Beretta Blog

Spring Cleaning Tips: Get your Shotgun out of Mothballs

Posted by Tom Keer on Mar 5, 2019 9:28:00 AM

McHale_20140925-_DSC0043

On February 4th, Punxsutawney Phil announced spring would arrive in 6 weeks. I don't know about you, but after the long, cold, gray winter, I'm ready for blue skies and bright sun. Warm weather makes for ideal shooting conditions, and if your shotgun has been in the gun cabinet for a while it's time to get it ready for use.
Read More

Topics: Hunting - Upland, Hunting - Duck, Hunting - Turkey, hunting - waterfowl

Don’t Let Shotgun Choke Tube Selection Choke You

Posted by Bill Miller on Dec 20, 2018 9:15:00 AM

choke_choice

The choke tube wrench adapted to fit into the arbor of a cordless drill driver is apparently an urban legend – at least from the perspective of it being made commercially. Yet I’m sure a Frankenstein-ed version has shown up at the clays course on more than one occasion. Some shotgunners seem that addicted to changing choke tubes. No one needs a powered choke tube wrench, but watching some shooters on the sporting clays course, it seems like it’s an invention that would speed up their play.

Read More

Topics: Clay Shooting, Hunting - Upland, Hunting - Duck, Hunting - Turkey, hunting - waterfowl

How to Travel with Shotguns: Bring, Borrow or Rent?

Posted by Bill Miller on Dec 13, 2018 9:10:00 AM

traveling-with-shotguns

When you’re planning a wingshooting trip, whether it’s out-of-the-country or just out-of-state, there are many details to consider. There are some adventurers who enjoy dotting all the “I”s and crossing all the “T”s. To these folks, it’s all part of the trip and a way to be deeply involved. Planning and covering details is a welcome facet of anticipation.

Read More

Topics: Hunting - Upland, Hunting - Duck, hunting - waterfowl

Can You Hunt with a Sporting Shotgun?

Posted by Bill Miller on Nov 15, 2018 10:08:00 AM

hunt_sporting_4

What is the ultimate purpose of a hunting shotgun?

It’s not a trick question. Don’t overthink it.

The purpose of a hunting shotgun is to solidly hit the flying game at which you are shooting it.

So then … what is the purpose of a sporting clays shotgun?

Again, it’s to solidly hit the moving target at which you are shooting it.

Read More

Topics: Hunting - Upland, Hunting - Duck, hunting - waterfowl

How to Unstick Your Shotgun's Choke Tubes

Posted by Tom Keer on Nov 7, 2018 9:36:00 AM

McHale_20140925-_DSC0019 

My buddy laughed when I pulled out a can of a product that plumbers use called Nev-R-Seize. He watched me jack up my new boat trailer, remove the wheels, and coat the threads and lugs. "That's a waste of time," he said, "mine always pop off when I change a flat tire." Well, he got a flat on our way to launch his boat for a sea duck hunt. And guess what? He was right. We jacked up his trailer and with one strong torque with his lug wrench, and he snapped one cleanly off. "Next time I'll try your goo," he said.

Read More

Topics: Hunting - Upland, Hunting - Duck, Hunting - Turkey, hunting - waterfowl

What Dog Best Suits Your Hunting Needs

Posted by Tom Keer on Oct 26, 2018 9:24:00 AM

Lab

The search for a hunting dog is always a mixed bag. Of course, it's exciting, and the process requires a tremendous amount of research. When you're looking at 8-week old pups there is a dash of luck required when you make your pick. It's a big time commitment, for there is hunting to be done. But care and training take up a big chunk, too. The fact that you'll likely have your pup for over a decade puts a lot of pressure on your pick. No one wants to make a bad choice because when the pup comes home, you're committed.

Read More

Topics: Hunting - Upland, hunting - waterfowl

As Easy As Pointing Your Finger

Posted by Bill Miller on Oct 16, 2018 9:44:00 AM

 

Clemson Shotgun Team 2831 - 2013-10-19  4417

On some days – all too rare days – wingshooting seems so easy. It’s as easy as pointing your finger and thinking, “bang!” When that happens, it’s because the clays seem as big as trashcan lids or the pheasants seem to fly in slow motion.

While such days are the ultimate in shotgunning fun and the stuff of the best glory days’ memories, at some point I usually remember that glory never happens without paying for it!

Read More

Topics: Clay Shooting, Hunting - Upland, hunting - waterfowl

Safety First! Avoid Hunting Accidents with These Gun Safety Practices

Posted by Tom Keer on Oct 10, 2018 8:16:00 AM

UplandWalk2

Hunting seasons are opening up across our country, and everyone is excited. Dogs shake with nervous excitement to get out of their kennels, and we hurry up to get back into the fields where we belong. There is no shortage of enthusiasm anywhere. You all know the drill, but it makes sense to do a quick refresh of some commonly missed safety practices.

Read More

Topics: Hunting, Hunting - Upland, Hunting - Duck, hunting - waterfowl

A Clean Shotgun is a Happy Shotgun

Posted by Tom Keer on Aug 27, 2018 9:58:00 AM

cleaning-kit-IG

The argument of shotgun cleaning took place in bird camp. In one corner was my buddy who cleans his shotgun like clockwork... which is once a decade whether it needs it or not (it needs it). In the other corner was a pal who meticulously cleans his shotgun at the end of each day. On some days I wonder if he'd like to clean his shotgun after every shot. I'm in the middle and wipe my guns after each hunt and clean them once a month or at the end of the season. My only exception is that I do a thorough cleaning after hunting in a heavy downpour or after use in a saltwater marsh.

Read More

Topics: Clay Shooting, Hunting - Upland, Hunting - Duck, Hunting - Turkey, hunting - waterfowl

These Days It's Tough to Give a Buddy the Shirt Off Your Back

Posted by Tom Keer on Aug 8, 2018 9:01:00 AM

Don Brown 2

For seemingly forever, layering systems have been an integral part of our sporting lives. Back-in-the-day we wore a t-shirt followed by a cotton shirt accompanied by a wool sweater and then a waxed-cotton coat. If the coat was tan, it doubled in a duck blind, and if not it was traded for one with a camo pattern. These natural materials felt great, they worked well, and we were comfortable. Sometimes we got wet, other times we got hot, but usually, we were cold. No one complained for it was part of hunting.

Read More

Topics: Hunting, Hunting - Upland, Hunting - Turkey, hunting - waterfowl