I grew up hunting with a 20 gauge pump and did fine with it. Two years ago I bought a Winchester Super X2 12 3 & 1/2 inch. I love the guns versatility from doves to geese. Where we hunt for pheasant we come across a lot of quail so I normally use 6 shot. It is plenty for quail has not been a problem for pheasants. I would like to shoot 4's, but I do not want to tenderize the quail when they get up.