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bambihunter last won the day on June 14

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About bambihunter

  • Birthday 04/21/1971

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    I'm around age 50. I am somewhat of a high-tech redneck. I like both modern electronics, but still love the outdoors and having the knowledge of the old ways. I bought my first Benelli, an HK import SBE in '94 so that I would have one shotgun that could do it all. It worked and I only had it (and a .410) for the next 20 years. But, then I started getting interested in the other models starting with a pair of M3T folding stock models. I continued on buying a HK M1, and HK Montefeltro. More recently I acquired a M4 model that was built out with telescoping stock, extended mag, extra shell holders, etc along with the requisite 922r parts. I bought the holy grail also; the M4 H20 11711 model that is NIB. I still am looking for other great Benelli guns in LNIB condition.
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    near Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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    Hunting, fishing, shooting, and gun collecting
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    I.T. - Systems Administrator / Engineer
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  1. CeraCoat is good, but not NP3 good. It is however fine in most instances. My pocket CCW pistol has been CeraCoat'd twice now. It gets a lot of sweat and salts on it during the hot summer months. I would bet big money that if I would have had it NP3, that it would outlast me.
  2. Good. I was REALLY thinking about it. I have an original 11711 unfired, and a black version with the same items. But, I still almost exclusively shoot my inertia guns. Hopefully it went to a good home. 🙂
  3. 11711 model? Or, was this a pistol grip model from the start?
  4. For our 20 gauge Montefeltro, it required more effort than any of my 12 gauge Benelli's. I loaded the shells for a while for my wife. After ~75-125 rounds down and up the tube, it let up. This was a nearly new looking HK import model from early 90's. Could have been sticky from it not being used, but removing the spring and follower and scrubbing it, and putting dry lube (never use wet in mag tube) nothing changed. Only actual use freed it up. We used live fire, but loading a snap cap repeatedly while sitting and watching TV might work too.
  5. Here is the listed solution (from 7 years ago).
  6. If he doesn't get it, PM me the info. He gets first dibs though.
  7. More often than not, it is the recoil spring that goes into the buttstock that causes the bolt not to lock. If you tap forward the bolt handle and it rotates and clicks in, I'd bet that is what it is unless it is in fact dirty. Benelli has gotten an undeserved reputation for the bolt not locking when shooting heavy loads at high angles (and eventually any angle) with the factory spring. Sometimes it is the spring itself, other times crud gets down in there and mucks up the smooth travel. StrangerDanger has a great how-to somewhere on here if you want to tackle opening it up. Here it is: Here is the spring if you end up needing it. This goes into the buttstock portion. https://freedomfightertactical.com/collections/benelli-m1/products/the-fft First though, to your original question, I've gone well over a thousand rounds in between ANY cleaning. I normally clean more often than that, but it rarely is dirty. I always use only dry lube on friction surfaces on the bolt sliding portion, as well as on the frame rails where it meets. Your issue isn't a failure to feed, but another thing I have seen is people use wet lube in the mag tube. In the fall hunting, this will get dried dust and grasses inside and they it won't feed properly. Some of my fellow hunters were complaining about how Benelli sucked. Sometimes I'd buy it from them, clean it up properly, and then use it on our next outing together. Quite a few times, they ended up buying it back from me (after admitting it wasn't the guns fault).
  8. RX, as a consumer, I really appreciate your openness and explanations for design choices. It's easy for one to sit here and say I'd do it this way, but when referring to bolt weight for instance, I wouldn't have thought of that until a product I would make (if I had the skills), didn't work. I wish more companies were like this. 😉
  9. I had lost track of this thread and didn't realize you had responded SD until it was bumped recently. I'll try to check that out soon. Thanks.
  10. As far as current selling price, look at GunBroker.com. Do an Advanced Search. There is an option to show you ended sales and it has the selling price. This is more accurate than looking at just the current list price since some people inflate the price hoping to snag a sucker.
  11. Clay target shooting encompasses a few different styles. If you are not a hunter, then a good O/U is what most seem to go for mostly, especially on trap. Personally, I used to have a shotgun for upland game, another for pheasant, yet another for sporting clays, another for trap, another for waterfowl, etc. The problem was every time I switched sports, I was ineffective for a bit until my muscle memory adjusted. Circa 1994, I heard about the Super Black Eagle that could shoot everything from 2.75" - 3.5" without adjustments. After a 6 hour trip to see and hold one, I saved my pennies and later bought one. In no time at all, I found I was better at all of the sports I enjoyed using a single gun. One by one all those other shotguns got sold except my Remington 1100LW .410. I am a better shot because of it. The old adage about "carry what you practice" regarding using your actual CCW gun for practice rings true here too.
  12. For some reason, I think the new look makes it look cheap(ish). I like the older look better. I like the slab sides better too. While the C-stock might be more practical than folding, I'll still take the folders:
  13. While you are technically correct, I was using SBE 1 to denote the original as a separate model. All 3 models are colloquially as SBE. So, I used 1 to denote I was basically asking if it was NOT an SBE 2 or 3. I am still rocking the original cast recoil rod link and springs in mine. I still (26 years now) put at least a couple thousand rounds a year through mine. Maybe I am just lucky. Maybe it is because I am meticulous in cleaning even though these don't need much except after a dunk in the water which has happened several times to me duck hunting. I don't know.
  14. Like these? Oddly, they did not skyrocket in price like I expected them to with the craze with guns such as the SPAS-12 going for $4,500+ where 2 years ago they were $1,800. The SPAS-12, SPAS-15, and the M3 are the only ones I can think of off the top that has the pump/semi-auto functionality. There are probably others (if so, please remind me). I'll weigh in on this since I have (or have had) those mentioned... The M3 is a very versatile shotgun. I understand it could be ideal for police and security to be able to use less-lethal rounds. I believe the M4 shoots the softest of any of these inertia guns (not including my 20 gauge Montefeltro). However, I think the most versatile of the modern Benelli lineup is the SBE for hunting thanks to its 3.5" chamber. With the right combination of barrels, and other accessories it can go from competent home defense gun to goose/turkey hunting in a minute. M4 can do most of that, but with the shorter chamber, it limits its capability some particularly for large birds (Geese, cranes, etc) With the exception of my M4's, all of my current Benelli's are HK Import models. I've got an M1T, shot an M2 in competition until someone offered me way more than I had in it. I have these 2 M3T Folders as well as an unfired 11711 H2O M4, and a regular M4 with the c-stock, extended mag tube, etc. I've also got a 20 gauge Montefeltro and two SBE's, with all barrel options including both a complete SBE1 and SBEII set along with a slug barrel along with the required modified forearm with Leupold VX-2 SLAM scope (not pictured). When I was younger, we had an SL-80 (predecessor to the 121-M1 if I remember right). It was my very first exposure to the inertia system. Previously I had only been around recoiling barrel, gas-operated, pump, and break-action single shots. M1T: I have straight and pistol grip stock, and two barrels.
  15. They'd probably still warranty it, but you'd likely be out the cost of the NP3 treatment.
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