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  1. Brush cutter pants or a pair of chaps as noted above. A coat and hunting vest that does not inhibit your ability to mount your gun. Lots of orange. Vest, hat, coat. You want to be seen by your fellow hunters. In States where upland game is popular, "hunter shot while another hunter was swinging on game" is a common hunting accident. Some sort of eye protection, if you don't normally wear glasses. Good gloves that afford some protection against the cold, while also allowing good grip on your gun, and ability to get your finger on the trigger. Make sure the gloves will do
  2. Define, "not patterning well." Is it not hitting your point of aim? Or do you think the patterns don't look good, and if so, what are you basing that on?
  3. Sorry Cathy, I have to disagree. I have a strong feeling about these guns. Please...do not ruin your child's shooting introduction with one of those NEF "Pardner" single shot shotguns. Potentially the worst thing you can do to a kid. Only do this if you want your kid to hate their introduction to the shooting sports. They are really light, which equals heavy recoil. Really heavy triggers, which are hard for small fingers to pull. Really heavy external hammer (external hammers are dangerous, hard for young folks to cock, and almost impossible for young thumbs to decoc
  4. Try Spike's recommendation on taking it back to the shop where you got it, but if they say, too bad, your problem, it is perfectly legal to ship firearms in the US Postal service, or UPS, or FedEx, or whatever. I just use the US Postal Service. If the gun is going back to the manufacturer, it is perfectly legal for you to mail it. Package it properly (the boxes the gun usually come packaged in are NOT good enough.) You need a HEAVY cardboard box and packing peanuts or styrofoam. The gun MUST be unloaded, which should be obvious. Do not put anything on the packaging th
  5. I'll offer my opinion on the trap part of the question. First, there are better choices than the Condor. How old is he, and how big a boy is he? Trap is a 12 gauge game. It would be better if you could get him started with a 12 gauge with light loads. A Remington 1100 is a great choice for a starter trap gun. or a Browning BT-99 micro. If he's too small for a 12 gauge, a Remington 1187 20 gauge youth gun is a really good choice to get kids started. For trap, if you go with the 20 gauge, start him off with a modified choke, and 7/8 ounce target loads with number 7-1/2
  6. timb99

    SD Pheasant

    Cathy, You MUST go to South Dakota. I'll write you a permission slip if you need one.
  7. timb99

    SD Pheasant

    Congrats. I am translucent green with envy.
  8. Nevertheless, good hunting! I'd still take it to the taxidermist! Its cool! I have heard of, and even seen photos of albino pheasants, and melanistic mutant pheasants. Both very rare and cool looking.
  9. The photo is not clear, but I'm not sure what you have there is a "golden pheasant." Golden pheasants are virtually unheard of in the wild in the USA. I'm guessing what you have is a ring-necked pheasant with slightly mutated pigmentation Here's what a golden pheasant looks like.
  10. It was 8" high at what distance (BTW, that's great for an ATA trap gun)? If it patterns high, obviously you need to lower the comb. If you lowered the comb, and it still patterns high, are you are "peeking" to get a "figure 8" with the beads? If so, forget that. Are you seeing a lot of rib between the beads when you mount the gun? Also, when you look through the barrel at some light colored object, are the "rings" inside the barrel all concentric? If they are not, the barrel may be bent. If all else fails, add an "add on" rib (yeah, I know it sucks to have to mess wi
  11. saym14 If you shoot the gun at dusk (depending on the ammo you may use), you will sometimes see a flash out the muzzle and ports. I have found ported barrels, be it shotgun or rifle, to be noticeably louder than un-ported. And everyone I know who does a lot of sport shooting (skeet, trap, sporting clays) complains about cleaning the ports. Its a common complaint.
  12. M1014 No, you are right, I am not familiar with the gun you mention. I answered the question in the context it was raised, that is, "...shooting clays, trap, skeet, throwing our own and a little dove or pheasant hunting now and then..."
  13. I have nothing to add right now. I'm in Africa. Which is killing me because I really want to be out pheasant hunting. However, next fall (which for me starts some time in March) I plan to go out and do some upland game bird hunting. They hunt pigeons, dove, a bird called the francolin (looks like a small hen pheasant without long tail feathers) and guinea fowl.
  14. Oh, and they DO make the gun louder (bad in a duck blind) and have been known to blow hot plastic wad chunks out the ports, too.
  15. Absolutely, positively, a waste of money (for shotguns, anyway.) The much ballyhooed sales propaganda of drastically reduced recoil are bogus. Well regarded ballistics calculations show porting can only reduce recoil by about 2 to 4 percent, at most. Well over 90% of shotgun recoil is due to the mass of the shot and wad, and only a little due to gas jetting out the barrel. Ports work by redirecting some of the jetting gases laterally, instead of axially along the barrel centerline. Rifles, on the other hand, have a much higher percentage of their recoil attributable to jetting
  16. "...a little better velocity with the same shot-load..." Although technically true, the reality is that the difference is not measurable for shotguns. Rifles, yes. Shotguns, not enough that you can measure it accurately. A friend of mine tested this with a really stupid expensive Oehler Induction Chronograph, two virtually identical barrels (one 28", one 32"), and factory shells. What he found was the standard deviation of one shell to the next in a box of shells is greater than the measurable difference between a 32" barrel and a 28" barrel. BTW, my CZ 712 semi
  17. A few thoughts on your post: 1. The day you think you think you really have something "figured out" is the day you have made a mistake. You'll soon learn that you don't even know yet what you don't know. This applies to everything in life, not just firearms. 2. Never sell a gun. You may not need it today. But you might later. Or it'll fall into the category of, "man, I wish I'd never sold that gun." Which tends to happen 10 or 20 years from now, and the reasons are myriad (sentimental, the value went waaaay up, now you have a need, etc.) 3. You are new to the whole fir
  18. Funny, I have an Ithaca Model 37 in 16 gauge. Great upland gun. I bought a youth uplander for my daughter about 10 years ago (which was a mistake, but that's a different story.) It seems to be reasonably well made, although its not the prettiest gun. Really hasn't been shot much, so its hard to tell how it will stand the test of time. I have toyed with getting an uplander in 16 gauge, just to have a 16 gauge SxS. So I'm not a good source of feedback for the uplander.
  19. Unless you are an expert shot, and don't plan on taking shots on pheasants at more than about 25-30 yards, I'd go with the sweet 16 over the 28. I love the 28 gauge, especially for skeet. And no doubt, you can kill pheasants with a 28. But the 16 is a little more versatile. You can load it heavy for pheasants, or you can put light loads in it for quail. Your mileage may vary.
  20. This is absolutely, positively, a matter of personal preference. Most semi-autos are pretty reliable, though there are a few more things to go wrong when compared to a pump gun. Pump guns are very reliable, and if you practice a lot, you can squeeze off shots almost as fast as an autoloader. Whatever you get, the most important thing is GUN FIT!!! The gun has to fit you. This is critical if you want to hit what you are shooting at. Good luck.
  21. Are you using reloads or factory cartridges? If reloads, are you full-length sizing or just neck sizing? If just neck sizing, is the brass you are using from this gun, or have they been used in a different gun?
  22. Adam, I still don't believe there's any benefit, at all, to adding a mag extension on a hunting gun. I'd rethink that one. Just my opinion.
  23. Adam, You might want to check with the range you plan to shoot clay targets at. Most of them only allow one shell in the chamber, none in the magazine when shooting trap, and one in the chamber, one in the magazine only, when shooting skeet or sporting clays.
  24. timb99


    Stoeger makes a Condor Combo in both regular grade and supreme grade that come with a 12 gauge barrel set and a 20 gauge barrel set. However, you must buy the combo to get the barrels. If you have a 12 gauge, they will not sell you the 20 gauge barrel set aftermarket. At least, that's what others have said when they contacted Stoeger to ask this questions. Never hurts to give them a call (I don't recommend e-mailing them) but I suspect the answer will be no.
  25. Super, It was kind of tongue-in-cheek, as I agree with you in that generalization. But in this case, he's one smart guy. Serves on the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code committee that makes the rules for designing high pressure pipe. I put more faith in his guesses than in most people's facts.
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