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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 9:28 am    Post subject: Dove hunt! Reply with quote

Going to sit in on a dove hunt tomorrow and see how much stomping around the ol' hip will take.
Aint been in a coon's age so it should be fun. The group I'm with are all good wing-shooters so I'm sure we won't go hungry.
We'll see how that goes and, I'll try and get some pics etc.... I won't be shooting as my license is long expired, I just got wind of this and my pellet gun is in riot mode right now so.... and I'm not sure the warden would appreciate me showing up with Boomer launching 240gr'ers hither and yon. Laughing

Also- anyone know off the top of their head where I can look for a longer barrel and a plug for my Winchester Defender (1300 model I think?). They had optional barrels as I recall when I got it back in the 80's.
I tried the 'local resources' here but as usual........."I dunnnow" Confused .

It really sucks being a gun junkie here sometimes in Uber-lib Land. Mad


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 11:33 am    Post subject: Re: Dove hunt! / question.... Reply with quote

Winchester 1300 shotgun barrels:

ar7.imoutdoorshosting....age93.html

www.midwestgunworks.co...00-barrels

There are other links too, however to use a standard 1300 barrel on a Defender model you'll need this as well:

e-gunparts.com/Display...928430&MC=

Hope this helps. Smile

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 11:34 am    Post subject: Re: Dove hunt! / question.... Reply with quote

Thanks Mr. D, very much.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 4:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Dove hunt! / question.... Reply with quote

Gun shows seem to always have an abundance of used scatter gun barrels!!! Confused (are you guys allowed to have them out there???)

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2009 9:55 am    Post subject: Re: Dove hunt! / question.... Reply with quote

OK- we's back. Razz And....my shoulder's a lil sore. Laughing

Saturday: got in on a last minute hunter safety class in order to get my Ca. license. Aced the test and got my new license. I'm in there.

Monday (day before Opening Day): we get's to where we's going and I'm not sure what to expect...then realize we are sharing some property with a homeowner, on the Colorado River, on a square acre of Bermuda grass, oh it's all just as dreamy as you an imagine. We stake the trailer in a lot, unload and grab some beers and head on down to the water for a soak, then a float.... and it's 108* in the shade. I have many years experience jet-boating on the lower Colorado and lemme tell ya, this place was first class all the way and our host was a true gentleman and very welcoming. And, if ya've never been a 'river rat'? Can't tell ya what yer missing.

After a couple of hours we decide to go up canyon a bit and test the guns and eye's on some clays. We grab a couple boxes of clay's and some flingers and load up the trucks and move on out. I made a plug from a plastic coat hanger and stuffed it down the front of my mag and it worked perfect, but, upon pulling ol' Winny from the case I got a coupled of wtf from some guys...barrel short enough mister? Embarassed
One gent strolls over with an extra gun and hands it to me, "here, this is your ride for the hunt, put that other thing away."
It was gorgeous Beretta O/U with 30" tubes and a gold plated select trigger. Top tube had a FC, bottom was MC. The thing could not have been fired much as it still had that "tight' feeling opening and closing.

I sort of stood there dumbfounded for a minute till one of my mates comes over and tells me to start poppin' some clays and slaps me on the back.
The butt had a firm red rubber bumper that did not stick to your clothing and man was it nice....The high-gloss finish was a tad sticky on my cheek in the heat but a lil sunblock got it sliding just fine. I've never been able to afford 'nice' guns like this and it was a treat to shoot as well as look at. Took a few rounds to find a groove (sort of), started poofing them at pretty far aways with the top tube and soon I liked my chances for tomorrow. And liked having two chokes you can switch back and forth on.
Back to the compound for some beers, burgers, dog's and chili. And air conditioning.

Opening day:
2:00 AM came pretty early. Slam a cup of Joe, grab the stuff and let's get moving.
Heading down the road a few miles we came to some stubble fields along the river.
It was really sketchy as violent t-storms were brewing all around us and the lightning was very, VERY thick and close. Brush fires were starting on the Arizona side and it was fire, lightning, sprinkles and thunder. What an epic scene. It was like giant flash bulbs every 15 seconds lighting up the fields as body's came in from the night to stake a spot....like something from a horror movie with zombies invading.
I curled up with the Beretta in my chair and tried to get some sleep. Fat chance with the light show and thunder.
Hope the birds are hungry and getting ready to fly.

First light.
Shots are fired across the river, here comes the first wave. Still too hard for me to see 'em so I down some Advil and wait a little longer.
It's light enough now and birds are showing. Guys are scoring, birds are darting, shot's falling, we're getting peppered.....it's go time man!
The rust on my hands is pretty thick. The gun want's to hunt and I'm missing....and just playing it safe and not sweeping anyone, getting my bearings and keeping my swing short.
Safety first.

First one comes with two shots. The ice is broken and it's on. Our little group is getting hot and we are taking birds with one shot.
The clouds are hanging in there, the wind is still and it's staying sort of cool.
Nice.
It could be brutal and an inferno.

It's slows a bit in our spot and we spy some cover at the end of the field, but the road getting to it is junk and super thick talc. We hit it anyway and are soon on a new batch of birds. I got one with two shots and it dropped in the cover and I lost it. Screw this, I'm going back out in the stubble before I get shot and stake a place just off the fringe. The plan paid off as these guys beating the brush flushed a bunch to me with the wind. I missed a bunch again. So I just started slowing down and staying as still as possible in a clear section with no one around sitting on my boot heels on my knees. I only have 6 shots left.
Some of the flushed backmarkers were slower and floated and those flew almost right up to me and *POP!*, one shot droppers 20y away on the quartering fly-by from my knees. Heck yes. God that feels good.

Soon my hip was barking for break, my tummy was growling and my pockets were full of birds and hulls.
It was lulling pretty good so I packed it in and started my trek back to the truck with the gun broke open and draped over my shoulder, the warm rib and tubes in my hand and the smell of the chambers filling my nose.
I was in love with this moment and didn't want it to end.

Back to the compound for breasting, boating, beers and fun.
Dinner came and we had around 40-50 breasts marinated in teriyaki then wrapped in bacon and tossed on the grill.

At bed time I reflected on my hunt.
How it all fell together at the last minute and how it could not have possibly gone any better.
It's been a long time, a LONG time since my bird guns went when we had to sell my folks estate to cover debts when they passed. This trip brought back some wonderful memories of going out with my dad.
Won't be long till I have another pop gun. You can bet on it.

I passed on Day Two and got some rest yesterday. It was dead slow anyway so I missed nothing really and, was pretty satisfied anyway.
And- Chevron has an employee park near by my house and they opened a clays range and let the GP on it Sundays. So practice practice practice.

What a truly wonderful time. I think there's a few pics forthcoming and I'll forward them as they come.

The hook has been reset and I'm a Huntingnut, again.



-kevin.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2009 1:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Dove hunt! Reply with quote

Oh yeh...forgot.
Was using Federal Game Shok, 1oz, #7-1/2 for the hunt. Not too bad for a rusty shooter and tight'ish fixed chokes. (I liked M/M or IC/M)

Worst thing that happend all trip was a jug of foot powder burst in my gear bag, so at least all my socks and undies were dry and powdery fresh. Smile I'm sure all the other hunters appreciated it immensely. Laughing

And- got to take home my new (used w/ a few subtle tweaks) 80 series 1911 so some pics of that 'll be up shortly.

Whatta weekend!

And- a local shop (Turner's) has 870 Express, brand new, $299.00. I'm kinda partial to doubles, but not the price that goes with them for the most part so... here we go....get what ya can afford or get what ya want..... Confused
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2009 9:07 pm    Post subject: Re: Dove hunt! Reply with quote

I've been going out every late afternoon and shooting a few doves. Puppy dog is really loving retreiving them. Makes for a fun late afternoon. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2009 10:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Dove hunt! Reply with quote

Stovepipe, have you looked at the CZ doubles? I haven't checked in a while but they seemed pretty reasonably priced a while back.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2009 2:48 am    Post subject: Re: Dove hunt! Reply with quote

Well see if you can pick up a used gun .My good Mossberg 500 which has always worked good cost me only $110.00!

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2009 4:39 am    Post subject: Re: Dove hunt! Reply with quote

Ahhhh....you are a mean man Stoves...here I am, sitting in my Mum's lounge room, working out a work priority list...puttying walls, sanding, painting, measuring for new doors...and you are out in God's own country relaxeratin' and enjoyin' the hell outa yaself and life.

I'm glad that you enjoyed your hunt mate...and ya know what was the best part of it all...well for me anyway...when you mentioned the memories of being with your Dad. Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad I still miss my Dad, even after 2 years.

On a more cheerful note...I bought myself a Fausti Stephano, an Italian O/U 12g, and it only cost me AUD$900, and it was near enough brand new...had maybe 50 rounds put through it. There are bargains to be had out there mate...you just have to keep your ears and eyes open.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2009 6:50 am    Post subject: Re: Dove hunt! Reply with quote

Moose- that's a great afternoon in my book! Very Happy

Pumper- CZ got really proud of their stuff lately. Sad

Whittle's- gotta line on a Mossy O/U for 450$, used, not sure if the chokes come with or if it's fixed (duh...seller is like "huh?"). I love doubles. But, the pump is looking more pratical. Actually thinking of 20ga.

Vince old mate- if'n I was in your neck of the woods I'd be over in a flash with a roller and some spackle, and BEER.
Ear to the grind stone for deals for sure.

And great point sir, Dad's are why most of us, if not all, are doing this.

Dad was a Huntingnut too. Cool
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2009 9:49 am    Post subject: Re: Dove hunt! Reply with quote

Just got one of these on order....

www.galleryofguns.com/...ll&sit=All

Gotta find some chokes for it though... Confused Only comes with one Modified.

See ya on the Traps for practice! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2009 2:17 pm    Post subject: Re: Dove hunt! Reply with quote

Shocked ...a co-worker just told me the lil pop gun's made in China? Yuck Meh, for 200$ I've seen worse. Plus it's covered forever by Davidson's.

And- the Gun Genie made a mistake on the weight in my favor, by a pound. Cool

Comon UPS! Very Happy

Have a great weekend guys.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 1:02 am    Post subject: Re: Dove hunt! Reply with quote

Might be a bit late, but I had a great Dove hunt too.

I was using the ole 20 guage. This gun works great on Doves and such.
I was hunting in a good spot. The Doves were everywhere. I shot and shot, the Ole barrel got nice and warm. Them Doves were like raining out of the sky. I think, I bagged 850 birds on the first afternoon. Gee what a hunt.
If you guy's ever have a chance to hunt Argentina you should.
Here is a picture of some of my doves.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 2:00 am    Post subject: Re: Dove hunt! Reply with quote

Shocked thats a lot of bird there..

wtf hunting?
I would have call it shooting rather..

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