The Shooting Thread

Next year I am considering taking two guns again, my 12 ga Remington 870 wing master pump with a 30” full choke and either my browning sweet 16 or my Winchester 101.

There were many long shots I was unable to make with my 26” skeet choked 101 so the Remington will extend my range considerably. My 101 is deadly up to 35 yards, but beyond that it is not great. I had not been able to practice with the sweet 16 prior to the hunt because my clay range requires steel shot and I am not running steel through my Dads antique gun.

Cheers,

BSR
 
My humpback A5 Browning FN Sweet Sixteen. 1966 was the last year of the rounded grip.

Cheers,

BSR

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Big T

Senior Member
I took two guns, my 1966 16ga Browning FN sweet 16 and my 1972 12ga Winchester 101 O/U which was made in Japan. Both guns are anvils.

I mention this because my friends favor fiddley Italian made Semi autos which often misfeed and shed various bits in the field. My vintage guns, which have almost a century of use between them and thousands of rounds fired, have never failed me in the field, not a single time...ever.

I am looking to purchase a new gun so that I can give the old guns more rest, but I am torn about what to purchase. I am almost of the mind to pay a premium for a virtually new out of the box vintage gun given that I value reliability and proven performance over buying the “must have” gun and bore de Jour.

If pressed to purchase new, I think a new Connecticut Shotgun Co. product is where I would put my $ if I decide to jump toward a new purchase.

Cheers,

BSR

Which Japanese maker built the 101? I have a similar vintage Charles Daly Diamond Grade skeet O/U, built by Miroku, also an anvil. Got it in the early 80s for $300 from a guy that needed cash.
 
Which Japanese maker built the 101? I have a similar vintage Charles Daly Diamond Grade skeet O/U, built by Miroku, also an anvil. Got it in the early 80s for $300 from a guy that needed cash.

Miroku built the 101. They are an excellent gun maker and maintain very high standards despite large production numbers.

Cheers,

BSR
 
Which is an interesting product for a Japanese company, given the severe restrictions on firearms ownership in the country. However, my Browning Ultra-light is also by Miroku and it has served me well over the years.

Yes, absolutely nothing second rate about Japanese guns.

Must keep the arms industry on life support for when the sun rises again!

Cheers,

BSR
 

Speaking of French guns, Chapuis, which was just heavily invested in by Beretta, is a maker I have been following for some time. They seem to make a very special gun for a very reasonable price. I think they produce about 5000 shotguns per year.

As I research what gun I would like to purchase in 2020, Chapuis keeps coming in at or near the top of the list.


Cheers,

BSR
 

Oldsarge

Moderator and Bon Vivant
This year I got the chance to purchase a Darne sliding breech 16 ga. When I start getting coached on the clays range in January, it's one I will concentrate on. It's a brilliant concept and one I hope to employ next dove season. French engineers have long thought so far outside the box you can't see it in the rear view mirror.

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Here is a shot my friend took of me on the sporting clays range on Saturday at Blalock Lakes just south of Atlanta where I own some property. https://www.blalocklakes.com/

The hat is an Orvis fedora. The shirt is a vintage 1960s LL Bean cruiser, the trousers are a wool US army surplus from the 40s, the boots are Russell Moccasin and the shotgun is a 1983 Remington 1100 my father bought new.

Enjoy the Autumn.

Cheers,

BSR



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Sir,
After reading through the entire thread I have concluded that you have superb taste in both shotguns and shooting destinations. Bravo for posting the pheasant hunt photos. Keep up the good posting!
 
My wife has decided take up clay shooting, which is great for me...and us!

This week we had the pleasure of trying two new clay courses, Garland Mountain in North Georgia and BlackBerry Farm in eastern Tennessee. A brilliant time at both and very good instruction for my wife. At the conclusion of her second day, she was hitting close to 50% of the easy to moderate difficulty clays.

I shot my standard Browning 16
FN as well as my Winchester 101. She shot a Berretta 20 ga in both semi auto and o/u.

Cheers,

BSR



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