Monday, January 22, 2018

A Beautiful Buck and A Beautiful Girl

My niece Kayli is one of those special people that is not only beautiful on the outside but on the inside as well.  I have hunted for years with her grandfather and later her father.  I like to think that I influenced her will to hunt.  She has become quite the huntress and is starting to rack up an impressive list of trophies.  She sent me this about her latest hunt along with the pictures and the following is as she wrote it.

Uncle Ed,
I shot this 16 point on December 18 at L and L Adventures.  It was super foggy all morning, we drove around and corned all the roads and saw lots of animals. I had my mind set on what I wanted my buck to look like so we kept driving and hunting.  Finally when the fog started to clear we saw this buck come down from a hillside.  We let him come in and settle down. Then I set up my shooting sticks and took a shot at 150 yards, hit him perfect in the shoulder and he ran about 60 yards.  When I found him he ended up being a lot bigger than I thought he was!  My biggest buck so far! 

 I think she was pretty excited.

Congrats on your magnificent buck Kayli.  I am happy he was bigger than you thought as lots of mine through the years have suffered from ground shrinkage.  Uncle Ed

Saturday, June 17, 2017

The Stoeger M3K 3-Gun Semi-Automatic Shotgun Round Two

A couple of months ago I wrote a review on the Stoeger M3K semi-automatic shotgun built for the the sport of 3 gun shooting.  I was so impressed with the gun I handled and reviewed that I ordered one for myself.  I made one major modification and installed the MOA magazine extension so that my firearm now holds 10 rounds or 11 with a ghost round.  After shooting this gun for more than a month with all types of ammo I am convinced this is one of the best tactical shotguns made.  I set mine up for predator hunting even though it would be just fine for birds but I would have to remove the magazine extension or make up a really long plug to bring it to the three shot capability required for dove or duck hunting.

I have fired over 150 rounds through this new shotgun without a single malfunction.  It handled everything from light one ounce loads (even though it is recommended to break it in with heavy loads) to buckshot and maximum high speed trap and sporting clays loads.  It fires so fast that I had to slow down my fire rate just to recover and stay on target.  Ammo to Go sent me some of the new Winchester AA Super Sport Sporting Clays rounds to run through the gun.  This one ounce 3 ½ dram load shoots with amazing speed with the velocity somewhere around 1350 fps.  It absolutely crushed clays when I did my part.  It patterned very well on the target board and the reloadable AA rounds fed through the M3k flawlessly. For those looking for a fast one ounce load for the three gun competition this round should be considered.

I bought this gun with two purposes in mind.  Number one was to be a self-defense firearm for the ranch and home if ever needed.  Number two was to be used on hunts for predators where I might need a lot of shots and have to deliver them with speed.  I believe loaded with buckshot this shotgun will make the finest hog or coyote weapon available inside of 75 yards.  If you get a chance to try the Stoeger M3K give it a run, you might find in makes an impression on you just like it did me.  Wild Ed

Monday, June 5, 2017

The Yildiz 12 Gauge Folding Shotgun

Right off the bat I thought what a nice looking single shot shotgun.  Even though this Turkish made folding shotgun sells for only $159.99 at Academy Sports it has a nice looking wood stock and silver receiver with some scroll engraving.  The day I was in Academy they had them on the daily hot deal for $129.99.  I am a sucker for bargain guns so one came home with me. This single shot has a 28 inch solid ribbed barrel with a brass bead and modified choke.  The safety is an unmarked manual thumb safety with the forward position being the ready to fire position.  The shotgun breaks open by pulling a lever in front of the trigger guard  which also cocks the firearm. Let me say this gun is light, really light weight. It weighs about half of what my over under weighs. The gun weighs only 4 3/4 pounds and has a three inch chamber.  I don't think I would fire a three inch shell in this gun unless I absolutely had to.  Light dove loads were punishing in this firearm.  I shot about half a box of the new Winchester AA Super Sport Sporting Clays loads provided by Ammo to Go for testing.  They patterned very well and at 1350 fps they reached out and powdered clays with the one ounce load but the recoil of the 3 1/2 dram load in the 4 3/4 pound firearm with no recoil pad was punishing.  I will be shooting these shells next week in a Stoeger M3k race gun and will report more on the load.  As far as this folding lightweight shotgun I would recommend one of the new recoil absorbing recoil pads if you will be shooting it much. 

If you think by now that I don't like this lightweight gun you are very wrong.  I am not going to stand and shoot a round of trap with it but I would like to carry it under the back seat for whenever I need a shotgun.  It will fit into small areas and would make a great survival gun with a few of the different caliber inserts.  It could be carried in a backpack or bug out bag without adding a lot of weight.  All in all it seems a quality made lightweight shotgun for not a lot of money. Mine is folded and under the backseat of the truck. I will be ordering a new recoil pad for it. Wild Ed

PS:  Some of you are going to look at this gun folded and think wouldn't it be neat if the barrel was cut off even with the stock when folded.  Two things stop me from doing this, one is you would lose the modified choke and the other is I would not want to be the one to test fire it because of the weight lost with that extra barrel length.  If any of you cut one down let me know how it works out.