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Matt D

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  1. Know what you mean, in 21 days (17 work days) I leave for 10 days of hunting in South Dakota. Have checked the SBE II's a coupel times and started piling gear in the garage. Have a good / safe hunt.
  2. Tuck, What color / pattern did you get yours dipped? I don't recall seeing a pic. Had one of mine dipped in digital cammo and love it.
  3. Get in line with Tucker and the rest of us south paws for a long-long wait. Talked to the VP of Marketing for Benelli USA at the SHOT Show a couple years ago about Left Handed 20's. He said less than 10% of thier US shotgun sales are 20 ga and less than 10% of the population is left handed. Didn't meet the economic hurdle.
  4. I will be traveling to England in October and usually hit the Holland & Holland Shop and Ray Ward's Gun room. I'll have to check out mag extentions for the Vinici.
  5. Matt D

    Not a Benelli

    The gun in middle with the engraved duck was first choice: but for a 93,700 pounds ($170,000) a little out of my price range. The least expensive shot gun in the place was 70,000 pounds. Besides my wife made me leave credit cards at home. All the guns where true works of art, all hand engraved and to think engraving tool don't have erasers.
  6. Matt D

    Not a Benelli

    Was in the UK last week, had a day off. The one in the middle was my favorite gun.
  7. Tuck, Just followed you home, I hate when that happens. Looks like the ejection hole is on the wrong side for you? I suppose you can reverse the safety that gun?
  8. Mudhen, How do you like the BigFoot Spec decoys? Took a couple cases to my buds in Arkansas last year, they laughed at first. This year they had me bring three more cases from Rogers.
  9. Just got back from Arkansas last week and had a very good hunt. For public hunting try the White River Refuge http://www.fws.gov/whiteriver/huntingpage.html and Bayou Meta http://www.byways.org/explore/byways/2279/places/35444/
  10. I have 2 new Benelli brand left handed 1 3/8" gel recoil pads, 1 in the box 1 without the box. $75 shipper. And 3 new Benelli brand Nova type non gel recoil pads. $40 shipper. PM me if interested.
  11. Thanks Hog But notice in the Spec picture, I am small too. So it works out well.
  12. They don't make wood stocks but might be worth a shot to call and see if they could help. http://www.bellandcarlson.com/
  13. I have two SBE II's and an M2 have never seen this happen with one of my guns.
  14. Nice for sure, those folks in LaClaire Iowa make fine guns.
  15. Matt D

    Santa's shotgun/pic

    Very nice! With the office's closed tomorrow and Friday think I'll brave the cold take and head to the range tomorrow and punch some holes in the paper. Happy & Safe Holidays.
  16. Matt D

    Santa's shotgun/pic

    I tried that on the wife in 1999 that my guns were not Y2K complient and I needed to buy a new ones. And look you had that gun.
  17. Matt D

    SD Pheasant

    Spike, Funny you should mention the way a Model 12 in the right hands is an amazing thing. The fellow with the Model 12 is front left (gray hooded sweat shirt) in the photo above. He is as classic as the gun, with that 30" full choke barrel he folds birds that I look at and think "no way too far". All this is making me want to get out to the bird patch, maybe over the holiday break. Take care.
  18. Matt D

    Golden Pheasant

    Imperial val: Thanks I will post photos when I get the mount back. Spike & TMAC Thanks for the information, I think you are all right. From what I remember in under grad school for a degree in Bio Life Science the bronze color mutation has considered a golden in the US. Any way we look at it God was doing good work that day!
  19. Matt D

    SD Pheasant

    Spike You asked me to embellish some: This season in South Dakota was one of best I have been in 15 plus years of hunting in that wonderful state. By the way, pheasant season is not the only time to visit South Dakota, mid July when the wheat is golden and sunflowers are full on, the sights are truely breath taking. If you haven't seen a sunflower field 2 miles wide and 8 miles long in full color you have not seen America. Guns used where of all makes, modles and gauges. One fellow hunted with a Winchester modle 12 he bought in 1965, another a Browning Sweet 16, I a SBE II. Dogs ranged from Labs & German Shorthairs. As for the shooters, as you know pheasant hunting is luck of the draw, one push you can block and get all the shooting and one push you can be in the middle and get all the shooting. Having hunted with this group for 6-7 years (a couple guys 10 plus years) everyone is an accomplished hunter and shooter. To end the story, if you are a pheasant hunter or have the desire to be one, go to South Dakota, if you are atheist it will change your mind, but sorry to say I won't tell where I hunt.
  20. Matt D

    SD Pheasant

    Remembering the rule "it didn't happen unless you have a photo"
  21. Matt D

    Golden Pheasant

    Shooting it was a momment of confusion........thinking hen......no it has a rooster head and tail feather, so shoot.
  22. Matt D

    SD Pheasant

    timb is right Cathy, that was just with 4 of us hunting, earlier in the week there were 13 of us hunting, we shot 39 birds (all wild birds), starting at 10:00 the legal shooting hour, finished at 1:30. It was not uncommon to see 100-150 come out of 5 acre cain patch.
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