Over the past three years my older brother, Boner, has came up to my place around my birthday to celebrate with me by shooting some clay pigeons and sighting in our deer rifles. This year was a blast as usual.
We talked earlier in the week, finalizing our plan. He hinted around that he had been looking at new shotguns and couldn’t believe how much they were, he’s kinda tight. I knew what he meant as I had bought one last year, used though and I am kinda tight also. So, imagine my surprise when he showed up at my place to unveil a new Franchi, Italian, semi-auto shotgun. What a nice gun and off we went to break it in.
We arrived at our normal shooting gravel pit in a MN state forest and got set up. A beautiful September day, partly sunny with a slight south breeze and around 70 degrees. We started with sighting in our deer rifles. Our shots were consistent and he beat me in our final shoot off by a 1/8″. On to the fun stuff, clay pigeons. I thought it would be appropriate to have him shoot and me throw first, give this Italian stallion shotgun a chance to prove itself. Sure as (you know), first clay he smoked it. After that he had a drought for awhile. We alternated shooting and throwing. He was still in his drought when we talked about switching shotguns to see how they each shot. He grabbed my Remington, American, shotgun and stepped up by taking three out of five clays. I didn’t do as well with the Italian gun by only going one out of five. We were down to only four clays after starting with a case of ninety. In our final clay pigeon shoot off I redeemed myself from the deer rifle final shoot off and took him down. After nearly four hours of being there, it was time to leave.
We went back to my house and had some burgers and beers, talking about the day and the hunting trips coming up. What a way to spend a day, Thanks Boner!