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#587109 12/13/20 04:52 PM
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I've been enjoying some layout boat duck hunting this year with my hammer guns, but it is hard on them. Lots of scuffs on the wood and metal as they lay across the gunwhales, etc. Do those of you who duck hunt with sxs's in boats use a dedicated [well used] boat gun, or do you use nicer guns and not worry about it? They are meant to be used, after all. Just curious.

I'll be re-working the wood and refinishing the barrels on this husky in the off season, but I'm not relishing the thought of getting it all dinged up:




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I’m not thinking I’d ever take a “fine” gun and use it as a boat gun. Boat hunting is tough and it’s rough on guns, no matter how careful you are. The finest I’ve ever taken to hunt out of a boat with is a old Weatherby/SKB Orion and a Remington 3200. This year...I dented the rib of the Orion a week or so ago and I’m not even sure when it happened. The only time I’ve used “finer” guns is when I’m not sitting or standing in water, the weather is fairly decent and I don’t have to worry about slinging it. Waterfowling, especially the real kind where you get really wet, down & dirty is super tough on ANY gun. Downright abusive sometimes. No need to put an old fine gun through that kind of abuse.

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Opening day 1977, beginning my 15th season with my Super-Fox --


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If I owned one I would absolutely take a Super Fox duck hunting. In any conditions.

My Lindner Daly Diamond is theoretically a great duck gun. Tightly choked 30" barrels, 7 1/2 pounds. I'll take it out a few times when the weather looks passable but it sure won't be a regular occurrence.


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Mark Larson #587118 12/13/20 06:16 PM
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Mark,
I don't hunt from a boat a lot, but when I did, I would have a dedicated and secure place for the gun while moving and another while hunting. Just throwing it on top of the decoy bags ro balancing it in my lap or propped against the gunwales was not good. If your boat is big enough to allow it, you might even build a "wagon box" case for it.

If you have safe places for it at all times that you are not actually working so birds, it will be a whole bunch safer and less beat up.


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punt guns!?





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My old family pictures of my parents and other family members duck hunting back in Minnesota in the 1930s show them hunting from canoes!!

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Originally Posted By: BrentD
Mark,
I don't hunt from a boat a lot, but when I did, I would have a dedicated and secure place for the gun while moving and another while hunting. Just throwing it on top of the decoy bags ro balancing it in my lap or propped against the gunwales was not good. If your boat is big enough to allow it, you might even build a "wagon box" case for it.

If you have safe places for it at all times that you are not actually working so birds, it will be a whole bunch safer and less beat up.


My boat is pretty small (9' Aquapod), so there isn't a whole lot of room for the gun once I get my dekes in the boat. Great idea with the case however. I think I'll probably just get a utility duck gun in the offseason so I don't have to worry about it too much.

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Mark, Get a bigger boat!

Your gun(s) deserve it (and your dog too).


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There's different ways to hunt from a boat, as you know. Your's is fairly rough, as it sounds like you're pretty much in the boat the whole time. When I hunt from a blind that requires a boat to reach I do not hesitate to carry my SuperFox, in a floating gun slip. Then, when I get to the blind I uncase it. It's a pretty easy life for a SuperFox, though I will use it for walk in hunts from blinds, too.



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But, here's where it gets rough for my guns, duck hunting. I drift and jump shoot ducks on large creeks and rivers, and small ponds, in a fiberglass kayak. I wanted a double for that and settled on a 30" barreled BSS. I opened the left barrel to match the right, at .018", for steel. It's gotten a little beat up but I don't care. It's killed scores and scores of ducks. I use half a kayak paddle for drifting, keeping the gun in my left hand and the paddle in my right, which is used only to steer and keep the shooting "lanes" to my left as much as possible. A rope is tied to the paddle. When ducks flush I drop the paddle in the creek and grab the gun with my right hand, to shoot. Take time to put the paddle in the kayak and the ducks are out of range.



Sometimes I will use the BSS in other conditions, too. It's a deadly duck gun for me.



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