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 Post subject: Re: Retay Masai Mara 20 Gauge
PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2021 7:45 pm 
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That should look stunning on the bronze model!




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 Post subject: Re: Retay Masai Mara 20 Gauge
PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2021 8:07 pm 
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That's what I'm thinking too! Will put up some photos soon.


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 Post subject: Re: Retay Masai Mara 20 Gauge
PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2021 11:33 pm 
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It might look even better than the Maxus II. :?

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Sorry.

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 Post subject: Re: Retay Masai Mara 20 Gauge
PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2021 2:14 pm 
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Awesome... can't wait to see it all assembled together! That bronze will make that wood pop.


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 Post subject: Re: Retay Masai Mara 20 Gauge
PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2021 3:21 pm 
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She's a beauty! I really like how all of this came together!

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 Post subject: Re: Retay Masai Mara 20 Gauge
PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2021 5:44 pm 
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twfran wrote:
She's a beauty! I really like how all of this came together!

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My God, that shotgun is beautiful.


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 Post subject: Re: Retay Masai Mara 20 Gauge
PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2021 5:58 pm 
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That is just darn purty! Well done! Let us know how it shoots for you.


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 Post subject: Re: Retay Masai Mara 20 Gauge
PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2021 7:40 pm 
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Thanks fellas. I think I will brave the low temps and break some clays tomorrow!

First impressions shouldering it: Fits nice with the standard drop/cast. Points where I look.
Great feel/weight/balance. I really like the slim feel all around.

Lots of thanks to Randy and SClagg. It has been a cool adventure to learn about a new-to-me shotgun and drive to the goal. Randy said it was important to work with a good dealer contact when going for the Grade 4 wood. He was right. SClagg was awesome working with his contacts at Retay.


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 Post subject: Re: Retay Masai Mara 20 Gauge
PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2021 4:40 pm 
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Took it out for clays today. Temp right around freezing. Very pleasant to shoot! Swings nice, good balance, mounts easily. No problems at all.

Here is a photo of the MM20 with my wife's Benelli Legacy 28 gauge.

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 Post subject: Re: Retay Masai Mara 20 Gauge
PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2021 6:20 pm 
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That's a great looking pair of shotguns! Nice job on that Retay.

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 Post subject: Re: Retay Masai Mara 20 Gauge
PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2021 8:49 pm 
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[quote="twfran"]She's a beauty! I really like how all of this came together!

Looks Great!


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 Post subject: Re: Retay Masai Mara 20 Gauge
PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2021 3:54 pm 
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A little bit of an update. I felt like maybe I wasn't getting down/into the gun quite right. Added more drop. Really in the sweet spot now. Took it out for a couple more rounds of sporting clays. Again, no issues or failures of any kind. Shooting with the Retay modified choke tube. This gun crushes clays when I do my part. Shooting in the low 80s on the practice course. This is pretty much where I have been for a while now...that's a story for another day...

I would not hesitate to take this gun out in the field. It is light and nimble. Functions very well.

Did some weight comparisons and collected a few thoughts on my subgauge semiauto guns. All of these have been in the field except for the MM20. Here is the info in case anyone is interested.

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 Post subject: Re: Retay Masai Mara 20 Gauge
PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 2:10 pm 
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RandyWakeman wrote:

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Above is the random standard grade 2 stock set that came with the gun. Stock sets vary, of course.


Thank you for providing the picture Randy. That standard grade 2 furniture looks better than the wood that came on my BPS Rifled Deer Hunter I owned for many years before my state allowed hunting whitetails with straight-walled rifles again. The stock on that gun was much lighter on one side than the other leading me to believe that the Japanese employee who stained it didn't finish one side with the requisite number of coats to match the other. Almost as bad, there was hardly any grain worth noticing throughout, and don't even get me started on how much I paid for that shotgun back then (probably as much as a Gordion or perhaps some Masai Maras would cost today). That said, I am an easy man to please, and that grade 2 stock is certainly pretty enough for me.


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 Post subject: Re: Retay Masai Mara 20 Gauge
PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 2:15 pm 
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twfran wrote:
Took it out for clays today. Temp right around freezing. Very pleasant to shoot! Swings nice, good balance, mounts easily. No problems at all.

Here is a photo of the MM20 with my wife's Benelli Legacy 28 gauge.

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That picture might have changed my mind about what a walnut stock should look like. Wow, that is a work of art. It almost makes me wish I lived in Turkey to get my hands on cheap walnut.


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 Post subject: Re: Retay Masai Mara 20 Gauge
PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 2:22 pm 
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No offense intended, but IMO that Retay makes the Legacy alongside look like a blinged out red-headed step child! :wink: :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Retay Masai Mara 20 Gauge
PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 6:51 pm 
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Beautiful Retay Twfran..


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 Post subject: Re: Retay Masai Mara 20 Gauge
PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 9:23 pm 
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I agree with the sentiments above. The Grade 4 Retay wood really puts that gun in a different category relative to the Legacy. Both are beautiful in their own way, and I've rarely met a shotgun I didn't like! However, I could not be happier with the Retay. Even after several more rounds of sporting and a detailed cleaning, I have nothing negative to report on the Retay. Being inherently lazy, I like inertia guns because they are easy to maintain. Also, I do not find the perceived recoil to be an issue. Shooting a gas gun like my 1100 in the table above feels like "going home" because that is what I grew up shooting. But, I don't necessarily like the amount of cleaning it requires. My Retay first cleaning report is that it was exactly like the other inertia guns in my safe. Not an issue at all.




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