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Everything posted by lunker

  1. Happy Birthday Ray. From the wilderness of New Hampshire. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. HE, Didn't know you were an AH guy too. Atlantic Bagel is a great breakfast joint, and the folks there are really nice. PRECSPK is how I roll too (but on a kaiser bun). Sometimes I would go to Slaters for a change of pace, but would need to order the skinny sandwich. 2 inches of porkroll in a sandwich is just gross. I just sold my house on Park Ave after deciding our family loves it up here in New Hampshire. But we come back often to visit friends. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. I have never shot one, but they have a terrible reputation. You would be better off looking at the CZ over/unders.
  4. I got fitted for a gun at G&H. It was expensive, but came with a mini lesson. Beautiful clays course. Nice folks and very professional, but too upscale for my tastes. The 692 is a really nice gun. The new feature for turning ejectors i to extractors had some problems. I think it had to do with an o-ring. But Beretta probably has that worked out by now. I own the prior equivalent model, the 682 Gold E Sporting, and it is a great gun. Enjoy! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. For your stated use, the Mossberg 500 combo is a good choice. I would take it over a Remington 870 Express these days. The Remingtons are really rough out of the box these days with declining quality control. If you want something nicer, like a nice looking gun to pass down to your kids, a Remington Wingmaster would be a good choice. But duck hunting lends itself to having a beater gun and the Mossberg is great for that. If you are considering an AutoLoander, the Beretta A300 Outlander is a great choice and can be had for $700.
  6. It is basically a car battery with a plastic shell and carry handle, with a pump and charging display. You plug them in a wall outlet and the charge lasts a few months. I have had Craftsman ones and they worked great.
  7. I have too, in competition with birdshot. 00 Buck has a nasty recoil and blast. Recovery for a second shot is slower. I do agree that 20 gauges are often lighter, but there are purpose built defense guns in 20 gauge that are not lightweights. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. A 12/20 gauge shotgun is much more devastating a weapon than a 38 revolver, but... #1 - Does where you live support using a shotgun? Condos, Apartments, a home with loved ones in adjacent rooms? Any of these make it a questionable choice. Buckshot does not stop in drywall. Knowing your target and what is beyond it is really important here. If you fire, expect the blast to make it through a few rooms. And do NOT think that birdshot is an effective means of stopping someone. Go to www.boxoftruth.com to see how it stacks up. Very little penetration. Good for not going through walls. Bad for stopping bad guys. If you can say that you still want a shotgun, then a 20 gauge is a great choice. Half the recoil with 3/4 the effectiveness. That is a solid tradeoff in my opinion. If you want a 12 gauge, an alternative is an autoloader, where the action absorbs some of the recoil. Check out www.grabagun.com. They have a Black Friday sale on the Beretta 1301 Tactical shotgun, if you are interested in that route.
  9. Ha. That is forward thinking. I got a Henry kids lever gun in 22 for my girl.
  10. Thanks Nick. Following this thread...
  11. Great shop. I got a shotgun fitting done by them. I could walk around their store for hours. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Unless SA has changed their design, the Scout Squad is the shortest M1A rifle that still uses the standard M14 gas system. The 16" versions take non-standard parts. I like owning guns where replacement parts are plentiful from multiple sources. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. I am sticking with my HK P30 and P30L light Lem. It is the closest feel to a nice double action revolver that I like. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. I just looked at the AL391 listed in the classifieds. Good price on an excellent quality Beretta autoloader!
  15. I don't believe that any of the Walther PPQs I have ever shot have had 5.5 pound triggers. That is a stock Glock trigger. And I should have been more specific. The thing that REALLY scares me about the PPQ is the ultra-short reset. Shooting that gun after being use to Glocks and HKs had me accidentally doubling the PPQ way too often. I needed a much firmer grip than I was used to in order to prevent it.
  16. The Beretta 391 is a great gun. I like its looks better than my A400. So the real question is... what shotgun are you using the sale proceeds to purchase?
  17. Kevin, I like good looking guns and really wanted to not like the Vinci. But it shoulders and points more quickly than ANY 12 gauge I have ever handled, semi-auto or double. I think it may be the shape of the pistol grip. I feel like the camo pattern makes it ever so slightly less ugly. And that Ljutic is way uglier. And it shoots well enough that I am going to sell my Beretta A400 XCEL target gun, which says a lot.
  18. Just handled one up here in New Hampshire. Feels great. It still has that scary-light PPQ trigger.
  19. Nope. Sold it and bought the Beretta 682 from a guy in PA. I preferred the feel of the Beretta with an adjustable comb.
  20. Vlad is right about companies sharing parts. If you look at the bolt design on a new Beretta A400, you will notice a remarkable resemblance to the original Benelli rotating bolt head design. Additionally, if you like the Benelli Autoloaders but want a cheaper option, take a look at the Franchi guns. I believe they are made in the same factory, albeit with slightly different parts. Also, on the Benelli's, do not just judge by how they fit. Their inertial recoil design takes one of the advantages of semi-auto's, recoil reduction, and negates it. The bolt doesn't actually start traveling back until you have absorbed the full recoil impulse. Of course that said, it does lend itself to extreme reliability. I have a Benelli Vinci as a hunting (and occasional clays) gun. It is great. And they have a top notch warranty. beretta's warranty sucks (1 or 3 year), and their service department is terrible. So much so, that a shop in Maine (Cole's) has taken over the bulk of warranty work. And Cole's is a great place to deal with. Browning technically doesn't have a written warranty, but they are known to have excellent customer service and will fix problems for free. If you find yourself in New Hampshire any time in the near future, shoot me a PM. I am a recent escapee from Jersey. And I have a shotgun problem. I have several of the guns (or reasonable facsimiles thereof) you would be interested in trying. Beretta 682 Gold E Sporting (has same dimensions as 68X series Beretta sporting guns) Browning 725 field in 20 gauge (has same dimensions as 20 gauge 725 sporting model) Beretta A400 XCEL target, which I have been considering selling since I mainly shoot the 682. Benelli Vinci, which has nothing to do with guns you are looking for, but is just a remarkable gun in design and feel.
  21. I have a monstrously large cranium. All the reviews sound like these are perfect for me. I ordered 2 pair. Thanks DirtyDigz! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  22. The Mossberg JM Pro is a nice gun, but it is not a dedicated clays gun. If you are interested in 3 gun, or just like being able to blast fast shots, it would be a good choice. In my opinion, the weight distribution is not great for clay games. If you want an upland bird gun, it should be a light gun that is quick pointing and light in the barrels because most shots will be fast and going away from you. For a clays gun, you want the gun to be heavy with weight distributed towards the barrels to help smooth out your swing for crossing shots. The Browning Crossover Target and Beretta Silver Pigeon SP are the two best values in dedicated clay over/under guns. You will get more gun for your money though with an autoloader. Much of the expense in a nice shotgun is the barrel. With an O/U you are paying a lot for the second barrel. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  23. First of all, do not be seduced by inexpensive, good looking over/under shotguns unless possibly you are looking for a hunting "carry a lot, shoot a little" gun. They do not hold up to high volume shooting. Inevitably someone is going to chime in now and say "my stoger/yildiz/turkish whatchacallit has been perfect". That is great, but if you want a gun that will hold up, you are going to have to spend. If you don't have the cash, then follow Recessed Filter's lead and get a $200 Mossberg and start shooting. They aren't clay guns, but they are super durable. The good thing about a quality shotgun is that they are hard to wear out and easy to get rebuilt. Buying used is a good way to insure you get your money back when you sell it. If you are ok with quality autoloader, check out the Beretta 390/391 series. Great guns which are selling for less than $1k because they have been replaced by the 400 series. And the shims and swappable recoil pads mean that the gun can be made to fit anyone. If you go the o/u route, stick with a used browning or beretta and again, you will get your money back when you sell it. Don't go by name alone. The guns fit very differently. Browning stocks generally have more drop than Berettas (which I like), but have neutral cast (which I don't. I need 1/4" cast off for my fat face). If you buy used, keep an eye on the weight. If this is to be primarily a clays gun, you don't want anything less than 7pounds in a 12 gauge. If it is mainly hunting, then lighter is good. Walking around all days with an 8pound gun really sucks. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  24. I finally took out the M39. I was hitting a steel 12" silhouette every time at 150yards, and a swinging 4" target most of the time using regular Soviet surplus. The guy shooting his 91/30 down the line could 't believe his eyes. I do have a question for all you folks that shoot corrosive. Do you bring a squirt bottle of soapy water or windex with you to the range, or just wait until you get home. I used to throw my Arsenal AK74 in the shower when I got home from the range, but I won't do that to a gun with wood furniture. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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