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Everything posted by BlackDogs3

  1. You don't live in the land of drunk cheeseheads, and now, the land of drunk and armed cheeseheads. I really don't like hand guns. I'm just looking for an alternative in length and weight for my SBEII. I really do not want to be lugging my SBEII around town. If I can get a M4 short enough, then I could stick it in a back pack or something. I think the M4 is the way to go, I am still researching the collapsable stock issue. Looks like it maybe illegal in the US. I don't think I can shorten an inertia recoil Benelli much due to the recoil tube in the stock. This is not something I really want to do, but how else do you navigate around the armed cheeseheads? Besides, if we are arming citizens, we should be ARMING citizens. Mike - like your tagg, love my dogs.
  2. No the concealed carry law is the sad joke, and I am serious.
  3. Can you buy a Benelli that short stock or does it have to be modified?
  4. They are passing or soon will pass a concealed carry law here in Cheeseland. I am not a fan of hand guns, too much aiming. How short can you get a M4 or other Benelli and still be legal? I think I want a Benelli with an extended mag as my cc.
  5. Should have gone with a 20 ga SuperSport. I am killing a lot of birds this year at 30 yards with the THIRD shot. Love the gun.
  6. BlackDogs3

    SD Pheasant

    If everyone got their limit, that's 33 roosters. Mind telling us how much it cost for 11 dudes to get 33 roosters? Everyone is gaga over SD pheasants, but it is all private land and released birds. I can get just as many birds by myself at the local game farm if I want to spend the $$. Now if they were shot on non-stocked public land, then that's another story.
  7. Replace the gel recoil pad with a LimbSaver. You will really like the difference. Shooting 3.5 inch steel with my SBE scared me until I switched to a LimbSaver. I don't know why the Benelli gel pads don't work that well, but I have changed all of my Benelli's including two twenty gauges to LimbSavers. Much better recoil pad and a lot cheaper to buy.
  8. This is a very common problem with young labs. You can usually solve this problem literally in a couple of minutes. Take a check cord, tie it to a pole, tree, or other very solid object with about 15 to 20 feet of slack (you want your dog to get up to speed before he runs out of check cord). Give your dog the sit/stay/don't f**king move command (I use the word "Hup" to distinguish the "sit" command from "if you move you die - HUP" command). Make sure your check cord has a big noisy and strong clip, so the your dog can hear you attach it to his collar. Use a wide nylon collar for this, not a choke chain - you don't want to hurt your dog, just convince him to sit and stay. Give the "Hup" command, clip the check cord to the collar with a loud snap. Toss the bumper, if your dog breaks, just get out of the way. He will stop quickly, once he runs out of check cord. My oldest dog did an "all four feet in the air jerk/stop" on his first try and he landed on his back. I repeated the exercise and he went out a bit but nowhere near the end on the check cord. Dogs in general and Labs in particular are smart and learn quickly especially if the correction is comming from somewhere besides you. Once your dog is convinced he cannot get very far with the check cord attached and is steady on hup while you are tossing the dummy, unhook the check cord and send him for the retrieve. Repeat this until he is steady when you toss the dummy. I give both of my dogs a "mark" command when I don't want them to chase the dummy on the throw but rather watch where it goes. Once your dog is steady, you can then just snap the check cord behind his neck without actually attaching it to the collar and then let the check cord fall to the ground behind your dog. Your dog will basically think he is still attached and should be steady until you send him. This training needs to be reinforced regularly. You should not need the check cord for the reinforcement training, but you will have to reinforce the "hup" command. Once you dog has the idea that "hup" is a serious command, you can start whistle training (I use a single long blast for "hup") by giving the "hup" command followed quickly by the whistle command. If you want your dog steady on birds, you will have to get a partner and buy some birds for training. Spin up a bird and put it in cover, have your partner (who should be a good shot) flush the bird about 20 yards in front of your dog while you control him (no gun for you). If your dog is steady on the flush, have your partner shoot the bird and send your dog for the retrieve. If your dog breaks, the bird does not get shot and your dog watches it fly away. As you can see, getting a dog steady to wing and shot is a lot of work, a lot of birds, and expensive. Check out Richard A. Wolters books "Game Dog" (for upland game) and "Water Dog" (ducks). He goes over all kinds of methods to train dogs without collars. I wouldn't use a shock collar on a lab unless you have one of the rare blockheads or you want to do trials with your dog (a whole other level of crazy, but fun and the dogs are very very impressive). The weather has improved and the boys and I are starting our summer training for the fall. Reinforcing everything: hup to whistle at a distance, whistle commands in general, blind retrieves, water retrieves, baseball, hand signals - basically the reason that I have dogs. Way too much fun.
  9. I agree with Tucker and I follow the this sage piece of advice: "Arguing with idiots makes you an idiot". If any researched facts were presented on this thread, it might be worth a discussion. All I am seeing is 3rd grade name calling and I for one, am older than that.
  10. Not diss'n your shooting, I just don't want pissed off bobcats wandering around my property. :-)
  11. SuperSport!! The barrel is ported just like very expensive trap/skeet guns. I use my 20 ga almost exclusively as my pheasant hunting gun. A disadvantage of all of the hunting semi-autos is the weight and/or barrel length. Skeet guns tend to be heavy in the 10 - 12 lb range because the weight helps with follow-through which is essential for high scoring skeet shooting. Most serious skeet shooters use a 12 ga OU with a set of barrel inserts for 20 and 28 ga., and .410 so that they can shoot in all bore classifications. This system also has the advantage of shooting basically the same gun for all gauges. For trap, the biggest difference is the barrel length. Trap guns have barrels in the 32" range to help with sighting the target. Using a Benelli auto in either sport has the disadvantage of the lack of a specifically made shell catcher for Benelli shotguns. On the trap or skeet range, tossing hulls all over the place is frowned upon. Most autos have shell catchers that attach to the ejection port to keep the shell from flying into the shooter beside you in trap. I am not aware of a manufacturer that makes a shell catcher for the Benelli. I use a rubber band wrapped around the ejection port as a shell catcher when I shoot trap/skeet with my autos, not elegant but it works.
  12. Agreed. I use progressive lenses for driving but single vision for shooting. I find that the progressive lenses tend to bring the gun into focus instead of the clay target, very distracting.
  13. I would tell you, but you shoot kittens.
  14. I traded in a field M1 12 ga camo with a 28" barrel on a new SBEII last winter and I got $550 for the trade. They listed my gun for $650 and that was a year ago. The gun was in excellent shape with case and all of the tools, chokes, and shims. The sold the gun within a month.
  15. Take a look at the Montefeltro and SuperSport 20 ga. I have used both for pheasant and they are both great guns that can hold 5 shells (4+1). Sold my Monte to a friend (who loves it) to get the SuperSport which is now my favorite gun for birds. Both guns have the extended Crio chokes which pattern lead and steel very very well. (I wrote this before reading your final comment, the Monte 20 ga IS a great gun. You made a wise decision)
  16. Did the #6 kill the coyotes at 40 yards or just piss them off?
  17. How far does buckshot travel? I'm on 27 acres nearest house is about 1/4 mile.
  18. My wife has a 20 ga 870 WingMaster for home defense and varmint control. Any suggestions on what load to use for bobcats? One was looking in the front door side window this week. Her dog Cody barked at it and it left. Unfortunately, the bobcat was about the size of Cody (45 lb range). In the future, we either want to warn it off without too much damage or kill it if necessary. Load suggestions for both situations would be appreciated. Suggestions for snakes would be appreciated also.
  19. I am left-eye dominant unless I mount my shotgun. Then I switch to right-eye dominant. It wasn't hard to do. Just mount your gun and shut your left eye until your right eye becomes dominant. After a while, just mounting the gun will switch your eye dominance. I shoot with both eyes open and don't think about it much anymore, it just works. Now, I also switch to right-eye dominant if I raise my right arm and point at something. As long as something is in front and just below the line of sight of my right eye (arm or shotgun barrel), I am right eye dominant. Just practice, not enough left shooting guns out there to fix this problem.
  20. I have a Beretta 686 Onyx 12 ga and a Beretta 20 ga Silver Pigeon with a separate 28 ga barrel set. These are great guns, but I hunt with a 20 ga Benelli SuperSport. I have gotten very accustomed to having two extra 3" shells in the mag (5 shells total with 2 3/4 inch shells). I also do not have to worry if I drop it in a creek (I fell in a creek with the 686 while duck hunting, it was big fun taking the stock off and looking at all the moving parts that were trying to rust).
  21. I have been following this story in the Billings Gazette. The problem is not simple. There are reports of waterfowlers shooting into nearby houses and I think a few inconsiderate boobs have basically taken a duck hunting area off line. Another problem is that apparently the slough is man-made and not a natural waterway. Another preserve for waterfowl is OK with me - the ducks will leave the slough sooner or later. By the way, if ducks are being fed on the slough, nobody can hunt there even the land owners. So much for the private hunting preserve. If you believe in land owners rights, the right to not let any one hunt on your property is one of those rights. The basic problem in this story is the feeling that rich guys are buying up Montana and a lot of Montanans resent this. Personally, if a rich guy preserves a couple thousand acres for wildlife this is a good thing. Habitat preservation is why we still have ducks. Talk to Ducks Unlimited about this and see what they say.
  22. Agreed. I put an Easy Hit SG 3 mm RED-5" Sight on my 20 ga SuperSport. I am also not overly crazy about the sticky tape instillation, but it has held up fine half way through the pheasant season. The sight helps me make sure that I put the gun up correctly when a pheasant flushes. I find myself using the site to readjust my gun position while firing. If I miss the first shot it is usually due to my gun not being put up correctly. Either the stock catches on my vest on the way up to my shoulder or I have my gun up my a** while the boys are working a bird. Tom Knapp uses this sight and he shoots OK. Shooting high is the European way and Benelli is a European gun. This method of sighting is a tremendous advantage shooting trap, skeet, or birds. Sighting high helps you hit a rising bird. You can actually see your target when you pull the trigger. I learned shotgunning using a Browning A5 and the "high" sighting of a Benelli is a great improvement. If think Benelli shoots high, try a high end trap gun.
  23. BlackDogs3

    No respect

    The bills for the fixes pass the Dem controlled house but get blocked in the Senate. So this is how the Senate works. If a bill does not get 60 votes, it is filibustered. Right now the Dems only have 58 votes. Two Independents that caucus with the Dems give the Dems a potential for a super-majority of 60 votes that is filibuster proof, but one of the Independents is Joe (I want to be a Repub) Lieberman who is a dick. If only a couple of Repubs would vote for tax increases to help veterans, then the bills would pass. However, the NO party apparently hates the vets (even though they are constantly telling us how much they love the military) and won't vote the tax increases necessary to help the vets. Please check your facts, even I do not have enough money to buy you the clue that you need. Still waiting for the reference.
  24. BlackDogs3

    No respect

    The repubs especially McCan't keep blocking the fixes. The fixes require a tax increase and I quess the repubs don't think that veterans are worth it. McCan't has voted against every Veteran bill in the last ten years. Please reference the whiners quote. I do not think that is true.
  25. BlackDogs3

    No respect

    My stocks are doing great right now. Can I credit Obama or is this due to some voodoo left over from Bush? Next year when the unemployment rate decreases, make sure you give Obama credit. We are actually in a recovery. It will take time, but employment will increase. Please make sure that you credit Bush for relaxing the regulation on the financial system that led to the melt down. We can only hope that Obama learned the lesson and won't repeat the mistake if the party of NO will let the regulations be reinstated (actually Clinton and the Repub congress (remember the contract on America?) started the mess, Bush just kept it rolling).
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