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    nice gun George!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nasty-G View Post
    I have too many shotguns to get very good with any one of them.
    Ya, but you don't know if you have the right one until you've bought 'em all.

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    George those BSS's are under rated.They will outlast anything on the market.
    I have a 12 in sporter 28" barrels have had the chokes opened to imp and mod.Who says you can't shoot sporting clays with a sxs ? You can with this one,and I have been using it for 30 yrs, never missed a beat weighs almost 8 lbs.I have had tons of offers for it over the years,would never sell it.I also have a 20, it is not a sporter,one of the earlier ones without the selector.26" barrels pistol grip and weighs 7 1/2 lbs on a a postal scale.Heavy for a 20 but bank vault solid.A little heavy for all day walking,but truth be told, I mostly hunt half days,either mornings or afts.The finish on barrels and wood have not faded ,I bought it sometime around 1977 used.In my book that's class.Cant ask more from a shotgun.With 3" it kills pheasants dead as dead at 40 yds with either barrel and very little kick thanks to it's weight,pistol grip,and beaver tail forend .With 7/8 oz 1145fps loads my grandkids can shoot it all day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by couliewalker View Post
    George those BSS's are under rated.They will outlast anything on the market.
    I have a 12 in sporter 28" barrels have had the chokes opened to imp and mod.Who says you can't shoot sporting clays with a sxs ? You can with this one,and I have been using it for 30 yrs, never missed a beat weighs almost 8 lbs.I have had tons of offers for it over the years,would never sell it.I also have a 20, it is not a sporter,one of the earlier ones without the selector.26" barrels pistol grip and weighs 7 1/2 lbs on a a postal scale.Heavy for a 20 but bank vault solid.A little heavy for all day walking,but truth be told, I mostly hunt half days,either mornings or afts.The finish on barrels and wood have not faded ,I bought it sometime around 1977 used.In my book that's class.Cant ask more from a shotgun.With 3" it kills pheasants dead as dead at 40 yds with either barrel and very little kick thanks to it's weight,pistol grip,and beaver tail forend .With 7/8 oz 1145fps loads my grandkids can shoot it all day.
    I've had two BSS guns in the past a 12 and a 20. They both had 26" tubes choked IC/Mod. I sold both and have always regretted selling the 20. I agree, built like a tank. Probably one of the better SxS's ever made. The only downfall was the weight. The 12 ga. I had was a load to carry. This 20 ga. Sporter is suppose to be a little lighter, under 7 lbs. I'm hoping 6.5 - 6.75 lbs. That would be ideal.
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    My FFL back in South Dakota got the BSS yesterday and called me. They unpacked it and inspected the gun. They said it was "like new" without one blemish. I'm really anxious to get back from Arizona and see it, but that won't be for another 3 weeks.
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    Got back home to South Dakota last night and picked up the BSS Sporter this morning. I was not disappointed. It's in 99% condition. If it shoots as good as it looks it will really be a winner. The first test will be next weekend at a NSTRA trial.
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    Just read an article in Shotgun Life about the history of the BSS and the Winchester Model 21. Very interesting read and a real treasure of a gun. It will draw some attention I bet. Keep it in the safe. Ha

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    Quote Originally Posted by mgorvi View Post
    Just read an article in Shotgun Life about the history of the BSS and the Winchester Model 21. Very interesting read and a real treasure of a gun. It will draw some attention I bet. Keep it in the safe. Ha
    One statement that I totally disagree with in the article is that he said he had a 20 ga. BSS and he thought it "weighed about 8 lbs and it was no upland gun for sure". That's totally BS (no pun intended). I would say most weighed in the 7 lb. range. The Sporter like mine should be in the 6.5-6.75 lb. area. Maybe a tab heavy compared to some of today's light weight guns but I think the weight also helps reduce felt recoil and that something in the 6.5-7.0 lb. range is ideal.
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    That is a score you found there, nice grab.

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    For some reason I am not shooting this BSS very well. I bought it to use at my NSTRA trials and I can't afford to be missing birds. I'm not one to collect guns so I may consider selling it. Just want to get my money back out of it. If anyone on this site is interested please let me know before I post it on GunBroker.com It's a beautiful little gun in "like new" condition.
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