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Thank you Karl. I can only do that because the completion date happens to fall within the season.

Stan, one of the reasons I don't like guns with a through bolt is they tend to be too fat to feel right. I think that gun is just a hair over 4" in circumference. I have a couple that are right at 4" even and I love the way they feel. I have large hands but I still like a small wrist. If I fall the foot or more of water/grass/slop will soften the landing.

Gil, it hasn't been used much lately. I used it quite a bit 13-14 years ago but most years since then it has only gotten out a time or two each season.

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I thought about the water and grass, Skip, after I posted what I did. grin

I wouldn't let it stop me from having one like that, even without the grass/water/mud. In fact, I've got a couple that are that small, or smaller, myself. wink

Always enjoy your pics.

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Thank you Stan. Great shooting on those dove by the way. I was always better on flushing birds than passing birds until I spent four days in Argentina a few years ago and got plenty of practice. That Fox is gorgeous. I like smaller guns and if I had a 20 gauge B grade gun like that I would be a happy man.

Gil, nice work on the woodcock with that 20 gauge SKB. I really wanted one of those for my first gun when I was thirteen. Dad thought the 20 gauge 870 Wingmaster "Magnum" would be a more versatile gun for a boy that was only going to have one shotgun and he was probably right. I thought the Raybar sight was the coolest thing. If I got one of those guns today that would probably be the first thing I replaced. LOL

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Originally Posted by Snipe Hunter
That Fox is gorgeous. I like smaller guns and if I had a 20 gauge B grade gun like that I would be a happy man.

Right now I'm using a 20 Ga. Sterlingworth Ejector, with chokes opened to suit flushing birds, and chambers lengthened to 2 3/4" for quail and, hopefully next season, woodcock. It has proven to be such a lovely little bird gun that I will be keeping my eyes open for a graded Fox. The Sterly works so well that the only way I could improve on it would be looks, and a graded gun would satisfy that.

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I used a 20 gauge Sterlingworth last weekend and the two times I hunted last week. Mine is just an extractor gun but it is solid and reliable.

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Stan, you may recall the 20 ga. XE that I helped a family sell a handful of years ago. The owner, Sandy West, died on her birthday last week at 108. It was her father's gun. She lived alone on Ossabaw until moving into assisted living at 103. Here she is dining with Toby I at her home at Ossabaw. We have had her Toby II for two years. Anyone want to buy an 11 year old cranky Jack Russell who thinks he's a Jack Daniels? Gil
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I do remember that, Gil. But, thanks for the pics. I don't know of anyone that Toby II would be better off with than you. Id like to hear the story of the sale of that XE again, next time we're together. I've been to sleep several times since then and the details are fuzzy.

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I can't help saying that is one really great picture of Toby and his late owner! Is Toby after some desert or a little of whatever was in the glass?


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Probably both.
Sandy's father was a big game hunter and the house on Ossabaw has head mounts that go way back in time. Presidents visited the island. Here's Sandy feeding a wild boar that would come to her kitchen door for table scraps. Not all of them lacked fear of humans. The two that she hand fed were "Spotty" and "Vidal Sasoon". The hogs descended from hogs left by the Spanish on the barrier islands of Georgia. The State of Georgia bought the 28,000 acre island back in the 1970s from Sandy and her brother. They kept a life estate. No one expected her to live to be 108.
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Grey day, grey skies, grey birds. Getting tougher and tougher to kill a limit on these wary, mature birds. They flare from almost anything. Sir Joseph Nickerson had a sign above the door exiting his "ready room", from whence he went gamebird gunning. The sign read "About to be humbled". Above the same door, on the outside coming in another sign read "Having been humbled". He may not have ever shot late season doves but, I certainly can share the "having been humbled" aspect of gunning with him.

1973 Italian hammergun, reportedly made by the Bernardelli factory, and labeled San Georgio. 12 ga., 30", modern steel barrels ........

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