I have two 16 gauge pump guns, a Winchester Model 12 and a Remington model 31. I love pheasant hunting with the 16, easy to carry and it packs a punch. Several years ago I picked up a mint Mec single stage with a primer feed for $60. What a great investment, I know load all my target loads and that gives me the opportunity to do some skeet and trap shooting before pheasant season starts. I have also reloaded pheasant loads with #6 copper. But prefer factory for pheasant hunting since I had some sizing issues and missed a few birds when I could not chamber a round. Enjoy our 16, Carries like a 20 and Hits like a 12!