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Barrels Bent While You Wait

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Onceabum, Apr 12, 2011.

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  1. Onceabum

    Onceabum TS Member

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    Arriving at a Billings Montana Trap Shoot one day in the early seventies, the first thing that caught my attention was a long line of people standing behind a pickup truck, each holding a shotgun.

    They appeared to be waiting patiently while some guy beat the hell out of a few sacks of shot that were stacked on the tailgate of the pickup. The instrument with which he assaulted the seemingly defenseless shot was the barrel of a shotgun.

    As I cautiously approached the scene I met a fellow shooter who made clear what was going on with these words: “Gravestock is bending barrels.”

    Since Larry Gravestock was my favorite of the “Big Dogs” (make that Hero) I ran to my car, pulled out my Model 12, and quickly got in line. Had my POI raised a few inches and it didn’t cost me a cent.

    Gun work was cheaper in those days.

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  2. Tron

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    Booger, could this be the guy that bent a few of my old Model 12 barrels that I purchased second hand? From what I gather, the guy was a bit of a slob because there's still mustard stains on the rib near the bead.

    They shoot good though.
     
  3. Onceabum

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    Tron,

    He was a good guy and a graceful shooter. I watched him break 100 from the 27yd line in Helena, Mt in some pretty good wind.

    Also, I believe he did like hot dogs with plenty of mustard. LOL

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  4. Bob Schultz

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    I can't tell you the number of times I saw shooters bend 870, 1100 and M12 barrels on a bag or two of shot. Most times after a couple hundred shots they were back to where they began. I have a 1100 Rem. barrel that a buddy of mine had bent, it shoots an honest 90/10. I won the Florida State Handicap with it in 1981! Those days are gone...thankfully!

    Bob
     
  5. Bob Hawkes

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    C'mon Bob, Why do you say "thankfully"?? They were fun times, slow pull-fast pull--kid in the house, there was more human interaction and an endless source of laughs and stories. What was that song about the good times behind us?? Bob
     
  6. Mr. Lester

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    What did they do for O/U barrels? Lester
     
  7. mette56

    mette56 Well-Known Member

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    Spare tire on a tailgate works too...

    If the barrel returns to its straight position, kink the rib in several places (OUCH!). It'll stay.

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  8. ABH

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    Would a bow press work for barrel bending?

    ART H.
     
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