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1187 problem on the weekend.......
Took my V3 and one of my spare 1187's out on opening weekend. ( Will do a separate hunt report tomorrow).
Shot on saturday with the 28" V3 for the morning and found that for some reason when swinging on a bird I would miss with the first shot connect with the second and 3rd. Put it down to the cramped conditions in the camo'ed boat not allowing me to swing freely with the longer barrel.
Sat afternoon swapped over to the spare 1187 which seemed to cure the problem as the 26" barrels and lighter weight overall enabled me to 'get on target' quicker with a quicker swing. ( think I am getting old lol)
Started sunday with the 1187..............then this happened.
Yes, I know the receiver is rusty....shooting over salt is hard on steel but its only surface rust and cleans off with a bit of oil and very fine steel wool. What happened was that the plastic end cap on the magazine closest to the breech broke, allowing the spring and the rod that pins the mag capacity to 2 shells to follow the next shell into the breech which then locked up the action tight.
I have had most of this this 1187 since 1988 and have used it for competition, culls and hunting since then.( You can see the amount of use its had by the wear on the forend) Lost count of the number of shells put through it. I say 'most of this' cos I swapped out the wooden stock and forend for the camo stock/forend from one of my field guns that became a spare parts gun as I didnt want to wreck the. wooden stock.
Just checked the spare parts bin and found a new end cap lol.
Finished the day with the V3 and finally got into the 'groove' by rearranging the camo to give me more freedom of movement.
Hunt report to follow tomorrow.
Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....