Choosing the right shotgun is more than personal preference. Different types of hunting call for different types of shotguns. When bird hunting, you need to know if the game birds you are hunting are classified as an upland game bird or a migratory game bird. You also need to know what type of environment you will be hunting in. Is it open prairie, coastal marsh, timberline, or forest?
You need to take into consideration the weight of the gun, recoil, shell capacity, and the laws related to migratory bird hunting.
Each type of shotgun action functions differently, so the shooter should get the type of action that he or she can operate easily, comfortably, and safely. The types of shotguns commonly used by bird hunters are pump actions, semi-automatic actions, and hinge actions which include over-and-under and side-by-side shotguns.
Knowing which shotgun is best for you depending on the birds you are hunting, and make sure you know the laws to stay safe and legal out there! Enjoy!!