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O/U Extractors vs ejectors

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by larryw, Oct 19, 2005.

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  1. larryw

    larryw Member

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    The o/u shotgun I ordered is backlogged too far down the road from my favorite distributor, so I'm considering a different model where the primary difference is its extractor-only. The backordered gun has selective extractor/ejectors.

    Gun will see lots of clays and occasional field use. I reload my shells, so the majority of time an extractor is the way I'd go anyways.

    What is your opinion on ejectors vs. extractors for an o/u shotty? Is there a compelling reason for ejectors other than speeding the reload (and forcing me to police the hulls) that I'm missing?
     
  2. huntsman

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    I prefer extractors, espcially in field guns but ejectors will not keep me from buying a gun I like .With ejectors I guess you have two choices either bend down and pick up hulls or get hit in the chest with a flying piece of hot metal/plastic. At least that's the conclusion came to.
     
  3. Dave McCracken

    Dave McCracken Moderator In Memoriam

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    Ejectors mean one has to learn how to stop the shells from leaving the gun. I used my thumb. A bit of practice and you'll have it.

    Were I to get a purpose built target O/U it'd have either.
     
  4. mete

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    You should be able to disconnect the ejectors easily.
     
  5. ChillyW

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    As long as we're on the subject...

    My Browning Citori has ejectors. Since I don't (currently) reload, I just let the hulls fall where they may. Not a problem.

    But I'm about ready, I think, to move beyond the $3/box cheap shells and into something better. Which should shortly lead me into reloading. Which means I'll not want to drop my hulls all over the ground.

    If there's an easy way to disable the ejectors, I'd like to hear details. Otherwise I just need to get in the habit of using my hand to block the hulls and keep them from flying out.
     
  6. Jim Watson

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    Shoot an ejector gun for a while and it will become second nature to catch the empties for reloading or just to keep from littering. If you just must, the ejector springs can be removed with more or less difficulty, depending on the make.

    If you have the choice of extractor or ejector you are probably looking at the low end of the O/U field. I have no experience there, my cheap gun is an 1100.
     
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    All my o/us have ejectors and it's not a problem to put your hand over the breech as you open the gun to retrieve hulls.
     
  9. BozemanMT

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    extractors definately.
    ejectors are a pain. Maybe some people are just more talented than me, but I can never catch them.
    i reload now, and it's great for saving them and not having to chase them around. But even if you using the cheapies, or not reloading, it's just common courtesy to pick up your hulls and it's way easier to do it after one shot, than walking around afterwards and doing it. most of the ranges around here, want you pick up your own hulls (and it's a fair request)

    and yes, i too want to know how to turn ejectors into extractors.
     
  10. ChillyW

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    Where I shoot, they are happy to have you drop your hulls. They police them all at the end of the day, then sort them and sell them to reloaders.
     
  11. BozemanMT

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    well, they want the hulls too
    they just want you to put them in the hull buckets or you take them home. (they look like horse waterer things) instead of on the ground.
    not unreasonable.
     
  12. Larry Ashcraft

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    Speaking of horse waterer things:

    Try and keep Bozeman and your horse FAR apart when Bozeman is using a hand thrower.:p :D
     
  13. TrapperReady

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    Ejectors are fine, even if you want to save the hulls. When I break open the action, I just hold my hand over the action and the shells are partially ejected into my hand. I then pull them out exactly like if the gun had ejectors.

    The nice thing about ejectors is that if you NEED to get the shells out and reload ASAP, you can. I sometimes use my O/U while pheasant hunting, and I've gotten a couple of birds because of a very fast reload (usually when the dog flushes another bird while making a retrieve of a dead one).
     
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    As long as they extract "high" enough to easily remove them, I don't see a problem with clay targets. I wish it was an option on most O/U's.

    The gun should be easier to close without ejectors, no springs to cock.
     
  15. BozemanMT

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    he was fine!!!:p
    I wasn't that close.:neener:
    I think
    although i will admit me and hand throwers don't mix
     
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