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Everything posted by timb99

  1. Congratulations Zach I met your coach Shawn Dulohery (and many of your Lindenwood teammates) last week. Best of luck, and hope to see you in the Olympics in 2012!
  2. Two e-mails sent.


    Good luck,



  3. E-mail sent. good luck.



  4. True, but the 20 gauge 1187's are a lot lighter than the 12's and the youth model has a 21 inch barrel, which helps. For young kids just starting out, recoil is the biggest fun-killer. The 1187 is very soft on recoil, in part due to its gas operation, but also in part due to its weight. Plus, when you're first teaching them to shoot, its not like they're going to be carrying the gun around for a long time. Have them put it in the gun rack when their arms get tired. Small arms can't hold those guns for long periods of time, no matter how light the gun is. Really good article
  5. Nope. Takes way too much time, requires precision instrumentation that costs way too much money, and I have a day job. I'm just trying to insert some reality into this. Come on...do you guys believe the claims Vince the Shamwow guy makes on his infomercials? Of course not. The claims the choke tube guys make are of the same flavor. I've studied enough physics (and applied them over my 27 year career) to know BS when I hear it. And I know enough ballistics to understand what is, and is not likely or possible. Yes, with a high speed camera, you can test whether a wad
  6. Now that's funny, right there. NOBODY, I repeat, nobody, is spending millions of dollars developing choke tubes. Nobody. Not Briley, not Carlson's, not Kicks, not Comp-n-Choke. There's no way they could be spending that kind of R&D money and also be staying in business making choke tubes. There's just not enough sales volume and profit margin on choke tubes to be spending millions on R&D. Not only that...they don't need to spend that R&D money. The people who make choke tubes are really, really good at machining steel parts to precise dimensions and tolerances,
  7. Mike, I know trap shooters who swear by Comp-n-Choke brand, but its primarily because they pattern really nicely. Most admit they can't tell any difference in recoil, but others swear there's a difference. Like they say, YMMV.
  8. Mike, No, it was not my intent to imply that. I was just saying that hard, buffered shot is really important to good, tight turkey patterns. I guess my bottom line is, buy a choke tube, try several different brands of shells, even different sizes of shot, and see what works best in your gun. If you don't like your results, try a different choke tube, and repeat the testing with different shells. If you like ported tubes, great, but I am skeptical of their claims. Tim
  9. Great pics, truckcop. Is that Sarasota Gun Club?
  10. You can believe what you want. Companies that sell chokes want you to buy THEIR chokes. And they'll tell you whatever you want to hear to get you to buy THEIRS. If you believe a salesman would NEVER lie to you to get you to buy something, you can surely believe that a choke tube company would never lead you astray, right? I don't "buy" what salesmen tell me. I'm a registered professional engineer, and I'd rather let physics do the talking. Extended choke tubes pattern better because they have a longer parallel section? Really? Teague chokes have NO parallel sect
  11. Hey Zach, Thanks for the kind words. We really enjoy putting on the event, and if you guys have fun, that's our ultimate goal. Seems like everybody got a kick out of the new Argentina event. Hope you can make it to Powder Creek next March. Tim
  12. Two things a ported choke cannot do: 1. Reduce muzzle jump (unless all the ports are on the top, which they aren't, are they?) 2. Reduce calculated recoil by more than about 2%. What Novaking said is good advice.
  13. Here's a Kansas City Star article about an event I helped coordinate this past weekend: http://www.kansascity.com/2010/03/07/1796525/students-take-aim-in-annual-tourney.html Some pics: http://www.kansascity.com/2010/03/07/1796164/shootout-at-the-crossroads-collegiate.html (photographers evidently get a huge kick out of seeing spent hulls ejecting.)
  14. Live (Shawnee) and work (Overland Park) on the Kansas side of State Line.
  15. Briley makes good chokes. Ported chokes don't do what salesmen say they do (reduce recoil), but Briley chokes pattern well. Take it to the pattern board and see how it patterns.
  16. Never got, and still don't "get" the whole camo shotgun thing.
  17. timb99


    All guns behave differently. Even two samples of the same model. I'd say try them several different shell brands and use whichever one you feel works best in YOUR gun.
  18. Charles Daly is out of business. And their guns are not that great to start with. You'd be far better off buying an 870 or 1100/1187.
  19. 1187 Sportsman Youth. By far, the softest shooting gun of the bunch. And it can be turned into a full size model with a stock and a longer barrel. Or, you can probably sell it later for what you paid for it.
  20. "I also am not a big fan of the safety in front of the trigger - I do not find this ergonomic." Nor do I, but Winchester, among others, has been doing it this way for years. You'll get accustomed to it. Regarding the trigger guard hitting yoru middle finger, I have heard people having this problem before. I think its more of a problem of how this particular gun fits your hand/finger (or vice-versa) than it is a design flaw (which it isn't because most people don't have this problem.) I think someone (try Brownells) sells a padded "thing" you can put on your trigger guard that
  21. I know that but with a ported you mite lose distance am I right or wroung? No Porting for a shotgun choke has little to no effect on anything, except noise. Porting can reduce recoil in rifles, but is limited to about 2% recoil reduction in shotguns. The only way to know is to get a choke and pattern your gun.
  22. timb99

    snap caps

    I asked my buddy to weigh in on this subject a while back. He has a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in machine design and strength of materials. Alas, I have only a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering, so obviously, he's smarter than me. His answer? It depends. It depends on the material and the level of stress seen in the sprung (cocked position) and the unsprung (hammer down) position. Metals used for springs DO INDEED take a set, that is, if kept in a stressed condition for long periods of time, the metal will actually "creep" (an
  23. Recommend you call Benelli customer service directly to answer this question.
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