Are 16 gauge shotguns still available?

First, the (sort-of) good news: the 16 gauge shotgun has been dying the same slow death now for about 50 years and it’s not dead yet. It has just made a strategic withdrawal, becoming more of a cult gun and a favorite of smart upland hunters and those willing to load for it.

What is 16 gauge shotgun best for?

While it’s certainly a capable all-around shotgun gauge suitable for deer, turkey, and duck hunting, the 16 gauge is most often used in the United States for hunting small and upland game like pheasant, quail, dove, grouse, rabbit, and squirrel.

Why is the 16 gauge shotgun not popular?

Not so many years ago, one of the other major sporting publications declared the death of the 16 gauge, citing the lack of available choices in both new guns and affordable ammunition as the twin executioners of the sub-gauge shotgun.

Is 16-gauge making a comeback?

After teetering on the edge of obsolescence, the 16-gauge is making something of a comeback, and that’s good news for upland hunters.

Is it worth buying a 16-gauge shotgun?

If you hunt multiple species with a shotgun, the 16-gauge is ideal. Waterfowl, turkeys, grouse, pheasants, rabbits, squirrels, and even deer are all a good fit for the 16-gauge shotgun. I don’t think you can say that about the 10-, 12-, 20-, or 28-gauge, and certainly not the . 410-bore.

Are 16 gauge shells expensive?

Using Federal Upland Loads as a baseline of lead ammunition, a case of No. 5, 16 gauge shells is $15 more expensive than both 12 gauge and 20 gauge in the same size. Comparatively, the 12 gauge is a 1-1/4 ounce load at a velocity of 1500fps. For those of you in the non-toxic world, things look both good and bad.

Is a 410 shotgun a good home defense gun?

The . 410-bore shotgun has long been dismissed as a useful home-protection option when compared to the more potent 12-ga. and 20-ga. defensive shotguns currently on the market.

Is Winchester still making guns?

The New Haven, Connecticut plant was closed in 2006, but Winchesters are still being made. The difference is that Winchester is now owned by FN Herstal . So, the production is done at one of FN’s factories, or in the case of the lever-action guns at Mirouku in Japan.

Who manufactures 16 gauge shotguns?

Currently, the primary source in the States is “Cortona Shotguns.” They offer the 16 gauge in a mid-range configuration as the Cortona Grandé CC and the more upscale Cortona Legend. The Fabrique Armes Issadoro Rizzini guns (the company known internationally as “F.A.I.R.”) have achieved a very good reputation over time.

Does Winchester make rifles?

Winchester rifle is usually used to refer to the lever-action rifles manufactured by the Winchester Repeating Arms Company, though the company has also manufactured many rifles of other action types.

What years were the 16 gauge shotguns made?

The Browning Auto-5 Sweet 16 lightweight, 16-gauge shotgun, began production in 1937 and it ran through 1992. Pinpointing the exact manufacturing year of early Sweet 16s is a bit difficult. This is because Browning guns made from 1903 through 1939 were simply numbered in numeric order rather than given a serial number to denote the year in which they were made.