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BlacknTan

In a quandary

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Jack L

Sell the SKB and whatever else doesn't  tickle your fancy anymore and buy the gun you want.

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lee sykes

Sometimes it's just nice to get a new gun.  I have other guns.... good guns and I am lucky to have them but the process, placing the order, the anticipation, opening the box and seeing a truly beautiful, artful creation by the hands of man, shooting it for the first time after checking out the mechanics of the thing... The first bird to fall after a young dog's  point, made easier by a stone wall, an open field or the shore of a woodland pond, forcing the bird to wait for an old man with a new toy to try for a home run for his new pup.  I had the same thoughts as you. Getting on in years and already in years of uncertain duration so what if? .... but a lifetime can be lived in one season.  It is natural to be pulled in two directions when making such a decision, even if it's only by yourself.  Ultimately that is what it comes down to anyway. :)

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Grifish

Scratch that itch.

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Larry Brown

I agree on priority to the knee repair.  I waited one season longer than I should have to get an ankle fixed, and I spent that season with a stiff and uncomfortable brace in order to make it.  Much better this past season, post-surgery. 

 

Quite a few people would probably suggest than an SKB/Weatherby OU is on the heavy side for grouse and woodcock.  Win 21's aren't that light either.  But if you're looking for something other than the SKB and want to save some bucks vs the Revelation but still have a nice gun, check out Browning Citoris.  I just picked up a like new Grade III 16ga.  I did some trading, but sticker price was $1800.  Mine has choke tubes.  You should be able to run down an earlier Citori 20 with 28" barrels and no tubes for a lot less.  Then just get the chokes opened to whatever you want.  Likely talking half the money or less vs a Revelation with a wood upgrade.

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Swampy 16

If money is an object (after the knee replacement) look at the Franchi SL. Not the prettiest wood but a well made and very light gun, with a 7 year warranty.

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Craig Doherty

+++++ on the knees -- by wife had bilateral (both at the same time) knee replacement in early November . . . It hurt me to watch her walk before surgery now when she walks, and she walks a lot, you can not tell from her gait that her knees have been replaced. As far as the gun is concerned sell ones that don't make you happy or you don't have confidence in and buy something you want.  I am the point where some of the older guns in the safe may have to go down the road just to make room for some of the "new to me" ones I've acquired in the last few years.  It's always fun to have a new dog and a new gun.

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BlacknTan
1 hour ago, Craig Doherty said:

+++++ on the knees -- by wife had bilateral (both at the same time) knee replacement in early November . . . It hurt me to watch her walk before surgery now when she walks, and she walks a lot, you can not tell from her gait that her knees have been replaced. As far as the gun is concerned sell ones that don't make you happy or you don't have confidence in and buy something you want.  I am the point where some of the older guns in the safe may have to go down the road just to make room for some of the "new to me" ones I've acquired in the last few years.  It's always fun to have a new dog and a new gun.

Ouch... both knees at the same time..

 

I guess I should consider myself lucky that one knee is much less arthritic than the other, but it was never damaged. I like hearing success stories... less successful, not so much, but I think if one works at rehab, things should be OK.

The new dog is alot of fun... a new gun would be too. Also be a good excuse to look for a new group of guys to shoot clay birds with, since the rest of the old squad is at the big roundup..

 

Thanks for all the good thoughts...

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lee sykes

I have a bad knee as well, Bill.  I just have to take it slow.  I am not fond of hospitals. :)

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rosies dad

I owned a Weatherby Athena grade in 12 ga. Was told from the guy I bought it from that it was very likely the "feather grain" was painted on stain. From that day on, I found reason after reason to part with the gun. 

One other point, I felt the stock was too thick at the top, where my cheek was placed. I had a tender spot shooting trap or skeet.

Lovely gun, but without at least "fitting the stock" it was not meant to stay with me. 

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Sage Hen

Reading your post I can clearly see your quandary. Going back to the pictures of Lee's gun, I clearly see  your solution.

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DonT

I don’t want to come off as being pretentious but after seeing Lee’s gun, a Winchester 101 20 ga 28” would not be my end all be all.  Don’t get me wrong, I like and have that gun and it was my go to and clays gun for years and still have it.  I shoot sxs now but when I saw Lee’s gun I got the urge to bring in a 30” barrel English stock o/u, just a little rambling. 

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Swampy 16

I'm pretty much sxs only anymore but the 101's were one hell of a well made gun but recent entries to the market have driven their value down, as I see a lot in the 1k range. But, I still see them in the 2k + range but I think those are specimens that are more for the collector. Anyone who would spend 2k on a 101 as opposed to the Revolution should probably see a specialist. And not a knee specialist.

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terrym

If you can afford it why wouldn't you treat yourself? Sounds like the Athena doesn't make you smile, why own it? Sell it and put the funds into a gun you will enjoy. We're all on this earth for a short time, might as well enjoy it if we can. 

 

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quailguy
16 hours ago, BlacknTan said:

I guess I should consider myself lucky that one knee is much less arthritic than the other, but it was never damaged. I like hearing success stories... less successful, not so much, but I think if one works at rehab, things should be OK.

 

  My hunting partner in Texas had both knees done. So long as you are faithful to the rehab program all should go well. Stop the rehab like my lazy MIL and that knee just doesn't work well.

  Another friend needed both knees done; to watch him walk across a parking lot was painful to see. He leaned hard on every vehicle in the lot, trying to take the weight off his knees. He came out ok but his knees were in really bad shape before the surgery.  

  Get a doc who has done this surgery hundreds of times; the more experienced the better. The most experienced docs have seen it all and dealt with it.

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terrym

Forgot to mention, my buddy's dad had both his knees done and is kicking himself for waiting so long. Life changer as he put it. 

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