During the past year, I’ve been fortunate to do some bird hunting that frankly, rocks. It started last September in Louisiana with a teal hunt. Then, last spring, I attempted to complete a Grand Slam for wild turkeys in Florida, Texas, Missouri and Colorado. Just last week I traveled to the great state of Texas to dove hunt. I used a Remington V3 Field Sport for these hunts, and the semi-autoloader has come through and performed well again and again.
I didn’t use the same V3. I used a loaner for the dove hunt and my own (in black and camo) for the teal and turkey hunts. None of the guns malfunctioned while afield – and we’re talking about muddy, dirty conditions and grunt crawling while pushing the gun across a field in Colorado. My V3s have had several hundred rounds of various load sizes shot through its barrels. When I’ve cleaned the guns, the gas pistons are filthy – yet they still work and cycle the next round up and in with no problem.
Also, before I launch off here with photos of the latest hunt, I want to exclaim to the Heavens the fine low recoil of the V3. I shot at least 300, probably 400 rounds through it last week while on the clay range and then, afield. (I am not the best shot, and so, it takes me a while to limit out in the dove field.) But, my shoulder could have gone on and on and on – just like the V3. The only reason I felt sore at all was my fault. In my haste to mount the gun and point at a mourning dove in flight, I sometimes put the gun too far over on my chest, creating a sore spot but not a bruise. Never a bruise.
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