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My first gun circa 1977. Never could hit anything with it as a youngster so it's sat in the safe. Dug it out last year and missed a squirrel by a foot at 20 yards. Dropped it off at a smith a couple months ago and he said the barrel was bent the last 3 inches.(I guess they slip past quality control sometimes because I got it new). He couldn't get it straight so I said cut it to 22" and thread it for Rem chokes. He said it will cost more than the guns worth. I said well it's very sentimental so let's do it. He just called and said it's ready to be picked up. Hurry up 5:00 !!!
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That's amazing. Funny how we can figure these things out now that we are old and wise.

I saved a few pieces of cardboard from some large boxes to pattern my shotguns before hunting season. It will be enlightening I'm sure!

All of my favorite creatures have white bottoms.
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Yeah, never dreamed of patterning a shotgun back then. Very eye opening once you do.
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I remember pheasant hunting with a party of WW2 vets in South Dakota many years ago. A younger man who was one of the grandsons came with and he had a 20 ga topper. He was a very good shot and had 2 birds on the first drive. He apparently slipped in the mud and plugged his barrel before our second drive. First shot he took afterwards split the end of his barrel like a banana peel. Nobody hurt, we all laughed and later we went back to the farm house and cut the end off. Then he tried to pattern the barrel by shooting an old washing machine sitting in the weeds. I remember it was a terrible open pattern and several feet sideways from where he aimed. He continued to hunt with us but he didn't hit any more birds that day.

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She looks great! I'll try and get some pics up. Thinking of remounting in shotgun cinnamon lam stocks.
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Ok here she is. The barrel was cut to 21.5" and reinstalled on the original receiver. Installed camo lam stocks and a ported Tightwad x-full turkey choke tube.
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Very nice !!!!
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Beautiful!

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That looks great. Those checkered, laminated, straight wrist stocks are hard to find.

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That looks great. Those checkered, laminated, straight wrist stocks are hard to find.

I lucked into a heck of a trade one them....
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