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 Post subject: Getting a Dickinson Estate soon
PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:04 pm 
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I have never owned a shotgun, but a buddy of mine is willing to teach me how to hunt Quail and Pheasant. So after about a month of researching what to get (side-by-side vs. over and under vs. auto-loader, side-lock vs. box lock, 20 ga. vs. 28 ga.), I ordered a Dickenson Estate from Cabela's in 20 ga. My first choice would have been the Savage Fox A Grade, but the $4599 price tag put me off. I'm hoping the Dickinson will be a good choice at $1599.




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 Post subject: Re: Getting a Dickinson Estate soon
PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:49 pm 
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I have never owned a shotgun, but a buddy of mine is willing to teach me how to hunt Quail and Pheasant. So after about a month of researching what to get (side-by-side vs. over and under vs. auto-loader, side-lock vs. box lock, 20 ga. vs. 28 ga.), I ordered a Dickenson Estate from Cabela's in 20 ga. My first choice would have been the Savage Fox A Grade, but the $4599 price tag put me off. I'm hoping the Dickinson will be a good choice at $1599.


I have two Dickinsons, both from Cabela's, a 20 gauge and a 28 gauge. I love them both.

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Top is the 20 ga, bottom 28 ga. I was going to post more pictures, but photobucket keeps hanging up and images may not even display due to their new policy on photo sharing.

The Dickinsons are definitely a good choice and are very nice shotguns, especially for the money.

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 Post subject: Re: Getting a Dickinson Estate soon
PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:11 pm 
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I picked up the gun today. Seems very solid and finely made.


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 Post subject: Re: Getting a Dickinson Estate soon
PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:21 am 
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Congratulations on your new gun. I am waiting for my first Dickenson, a 16 gauge from their custom shop. I think I have another 2 months to wait though.

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 Post subject: Re: Getting a Dickinson Estate soon
PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:57 am 
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rkittine wrote:
Congratulations on your new gun. I am waiting for my first Dickenson, a 16 gauge from their custom shop. I think I have another 2 months to wait though.

Bob


Side-by-Side?


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 Post subject: Re: Getting a Dickinson Estate soon
PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:07 am 
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I have a Dickinson 20, I love that gun, took it chucker hunting last week, love the way it handles, your going to love it!


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 Post subject: Re: Getting a Dickinson Estate soon
PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 2:17 pm 
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Yes, Side By Side. I wanted a single trigger and screw in chokes and this was one of the options. Have had it on order for 3 months, they said 5 and some have gotten them earlier and some later. My understanding is that you get at least two upgrades in wood by ordering through the custom shop and worked triggers. Will just have to see. I usually like Pistol Grip stocks on my SxSs but got the English stock on this one so it will be a more classic 16.

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 Post subject: Re: Getting a Dickinson Estate soon
PostPosted: Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:51 pm 
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Here's a pic of the new gun:

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 Post subject: Re: Getting a Dickinson Estate soon
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Very nice - I know that the dual triggers is more classic and has some advantage, but I always forget to move my finger (or pump when playing with pump guns) so I now have all single trigger guns.

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 Post subject: Re: Getting a Dickinson Estate soon
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rkittine wrote:
Very nice - I know that the dual triggers is more classic and has some advantage, but I always forget to move my finger (or pump when playing with pump guns) so I now have all single trigger guns.


Me too. I even went so far as to keep a double trigger CZ Bobwhite 16 ga that I can haul out and shoot if I read too many posts about the superiority of the double triggers for bird hunting. I hunt over pointing dogs and the vast majority of the shots lend themselves to the more open choke first and then the tighter choke if I mess up the first shot. My biggest objection to the double trigger though, is the infamous trigger guard abuse on the second finger of your trigger hand.

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 Post subject: Re: Getting a Dickinson Estate soon
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Well, I guess since I'm starting out never having hunted with a shotgun before, I have not gotten used to a single trigger. Maybe the two-trigger will not be so bad.


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 Post subject: Re: Getting a Dickinson Estate soon
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I've been pleased with my Dickinson 12 gauge.


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 Post subject: Re: Getting a Dickinson Estate soon
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Cooled-air wrote:
Well, I guess since I'm starting out never having hunted with a shotgun before, I have not gotten used to a single trigger. Maybe the two-trigger will not be so bad.


If you will shoot the double triggers exclusively for a bit you will not have any trouble getting used to the best choke selector ever made. They really become intuitive to use after a while. The problem seems to me to be that people keep switching back to a single trigger and don't give themselves enough familiarization time with double triggers. Good luck!


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 Post subject: Re: Getting a Dickinson Estate soon
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 Post subject: Re: Getting a Dickinson Estate soon
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I know that the double triggers have that advantage I.E. Choke Selection, but I only own 5 SxSs and they are for fun days on the Skeet Range. If it is cold and I wear gloves, I have the added problem of fitting inside the trigger guard with the dual triggers. Since I have Sk/SK in all 5 of the SxSs, not an issue for me. I also have 5 pumps (12,16,20,28 & .410) also for the occasional "Pump Day" at the club, but at least my shooting buddies yell out "PUMP!" on doubleds.

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 Post subject: Re: Getting a Dickinson Estate soon
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Well, I guess since I'm starting out never having hunted with a shotgun before, I have not gotten used to a single trigger. Maybe the two-trigger will not be so bad.


If you will shoot the double triggers exclusively for a bit you will not have any trouble getting used to the best choke selector ever made. They really become intuitive to use after a while. The problem seems to me to be that people keep switching back to a single trigger and don't give themselves enough familiarization time with double triggers. Good luck!


This. It took me about 1 box of shells to be completely comfortable with double triggers, and after a weekend, switching back and forth was no problem. Now I comfortably switch between my 3 double trigger guns (2 Dickinsons and an Uggie) and my 2 single trigger O/Us (Red Label 28ga and Superposed 20ga). Now my daily gun selection just depends on my mood. The issue now is when I want to shoot one of my Ithaca 37s. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Getting a Dickinson Estate soon
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 Post subject: Re: Getting a Dickinson Estate soon
PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 8:30 am 
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I've got a 20 ga Estate as well. Good luck with yours!

If yours has "extra-strong" ejectors, like mine did, you can search on this forum for my posting about "Southgate Ejectors" and how you can reduce their force.

I modified my ejectors -- which used to throw the empties 12' to 15' back -- to only give them a slight toss, and now they're easy to catch in my hand.

An added benefit is the gun is SO much easier to break open after firing when that's done.

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 Post subject: Re: Getting a Dickinson Estate soon
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So far, the stock ejectors have not bothered me. They do throw them out with considerable force! I took the Dickinson quail hunting last weekend and was very please with it.


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 Post subject: Re: Getting a Dickinson Estate soon
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Hi,

My condolences on your new affliction!. SxS's are an expensive taste to acquire.

I have owned a 20ga Dickinson for 4 or 5 years now. It's a very nice field gun, easy to carry and quick to handle. I love the thing a lot.

You too will be able to post photos like this
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