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of all is the Remington Model 870. From its inception in 1950 to now, more than nine million Model 870s have been sold, and they’re still strong sellers. It has a sleek, simple, appealing all steel design with twin slide bars for added strength in feeding and ejection. It takes about 30 seconds to break it down into its basic components for a thorough cleaning (barrel, receiver, trigger assembly and breechblock) and it’s just as simple to put back together. It comes in two sizes of frames that cover the gambit from 12-gauge to the .410, and in many sub models that will fit any sportsman’s needs, from competition to bird hunting to slug guns for big game. In as much as the Winchester Model 12 was admired and desired, it was the simpler, less costly design of the 870, as well as the equal ruggedness, that brought the Winchester into its decline. The last pump shotgun that has had a major influence on the American sportsman and has sold in the millions is the Mossberg Model 500 series. It came out in 1961 with an aluminum alloy receiver that saved weight and manufacturing costs, which was of benefit to sportsmen on both counts. It has an almost modular design that breaks down quickly into its major components. It also has a tang safety (on top of the receiver) that is ergonomically beneficial to either right-handers or southpaws. The slide has twin bars that aid in strength and reliability for ejection and feeding. Due to its lower cost, Mossberg offers several different barrel and stock configurations for a versatile package, which encompass upland game, waterfowl and deer hunting. It has a reputation of dependability, and is perfect for the budget minded sportsman. There have been many other pumps that have come and gone through the years, and by the mid-1980s pumps accounted for nearly 60 percent of all shotgun sales. Today, however, the slide action has lost some of that popularity to the semi-auSEPTEMBER 2011

tos that have been designed to handle both standard and magnum shotshells. There is still a big demand for pump shotguns, but two of the ones mentioned above are still in production. Others, such as the Browning BPS, Benelli Nova and the Winchester speed pump have good reputations now. The semi-autos are next, and sportsmen are drawn to them because of the reduced recoil and the ability for quick follow up shots. The down side is that they are heavier than pumps, have more parts that need to be in perfect timing to function properly and many are ammunition pressure dependent to function perfectly. It all started in 1902 with John Browning’s “Long Recoil” operated designed Browning A5 (nicknamed the humpback). In this system, at primer ignition as the burning gases of the gunpowder expand it propels the wad of shot, and creates a certain amount of recoil that pushes the barrel and bolt (which are locked together) rearward into the receiver, while compressing the recoil spring on the magazine tube. At the most rearward position, as the pressure is reduced to a safe level, the breech bolt is locked in place, the barrel is released and propelled forward due to the compressed spring, extracting and ejecting the spent shell. When the barrel has completed its forward cycle, the breech bolt is then released to feed a live round into the chamber. Other popular semi-autos of that time were literally the same design and style leased by Browning, such as the Remington Model 11 and the Savage Model 720. With some cosmetic changes, such as in the Remington Model 11-48, which was popular, the long recoil design dominated the semi-auto shotgun up until 1963 when Remington came out with the gas operated shotgun called the Model 1100 (the Remington models 58 and 878 were their shortlived preceding gas operated shotguns that the 1100 design improved upon). Millions of 1100s have been sold in the past 50 years. The gas operated shotgun uses a hole
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011
Myths & Legends of the Whitetail
Contents
Triple Trophy — Thrice
National Archery in the Schools Program
One More Squirrel Hunt with Dad
Harvey Roberts
Pennsylvania’s Hunter Access Program
State Game Lands 93
Right Violators, Wrong Deer
A Shot in the Pines
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist's Eye
Fun Game
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Myths & Legends of the Whitetail
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Triple Trophy — Thrice
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - National Archery in the Schools Program
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - One More Squirrel Hunt with Dad
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Harvey Roberts
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Pennsylvania’s Hunter Access Program
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - State Game Lands 93
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Right Violators, Wrong Deer
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - A Shot in the Pines
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Off the Wire
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - The Naturalist's Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Fun Game
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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