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Everything posted by Bowhunter82

  1. I've never seen one of these, didn't even know they had em. Based on the description though, I can't see how it would justify spending an extra $1000.00..... My regular SBE II does just fine, and I've put it through **** huntin ducks and geese!
  2. Bello..... you could be right, I didn't even think of that. I would still look at that recoil spring though. My gun did the exact same thing, locking back after the first shot, and the new recoil spring fixed it. Whether it's the mag, or recoil spring, it's still an quick/easy fix.
  3. Does the bolt close with much force, or does it seem a little "soft?" If it's soft, and the bolt head doesn't rotate comletely to seat the bolt, consider taking the recoil spring out, cleaning the spring, the tube, and oiling it, or replace the recoil spring. If there isnt enough force because the spring is shot, or extremely dirty, it won't close the bolt properly. I would start there. Easy enough fix if it does the job.
  4. Not sure how long you've had the gun, but I would look at replacing the recoil spring. Mine would lock back and fail to load the next shell (even with 3.5"), and my recoil spring ended up being the culprit. It would be an easy fix, that's for sure.
  5. I bowhunt also, and can appreciate the challenges of that, or shooting smaller loads. I have no problem with that, my problem was when it was made to sound like because I shoot 3.5's, I am somehow inclined to take unrealistic, unethical shots. Like I said before though, people that take stupid shots with 3.5's are the same guys that will take stupid shots with whatever load they are using. By the way, I've always wanted to shoot birds with my bow, but I'm pretty sure I'd go through a lot of arrows!
  6. For the guys that think 3.5" shells are so horrible and apparently make hunters take unethical shots..... why aren't you just shooting 2 3/4"? The same argument can be made with the jump from 2 3/4" to a 3" shell. Bottom line is a 3.5" shell has more pellets. More pellets equals more chance that you kill the bird effectively. Again, I'm failing to see the downside here.
  7. Who's talking about winging birds and letting them die slowly somewhere? I don't take questionable shots where I think I might just "scratch" one. Not saying some guys don't, but those are the same guys that would do it whether they were shooting a 3" or 3.5". The length of the shell doesn't dictate whether a person is irresponsible or not. Fact is, a 3.5" shell has more space, which equals more payload, powder, etc. Granted, different manufacturers vary whether they put more powder, more pellets, or a mix of both into the shell, but the bottom line is that it is MORE. Better range, more pellets in the pattern, or a happy median..... whichever it is, I don't see the downfall.....
  8. I personally love shooting 3.5's at geese. When you need a little extra for smart late season birds, it's definitely nice to have. You might as well get the Super Vinci anyways. If you prefer shooting 3's, great, but if you want to shoot 3.5's, you have that option and don't have to buy or carry another gun.
  9. Depends on what kind of shots you are planning on taking and what kind of shells you are using. I use modified most of the time, but use improved when I know the ducks are going to be in my face. I also use improved when I'm shooting high density tungsten loads because they pattern super tight anyways. Pattern your chokes with different loads, and swap chokes out depending on where/what you are hunting.
  10. Well, the Benelli black is notorious for rusting/wearing if it's not taken care of super well (My black SBE 1 rusted after a couple hours in the case, transporting it home to clean it). I think it's worth the extra money to get the camo gun, the dipping process helps protect it. Plus, it just looks cool! I've got an SBE II in duck blind camo, and love it. Not sure it makes a whole lot of differenece as far as hiding goes though.
  11. "We still managed to knock down a couple of geese, both pushing the 25lbs mark" - That's what YOU said..... so, that means you are saying that goose is 25lbs...... This doesn't make any sense.
  12. Is that the picture of the 25lb goose? Killed with #2 shot? Based on the sizes of the holes and size of the goose, that is not a 25lb bird, period. This whole thing is a "big fish tale." I'm with hattles on this one. I shoot Giant Canada Geese regularly in Central Illinois, and a 14-15lb bird is not very common, and let me tell you they are big! True, the Giant Canada Goose CAN reach 20lbs, but you should research how long it's been since one that tipped the scales over 20lbs was shot. The largest Canada Goose on record (actually largest goose in the world, hands down) was 24lbs.
  13. 25lb geese huh? That's as big as a Trumpeter Swan.... not buyin it so much. You should have let someone document that cause it would have been a world record. Anyways, back on topic.... never actually tried the Snow Goose loads, but my SBE II likes the regular Black Cloud and I use factory chokes.
  14. All the "reviews" I've heard are mixed. Personally, I'm gonna stay away from it. Just a big marketing gimmic in my opinion. I have a hard time believing square shot can keep any sort of downrange velocity.
  15. Dakota Ducks look pretty good, but the full body geese look like they are on steroids, and the goose floaters look like a wounded goose. The front part of their body/base of the neck is really low in the water like a goose that's trying to escape danger.
  16. I have always shot modified out of my SBE II, until recently. All around, I believe modified is the best way to go. However, if you're shooting decoying birds and shooting black cloud, or especially the High Density, expensive loads, you should go with Improved Cylinder. In my experience, those loads are super tight patterns anyways, and modified is just too tight for shots inside the 25 yard range. Like I said, if you may have a variety of shots, I'd stick with modified because you can kill em close (although you may tear em apart depending on your load) and still reach out and touch em if you have to. I did crack my modified cryo tube last year, and it cracked from one end to the other..... Benelli replaced it, but they didn't seem too surprised. Guy told me that the higher pressure loads, ie Black Cloud, Hypersonic, and some of the HD stuff put a lot of stress on the modified tube when it constricts the load. Just be sure and take the tube out from time to time and inspect it for cracks. In the end, it comes down to what your gun likes, so try different set ups and good luck this season!
  17. I agree with duckht183, gotta be personal bands for a pet goose. Too bad it wasn't a green reward band!
  18. 3.5 Black Cloud 2's and BB's, out of factory modified choke work great out of my SBEII. Pattern is tight up close, but smokes birds. I've also shot 3.5 Wingmaster BB's with modified choke at high flying honkers, and that stuff is amazing. My buddies and I were shocked at how far we could fold birds with it, but I use it sparingly since it costs an arm and a leg.
  19. I agree with James12, it's as personal preference. I have an SBE II with a 28" barrel because it is planes out for me way better than the 26". On the other hand, I have a Browning 3.5 Gold that has a 26" barrel, and it planes out better than the 28". You just need to shoulder them and see how they feel. The gain/loss from either a 26" or a 28" is negligible in my opinion, it comes down to what fits.
  20. Benelli already had a limited run of SBE II's with Duck Blind Camo. I picked one up about a year ago, new in the box, but it was hard to find. From what I heard they made 500 of them, and that was it. Max4 is too bright for me, but the duck blind looks sweet on the SBEII.
  21. So..... It's been over a month, and no tube yet. I got a hold of Benelli again, and they said that it is on backorder, and they have absolutely no idea when I'll get it. Would have been nice for them to let me know that a month ago.
  22. I have a 26" and a 28", both I use to shoot waterfowl. Obviously you will hear that there's advantages to taking longer shots with the 28", and being able to swing better with the 26", but I really don't buy it. I believe that it all comes down to what fits you better. The 28" SBEII planes out really well for me, while the 26" doesn't. My browning Gold fits me great with the 26" on the otherhand, and I can kill em just as far as the guy next to me with the 28". Shoulder em and see what you like, you're gonna hear pros/cons to each side.
  23. I haven't heard anything new, but I did hear that the club is up for sale because if it doesn't get sold before all of the court stuff is done, and he's found guilty, the club would be seized if he still owned it. It would be great if they could just turn it into another public hunting area! I've never met the guy, but I have a good friend that guides and said that Foiles is pretty full of himself, like he could do anything he wanted type.... which seems fitting based on the charges he has against him.
  24. I can only get 2 in the magazine with the plug removed when using 3.5's in my SBE II
  25. In order to figure out the best choke, you need to pattern your gun with the shot you intend to use. Each gun will shoot a little different, so the shot/choke combination may not be the same for you as it is for me. I shoot modified for steel, and improved cylinder for tungsten based shot. I've also shot patternmaster tubes, and my factory modified actually patterned much better. Patternmaster makes quality tubes, but I can't say that they will pattern better than factory tubes. Like I said, it's gonna be trial and error.
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