ignornant when it comes to waterfoul hunting. If you are wanting to buy a shotgun, I would recommend that for your first shotgun, you get a 12 ga. You can hunt anything with it. If you buy a 20 ga. you may find yourself undergunned. You will definitely be undergunned when it comes to watgerfoul. If you already have a 12 ga. and want to buy another shotgun, by all means get a 20. They are a wonderful upland gun and a pleasure to carry because of their lighter weight but it would not be my first choice if it were the only shotgun that I owned.

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  1. formeatb says:

    A 12 guage is WAY too big for dove or quail.
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  2. Nick LR says:

    Not with the right loads, man. Just look for 12 guage bird shot. I think they might even have dove or quail shot. I know they have it for similar sized birds.

    Just gotta have the right ammo.
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  3. Ñ3AP3я_TH3_L3G3ND™ says:

    410 is gd dove and quail
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  4. Raymon R says:

    Its great. Just use # 8 shot
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  5. chrissmsi says:

    12 gauge is not too big. Just use a dove and quail load. Thats what they are made for. In my opinion; if 12 gauge guns were not made for this then why would thry make loads for them? This is what I use.
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  6. vangion says:

    Dove and quail is the most common size shot sold for a 12ga
    Almost every display you see in the big sporting good store is dove and quail size shot
    #6 to #8
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  7. John de Witt says:

    Shotguns aren’t like rifles. The 12-bore shoots a larger amount of shot but otherwise isn’t more powerful than smaller bores. Of course, you don’t need the magnum loads that reach almost to the muzzle: 2 1/2 or 2 3/4" shells will do nicely, and something in the vicinity of 7 1/2 shot will get you started right this dove season. I’m a big fan of English-style doubles, and your budget would be a real consideration in recommending one.
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  8. Jed R says:

    12 gauge is not too big for dove and quail. My dad used one for years and now I plan to use it come September.
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  9. a h says:

    Not is your shoulder can take it
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  10. George L says:

    I own both. I have hunted upland birds and water fowl for 35+ years and much prefer the 20 for every thing but ducks and Geese. It’s lighter, swings faster, is easier on the pocket book and the shoulder. If I had to settle for only one I would probably keep my 20. Just be sure it can handle the longer and heavier loads and has the right choke. My 20 is a OU with 28" tubes, with full and mod. chokes.
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  11. Fatefinger says:

    Depends on the load.
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  12. Doc Hudson says:

    A 12 gauge is pretty nigh the perfect all-around, hunt it all shotgun.

    I don’t waste my shells hunting dove, but I use a 12 gauge for quail.

    Doc
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  13. Johnny Rambo says:

    choose the right load and choke, then you can hunt any game animal in North America with a 12 gauge shotgun (the trick is to get in close enough to hunt with a 12 gauge for certain animals)
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  14. H says:

    No, its perfect. For years I used an over-n-under 12 gauge for dove n quail utilizing the 7-1/2" shot and the 2 n 3/4" shells..

    H
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  15. dca2003311@yahoo.com says:

    NO, No, no you can use any gauge from a 410, 28, 20, 16, or 12..* Pick any or all of them.** I have used them all.* All Guns are good no matter what Brand or Type of Action you decide to use.* I have used them all.*
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    Run like a Deer.*………….Fly like an Eagle.*~~~

  16. Jhon R says:

    with 2 3/4 inch loads and 8 shot it doesent tear them up but if your shots are typically outside 40 yards i suggest 3 inch 9 shot loads
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  17. CIH(Ret) says:

    No, more waterfoul, quail and doves have been taken by a 12 ga. than all of the other gauges together. There is no significant difference in the velocity of the shot from a 20 ga or a 16 ga. . and a 12 ga. the main difference is the amount of shot you put into the air. Doves are very hard to hit in the air and you will need the extra shot that a 12 ga. has. Quail are not as hard to hit so a 20 ga. can be a very effective quail gun. For waterfoul, there is no question that you want a 12 ga. Whatever your quary, a 12 ga. is always a good choice.

    Those who tell you that a 12 ga. is not a good gun for quail or especially dove simply have never hunted either or they would know that the ubiquitous 12 ga. is never too much gun. If they tell you that a 12 ga. is too much gun for waterfoul, they are obvioulsy ignornant when it comes to waterfoul hunting. If you are wanting to buy a shotgun, I would recommend that for your first shotgun, you get a 12 ga. You can hunt anything with it. If you buy a 20 ga. you may find yourself undergunned. You will definitely be undergunned when it comes to watgerfoul. If you already have a 12 ga. and want to buy another shotgun, by all means get a 20. They are a wonderful upland gun and a pleasure to carry because of their lighter weight but it would not be my first choice if it were the only shotgun that I owned.
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  18. Eric says:

    Yes….a little on the big side
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  19. Second Amendment Defender says:

    12 ga shooting #8 or #7 1/2

    I like to use the 7 1/2 for dove and quail.

    I use it in both pumps and semi-auto

    Just don’t hit them when they are less that 30 ft away or you will just have a puff of feathers left to pick up
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  20. PeachPie says:

    No, it’s fine.
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