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What would you do?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by JDNY65, Apr 26, 2011.

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  1. JDNY65

    JDNY65 Member

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    I recently started shooting trap again after taking about 20 yrs off. (Busy rasing my children)
    Two years ago I starting shooting once or twice a month with my son at a local gun club. My old Browning Superposed is long since gone so I've been shooting my 870 with a 30" trap barrel that I bought back in the early 80's. I do ok with it but definetly prefer an O/U to a pump.
    I just joined a league for the spring/summer it's time to for a new gun.
    That said, I don't have a lot of cash to spend with kids in college etc.
    I am looking at a couple used 32" Browning XT's that are in the $1,600 - $1,800 range but I just came across a 1968 Winchester 101 trap in nearly flawless condition for $950. It's hard to believe the gun is 43 yrs old.
    I'd love to get both and put the Winchester in the safe but I've already spent more than my budget on guns this year trying to replace a few pistols/ revolvers that I regretfully sold years ago.
    What should I do???
    The XT's I'm looking at have adjustable comb's and butts, the 101 is all original with a monte carlo stock but it seems to fit pretty well.
    What would you do?

    Thanks
    Joe
     
  2. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Set aside a little each paycheck for the gun you want and keep shooting the 870 in the meantime.
     
  3. brumfield_joe

    brumfield_joe TS Member

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    I say shoot them both and then decide which one you like better.....
     
  4. TOOLMAKER 251

    TOOLMAKER 251 Active Member

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    If you decide on the Win. 101 check the rib every few inches apart buy trying to lift it from the barrel. 101's are notorious for ribs coming loose.
     
  5. JDNY65

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    Joe,
    Unfortunately I can't shoot the Winchester without buying it first. I saw it today at a gun store accross the state line so I need to have it shipped to my local dealer.
    I shot one of the XT's and will shoot the other one on Sunday.

    Thanks
    Joe
     
  6. JDNY65

    JDNY65 Member

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    Toolmaker,

    Thanks for the tip. Anything else I should be aware of with 101's?
     
  7. Mark425

    Mark425 TS Member

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    What would "I" do. Shoot the 870 until I could buy the XT. I wouldn't look at the 101. It may have some nostalgic value but that's about it. What if something goes wrong with it? While I am sure that parts can be found, it not a game I want to play. I have little use for old guns...I am a shooter not a collector of obsolete guns. Thats just me though.

    Mark

    p.s. Plan to shoot doubles? If not ...cant ever go wrong with a BT99 and you already have your doubles gun anyway (the 870). BT99....most bang for the buck out there and one heck of a nice shooter.
     
  8. TOOLMAKER 251

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    Joe, the only other thing that comes to mind is 101's have a rather narrow pistol grip and if you have large hands the grip might feel awkward. I personally think the XT's are better guns then the older 101. I bought a 101 Diamond grade unsingle when they first came out and the grip was a issue for me.
     
  9. StonewallRacing

    StonewallRacing Well-Known Member

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    Nothing better than beating the crap out of some guy with a $15,000 gun using a 40 or 50 year old Winchester.

    SW
     
  10. The Stive

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    Go for the XT. John
     
  11. JDNY65

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    Mark,

    Thanks for your insight.
    I've got the money saved and can buy the XT now.
    There's even a retailer out there selling new XT's for $2K. Seems like a good price in todays market.

    The 101 reminds me a lot of my old superposed. Wish I never let it go.
    I guess it's more nostalgia than anything else that draws me to it.

    We shoot doubles once in a while but just for fun. I'd rather stick with one gun.

    The BT-99 is a very good gun. I've never owned one but shot a buddies 99 several times and it's a great shooter.

    Joe
     
  12. OldGoat

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    Get the XT...a modern gun, already backbored and soft shooting (I have 2); 101s are nice, but have been known to kick (the one I had was horrendous) and ask yourself...where will you get parts if it breaks? Lots of good service on Brownings from Arts or Midwest south of St. Louis. Best Regards, Ed
     
  13. NMULTRARUNNER55

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    Just FYI. Not sure what State you live in but you can probably buy a shotgun in another State. A resident of one State cannot legally buy a handgun in another State.

    Steve Nunley
    Albq., NM
     
  14. esoxhunter

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    Joe: I also would have to recommend the XT. I have shot the older Winchester 101's. (Many years ago). They kicked the crap out of me. I feel the XT would be a much better choice. Also, the XT has choke tubes. I doubt if the older 101 has them, unless they were installed. Good Luck. Ed
     
  15. Bill Stern

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    I had a 101 from around that time - it kicked like a mule! Hold out for the XT. It's a very popular gun around here (south Florida) and the guys who own them love them.
     
  16. Don Rackley

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    THe Win 101's were really noted for 2 things.......

    1. Ribs coming loose
    2. Heavy recoil


    If those things are what you want, buy the 101, if it's not what you want, don't buy the 101.
     
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    With any luck in a few years you'll still be kicking butt with a 40 year old gun; no doubt the XT will last that long. And if the ones you're looking at have adjustable butts and combs you're good to go for any shotgun sport. Tough to beat an XT for value.
    John
     
  18. Wolfman

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    Get the 101. Having multiple (like 8 or nine), which I shot the $#!+ out of, I have never had a problem with them, and they fit the average person nicely. Recoil is a result of gun fit, and can be reduced by using lighter loads. I love them. I use 1 oz 8's 2-3/4 dram
     
  19. kiv-c

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    Have some one randomly hand you a 101 or BT99 to shoot. I wager you'll not be able to tell the difference in recoil between the two.

    The recoil issue with 101s is a load of crap!
     
  20. wolfram

    wolfram Well-Known Member

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    If you want to shoot a bunch of trap get the XT. It may cost twice as much as the 101 but its worth it.
     
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