South Dakota Pheasant

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  1. E_308

    E_308 Well-Known Member

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    Well I took the leap and added an Italian to the stable!


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    Congrats! Hope you enjoy it. Pretty soon you'll be buying a Ducati-lol.

    It took a little while to get familiar with the Benelli, but now it's a hammer. It's so fast to the shoulder you might find yourself riding out birds so they don't get shot up.
     
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    Ran about a box of ancient Winchester trap loads through it last night. She tracks a little different from the 870's I am used to but you are definitely not waiting on it to cycle like some Rem semi autos I have had in the past. I was just hand throwing my own clays up and not missing too many for an unfamiliar gun. Can't wait to run it through some sporting clay courses or a trap range. Tried it with a a 3" shell on lunch break today, jumps around a little but still an improvement over the pump for recoil. There was a kid working over the patterning board with his bb gun so I haven't had a chance to pattern it yet. Just based on the clays I don't think there will be any shimming needed.
     
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    Heading back up to Herreid SD this year for opening weekend. The initial reports I have seen look promising. The guy that runs the lodge said he had one of the best hatches he has seen. One of the guys that has been going for years says it is time to buy a tube extension for the Benelli!
     
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    We're heading back to Pierre in mid October. We hunt Broken Arrow farms. Always a fun trip except for getting there.
     
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    We’re heading up the weekend of 10/27. This will be my 16th consecutive year to go to SD. One of my favorites trips every year. Good luck to everyone else that’s heading up!
     
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    Definitely pattern your Benelli if you haven't already. I inherited a SBE I and after some terrible performances, I patterned the gun according to Neil Winston's method and found it was off DRAMATICALLY. Did some research and found on the turkey forums that Benellis tend to have point of aim/point of impact issues.

    Now I have systematically patterned all of my guns and have made adjustments as needed.

    http://www.claytargettesting.com/POI/Point_of_Impact_and_Pattern_Testing_at_13_Yards.pdf


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    Mine shoots just a touch high. Perfect for rising birds. I have done a lot of patterning with target loads and turkey loads, I probably ought to run a few pheasant loads through just to make sure it is consistent.
     

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