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  1. Well, sometimes it is a bad shot or an extra tough bird, but even a well placed shot can fail to hit enough vital areas to give an immediate kill. I am convinced that steel makes it more likely. You have to use larger pellets which usually means fewer on target (not as many total pellets and a more open pattern). The pellets are larger, but don't penetrate as well, especially at distance. I went hunting a little over a week ago and used 3 inch #6 Hevi and some steel that I needed to use up. I got four birds, all on Hevi shot. No birds with steel. How much more expensive Hevi is depends on how
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    The Benelli web site says that the recoil reducer is only available for the 12 gauge. I don't know what size shells your wife will be shooting, but my 13-year-old daughter uses a youth model 20 ga Nova Pump, and she has shot as many as 92 field loads in an hour without a problem. She is only 5’1’’ and 105 lb. The M1 will also shoot a little softer than the Nova.
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    The choke manufacturer might be able to give you some guidance, but in general, I would agree with dblcluck. Remington's web sight mentions full chokes for buckshot. Mossberg's web site says that extra full turkey chokes are NOT recommended for buckshot. At the very least, if you are talking about lead, you would probably end up with deformed pellets that would fly wild and blow your pattern. With steel and Hevishot, I think you would eventually get damage (if not on the first shot), and the damage could be to the barrel, not just the choke. If you have a safe place to do it, pattern your gun
  4. Well, it really doesn't have to do with what I want to believe, it is just a complicated subject, and it is just physics and I can't change the physics (and boy are we way off subject-by the way, I can't have an opinion on the original question because I don't have a ported gun to tell you whether I like it or not-I have considered it on some of my big rifles). I have seriously considered porting a 12 gauge for my daughter (if I did/do, I would let Ballistic Specialties or Magnaport do it-I trust both of them). Before I let someone cut on an expensive gun barrel, I really wanted to find
  5. Don't know what Benelli's official stance is, but I used Hevi Shot in my Monte duck hunting Tuesday, and I will never use anything else again. The stuff is wonderful. Keep in mind it shoots even tighter than steel, so skeet and improved cylinder chokes are best. The chokes need to be OK for steel shot (I used an extended IC choke and took a big mallard from 50 yards with number 6 shot (three pellets in the breast) in a 3 inch shell). Remington, for one, uses extra thick shot cups to protect the barrel, but I would still stick with the "no choke tighter than modified" advice. Use 4 or 6 shot fo
  6. Actually, the inertia system has nothing to do with pressure; gas operated guns like the 11-87 operate on pressure (But that is not strictly true because it is the expanding gas pushing the shot charge out of the barrel that moves the gun in the opposite direction that is required by the inertia system.) If it operated on pressure like a Remington 11-87, putting the butt of the gun up against a wall would not stop cycling, as Benelli says it does (and now I am getting ready to venture way out on a limb where I have no business). At some point, reducing recoil enough will cause cycling problems
  7. For the inertia system to work, the bolt has to try and stay in the same place while the rest of the gun moves rearward under recoil. Anything that reduces recoil, such as a lighter load, could reduce it to a point where the gun will not cycle. There are some people that are of the opinion that porting does not significantly reduce recoil, and if that is the case, it would not affect cycling, but it also wouldn't reduce recoil. I would think that the effect of porting could be easily determined experimentally, but that is a different subject. It will increase noise.
  8. Just don't forget to put it back in. I have had a wildlife officer come around during dove season and make everyone shuck the shells out of their gun to check capacity. Better to have a rattle than the alternative.
  9. I purchased a youth model for my daughter, and it has worked well so far.
  10. My Monte forearm doesn't rattle either, but if the wood is tight, there is not much else it could be other than the plug. Why don't you try removing the plug to see if it goes away? If it does, you can try mudhen's suggestion to tighten it. If yours is loose, it might be easy to pull out for a quick check.
  11. Birddog, I actually didn't know until last week when I was wandering around Mack's Prairie Wings that Environmetal makes shells (thought Remington had purchased exclusive rights). I have HeviShot #6 right now, but will try some Environmetal when they are gone. Should burn them in a couple of duck hunts I have scheduled the week after Christmas. This new shot reminds me of my first duck hunt years ago when I used #6 lead in a double 16 ga.
  12. All of the Hevi Shot info you need is on the Remington web site. They have a .pdf pamphlet that gives number of pellets in a 40" circle at different chokes. I think Hevi shot will shoot at least as tight as steel, because the shells have buffer in them. Buffer tends to give you about one more level of tightness in "effective choke constriction". The site also has a 5 minute video with demonstrations. Essentially, even though 1 3/8 of Hevi shot has fewer pellets than 1 3/8 of steel, Hevi puts more hits on target. You also shouldn't need 3.5 inch shells if they even make them. Hevi is like
  13. The Montefeltro I purchased this year is standard grade, and it came with a hard case (inside a cardboard box).
  14. I have mostly dealt with blued guns, and have never had rust problems. In general they are wiped after handling. Guns brought in from the cold after a hunt are allowed to warm to room temperature inside before cleaning. This allows any moisture that condenses on the cold gun to dry off in the relatively low indoor humidity of a heated home. After cleaning, they should be stored in some secure place other than the case you transport them in. A couple of years ago, my 870 Express (a painted gun) and I went fully under water in flooded timber. I emptied it out and finished my hunt. Back at t
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