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Unread 08-29-2020, 04:10 PM   #51
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A good part of the pleasure in owning a number of nice guns is having the right one for the particular shoot you're headed for. Each year I enjoy the rotation thru the gun safes of the various gauges and barrel/choke combinations I own for different game. Who wants to carry an 8# 12 ga. on a quail hunt??
Guns are a bit like dogs, they're all a bit different. Get to know them and you'll shoot them well (or sell'em off). One that's a stranger may take a while in the field to "warm up". This DOES give your companions some entertainment at your expense!
And by the same token, isn't it fun to buy a gun for a specific situation?

Sometimes you buy a gun, just because you like it, although you aren't exactly sure how often you'll use it. Other times, you buy a gun to fit a particular niche.
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It sure is. I have several guns for each situation in case one breaks down.
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When hunting in South Texas "two is one, one is none". Applies to nearly everything from spare tires to underwear to whiskey bottles. Shotguns definitely included!
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Well, the selfsame VH 16 that I purchased specifically for a northwoods grouse hunt developed a crack after 150 rounds of RST Ultra Lite cartridges (three-quarter ounce at 1100 ft./s.) I am very happy that it happened now, rather than in the grouse woods.

As long as it is in the shop, it will get a fresh rust bluing of the barrels and trigger guard.

Perfect example of why “one is none.”
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Sorry to hear that news. I have a gun infirmary on top of my safe with a few needing wood work
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There must have been a crack or flaw before tou shot it. RST’s would never be the source of the damage.





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I was not blaming the shells. I am a big RST fan.
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That's plain bad luck! That may be a flaw in the wood hidden for a century or just the process of aging, changes in humidity over years, who knows. Heart breaker for certain.
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Low humidity and a hot car - who knows. Maybe there was a hairline when I bought it, and I just couldn’t see it.

Presbyopia sucks!
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I ended up having the gun stripped and cleaned, the barrels rust blued, and the chipped dhbp repaired. I think it turned out just great. If anything, the rust blued barrels set off what is remaining of the case coloring.
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