In Oct. 2004, While hunting for pheasants in North Dekota, my hunting party came across a cattle tank (a large man-made hole in the ground for watering cattle), that was surround by hundreds of birds.
When we got back the the land owners house, and told him about all the pheasants we ran into at the cattle tank, he told us there was a shotgun at the bottom of the cattle tank and it was a good one!
It had fell through the ice with a hunter that was trying to retreave a bird from the fozen cattle tank the year before.
It just so happen that I had my waders with me, becuase I'd planned to fly straight to, and, go duck hunting in Idaho following my pheasant hunt.
I was lucky, that summer it was very dry. The water level was low. Being that there are few trees or rocks in this area, thus no breches in the water. I knew it was going to be easy to find the gun.
Two minutes into the search, with one hand on a rope my friends were hold up across and over my head, and a pole in the other, up to my chest in mud and water, I felt it!
It was stuck in about a foot of mud under four foot of water. Thank God I'm 6' 10" inches tall. I worked my foot under it and kick it up my leg. I didn't want to get wet, because the muddy water smelled bad!!
Up it came, a Benelli M1. Two round in it, safty off, and no plug. (need 3 shot plug in SD)
I brought it back to the house, hosed it off with garden hose, cleaned and oiled it up, and killed birds with it the mix day. It still smelled alittle funny, but it looked and shot great!
The high quality composit stock and forearm, camo finish receiver and barrel, cromed plated barrel bore, save this gun. The quality black oxide finish on the steel parts kept them from rusting together. I was able to completely disassemble the gun and clean it. There was just no rust anywhere.
That was my frist encounter with a Benelli shotgun. As a Machinist with 25 year in the trade, I was impressed with the gun. Now I own two.
Russ F. , out
[ 12-20-2005, 05:25 PM: Message edited by: Russ F. ]