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 Post subject: My Retay Masai Mara 20 Gauge
PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2020 6:49 pm 
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I just got the Retay Masai Mara Satin 20 GA yesterday. My bride and I each shot one round of Skeet with it and were happy with the results. However, as has been the case with a couple of other guns from overseas, the chamber is too tight to freely accept reloaded shells from my Spolar press. They will have to be run through a MEC resizer first.

The gun weighed 6:3.00 on my kitchen food scale. The trigger is a lighter pull than my Browning Maxus. Here are some pictures of the gun and case.

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I'm not impressed with the character of the wood, but it is about par with the price point of the gun. But we didn't buy the gun for the wood character. :D

My wife shoots with a strap-on PAST recoil pad and said the recoil was not bad at all shooting the 7/8 oz factory Skeet shells. It may be a while before I'll have a chance to run some 3" hunting loads through it, but will report back when I do.

I will probably take it to Texas in December and try it on some pen raised pheasants and chuckers. If our local marshes aren't frozen when I get back, I'll give it a go at some ducks.



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 Post subject: Re: My Retay Masai Mara 20 Gauge
PostPosted: Sat Nov 21, 2020 1:36 pm 
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Well done and thank you for the review.

The comfort model shown at the link below is quite handsome to my eyes. Looks like they are building "keepers".

https://www.shotgunworld.com/bbs/viewto ... 4&t=522568


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 Post subject: Re: My Retay Masai Mara 20 Gauge
PostPosted: Mon Nov 23, 2020 9:35 am 
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I put 3 boxes of reloads through the MEC resizer and shot all three boxes yesterday. All functioned perfectly through the gun.

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 Post subject: Re: My Retay Masai Mara 20 Gauge
PostPosted: Tue Nov 24, 2020 9:57 am 
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Great review Bob. the wood on it may be plain but the lines are sharp and clean. I'm looking forward to hearing more about it. 8) .


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 Post subject: Re: My Retay Masai Mara 20 Gauge
PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2020 9:34 am 
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I made it out to my local (15 minutes from the launch) waterfowl management area yesterday, mid-day to see what the Masai Mara could do. Slow day, but managed to bring home one for dinner. :D

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 Post subject: Re: My Retay Masai Mara 20 Gauge
PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2020 11:02 am 
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One shot=one dead duck! Well done. If I may ask, what was the ammo you used?


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 Post subject: Re: My Retay Masai Mara 20 Gauge
PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2020 12:09 pm 
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oyeme wrote:
One shot=one dead duck! Well done. If I may ask, what was the ammo you used?
Heavy Metal 3", #4 steel at 1350 fps. About 25 yards, shot over decoys with IC choke tube installed. :D

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 Post subject: Re: My Retay Masai Mara 20 Gauge
PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2020 8:25 pm 
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How does your charging handle fit? On mine, for the detent to be locked it is pulled out from the bolt body and outside the milled pocket where I expected it to ride.


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 Post subject: Re: My Retay Masai Mara 20 Gauge
PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2020 8:12 am 
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47MolineRTU wrote:
How does your charging handle fit? On mine, for the detent to be locked it is pulled out from the bolt body and outside the milled pocket where I expected it to ride.
I have pulled it out of the bolt and put it back in with no problems so far.

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 Post subject: Re: My Retay Masai Mara 20 Gauge
PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2021 4:38 pm 
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Well, its been 4 months now since we got the Retay. The weather here in Mormon Mecca has finally gotten up into the 60s during the day with some 70s forecast for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, so my bride has had a couple opportunities to shoot some Skeet with it. She is now a happy camper. :D

Retay USA finally got some of the over sized bolt release buttons in for the 20 GA Masai Mara and mine arrived today. I had my local gunsmith install it today and my bride LOVES how much easier it is to release the bolt with the new, larger release button. Below are the before and after pictures.

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Life is good. :D


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 Post subject: Re: My Retay Masai Mara 20 Gauge
PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2021 4:52 pm 
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Great to hear about your happiness - and the happiness of your bride! - with this shotgun. Good to see that it is doing the job on the skeet field and in the marshes. I agree with one of the other contributors on this thread that these are keepers.


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 Post subject: Re: My Retay Masai Mara 20 Gauge
PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2021 8:40 am 
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Excited to be joining the ranks

Picking up my Masai Mara Extra Black with 28" barrel this afternoon from FFL

Can't wait for September dove season!


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 Post subject: Re: My Retay Masai Mara 20 Gauge
PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2021 9:08 am 
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digger13 wrote:
Excited to be joining the ranks

Picking up my Masai Mara Extra Black with 28" barrel this afternoon from FFL

Can't wait for September dove season!
Welcome to the 'ranks.' You're gonna' love it! {hs#

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 Post subject: Re: My Retay Masai Mara 20 Gauge
PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2021 3:30 pm 
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dubob,

I am not a choke spinner, per se, but I am looking for aftermarket extended choke tubes for the Masai Mara

A light modified and a modified would be ideal - nothing ported, black would be fantastic to match matte barrel

What vendor would you recommend?

Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: My Retay Masai Mara 20 Gauge
PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2021 5:12 pm 
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Retay uses a 'crio choke' whatever that is. You should probably call Briley or Truelock to see if they can supply you with a compatible 20 gauge extended choke for a Retay.

Check out this link first:
Retay Arms Shotguns and Choke Tubes



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