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Rex
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Posted: February 02 2018 at 4:51pm | IP Logged Quote Rex

It was a gift from a widow lady that we used to help. Trips to the Dr., etc.
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Posted: February 02 2018 at 5:56pm | IP Logged Quote rednekpaul

My Dad had this Winchester 97 that was my Grandfathers. It was dysfunctional. I put some new wood and new parts and found this short barrel on ebay. Everything works but I haven`t fired it yet.
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Posted: February 02 2018 at 7:06pm | IP Logged Quote Rex

Mine hasn't been well taken care of but works fine. I shoot a round or two of 16 yard trap with each year just for fun.
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Posted: February 04 2018 at 8:59am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Because of damage to my body from years of service in
uniform, age, and medical issues I'm no longer the strong
and robust man I once was. So in my advanced years I've
learned to improvise.

Thus another practical use of the 12ga around the old
homestead.
Tree trimming!

Blackjack oak trees are abundant here. One is just a few
feet from my little house and spans well over to my
little barn as well. This is a very hard wood to cut
green with a simple polesaw. The larger branches are now
impossible for me to reach with any surety at all. So for
the past couple years I've blown them off with my old Rem
870 20ga with some success. But yesterday I attacked the
newest crop of low hanging branches with my new Maverick
88 12ga shotgun.

Loaded with Federal 12ga 2 3/4" 1oz. 7 1/2 shot I
attacked the limbs with enormous expectations and was not
disappointed. The larger bore and greater amount of shot
really got the job done with less rounds than the 20ga.
What fun too, blasting limbs apart. Sure, Drunk Neighbor
has a polesaw with a chainsaw on it and he's vowed to
assist me with the unruly limbs many times. But when he
sobers up he has forgotten his inebriated pledge, and
life goes on.

So for you folks that live out in the woods away from the
city, where you are several yards, rather than feet away
from your nearest neighbor, give the 12ga tree trimming
method a try. And "it's fun around the house for all
ages" as they say.

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A great new use for my Ithaca noted.

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When the wife and I were newly weds, we drove back home to S.C. for Christmas and were visiting her grandparents who lived out in the country. Wife wanted to bring back some mistletoe which is real common there, but didn't exist in El Paso. She mentioned this to grandpa who went in the house returning with an old Browning A5 and a handful of shells and proceeded to knock down a few springs of it from way up in a big live oak tree in the yard. He acted like it was just as routine a matter as there was, unloaded the gun and put it away. He was a pretty good ol' guy, wish he'd been around a while longer but he passed within a couple of years of that.

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