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shotgun guys help me - shotguns for scout camp

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by wtr100, May 11, 2015.

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  1. oneounceload

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    OP still hasn't said what isn't holding up well. Until then suggestions for different guns do not solve his issue - the fixes might be simple and inexpensive.
     
  2. Ash

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    Repairing an 870 is cheaper than buying a 500. I'm a big 500 fan, transitioned to the 500 from my duck-killing 870 ten years ago and never looked back, but 870's in hand are cheaper to keep running than buying new 500's. I also don't consider the 500 to be vastly better than an 870, but I do like the 500 better (even though Dad was thoroughly wed to steel receivers).

    But, as also an Eagle Scout, I still believe in being thrifty.
     
  3. Virginian

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    Sounds like improper cleaning and operation to me. The 20 gauge doesn't have an ejector spring I didn't think, just the ejector, but I see Remington is now listing a spring for them as well. Shell latches can pop loose, but they do not need to be staked back in. I fixed one with Superglue about 6 years ago as a stopgap and now I don't remember which one it was. If they get build-up behind them it will encourage popping loose.
    Sounds like the biggest issues really is corporate red tape and no one personally involved who knows what the heck they are doing.
     
  4. natman

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    Not to mention Brave, Clean and Reverent.
     
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    You're right about that, got my models mixed up. The model 11 is the daddy. The Sportsman is a cheaper, modified version of the 11-48 that was introduced practically side by side.
     
  6. ElToro

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    Another Eagle Scout here and The offer made above is very fair and generous. I really can't believe 1 870 let alone a bunch of them are being shot out. I'd have the 870s looked over and cleaned and tuned if necessary.

    I too spent about 9 summers at scout camp including the summer I turned 20 on camp staff. I can 100% attribute my shooting love and skill to Boy Scouts as I (sadly) never got any trigger time with my father or othe family until I was an adult and buying guns on my own. I spent all available time at the rifle and shotgun ranges.

    That being said. My scout camp had the same single shot 12 gauge 30 inch top break. Either an HR or a Stevens. That gun must have sen a lot of rounds as the only had one and it served as long as I went to that camp and my older brother before me for several years recalls that's thing. At least 1k rounds a week 6 weeks a summer for at least 15-20 years. They are Probly still using it up there. I was there mid 80s through 94 when I worked there
     
  7. Sunray

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    "...We shoot one shot at a time typically..." You don't need 870's or 11-87's or really any repeater then.
    Doubt the Condor Youth would be a good idea. Stoeger's warrantee isn't great for one.
    You have the budget to buy what, 6, 8? A Stevens 320, 20 ga., Field Grade Youth's MSRP is $235. Even though it's a pump, it's cheap and Savage heavily supports youth shooting.
    http://www.youthshootingsa.com/
     
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