First Wingmaster

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  1. Scoupe

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    We had a some tough going at work this year and I budgeted Christmas with no bonus check in mind. Well, ended up getting a nice little check after all. After boosting the present buying budget, there was still a little left over. Been eyeing a used 870 in .410 for a few months at a local shop. Well, now I'm eyeing it at home. :)

    Got it home Thursday, took it down for a quick clean and lube, and soon realized I'm looking at a gun that probably hasn't been fired. Zero wear. No drag line in the lifter, no slide marks, no hint of a ring on the bolt face, etc. etc. Now I'm really feeling good about this purchase... Dates to March 2004, looks new, has the fancier engraving, nice blue, satin wood, choked mod, and I dig the retro butt plate.

    Took it to the club on Friday and hit 95 (skeet) the first time out with it! It must have been "new gun-itis" because Saturday I struggled to hit 90 and my shuckin' arm was sore. Slides crisp and easy. Beautiful balance. Makes me want to go bunny hunting this winter.

    Anyway, it is my first Wingmaster. I've had a couple 870 Expresses and currently own a M500, and an Ithaca M37. I've always been a huge fan of the M37 and still am, but hot dog, this little Wingmaster has really struck a chord. I'm hooked. :D
     
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    Congrats! Neat idn't it. :D

    95/100 is great! You must be a shotgunner - huh? ;)

    They tote so well out small game hunting, and a bunch of shells are easy to tote as well.

    Enjoy - as I know you will continue to .


    Steve
     
  3. Scoupe

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    Thanks Steve. Yeah, I might have shot at a Blue Rock or two over the years. Looks like the little gun will get out again tonight under the lights.
     
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    pics?
     
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    :D Sounds great, and a 95 first time out with a new gun is awesome, what choke was in the gun?.
    You have the gun that is on my want list, I have the rest of the 870 Wingmasters, but I am lacking the .410 version.
     
  6. Dave McCracken

    Dave McCracken Moderator In Memoriam

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    Congrats on your rescued WM. Your PETP dues have just been paid up. A couple things....

    First, chances are it's a bit lighter than what you're used to, barring that 37. Betcha some BA/UU/R with it gets you a claycrushing skeet machine PDQ. Light shotguns have different dynamics, so get used to it.

    95/100 with a brand new gun, You Da Man!!
     
  7. Scoupe

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    Heheh, thanks again guys.

    Dave, yes it's like swingin' a stick compared to my 10lb plus O/U target gun. I generally add weight to my 1100s through a mag cap weight, but thought I'd leave the WM .410 alone for now. It's just so perfect the way it is.

    Kudu, It's a fixed modified choke. Clays break like I hit 'em with 20ga!

    pdowg, Hadn't got around to any beauty shots yet. If it's sunny Friday I'll take some and post 'em up here.
     
  8. Dave McCracken

    Dave McCracken Moderator In Memoriam

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    I can understand skeet fanatics going for the matched weight set of 12-20-28-410 bores, but a small gauge repeater like this is just so much FUN!
     
  9. Red Label

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    410s are such fun at skeet. I don't have a Wingmaster in 410 but I've got a Winchester M42 that just loves the skeet field.....I really got to get a 410 reloader. I'm sure you have noticed the price of shells......:cuss:
     
  10. Scoupe

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    As promised:

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  11. Dave McCracken

    Dave McCracken Moderator In Memoriam

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    AAaawww......
     
  12. MikeWSC

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    Congrads Scoupe !

    Glad to see another who enjoys his .410 Wingmaster! :D
    Have a twin of yours, and its a hoot going for squirels. Haven't shot any
    skeet or trap but......
    Does yours have chokes tubes? Mine is a straight Mod choke and was curious
    if having it threaded would be worth it?

    Happy Holidays........... Mike
     
  13. Bullet Bob

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    Very nice - everything you want in a gun, but no excess. A true classic.
     
  14. 9mmMike

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    That is quite purdy. I am trying so hard to NOT buy another 870 (for a little while anyway!) but now you've got me thinking about a 28 ga. again......
     
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