Well, as much as I Luv that classic humpback instant recognition of the A-5 I'm going with the pointability and swing of the cornshucker M12! :wink:
Good choice, Dave. I have my dad's model 12 that I used as a kid. Just nothing more reliable than a pump in the tules. The 870 Remington, Wingmaster model is of the same good reliability. Both can be broken down anywhere, and repaired easily.
I was never much of a fan of the 'Humpers' O-rings. Always seemed problematic in the Dakota Decembers.
As an aside, if you are a member of Waterfowler.com, the current mag has a great article and pics of some old timers from Minnesooooota. Lots of Humpers, model 12's, and a couple '98s as well. Those dudes knew what worked eh?
And speaking of vintage doubles, my eldest son has his Grandfather's Fox long-tom. 34" barrels choked full. Knocked me on my rear several times as a daring grade schooler, thinking I was big enough to handle it. My Dad would shoot dueces in it for geese. And I recall him knocking down a partridge with that load when it was well over a hundred yards off. But I never saw him repeat that. hehhehhehheh