Doug Coe is on a mission to preserve authentic 19th century style quail hunts at his Pine Hill Plantation in George. His mule-drawn wagons, horseback guides and special breed of quail had given us covey flushes that make for upland dreams. Get the details at http://bit.ly/1hCBbFL .
Fabbri crafts limited numbers of bespoke shotguns that can cost upwards of $200,000 in their state-of-the-art Italian factory. Michael Sabbeth reports on shooting birds with the super-exclusive Fabbri Titanium at breathtaking medieval estates there. Start your journey now: http://tinyurl.com/q49mv9v .
Last month in Part 1 of this Shotgun Life two-part series, Tom Roster discussed parameters and standards for shot size designations and pellet sphericity for lead shot. In his November column, Tom gets into shot hardness and plating. When it comes to shotshells, Tom wants to make sure you get what you pay for and hit what you must. Read Part 2 here: http://tinyurl.com/llqfvxz .
A magnificent 20-gauge over/under from the workshops of Luciano Bosis and master engraver Stefano Pedretti to help fund research into the preservation of Southeastern bobwhite quail habitat by the Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy. Get details and photos at http://tinyurl.com/l8hcmum .
There are only 3 prototypes in existence of the forthcoming Beretta 486 Parallelo in 20-gauge and Shotgun Life managed to evaluate one at the stunning Highland Hills Ranch. This story is a follow-up to our evaluation of the 12-gauge version. If you’re in the market for a new side by side, our scoop on the 20 gauge is a must-read. Get started now at http://tinyurl.com/knl5b9b
Tom Roster explores the technical quality of the shot you’re buying. Does it adhere to industry standards for roundness? Are you getting fewer pellets in each shell than you expect? How much leeway do shot manufacturers have in meeting tolerances? Tom pulls no punches in his October edition of the “Shotshell Professor.” On Shotgun Life at http://tinyurl.com/poltt6z .
In her October Column of “Butt, Belly, Beak, Bang,” Holly Heyser proves the old adage that the harder you work, the luckier you get. This time, Holly shows us how to do it for California dove hunting — trekking to locate that certain honey hole on public land. Holly is at her usual awesomeness. On Shotgun Life at http://tinyurl.com/mbnzeww .
We visit the Sea Island resort in Georgia in anticipation of their opening day of upland hunting. Warming up on sporting clays and 5-stand in the vast salt marshes, we then go to Sea Island’s Broadfield Sporting Club and Lodge — a luxury destination for all things hunting that recreates down to the last detail the “cracker” style hunting facilities of the old South. And of course there’s a Broadfield smoke house which give us the most delicious pork sausage you’ll ever taste. On Shotgun Life at http://tinyurl.com/nkcyhc3 .
Perazzi has lowered the price of ownership by 33% with its new MXS Sporter. The maker of premium shotguns achieved this feat by adopting a streamlined manufacturing method. Now the question remains: how does the MXS Sporter shoot? Get the answer on Shotgun Life at http://tinyurl.com/ma6p7sm .
Beretta’s 486 Parallelo side by side is the successor to the venerable 471 Silver Hawk. This time, though, Beretta added a round-body action, upgraded wood and high-tech chokes plus other cool goodies. Henry SF Nachaj shoots the gun at the ICTSF World English Clay Shooting Championship. Get details about the Beretta 486 Parallelo and Henry’s opinions at http://tinyurl.com/oabaaxn.