advise on a shotgun

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  1. Gbduckin

    Gbduckin New Member

    Mar 9, 2017
    my wife is getting into duck hunting and I am looking for some ideas on what kind of gun to get her. she is mediam build my 12 kick to much for her she said but it was also to long and ideas on gauge, how long of a barrel youth model or full size cut down? what brand are you lady's shooting
  2. bang you'r dead

    bang you'r dead Canada Forum Mod. Eh! Moderator

    Apr 9, 2003
    The Pas Manitoba
    There are specific models made for women which have a different LOP and comb height, which matches a female's proportions better. The Franchi catalyst line came out last year, and may be ideal for you.

    ACCOKEEK, MD –– The average shotgun is designed for a right-handed male who is 5 feet, 9 inches tall with 33-inch arms. Meanwhile, the average female shooter is 5 feet, 4 inches tall with 28 1/2-inch arms. Marathon runners wouldn’t compete in shoes five sizes too big and expect to be successful, so how can female shooters expect to fill a limit of fast-flying birds using a shotgun built for someone five inches taller?

    Previously, female shooters who opted to forego custom-fitted shotguns because of price ($5,000 and up), were left with “youth/ladies models,” which amounted to little more than a standard shotgun with a shortened stock. Length of pull, cast and drop weren’t addressed, leaving many ladies to struggle in the field and on the range.

    On the heels of its successful predecessors, the Franchi Affinity and Franchi Instinct, the new Franchi Catalyst line brings the same Italian craftsmanship and perfectly balanced feel to a pair of shotguns designed specifically to feel right in a woman’s hands. Both the semi-auto Affinity Catalyst and over-and-under Instinct Catalyst deliver a shotgun whose drop, cast, pitch, length of pull and reach are designed to perfectly fit the body of female shooters.

    Gone are the days of condescending guns with sawed-off, pink-painted stocks. Both the Instinct Catalyst and Affinity Catalyst offer a lighter weight, fit, feel and responsiveness to give women a higher level of control over their shotgun, leading to more enjoyable – and more successful – shooting experience.

    The new Franchi Affinity Catalyst is the industry’s most affordable Inertia-Driven semi-automatic shotgun made specifically for women. The 12-gauge shotgun’s 3-inch chamber allows for reliable cycling of 2 3/4-inch field loads (minimum recommended load: 3-dram, 1 1/8 ounces) all the way up to heavy, 3-inch magnum loads for waterfowl and turkey. The A-Grade satin walnut stock and conveniently located safety make for easy, intuitive operation.

    Franchi’s new Instinct Catalyst is set to reshape shooters’ definition of what an innovative, affordable, 12-gauge over-and-under shotgun should be. Like its sister model, the Instinct Catalyst is designed to align instinctively to a woman’s body, shouldering quicker and easier. An A-Grade satin walnut stock, automatic ejectors and all-steel construction speak to the durability and striking good looks of the model, which delivers a balance and swing that just feels right, shot after shot.

    Franchi Affinity Catalyst

    COMMON SPECIFICATIONS: Gauge: 12. Action: Semi-auto. Chambering: 2-3/4 and 3 inch. Barrel Length: 28 inches. Stock: A-Grade satin walnut. Color: Black anodized receiver, blued barrel. Overall Length: 48.5 inches. Weight: 6.6 pounds. Capacity: 4+1. Chokes: IC, M and F (wrench included). Sights: Fiber-optic red-bar front sight. Length of Pull: 13-7/8 inches. Drop at Heel: 1-1/2 inches. Drop at Comb: 1-1/4 inches. Minimum Recommend Load: 3-dram, 1-1/8 oz. Additional Feature: Shim kit to adjust drop and cast. MSRP: $999

    Franchi Instinct Catalyst

    COMMON SPECIFICATIONS: Gauge: 12. Action: Over-and-under. Chambering: 2-3/4 and 3 inch. Barrel Length: 28 inches. Stock: A-Grade satin walnut. Color: Color case-hardened receiver, blued barrel. Overall Length: 45 inches. Weight: 7.2 pounds. Chokes: IC, M and F (wrench included). Sights: Red fiber-optic front bead. Length of Pull: 13-7/8 inches. Drop at Heel: 1-1/2 inches. Drop at Comb: 1-1/4 inches. Additional Features: Auto ejectors; barrel selector; auto safety; 1/4-inch recoil pad spacer for length of pull adjustments. MSRP: $1,599
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  3. musher

    musher Elite Refuge Member

    Jul 30, 2007
    My wife is fairly small and has arthritis in her shoulders. She hunts with a Tri-Star 20 gauge Pointer double barrel. She has no problem keeping up with the boys on ducks and geese. New the gun was right around $500 so it didn't break the bank. We are satisfied with the gun.
  4. Vahunter

    Vahunter Elite Refuge Member

    Mar 14, 2013
    $$$ but nice guns for ladies. I've shouldered several. They are definitely fit for women.
    I'm 'told' there are stock makers who can make custom stocks for women; I guess you could do a search....
    BTW, Savage makes a really nice line of rifles fit for women.

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