The gun and the dog are crucial components of every hunting adventure, not only for quail hunting, that is why experienced hunters recommend that choosing a gun and a dog should be done in a very attentive matter because the overall results greatly depend on them. We shall start our article reviewing two of the most recommended firearms for a quail hunting trip.
The first model we will present is the Remington Model 870 SPS-T Camo 20 Gauge, which has the following specifications and features:
o Gauge: 12
o Chamber: 3 1/2″
o Mag. Capacity: 3-4
o Barrel Length: 23″
o Choke: Rem Choke
o Overall Length: 44 1/2″
o Avg. Wt.: 7 1/4
o Receiver milled from a solid billet of steel for strength and durability
o Twin action bars ensure smooth, reliable non-binding action
o Legendary point ability and accuracy
o 203, Rem Choke barrel offered in 12-, 16- and 20-gauge
o Equipped with TruGlo light-gathering, fiber-optic rifle sights
This lightweight 20 gauge pump action is capable of handling 3-inch magnum shot shells and has a 20-inch vent rib, Rem Choke barrel with Full choke included. Fit with the new R3 Recoil Pad, designed by Sims Vibration Laboratory, the felt recoil of this lightweight Model 870 is significantly reduced. The camouflaged barrel is equipped with TruGlo light-gathering, fiber-optic rifle sights for ease of target alignment. Completing the package is a camouflaged, Cordura nylon sling, swivels and studs.
The second and last model we will be reviewing is the Browning Citori Superlight Feather , which comes with the following specifications and features:
o Gauge: 12 2 3/4
o Barrel Length: 43″
o Length Of Pull: 14 1/4″
o Drop At Comb: 1 5/8″
o Drop At Heel: 2 3/8″
o Nom. Weight: 6 lbs. 4 oz.
o Receiver: Lightweight alloy with steel breech face and hinge pin, High-relief engraving
o Barrel: 263 ventilated rib
o Action: Single selective trigger, Hammer ejectors, Top-tang barrel selector/safety
o Stock: Gloss finish walnut, English-style straight grip stock, Schnabel forearm
o Three Invector-Plus choke tubes
The English style, straight grip stock and Schnabel forearm balance perfectly in your hands. The Superlight’s alloy receiver, with dovetail steel breech face and steel hinge pin, provide exceptional strength while remaining lightweight. Models come with three standard Invector Plus choke tubes. A recoil pad is featured on 12 gauge models only.
Moving on to the second part of our article, we will present the most suitable dogs for such a hunting adventure. The first dog we will review is the American Water Spaniel:
The American Water Spaniel has a crisp-textured, tightly cured coat lined with a protective undercoat. The coat colors can be liver/chocolate and sometimes the dogs can have a small white spot on their chest. The dog has a medium-length muzzle that is smooth and square. The American Water Spaniel has either a black or dark nose and an eye color that should match the coat color ( shades of brown/hazel ).
The second and final dog we present is the Beagle which is a sturdy and squarely-built hardy small hound that has an easy-care and sleek short coat. The coat can come in any hound color, for example: tri-color, black & tan, red & white, orange & white or lemon & white. The Beagle is similar in appearance with the English Foxhound. The dog’s muzzle is square and straight and the skull is broad and a bit rounded. The Beagle hound has wide ears that are pendant. The dog’s brown/hazel eyes have a unique pleading expression.
We hope that our small guide of guns and dogs suitable for a quail hunting adventure will come in hand if you plan on pursuing this special sport. We wish you all the best and a rewarding quail hunting experience that you will remember many years from now.