No two guns are created equally. Hunters tend to have a few guns that are their all-time favorites—but that comes after years of hunting. If you’re new to the game, you’ll need to do some research to find the right pieces for you.
Going on your first hunting trip? There are a few pieces that are absolute musts if you hope to be successful on your first hunting trip. Read on for four of the most important guns every hunter should own.
What’s more iconic to hunting than the shotgun? In addition to this being the classic hunter’s weapon, the shotgun is one of the most versatile in terms of ammunition. The shotgun is an excellent option for hunting ducks and turkeys, though, with a buckshot and slugs, your shotgun becomes the perfect gun to shoot the likes of bears.
A 9mm Handgun
9mm Handguns have a reputation for being the friendliest gun. If you’re going hunting with this handgun, load the cartridge with heavier bullets. While you won’t have much luck shooting heavier game with a 9mm handgun, this weapon is effective for hunting much smaller animals.
A Centerfire Bolt-Action Rifle
This must-have gun is famous for its effectiveness with shooting big game. This bolt-action rifle is incredibly reliable and works well in any hunting condition, wherever you choose to have your next hunting trip. Additionally, the bolt-action uses any ammunition for a given caliber, making it ideal for both lightweight bullets and heavier bullets. When choosing ammunition for this weapon, hunters should buy the more popular kinds as these are less expensive and can be purchased almost anywhere.
A Smith & Wesson Model 29
Smith & Wesson is one of the most popular guns in the world for a reason. If there’s one gun that every hunter absolutely needs, it’s the Model 29. Generations ago, this model was the most powerful of its kind available for commercial use. While hunters today can opt for more powerful models, there’s nothing quite as traditional as this Model 20.
The more experience you have with hunting, the larger your gun collection will grow. Before you make your next gun purchase, be sure to try out a few of the aforementioned models at a gun range to see how they feel. As you start off on your next hunting adventure, be sure to keep these four suggestions in mind for your first hunting pieces.
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