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Uncle Russ

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  1. Over the weekend a buddy of mine reminded me that one of the local areas with the largest deer population is Camp Lejuene (Jacksonville). Yes, you have to go with a military friend but that's no problem. However, it is shotgun only. So, too, the "shotgun line" in Michigan keeps creeping ever nothward, and is only a few towns south of where I hunt up there (a private farm). As it turns out, the M1S90 makes up into a perfect slug gun with the right barrel and maybe a reflective/holo site. In fact that's the way I started many, many years ago - with an Ithaca SuperSingle 32" full-choke b
  2. After all my angst about the 26" v 28", some of the stories I'd heard about the Vinci not liking 2-3/4" loads, shooting high, etc., I found a local dealer wh order it Monday a week ago, and delivered it the following Wednesday, for a good price. Why local and not the lowest price? Because he supports the brand. It's the black stock, 28" 12ga. Finally took it out of the box this past Monday when I got back from the NRA Annual show in Charlotte. Put it together, and from what I had messed with in the Benelli booth at NRA, I knew I had to install the left-hand "middle" drop shim (the kid
  3. I ordered the 28" last Fri through a local dealer. It will be here the end of this week. There would have been a two months wait on the 26", to get it from a local store. I'm paying $1250 plus tax, but of course no shipping or transfer fees, so it seems somewhere in the ballpark. I know you'll say I should have ordered the 26" from one of the sites but it's too late now. I have one question - I have the M1S90 in 26", a Citori O/U in 26", and a Berretta Silver Hawk in 28" but it's a boxlock so the LOA is about like the M1S90. So the question is - how much difference does the ex
  4. In answer to FliteMedic, I can get premium ammo but I much prefer Estate as well as the old Federal 1-1/8oz 3dr eq "field loads" from Wal Mart, or the 1300fps Remington stuff from the same place. And no, I really don't trust the dealer - he's one of those who knows everything about any gun you mention, and then pushes you to what he has in stock or can make the most profit on if he has to special order it. I am going to go ahead and order one. I cannot believe they could continue to successfully sell a gun with that kind of problem, but as with my Ruger Charger, and M&P15-22 I have h
  5. Hi folks, I have a question: I have been considering a Vinci for about a year and am now ready to buy one. Very few dealers here have them (in the 28", black stock) but the one with the best deal has told me every one he's sold (5 or 6 in all) has come back because they would not cycle anything less than a 3" shell. Period. No 2-3/4 of any kind, whether 1oz or 1-1/8 oz, and brand didn't make a difference. Now, I am having trouble believing him. I have an M1 Super 90 in LH, 12ga 28" and have only ever had one problem with it - the plastic off the shells builds up in the feed area and
  6. A properly-fit shotgun will shoot 60% of the pattern above the POI, and 40% below. The best sight picture has the bird floating just above the barrel. And, most patterning is done at 40yds, not 20, and not less than 30yds. Just some suggestions - - - a lot of this has to do with gun mount, which goes back to gun fit as well.
  7. A properly-fit shotgun will shoot 60% of the pattern above the POI, and 40% below. The best sight picture has the bird floating just above the barrel. And, most patterning is done at 40yds, not 20, and not less than 30yds. Just some suggestions - - - a lot of this has to do with gun mount, which goes back to gun fit as well.
  8. I have a question - how do I start a new post? Or better yet, has anyone heard of problems with the Vinci cycling light loads (i.e., 1oz 2-3/4 dove loads @ 3dr? I have a gunshop saying every Vinci they have sold has come back because they won't shoot anything under 3" magnums and I find that totally hard to believe. thanks Uncle Russ
  9. Use the fitting shimns that come with it to set it so it shoots lower and left. That's called gun fitting 101 and is one of the reasons that it'sworth the money - they include the adjusting parts. Uncle Russ
  10. Try a PatternMaster. Uncle Russ
  11. A quite different take on the AR pattern, and yes, I also think its internal design is much like the R1. It's priced right for the AR market too. If I decide on a "full size" AR style gun it'll be on my short list (just now I have an S&W M&P15-22). Uncle Russ
  12. The barrel clamp from Harris will not, in general, mess upo the barrel, but there's an extra step you can take to ensure this, which is to put a thin piece of plastic or soft material inside the clamps where they will touch the barrel. A better solution is shooting sticks. There are lots of these out there, monopods, b****s, and tr****s, with all sorts of adjustments that can be made, and they work quite well. A little practice goes a long way, simulating how you will actually shoot. Uncle Russ
  13. Don't think so but you could ask Benelli directly. Uncle Russ
  14. I too was lucky enough to get a professional fitting when I bought my SXS at the Vintagers shoot in NY. The gun I ordered was cut to my measurements and they are most decidedly NOT "standard". I have had every shotgun since, bent or shimmed to my particular fit. And that's the beauty of the Benelli line - they come with shims for doing this. Unfortunately for me, my numbers were such that I had to have a special shim made. No matter - same result. Every one of my shotguns come to my shoulder exactly the same way, as long as my mount is correct. I often wonder how much time shooters spend at th
  15. Basically, clean it like any other shortun with an artificial stock Clean the barrel with the choke tube in. I use a bore snake and cleaning swabs for drying and oiling. The bore snake has a wire brush built in. Then remove the choke tube and run a patch round the inside of the barrel to clean the choke tube threads. Now clean the choke tube threads and body, then add a little bit of graphite choke tube lube and spread it on the threads and when you screw it back in, it'll work the grease into the barrel threads too. The Benelli oil/cleaner is good but I also use the Pro S
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