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Parker last won the day on October 12 2016

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About Parker

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  • Birthday 08/20/1955

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    Somewhere in New Jersey
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    Hunting, fishing, all types of target shooting (I.E. high power, skeet and trap, sporting clays, NRA Bullseye) reloading, shooting fine doubles (and wishing for more,) upland bird hunting.
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  1. Thanks for the input. I'll test the waters with a 2X EER scope I dug up. If I like it, I may take the plunge for a real scope. I thought it was funky at first but it doesn't look so bad when mounted and with the low power I can keep both eyes open. Originally this shotgun wore the two-piece cantilever mount but I removed the rear piece that hung over the receiver. With the scope mounted forward the shotgun feels trimmer and loses some weight as well.
  2. Can anyone recommend from experience an LER/EER scope they've used with success? I'm looking for a low-powered 'scope that I'll be mounting "scout style" on a shotgun. Fixed-power is my preference, 2X or 2.5X would be ideal. These models seem few and far between today, and some makers have thrown an "IER" (intermediate eye relief) model in the mix as well. Leupold or Burris would be my preference. Something like this Burris would be ideal, just can't seem to find it anywhere in stock: https://www.burrisoptics.com/scopes/scout-riflescopes-series/scout-riflescope-2.75x20mm Leupold modified their design over the years, this is the only fixed power they offer now: https://www.leupold.com/scopes/rifle-scopes/fx-ii-scout-ier-2-5x28mm Just curious if anyone has any experience with either model. Thanks
  3. The MBA predicts an epic increase in lending/mortgage originations for 2021. The highest number since 2005(?) and even higher in 2022 with the potential for a rate increase. The recession was happening before the pandemic began. We would have recovered by end of year but Covid19 has only made things worse. Yet homes in foreclosure are on the rise. Temporary housing, with the potential for 29 million renters in 12.6 million households face evictions in the U.S. (Eviction Lab - Princeton,) is kinda scary. Other estimates predict a higher estimate at 30-40 million. Yet residential homes in my town list and sell in the same day. If they don't sell the day they list it's because they go into a bidding war with multiple buyers that lasts only a few days. Everyone moving into my town is from New York. Those that live in the city, work in the city, find convenient commuting from here to there by car, bus or train. Realtors here are busy, and so are mortgage lenders. I'm dying to know how many people leave New Jersey in 2020.
  4. 34 out of 50 states authorize .22 caliber centerfire cartridges legal for deer hunting. Many meet the minimum of ft.-lbs. in energy for deer. Are they ideal for deer? In my opinion; no. Would you hunt deer with a .22 Hornet? Mmmmm, no. But a .22-250, .220 Swift, .22 Nosler, .224 Valkyrie, and defunct .225 Winchester with the right bullet in the right twist barrel can be the ticket in the hands of a competent shooter being selective with shot placement. Unfortunately, all those variables need to be met in order to be successful.
  5. https://casetext.com/regulation/new-jersey-administrative-code/title-7-environmental-protection/chapter-25-division-of-fish-and-wildlife-rules/subchapter-5-2017-2018-game-code/section-725-523-firearms-and-missiles-etc
  6. Love the 16 ga., provided it sticks to the tag line; "carries like a 20 and hits like a 12." It's a shame it's fallen out of favor.
  7. It's one of the most closely guarded secrets in Bergen County.
  8. SO true. Center-punch a pheasant too close with those mighty loads and you don't have much in the way of table fare. Another load folks swear by are heavy premium trap loads in 12 ga. w/ #7 1/2 shot. Other makers market these as "pigeon loads."
  9. There are lots of answers to this question. Are you hunting pheasants tramping the underbrush alone, hunting over a flushing dog, hunting over a pointing dog? Your method will dictate what you need. Flushing pheasants underfoot are supposed to be easy to hit and will drop with anything. Pheasants that flush far out and have time to get up steam are tough to bring down and when poorly hit they can travel a long distance, both in flight or worse by running on the ground. 12, 16 or 20 ga? When I was young (13) I thought you needed the heaviest loads to kill pheasants. Bigger was supposed to be better. In the 60's I stoked my grandfather's 16 ga. double with the same shells he used for pheasant and ducks; high brass #4's, #5's, #6's. Damn that light gun kicked like hell with 1 1/8 oz. & 1 1/4 oz. loads. I think I weighed 90 lbs. at the time. I didn't know any better, but thought I was doing it right. As I've grown older and wiser, and carried light guns and smaller gauge's, hunted over a good pointing dog, I learned you don't need such big loads to take down pheasants if you hunt them on your terms. My favorites that I put in my shell loops: 12 ga. handloaded 1 oz. of #6's or #5's @ 1235 fps 16 ga. handloaded 7/8 or 1 oz. #6's or #5's @ 1250 fps 20 ga. handloaded 7/8 oz of #6's @ 1350 fps or 1 oz. @ 1200fps of #6's or #5's When I can find copper-plated shot I prefer it, but magnum lead is fine. If you don't handled, factory premium shells use harder lead, so patterns are dense and uniform. But you won't know that until you pattern your gun with the loads you intend to use and determine what chokes are best. Every shotshell maker makes a premium "high velocity" pheasant load, but "field loads" are fine with pheasant with the appropriate shot. The ultimate, most-used pheasant load in a 12 ga. for decades has been the loading of 3 3/4 dr. - 1 1/4 oz. - #6 shot @ 1330 fps Pheasants can motor. Upon flight they average speeds of 45mph. Once underway they've been known to hit 60 mph.
  10. Spent a night on BB-59 in January many years ago with the Boy Scouts. I slept up again that steel bow, and damn it was cold! The kids loved every minute of the tour and overnight.
  11. Ruger quality? A half century ago; yes. Today it's hit or miss. They stand behind their products for sure but I can only see the New Haven, CT Marlin's holding their value even more or going up in price. Then you have early Remlin's with gremlins vs. "we finally fixed the bugs" Remlin's in between the new Ruglin's. Let's hope the Ruglin's are a cut above in quality.
  12. My friend has a case trimmer from Bair. His is from the 60's. The quality puts my RCBS trimmer from the 70's to shame.
  13. Very common with the retired LEO community still holding on to their duty/backup weapons. I never knew old Glock's and old Glock parts were a "thing." Who'd have thought these plastic guns would be sought after and "collectible?" https://www.glockjunkie.net/gens-1-2-oem-glock-parts-accessorie If you were an early Glocker, you would be familiar with the magazines they made and how they changed over a decade. Anyone who has magazines numbered 1, 2 or 3 can attest to this.
  14. I cover all my shotshell reloading with the following powders, and with these I can fill every need to load from 3/4 oz. loads up to 2 oz. in 20, 16 & 12 ga.: Red Dot Green Dot Blue Dot Clays International Clays Universal Clays Titewad WSF Hi-Skor 700X Blue Dot Longshot I know there are other shotshell powders out there but I've never had a need to try something new.
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