Guide to Gun Ownership

A guide to gun ownership, including how to safely load, clean and practice with a firearm, including choosing shells, gun alternatives, suggested shot sizes for hunting.



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Suggested size ammo for hunting.
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The key to getting the most out of a shotgun is knowing which ammunition to use for each situation. Using the wrong ammo can cause you to miss what you're shooting at, or to fail to kill what you hit.
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[1] The only way to learn to "shoot where it's gonna be" is to practice. [2] A sling will free your hands. [3] Most anyone can learn to load a shotgun rapidly. [4] Clay pigeons, thrown by an assistant, provide good "moving targets" for practice. [5] Wear earmuffs and glasses when shooting. [6] In some situations, a rifle can do a job that a shotgun can't. [7] If you're careful to keep your firearm oiled. [8] Cleaned, the gun should last long enough for you to pass it on to your grandchildren.
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