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  • Debate I’m having with myself…

     Tony updated 10 months, 1 week ago 2 Members · 2 Posts
  • Tony

    December 16, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    I currently have a 12g Win 12, and a 20g Citori upland special. I want to add an auto loader to the family, so I’ve been looking at options.

    Well, the other day I’m in Cabela’s gun library and I see a “Sale” tag on an ETHOS. My buddy has one, I’ve shot it, they’re beautiful guns. So I started thinking, “why am I adding a gun to the family when I can have one gun that does it all?” The ETHOS is lighter than shit, so why do I need the 20? Only value from the 20 is that it’s light and I like the “tradition” of a classic break action.

    Now thinking I trade the 20 in, and put it towards the cost of the ETHOS. I do mainly pheasant, woodcock, and grouse; but would like to have the option of turkey and maybe deer once in a while. Not saying you can’t go full choke on the 20 to shoot turkey, but I think I’d be more comfortable with a 12 for that. Any thoughts on this? Anyone else have one gun to rule them all?

    (the Win 12 I’ll never get rid of, it was my grandfathers, so that doesn’t really play into it at all – just mentioned for color)

  • TR6er

    December 16, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    Don’t sell the O/U. A light 20is perfect for upland. Sure, get the auto loader, but don’t sell the other. You will miss it.

  • Mauser98k98

    December 16, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    Never get ride of a gun if you don’t have too.

  • andrei_androfski

    December 16, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    I grew up shooting an auto5 and later transitioned uneasily to O/U. Never really looked back. I thought I get a SxS as a lark, and I never pick up the O/Us anymore. Maybe my next step is a muzzleloader. I don’t know. But, the trajectory of shotgun enthusiasts seems to arc toward the more archaic. That may not be the case for you, and the Ethos seems like a nice shooter. But when I think of a gun that “does everything,” I think of your double gun.

  • hankmachine

    December 16, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    There is no such thing as one that does it all. If I encounter one that does in my travels I’m sure as hell not going to tell my wife. I have guns I remember hunting over different dogs and conditions and coverts with different family and friends. I don’t want to lose a piece of those memories in a sale, especially if I could pass it on. My sales were from trial and error or something I knew wouldn’t hold value.

    If there’s no rush or money isn’t right, make the purchase when it makes sense.

    Good luck. The 20 sounds like a sweetheart, I’d keep it.

  • scubasteve528

    December 16, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    If you enjoy the Citori don’t sell it. You’ll regret it. I have a single shot 12ga and a pump 12ga. No need for both, but sometimes I like the traditionalism of a single shot

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