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duckwacker

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  1. You don't need all the math. Go buy 3 boxes of 3.5" ounce and 3/8 steel duck loads and run em through your Vinci. Should cycle your 7/8 stuff just fine after that.
  2. The Trulock By Benelli "Pass" choke is an improved modified. The "Decoy" is Imp Cyl. These are chokes that can be purchased through Benelli for waterfowl hunting. I called Trulock directly and was informed that the "Pass" choke would be just fine with steel as long as I didn't shoot anything larger than BB through it. I purchased both and in the end, the Patternmaster Code Black Duck patterned better than either of the Trulocks. I have killed over 100 ducks so far this season and have killed my last 15 ducks with 16 shots with my SBEII/Patternmaster setup.
  3. I have a new SBEII. After a day of duck hunting over salt water I took the gun down and cleaned and lubed it thoroughly including spraying the exterior with WD40 to remove any salt. The next morning I found myself hunting in rain over the briney again. After returning to the truck I noticed the comb insert and recoil pad were discolored and blistered on the edges. Obviously a reaction to something, but what? The rubber returned to good condition in 48 hours. Anyone with an idea? Insanity was defined by Einstein as repeating the same mistake over and over expecting a different result and I don'
  4. I am curious how everyones season started off. Mine started very slow. No shots fired for the first two days. I began to think that I would never get the SBEII broken in. Then the skies opened, the Benelli barked, and it rained ducks and geese. Very satisfied with the gun. From NW Wa.
  5. That gun does NOT look NIB. I would send it back. A $1500.00 gun NIB should not look like that.
  6. Brandon, that update is outstanding! I am assuming you were hunting early bluewing. As you continue down the road of waterfowling I wish you all the best. Sorry to hear about the warranty issues but I am glad that the factory is taking good care of you. If you ever find yourself heading to Washington State send me a PM. The bay 5 miles down the road winters over 500k waterfowl every year. I would be happy to pull a trigger with you. All the best on your first season and if you think about it pm me with how it is going.
  7. I have the same problem you do. I have to break in a new SBEII. But it's strictly for waterfowl. I bring out the old 40s vintage A5 for pheasants. Been pounding ringnecks for years with that thumper.
  8. I have been shooting Benelli/Beretta factory chokes for years without a problem. You don't want to shoot anything tighter than modified with steel shot. If you are on a budget, look into Carlson tubes. An extended tube is less likely to bulge in the barrel. If you are shooting decoying teal, an improved cylinder may be your best bet as it will open your pattern at closer range. If you want to spend a little more money, look into Trulock tubes. The price is mid range but they give high performance. Trulock makes the extended tubes that Benelli sells in their online store. You can purchase direc
  9. An ounce and an eighth until the gun has at least a hundred rounds through it.
  10. Just got my new SBE2 patterned for the upcoming season. It will replace my old SBE. One of the reasons for the switch is the barrel work that was done to the SBE. The original purchaser had sent the barrel to Seminole for some barrel work. Back bored, ported, and custom chokes. I love the SBE, but with all the new waterfowl loads that have come out that don't work with ported barrels, and the fact that the barrel work required me to use Seminole extended choke tubes only, I was hesitant to shoot 3"BBB through that gun. I am looking forward to putting the hurt to a few more ducks and geese th
  11. Rob Roberts is Benelli's "Performance Shop" guy and he does camo dipping. prices are on his website.
  12. As far as dipping goes, Rob Roberts is the shop Benelli uses for it's "performance shop" work and he offers dipping.
  13. Well said Sukhoi_fan. @ NCTURBOS: As far as cleaning your shotgun and barrel after shooting, I would suggest removing, and cleaning your choke also. One main reason for this is to make sure that your choke has not swelled in the barrel. If it is stuck or frozen in the barrel, it may have failed do to manufacturing or ammunition. Check the blogs and you will find out this happens quite often. Best practice is to clean your weapon completely.
  14. I clean them every time I shoot them. Once at the range I had a shotgun malfunction. The action bar on my Model 58 Sportsman broke. While disassembling at the range to see what was wrong, I found that it had broken because of excessive gunk buildup. Of course this happened in front of several interested friends. One of them laughs and comments: "Kind of like getting caught in the hospital with dirty underwear". I never let that happen again.
  15. Looking down the tube from the top, how many notches do you see? 1 notch is full. 2: improved modified, 3: modified, 4 improved cylinder, and 5: cylinder. It is generally not recommended to shoot steel through anything tighter than a modified. You can shoot lead shot in all of them. Benelli recommends using higher velocity, heavier rounds for break in with the SBE and Vinci. I would imagine it is the same for your M4.
  16. Good luck getting a response. I have been waiting two weeks for a response to a very simple question not wanting to void the warranty on my new SBEII.
  17. I don't consider 1 in 250 misfires any more acceptable than 1 in 25. If everything is as you say it is, then I would imagine the factory will figure out the problem pretty quick. The factory rep may have sounded skeptical, but they were probably just trying to make sure the gun didn't need to be returned. Misfires can be dangerous things. It is a good idea to let the builder fix it.
  18. duckwacker

    SBE II

    Benelli recommends breaking it in with 3.5" loads. I bought a new SBE2 this month and after the aforementioned cleaning and lubing I have put a 50 rounds of 3.5" through it during the patterning process. Also put another 25 rds of 3" through it. It cycles perfectly. I have read several blog posts from guys complaining that their new SBE2 isn't cycling shells. That is because they didn't break them in with the 3.5s like Benelli suggests.
  19. Pattern your new gun before you hunt with it. 3" 6s may shoot completely different in your new Nova than they did in your old shotgun. I agree with the others about movement v. color although my Nova (event gun) is camo.
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