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 Post subject: Canuck Hunter 12 Gauge LH Review
PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2020 3:33 pm 
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Joined: Sat Jan 19, 2019 1:53 pm
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Location: St. Catharines, Ontario
I recently traded a Browning BPS which is a great gun but I could not remember to pump, for a Canuck Hunter LH in Mossy Oak bottomlands camo. For those who don't know the Canuck brand is imported to Canada by Odell Engineering from Armsan in Turkey. Most of you will recognize this as the Tri star viper, or the Armsan A612. I was a little apprehensive about trading a solid Browning but after a month of shooting and a couple of boxes of shells I am very happy. The gun performed flawlessly and is a solid gas operated gun. It comes with a green long bead sight and a nice red aluminum follower. Being a left handed shooter this gun fits me perfectly without adjustments. It is a 28 inch , with up to 3 inch capacity. Also light at just under 7 lbs . It comes with 3 chokes , and shims. They are interchangeable with the Benelli Mobil choke system.
The semi auto gas system is easy to clean with a one piece gas piston. The action is a copy of the Beretta action. The only issue which, I would expect is, the gun was a little hard to cock but being new that is to be expected. After a couple of boxes of heavy loads, and a thorough cleaning has become easier.
The Bottomlands camo is very well done.
Over all I am so far quite happy with the overall performance and feel of this gun. I will revisit this review after a full season .
Over all I am very happy with the gun



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Winchester SX4 12 , 26 and 28, Mossberg Silver Reserve II 20 , 26, Remington 1100 IT 20 26 with Tru chokes. AYA 20 , SS 26. Stoeger M3000 12 , Shadow Grass Blades 28,. Benelli Montefeltro 12 , 28 left handed, Canuck Hunter Semi 12 MODB left Hand 28.


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 Post subject: Re: Canuck Hunter 12 Gauge LH Review
PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2021 11:39 am 
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Joined: Sat Jan 19, 2019 1:53 pm
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Location: St. Catharines, Ontario
Update: Well Maybe not so satisfied. After about 3 boxes of shells I decided to clean the gas operation on the gun. I have done this before and the gun was fine. The gun worked flawlessly. When I removed the magazine cap, the cap ,the magazine spring, retainer and plug flew across the room. The plastic tabs that hold the retainer in place in the mag tube had both broken off . I found it to be a cheap thin plastic piece.
I contacted the dealer but I have little hope of a replacement.
I will probably use a spring clip type retainer, which I have on several of my autoloaders, that seems to work well.
For such a well made gun I cannot see why Armsan would use such a cheap part.
I will have to use a thicker magazine plug as well.
I don t want to have to fight with the spring every time I clean the gun.
Not good after less than a month.

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Winchester SX4 12 , 26 and 28, Mossberg Silver Reserve II 20 , 26, Remington 1100 IT 20 26 with Tru chokes. AYA 20 , SS 26. Stoeger M3000 12 , Shadow Grass Blades 28,. Benelli Montefeltro 12 , 28 left handed, Canuck Hunter Semi 12 MODB left Hand 28.


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 Post subject: Re: Canuck Hunter 12 Gauge LH Review
PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2021 12:06 pm 
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Joined: Thu Dec 05, 2013 7:11 am
Posts: 4412
Location: Western Tampa, FL
Zman28302 wrote:
Update: Well Maybe not so satisfied. After about 3 boxes of shells I decided to clean the gas operation on the gun. I have done this before and the gun was fine. The gun worked flawlessly. When I removed the magazine cap, the cap ,the magazine spring, retainer and plug flew across the room. The plastic tabs that hold the retainer in place in the mag tube had both broken off . I found it to be a cheap thin plastic piece.
I contacted the dealer but I have little hope of a replacement.
I will probably use a spring clip type retainer, which I have on several of my autoloaders, that seems to work well.
For such a well made gun I cannot see why Armsan would use such a cheap part.
I will have to use a thicker magazine plug as well.
I don t want to have to fight with the spring every time I clean the gun.
Not good after less than a month.


You could call and buy a replacement from Tristar. They are indeed cheap but work most of the time. Buy a couple in case you are worried about it happening again.


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 Post subject: Re: Canuck Hunter 12 Gauge LH Review
PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2021 8:13 am 
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Joined: Sat Jan 19, 2019 1:53 pm
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Location: St. Catharines, Ontario
Well I contacted the dealer and the part is on its way. He will forward it to me by mail. Technically the Duck and Goose season is over so I have some time to come up with a solution if the part does not arrive.
I found that not having a retainer is not a big deal as long as you hold the Magazine cap tight and slowly release the spring pressure.
The gun again worked flawlessly the last time out and I had no issues. I put another box of 1 1/8 oz 1550s through it while duck hunting on Lake Erie .
When I purchased this gun I was a little apprehensive about parts availability. This will be a good test.
I must admit that felt recoil was minimal even with these heavy loads. It is a 3 inch gun, and that is all I shoot for ducks and geese.

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Winchester SX4 12 , 26 and 28, Mossberg Silver Reserve II 20 , 26, Remington 1100 IT 20 26 with Tru chokes. AYA 20 , SS 26. Stoeger M3000 12 , Shadow Grass Blades 28,. Benelli Montefeltro 12 , 28 left handed, Canuck Hunter Semi 12 MODB left Hand 28.


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