Friday, August 26, 2016

Boomer...




The birthday present is home at last. I haven't gotten to take it to the range yet. We are still having hot weather, and Dad is not fond of getting up early at this point in his life. I really want to take him along as he instigated this & ponied up half the cost.
The guys at my local shop put a hi vis front bead on it, gave me some choke options, and a couple boxes of shells.

 
He ain't pretty, but he's mine and I am anxious to start sporting clays, among other things.  (I have enough of my puck biscuits saved up to practice for quite some time.) Any tips you care to share are welcomed, can't promise I will implement, but I am willing to listen and learn.

I realized this evening as I was outside whacking the brush into some rough semblance of a hedge, that all I had wished for was a shot gun for my birthday.  I could have wished for a lot of other things; like a new dress, or new boots, or some great new lingerieThose things never even crossed my mind, what is it with that, I like those things I guess I thought the shot gun was more practical. 

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  1. Haven't seen one of these in years, looks it might be a Browning pump, 12 gauge, ventilated rib. I had one very similar perhaps 35 years ago. 12 gauge shotguns kick like a mule, and shooting skeet with them will tear your shoulder up in short order after maybe a box or two of bird loads.

    If you plan on doing a lot of skeet shooting, moving down to a 20 gauge would save a lot of wear and tear on you. Of course, since you already have popped for this unit, that would be a problematic solution to a yet non-existent problem.

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    1. Fredd,
      I think you are spot on, I have Dad's old Ithaca 12 ga and it does kick pretty good. I can shoot it, just not all day.
      This one is a Remington 870 20 ga pump, less kick, less weight, more choke/barrel options. And it fits me better. So I'm thinking it was the right choice. After I've put a couple boxes through it, I'll know whether that is true or not.

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    2. Nice shotgun. Twenties are sweet. I have one very like that one (20 ga). I put a cuts compensator on the barrel and can dial in the choke. It works for bird and skeet loads.

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    3. LL,
      Interesting, I have so much to learn. There is talk out there that the Cutts comp is old school for skeet, but that it works, that it considerably reduces recoil, but makes it a bunch louder. Your thoughts.

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    4. I've had that shotgun since I was a boy. It's how my grandpa set it up so I don't plan to change it. I shoot a Browning Lightning (over/under) for skeet and trap that belonged to my father and can bust clays reliably.

      Back to the 20, I don't know what choke is on it now. Likely "Improved Cylinder" or "Modified" and that's where I'd shoot it (modified). Full choke gives you more range and if you're going for pheasants or large birds, you might want it. It depends on how you want to use it.

      I really (personally( don't care how loud a sporting shotgun is. The 20 ga. is a good shooting firearm as presently configured, and you may not need to do anything.

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    5. How great to have things of your grandpa and dads! My brother has most of the family guns.
      I'm thinking that the 20 ga will work at sport'n clays, food getting, and high speed wireless home protection.

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    1. For some weird reason, I feel like I'm supposed to tell a 6 page story about 20ga shotguns, twisty hair and bowhunting, but I don't have any of those stories. What is it about you??? :)

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    2. GruntOfMonteCristo,

      I have no idea what it is, but I'm willing to hear your other stories...

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    1. Old NFO,
      I sure hope you meant in shot guns, and not lingerie!

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  4. We can buy practical for ourselves. Birthdays should be about dreams and yours was.
    Have fun and kill those clays.

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    1. Arkansas Patti,
      Yep, that's why I bought it. Shooting clays or in my case biscuits, is really fun.

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  5. I still take my Remington 20 gauge out on special occasions when I feel like shooting up the desert and/or rabbits. It's a fine and reliable shotgun. The 20 will save your shoulder a bit of wear and tear.

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    1. Euripides,
      Thanks for the input, glad to see others enjoying their boomsticks.

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  6. That's a great birthday present. It will give you years of fun, as a good present should.

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    1. c w swanson,
      Thanks, I'm looking forward to having fun with it.

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  7. As a child we never had the money for target practice and all my Dad had was a 22 which he let us shoot on rare occasions. I guess he must have had a shotgun, because in the fall he did go bird hunting.

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    1. Tabor,
      We have always had guns, and as little kids we where taught the rules to that responsibility.
      Dad was always more of a bird hunter than I, though I did guide duck hunters for a while.

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  8. I have so many and no idea what to do with any of them. You are my idol.

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    1. Granny Annie,
      Gosh, I'm speechless. Well almost speechless, take them to the local range, (wear your red wig with the new twisty), and have a gentleman show you how to use them... Have fun!

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  9. Keep that baby tight into your shoulder. You're going look sexy toting that baby.

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    1. Woodsterman,
      The berserker look is more like it...lol

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