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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 - 02/08/12 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 - 02/08/12 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 - 02/08/12 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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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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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.

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#6158811 - 02/10/12 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 - 02/10/12 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 - 02/10/12 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 - 02/10/12 Re: New Winchester 101 Field Select? [Re: MontanaCreekHunter]  
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Boy the reality is deafening!


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#6159320 - 02/10/12 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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Oh the old I know someone that knows someone that may have heard someone. LMFAO


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#6159395 - 02/10/12 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.

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