I am a stickler to the max on taking care of equipment especially guns. I have guns that have seen heavy field use for 20-30 years and the only ware is from caring it in my hands. Many people do not take good care of their guns or clean them like they should. :pissed:
With that said I have dumped my waterfowl piece in the drink a couple of times. Usually it is from taking a spill while navigating some tough areas. This year I had it unloaded setting on a bucket and my partner backed into it and knocked it into about a foot of pond slop mud.
The best one was when I was hunting in a belly boat in a crick. The water was about 5’ deep and I was struggling to get a duck out of some floating reads when I dropped my gun.
It stuck barrel first in the bottom, but I was able to get my foot into the sling and back paddle with it hanging on my foot until I reached shallower ground to retrieve it. I though I was going take a swimming in 40 deg. water for a while there. :toofunny:
The point is that water fowling or any extreme condition hunting is hard on equipment. I don’t have problems when I am in a nice blind with a dog doing the work, but when you are chasing cripples or hunting where no one likes to go you need equipment that can take some abuse and expect that at some point it well. Some people don’t take care of stuff and some are hard-core and can’t help but have some mishaps given the conditions and that’s why the make rugged guns with rugged finishes.