I am nearer a size 14 than a size 8 and haven’t had a problem using his gun, although it’s a bit long in the stock. He insists, though, that I should use a 20-bore. What do you think?

Clay shooting

JOHN BIDWELL

If you’re happy with the weight of the 12-bore then my advice would be to stick with it – you will find it steadier to shoot with than a lighter 20, and the effects of recoil from firing a long succession of cartridges will be reduced too.

By the sounds of it you plan to shoot just for fun but if you should decide to get competitive you will quickly see that nearly all the other women out there shoot 12s.

Very few pick a 20-bore.

It’s fair to say that the little 20-bore really comes into its own in game shooting where, compared to clay shooting, you’re highly unlikely to fire as many cartridges in such short spaces of time as happens on a shooting ground.

Regardless of which gun you choose in the end, just make sure the stock is altered to suit, ‘er um, a lady’s very particular shape.

It needs to be the right length at toe with more cast than you usually find on a gun being used by a man.

The right stock dimensions to suit a woman’s frame will go a long way to avoiding unnecessary painful bruising.