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mudhen

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  1. I shoot a few guns that I don't really like. My current turkey gun is a BPS. I shoot it because it patterns the best of all my shotguns. It is heavy and cumbersome. It is as smooth as 80 grit sandpaper. It is nearly impossible to clean. It collects dust and sand like a Dyson vacuum. It kicks like a mule. But, it tosses a very good pattern, so I carry the gun around. I just bought a new 870 yesterday. Couldn't pass up the deal. It's an 870 SM in MO Bottomland, and comes with a few bells and whistles. I probably will not love it. But it might be 'the' next turkey gun, so I'm going to give it a try. The Nova has done nothing for me over the years. Hard to pattern rattletraps, no thanks....
  2. Some years this is true, but not every year, and certainly not a given if you only spend a short period of time there But, being from MoMo, it's pretty near and dear to my heart, and I enjoy hunting there in general. I'll put in my time and see what happens:
  3. I just contacted all of our outfitters and asked for the use of as many blinds as possible. Also, I plan on sitting in some deer blinds and old barns. They tend to move around all day in the rain, unless it's a real downpour, so there is always a chance
  4. Rain will likely shut most things down or at the very least, throw things off their normal schedule. Best bet is to try to nail one right off the roost. I've done this in a driving rainstorm. But after the roost, everything changes. For years, I've run & gun in the rain with very limited success, but this year, I will not even bother. I'm going to set up a blind, or at least my big umbrella, put out every decoy I own, and sit there like a bump on a wet log. The birds will move all day, mostly likely in a group, all wet and miserable, but they will move. I'll try to find any sort of pattern, and just wait for them. Sadly, I'll be hunting MoMo, Kansas, and Nebraska all next week, and I predict it will be a total disaster. I will be very lucky to get even one bird. But, it happens, and there is nothing we can do about it, so I'll give it my best
  5. Yes, just the ones you are looking at. Other than some slug guns and some turkey guns, which logically might require a base at some time, I think virtually no regular shotguns come drilled and tapped as a standard feature. Water can get in the holes and cause rusting, the plugs and/or cover screws are not really appealing visually, etc. The SN's you mention are supposed to come drilled & tapped....
  6. Sort of an odd subject. The website specifications only show 'drilled & tapped' for a few models; Steady Grip, Tactical, etc. But you say all of your SN's came drilled & tapped, and my SBE II in Max4 came drilled and tapped, so I don't know what to think? I'd say no, based on the current specifications, your M2 should not have come drilled and tapped. But there is something strange going on. Maybe Benelli did drill some guns before, and now have stopped? I do know that I have read some complaints from folks that do not like their gun being drilled for them. They don't like holes in their guns unless they wanted them there in the first place. I'm going to guess that Benelli did drill in the past, but stopped for some models for some reason, probably related to the cost...
  7. Hope nobody minds a post about 2010 turkey hunting photos! Conditions were tough. Birds living in backyards - being fed - can't blame them - much safer than those dark scary woods..... Went in with high hopes, came out very happy to get the one bird! Mt. Shasta, CA Hmmm, where would I go if I was a turkey?
  8. Looks like cosmetic damage at the worst. Doubt it will affect the functionality at all. I've read about various gel pads losing some material, but all the replies I have seen from Benelli and Beretta say it's normal wear and tear. I suppose you could complain to Benelli CS and see if they will give you a new pad. The fancy recoil pad on my new Maxus started to fall apart after a few hunts. I complained about it when I sent it back for repair after the gas piston spring broke. Browning replaced the pad while it was back there.
  9. Just about done here at home. Now on to a few other states. I'm excited about the trips, but I am almost certain the weather is going to be a major factor in my success, or lack thereof, this year..... Sorry I'm the picture. Insert some demeaning comment from Tucker here
  10. I shoot 3.5" H-13 #6's & #7's. I do so because they pattern well in my guns and seem to be very effective in the field. I loaned my gun to a buddy last weekend. He returned with a big tom and a wide-eyed expression on his face. He had taken a long shot and had crushed the bird. I try to use the best equipment that I can reasonably afford
  11. Nice bird, the gun is simply awesome in that camo
  12. One of my better toms
  13. Thats good to know. My next gun purchase was going to be a 10ga auto, hearing this it makes it more likely. Definetly want the auto, not a pump. No doubt about it - regular 10 gauge factory waterfowl loads are almost pleasant to shoot given the heft of most 10 gauge guns, be they semi-autos or pumps. And oh boy, does the 10 gauge pattern well with steel shot I will buy another 10 gauge some day, just not right now...
  14. Last year I shot almost 200 12 gauge H-13 2.25 oz loads in 3-4 shooting sessions with no problems at all. I thought a few of the 10 gauge Nitros would be a piece of cake. They weren't for me 10 gauge waterfowl loads kicked like a 20 gauge though....
  15. Something from Nitro, 4x5x7 or something like that. H-13 is making 10 gauge in 6's & 7's next year I have heard...
  16. Tried the 10 ga BPS route. Got some 500-550+ patterns at 40 yards. Just didn't like the recoil, so I sold it Getting 300+ with 12 ga H-13 #7's now, so I think I'm going to be ok....
  17. This being a turkey hunting forum, I presume you are asking about longer barrels patterning better for turkey hunting guns. Advanced pattern testing shows some longer barrels can be better for turkey loads. Worst guns I have ever tried to pattern have been 24" bbl guns 26 & 28 has gone better....
  18. I've got a 1991 SBE with maybe 20,000+- rounds through it. It has blown two ejector plates, but has worked well for the most part. I replace a recoil tube spring every few years
  19. I have always heard good things about PG chokes and Benelli shotguns. Yes, Old Gobbler is the place to look around....
  20. This one: #0005 http://indiancreekss.com/home.htm
  21. I'm using the BPS 12 with the IC .665 + H-13 #7's 2.25 oz. I did try to tune my SBE II with the #7's, but was not able to come up with anything that printed very close to the BPS. But, some guys over at Old Gobbler are dialing in the SBE II and H-13 #7's. Just go check out the shooting section and search by SBE. I recall hearing that Pure Gold chokes are working well. Good luck!
  22. mudhen

    Is it me ?

    H-13 #5 is a great load - probably under-rated with all the new salt shot coming out. It can be an absolute crusher
  23. Sounds like the gun is sold already. Good deal for $700? Cost is probably $850 these days. I've never owned/wanted an 18.5" smooth-bore before. But, the gun is probably $1000-$1100 new, so $700 may not be that bad....
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