mawtrfowler wrote:I've been shooting a Vinci for the last 3 seasons and I love it. It has a very smooth action, good finish and its deadly in my hands
Where'd you get those hands? They on sale anywhere?
Thanks all. I do like the OU, and will probably stick with that for ponds and rivers (and it's why I'm taking my time deciding on which to add).
When I shot the SBEII, I did really like the way it swung, and it felt soft (wrt kick) for a cannon (late season goose and seaduck rounds). So, I really liked it in terms of how it shot - kind of important. When it fired, I made great shots... for me.
But, it just wouldn't cycle most
times, and it sometimes wouldn't chamber a shell from the magazine or, and this was annoying, release the bolt when you hit the bolt release button (and it would sometimes just let go - had to watch my fingers for sure when I was loading)... Not really sure why, but it was a problem out in the field.
Took it home and cleaned/oiled it, thinking that would help (maybe the release was sticking, etc.) Went the next day and it did the same - all bloody day. Took it back and got the stink eye from the folks in the shop - until they tried and had the same problems. They actually let me return it for credit - solid and unusual move on their part and very considerate. No impacts/accidents/issues between purchase and firing the first round (did everything by the book, as that's one pricey gun), but it just never worked right.
Could be operator error, I know, but they had the same issues when I came back a couple days later, as did the guys in the field with me (recognizing that I could, again, be the weak link I asked them to try - same result).
So, since I like my Beretta OU and the kids' 20ga is sweet, I was thinking a400 vs. SBEII. I did really like the SBEII, but I'm "gun shy" (sorry for that one) about being fooled twice. From everyone I talk to (or here), though, sounds like I got the only gun that had an issue - so maybe it is
I do hear a lot more about the SBEII than the a400, although what I hear about each is positive.
Thanks for the input (and sorry for the long post, but I wanted to answer the question about why - and I type wicked fast!). And I do need a gun that is tough enough to double as an oar (seriously, that's one of my criteria). Will let y'all know... much obliged.