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#6136702 - 02/05/12 New Winchester 101 Field Select?
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My hunting partner has really gotten into skeet shooting and paid quail hunts. He really wants me to go with him. He bought one of the new FN Winchester 101 Select Field shotguns and it looks great. I'm thinking about getting one. Anyone else shooting one? They come with 26" and 28" barrels. I'm thinking the 28" might be better.
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#6139669 - 02/06/12 Re: New Winchester 101 Field Select? [Re: Swampman1]
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Anyone?
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#6148063 - 02/08/12 Re: New Winchester 101 Field Select? [Re: Swampman1]
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#6149839 - 02/08/12 Re: New Winchester 101 Field Select? [Re: Swampman1]
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That should have answered your question.
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#6150229 - 02/09/12 Re: New Winchester 101 Field Select? [Re: MontanaCreekHunter]
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Well, I got to play with one in the backyard today and I'm gonna buy one. The reviews are very good.
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#6150479 - 02/09/12 Re: New Winchester 101 Field Select? [Re: Swampman1]
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I have the Select Energy 12 ga Sporting Clay 28 inch. It is one of my favorite Shotguns in the Dove Field and I will take it on my next South Dakota Pheasant Hunt. Stock Photo This shotgun is made in Belgium and the Sporting Clay version of the shotgun you are going to purchase.


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#6151177 - 02/09/12 Re: New Winchester 101 Field Select? [Re: bea175]
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I shot one in Pa. a couple years ago. I shot clays with it and grouse hunted with is as well. I would have to say that it was the best shooting shotgun that I have had the opportunity to shoot. I guess it must have fit me just right, and I must have had the day of my life because I hit nearly everything that I shot at. The guy that I borrowed it from told me that he gets more compliments on that gun than any gun he has ever had. I would buy one in a heart beat if I were not a single income family.

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#6155049 - 02/10/12 Re: New Winchester 101 Field Select? [Re: wilkeshunter]
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The New Winchester O&U is a Great Shotgun
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#6157097 - 02/10/12 Re: New Winchester 101 Field Select? [Re: bea175]
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Great? Really? Why and what makes it great?
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#6157168 - 02/10/12 Re: New Winchester 101 Field Select? [Re: MontanaCreekHunter]
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Inexpensive, tough, light weight, and made in Europe.
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#6157265 - 02/10/12 Re: New Winchester 101 Field Select? [Re: Swampman1]
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I'm a side by side fan, but the 101 always piqued my interest. I'm looking over the latest version as well. The current Select 101 seems to get positive feedback as a trouble free and good handling O/U which is easy to shoot well.

How much difference are you feeling between the 28" and the 26"?

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#6157370 - 02/10/12 Re: New Winchester 101 Field Select? [Re: GaryVA]
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I've only played with the 28" but I wish I could find a 26" to try.
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#6157900 - 02/10/12 Re: New Winchester 101 Field Select? [Re: MontanaCreekHunter]
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Originally Posted By: MontanaCreekHunter
Great? Really? Why and what makes it great?


Try one and shoot it for a while and you want have to ask
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#6158190 - 02/10/12 Re: New Winchester 101 Field Select? [Re: bea175]
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So just how many rounds do you have thru it?

For the price and lack of fit and finish I will pass, and that is without getting into the true nuts and bolts of it.

Have shot a few so again what facts do you have to back up your claims?

Edited: Never mind, coming from someone that wants to handicap themselves with a 26" barrel and piss poor balance and dynamics explains it all.


Edited by MontanaCreekHunter (02/10/12)
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#6158811 - 02/11/12 Re: New Winchester 101 Field Select? [Re: MontanaCreekHunter]
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Mine is the Select Energy and has 28 inch ported barrels and has a better finish that the Browning O&U'S and is Equal with my Beretta's O&U'S. I actually prefer a 26 inch barrel but 28 is as short as you can get on the Sporting Clay. It is one of my favorite Dove Guns.
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#6159067 - 02/11/12 Re: New Winchester 101 Field Select? [Re: bea175]
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Seems like a hell of a gun for $999.00. The recent production models are much better than the first ones.
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#6159133 - 02/11/12 Re: New Winchester 101 Field Select? [Re: Swampman1]
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again how many rounds have you shot thru one?
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#6159301 - 02/11/12 Re: New Winchester 101 Field Select? [Re: MontanaCreekHunter]
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Boy the reality is deafening!
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#6159320 - 02/11/12 Re: New Winchester 101 Field Select? [Re: MontanaCreekHunter]
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Name a better new over and under for the same price.

I know of someone that has 20,000+ rounds through one.
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#6159334 - 02/11/12 Re: New Winchester 101 Field Select? [Re: Swampman1]
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Oh the old I know someone that knows someone that may have heard someone. LMFAO
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#6159395 - 02/11/12 Re: New Winchester 101 Field Select? [Re: MontanaCreekHunter]
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You've now got me curious, what is your personal experience with the later Select 101s? What trouble are you seeing with durability and QC with this later FN production?? You are talking about an upland field gun aren't you, or are you speaking in terms of a dedicated clays gun like maybe a heavier 625??? There are numerous accounts of many thousands of of shells fired through these later 101s without a hitch, and what few issues are reported seem to be with the earlier versions of the FN builds, not the later.

I did notice that Browning has made an attempt to lighten up the heavier 625 12ga for field use with the newer 725. On paper it seems to be attractive for field use with its less bulk while keeping it steel with the 625 lock design, but I believe it's still a bit more bulky than the latest Select. Most feedback I've seen has the newest 101 12ga carrying and handling like the 625 20 ga. My current favorite field 12ga is an older Silver Hawk side by side which is light and fits me like a glove. When the weight of an O/U gets upwards to 8-pounds with high mounted barrels, I tend to shy away for hunting. On the other hand, a 12ga closer to 7-pounds with lower mounted barrels piques my interest. Not talking dedicated clays, just talking dedicated hunting.

I think everyone is open to some suggested options if you'd care to share.

Thanks smile
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#6159493 - 02/11/12 Re: New Winchester 101 Field Select? [Re: GaryVA]
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I know I'm anxious to hear from someone who knows it all.
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#6159596 - 02/11/12 Re: New Winchester 101 Field Select? [Re: Swampman1]
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I owned one that I won at a local shoot. Played with it for a couple weeks. Like I said fit and finish was pretty bad. To you that may or may not matter. Also what some think of good fit and finish may differ from others.

Shooting, had a bad pattern with every shell I feed it. Now I realize most don't pattern their shotguns. I do. 1oz White Golds had the best pattern which was not impressive to me at all. Tried some heavy loads out if it to see how it would do and things only got ugly fast. Had some leftover Gamebore Buffalo loads ran two boxes thru it. I wouldn't discribe the noise as a rattle but you get the jist.

Gun was tight out of the box but that didn't last long. But never got sloppy loose either. Then again I only shot about 10 flats thru it besides the patterning ammo.

Stock fit very subjective for sure but did not fit me well at all. I made needed adjustments which were major on the LOP and a glue on to get more height on the comb.

My plan as it was a free gun was to keep it for a duck and goose gun. I would have painted it flatblack. However I was really not impressed with it.

I understand a lot of guys grab a shotgun when its hunting season and thats about all the rounds that will go thru it. However I like to shoot and I shoot a lot of birds a year and practice a lot more. 20,000 might sound like a big number to you but in reality for a shotgunner that is nothing. However if that impresses you that is great. It didn't impress me enough to want to keep it so I sold it to a guy at my gun club. Seems it didn't impress him too much either as I believe he kept it maybe a month month and a half before selling it.

Have you taken yours apart? Pretty ugly machining on mine anyways.
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#6159635 - 02/11/12 Re: New Winchester 101 Field Select? [Re: Swampman1]
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Originally Posted By: Swampman1
I know I'm anxious to hear from someone who knows it all.


Not a know it all but I do shoot shotguns a lot more then the average guy. Less then the best of them for sure. I know what works and what doesn't. I don't put a price tag on quality. If you ask me what a good gun for xxx$$$$ then I will let you know what I think. But it may or may not be a pump, semi-auto, side by side, or OU. The lower in $$$$ the less likely it will be a SxS or OU. Simple fact that they cost more to make and regulate barrels. So the more likely you'll get a pump or semi-auto for a response from me. Some like to sugar coat things but that's not me. If that in your eyes makes me a bad guy or a know it all then so be it. Bottomline is if $$$ is your allowance for a gun do you want the best gun for it or a specific type action?
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