Yep, to the best of us. I have missed two birds in the last 3 days.
Short version. I purchased a new choke and went to pattern the gun. Had a time getting it dialed in at 40 yards. The pattern kept moving all over. Sometimes high and right sometimes low and left etc. But on the 7 th shot I was dead center....so I taught.
Tues called in two hens with a gobbler on their tail. Shot was 42 yards. Money..NORMALLY. I saw the dirt in the field kick up high and right when I let her rip. I contributed the bad shot due to shooting left handed. Just got in a bad situation and that all I had.
Well this morning had a bird 40 yards on the money, walked it of and used a range finder after words. Fired the shot and this time high and left. Buddy saw the shot hit. Wat the he!!. I return home really questioning everything. I checked that the sites were good and tight, and started checking everything. Then I hear a hollow metal thud. 4 of the vent rib support have busted loose. You gotta be kidding me. So tomorrow I am taking it to a gunsmith to be repaired but in the mean time I will be using my daughters 20 gauge which is patterened out to 35 yards.
So guys, take the time to make sure EVERYTHING is squared away on your guns or you may end up like me. I should have limited today but instead of smiling and fist pumping I had my head down between my knees
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