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Water Monkey's 2017 Projects

Discussion in 'Photo And Video Gallery' started by Water Monkey, Mar 21, 2017.

  1. Water Monkey

    Water Monkey The man, the myth, the monkey Moderator Supporter

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    I've got a few projects and buys planned for this year firearm related so I figured I'd keep this shiznit all on one thread
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  2. Water Monkey

    Water Monkey The man, the myth, the monkey Moderator Supporter

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    Project # 1 - Fix the Skeet Gun

    I acquired a very awesome Beretta 687 Silver Pigeon III brand new from Joel Etchen's guns December 2015. I got to shoot it some during 2016 but the gun was too long and I needed a comb raiser to get a good skeet 60/40 spread on my target. So, based on reputation, I handed it off to a local "master woodsmith".

    He ended up demolishing my stock installing the comb raiser, never called me, and placed on a used field stock (mine was a sporting stock which is thicker and heavier to absorb recoil for extended range sessions). To top it all off one of the butt pad screws was literally stripped.... that's what a "master woodsmith" does in NY. He only charged me for parts of the comb raiser ($50) but I should have just walked out completely had I known about the stripped butt pad screw hole.

    So, I could sue him and waste time and money I'll never get back for a $600 stock. Or I could just replace it down the road. Sucks I was put in that position but I should have been true to my word and never trust NY gun people.... ever to do work for me. I broke my rule and I paid for it.

    I sent off my gun to Coles Guns in Florida which is an approved Beretta service center. Coles also had a deal on some really nice sporting stocks (monte carlo) that I took advantage of.

    Well, it's back from the shop. I spent the last 30 min tuning it to my mount and got it set up for skeet when it warms up:

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    Next 2 projects should be ready by June 2017 and the following project by July/August 2017
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  3. ripjack13

    ripjack13 Resident Sawdust Maker Staff Member Administrator Supporter "Philanthropist"

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  4. Bobster

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    She's a beaut! :)
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  5. meanstreak

    meanstreak .30-06 Supporter "Philanthropist"

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    Nice shotgun. Sorry you had the bad experience with the woodsmith.
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  6. Rossignol

    Rossignol The Original Sheriff Staff Member Global Moderator Moderator Sponsor

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    That looks so awesome! I'm not a traditional furniture guy nor an over under guy but he can recognize a beautiful thing and that shotgun certainly is!
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  7. nitesite

    nitesite Average Guy Moderator "Philanthropist"

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    Very fine shotgun.

    That is all I need to say.
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  8. CaddmannQ

    CaddmannQ 12g Supporter

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    I'd shoot it any time. That's a fine looking piece.
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  9. stigmata

    stigmata 20g

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    Nice gun and furniture WM.
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  10. Water Monkey

    Water Monkey The man, the myth, the monkey Moderator Supporter

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    Finally got a chance to take out the shotgun to the skeet range. Performed absolutely amazing. Recoil was perfect and went right into my shoulder with no kicking into my cheek (as the other effed up stock did). Swing was good but I tend to swing rather fast, LOP was perfect. It was a good day.

    Shot 5 rounds of Skeet in a 40*F day with good wind (10-15mph) so the clays were doing some interesting dances in the air. Best game was 20/25 with the rest being my normal average of 15-18 clays per game. Gonna get some more personal training on stations 3, 4, 5 cause that’s where I miss the most clays consistently.

    I shall call her Betsy. Always wanted a shotgun called Betsy and she fits the bill. Here’s Betsy in her natural habitat:

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    My little Tukus wanted to join me. Told her 10 more years before she can play with Daddy. She was happy just to wear my shooting vest

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  11. ripjack13

    ripjack13 Resident Sawdust Maker Staff Member Administrator Supporter "Philanthropist"

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    Cute....
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  12. Water Monkey

    Water Monkey The man, the myth, the monkey Moderator Supporter

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    Project # 2 is well under way:

    Edward Charles Wicks Memorial Garand Build

    My grandfather was a sailor during WWII. Sent out my WWII Barreled receiver to be rebarreled in .308 for my pseudo Navy Build (Barrel was a new Criterion barrel and not original).

    This build will be fancy and not be period correct as my Korean War build for my Father In Law. Primarily because it will cost quite a bit to get period specific parts (WWII lock bar sights run $200, and the op rod is close to $500 alone).

    Got the stock and metal in from DGR a few days ago:

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    Sent in my order to Ron Brown on Friday for a sling with his initials and the Navy emblem.

    Water Monkey
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  13. ripjack13

    ripjack13 Resident Sawdust Maker Staff Member Administrator Supporter "Philanthropist"

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    What am I? Chopped liver...I read this. Hence the popcorn guy....like a real good movie...
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  14. Water Monkey

    Water Monkey The man, the myth, the monkey Moderator Supporter

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    Lol one love!

    I'm a Debbie downer. 3 days no sleep. My daughter is trying to kill me with sleep deprivation.
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  15. ripjack13

    ripjack13 Resident Sawdust Maker Staff Member Administrator Supporter "Philanthropist"

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    Thats their job....they're very good at it.
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  16. Water Monkey

    Water Monkey The man, the myth, the monkey Moderator Supporter

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    Hit skeet again today with new chokes (Angle Port). Had a terrific first game (23/25) my personal best. Other games shot average 15-17 clays per game.

    Here's some video of station 2 (trying out the POV camera)

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  17. nitesite

    nitesite Average Guy Moderator "Philanthropist"

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    Those skeets shattered just from the power of your voice.

    For real.

    POST #12 gave me a stiffie that lasted more than four hours. Had to go get an adrenaline shot.
  18. ripjack13

    ripjack13 Resident Sawdust Maker Staff Member Administrator Supporter "Philanthropist"

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    cool vid....one of these days I need to go skeet shooting.
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  19. Water Monkey

    Water Monkey The man, the myth, the monkey Moderator Supporter

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    LOL.... I wish... Last game I literally couldn't hit squat. I used up my juju on the game I had the POV camera on.... so pissed the camera shifted on other stations because I got some really cool breaks in that would have been awesome on the POV camera. But wearing the head set is a PITA with the shotgun when I need a good cheek weld.

    Yeah I had ordered the wood without any stain because I wanted a lighter wood. But when I got it I was satisfied with it so I didn't call to complain. The grain is pretty remarkable on that side. Not as prominent on the other side but when I shoulder it the tiger stripes are facing out.
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  20. Water Monkey

    Water Monkey The man, the myth, the monkey Moderator Supporter

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    It's very addictive. Once you hit one clay... you kinda want to keep playing to you get them all.

    I started doing doubles a couple of years ago.... not as bad as I thought it would be. Once you hit the first one quickly you feel you have all the time in the world to nail the second one. Getting the first one is the key. And if you miss just transition to the other one immediately.
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