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Aren’t the pacific and Atlantic brant known to be separate subspecies? Maybe, you can do a combo trip when you get after a Harlequin?

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I don't think you would be considered in violation if you bagged a Trumpeter Swan when holding a tag for a Tundra. Supposed to be 63,000 Trumpeters in interior North America now so your chances are fairly good.

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Originally Posted By: Replacement
Larry, since you are here now, I have a question. Dave previously referred to his BSS’s 2-3/4” chambers. I thought all the BSS boxlocks came with 3” chambers. All four of mine are 3” and all that I have seen are 3”. I know a lot of the Miroku-branded guns are 2-3/4”, but what about the BSSs?


I'm curious about that myself, Rubberhead.

A few years ago I would have passed on this BSS and looked for 3" chambers. A hard-kicking new A5 came along and I tried some 2 3/4" steel at 1350 fps and not only were they much more pleasant to shoot, I didn't notice any drop-off in how the ducks came down.

Today I drove up to the twin cities suburbs and had a very good gunsmith open my Full barrel choke up to the same degree as the Mod barrel for .018 & .018. Stan's idea is pretty brilliant, really. It will shoot solid full patterns with steel, and with bismuth it will be back to the "slight-modified" realm.

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In looking at the bird chart, I see I've killed 25 of the different species.

Mergus


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Originally Posted By: L. Brown
Dave, not being a waterfowler, I didn't chime in. Just caught up with this topic. BSS would've been my #2 suggestion to you for a gun that will work for ducks and can also make a decent Sporting Clays sxs. My #1 suggestion is one that's seldom seen: Ithaca SKB Model 100 Magnum. Almost all the 12ga Ithaca SKB's were 2 3/4" guns (while all the 20's were 3" . . . go figure!) The 100 magnum was the exception. 30" barrels, 3" chambers, factory recoil pad. But you could look and look for one of those, while there are plenty of BSS 12's on the market. You done good. I favor lighter guns than that for toting in the uplands, but that could also be a good late season pheasant gun.


Larry, when I was in the shop picking up my BSS there sat this SKB 100 w/30" barrels. It's not a "Magnum," but it is in excellent condition and too nice to walk away from at $600. The chokes are Mod/Full and it will be a good partner for my BSS using bismuth.



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Originally Posted By: Dave Erickson
Larry, when I went to my shop to pick up the BSS there was a very high condition 12 gauge SKB 100 on the rack. It was a post Ithaca gun with a pistol grip/splinter stock like a SKB -150. It was quite tempting at $649. He said it’s been there for 3 weeks. Holmen Pawn Gun & Marine.


If it's PG/splinter, that'd be like a 100. PG/beavertail but extxractors vs ejectors is a 150. Not as many of those around as either 100's or 200's. I think Ithaca only imported the 150's for 2 or 3 years.

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Ya-ya-ya, I can't keep all the SKB models straight. Anyway this M100 w/30" barrels came home with me today.

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Originally Posted By: Dave Erickson
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Larry, since you are here now, I have a question. Dave previously referred to his BSS’s 2-3/4” chambers. I thought all the BSS boxlocks came with 3” chambers. All four of mine are 3” and all that I have seen are 3”. I know a lot of the Miroku-branded guns are 2-3/4”, but what about the BSSs?


I'm curious about that myself, Rubberhead.

A few years ago I would have passed on this BSS and looked for 3" chambers. A hard-kicking new A5 came along and I tried some 2 3/4" steel at 1350 fps and not only were they much more pleasant to shoot, I didn't notice any drop-off in how the ducks came down.

Today I drove up to the twin cities suburbs and had a very good gunsmith open my Full barrel choke up to the same degree as the Mod barrel for .018 & .018. Stan's idea is pretty brilliant, really. It will shoot solid full patterns with steel, and with bismuth it will be back to the "slight-modified" realm.


I know less about the BSS than I do SKB's. Matter of fact, I've never owned a BSS 12ga. Have owned a couple BSS 20ga Sporters and a couple BSS Sidelocks. Live and learn. I did not know that some BSS 12's were 2 3/4". But I guess that should not come as a surprise, since all the SKB 12's imported by Ithaca (except the rare magnums) are 2 3/4".

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[quote=Dave Erickson]

Larry, when I was in the shop picking up my BSS there sat this SKB 100 w/30" barrels. It's not a "Magnum," but it is in excellent condition and too nice to walk away from at $600. The chokes are Mod/Full and it will be a good partner for my BSS using bismuth.
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Hmmm. Looks like I learned twice today. (That makes it a good day.) Can't recall having seen an Ithaca SKB 100 with 30" barrels that wasn't a magnum. Anyhow, nice find at that price!

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I've spent $600 in much worse ways than this! This thing is very smooth and stable with the 30" barrels.

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