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I have an 80s vintage 1100 and was wonder what shell catcher works best,and where i can buy one.Thanks a bunch
 

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I don't know if it is the best but I prefer and use a Birchwood Casey "Save It" on the 1100 Classic Trap I bought new in Dec, 2005.

http://www.birchwoodcasey.com/sport/acc ... &subcat=29

I have had a long history with the basic type which is an update of the Pedersen Save It.

My wife shot trap from 1987 to 1997, her favorite gun; an 1100TA Trap. She used a Petersen and put about 40,000 rounds through the gun with that catcher. She liked it so well, she had one on her 1100 sporting 28 (Petersen's used to be made in the small gauges) and 11-87 Sporting Clays; and they performed well.

I certainly did not select a Save It because of its good looks , I find them very functional.

I like them over the TS because in my experience, they work better. I have never had one fail to grab a shell, where I have seen numerous people have to furiously shake a fired shell out of a TS equipped gun because it fell back in the receiver. I don't need that on the line, it maybe OK if you are shooting trap recreationally as opposed to compedatively but it doesn't do the shooter any good one a fast paced compedative round and the rest of the squad usually doesn't like it either.

It can be folded down to easily drop a live shell out if there is a need to unload due to a problem on the line.

One thing I do right away with these, though. They come with a funny looking red, soft plastic tip on the wire that is supposed to keep the end of the wire from scratching the receiver, just behind the ejector port. These come off too easily with bad results. Fortunatley I was aware of this and did not find out with the new 1100CT.

I take a piece of insulated house elecrical wiring, I forget the size . I use wire strippers to take a 1/2" long piece of black wire insulation which I slip over the end of the wire. It hangs on and because it is black, IMHO, looks better.

I did this on my wife's 1100TA in 1988 and it hung in very well, I think I replaced it once in 40,000 rounds.

The two sided tape that comes with the Brirchwood Casey is pron to degrading with oil. I use the two sided automotive trim tape, the stuff that is as thin as the original Birchwood Casey tape. It doesn't damage the bluing in any way and can be removed with gun solvent.

I have never had any bluing wear, finish damage or rusting etc. on my gun or my wife's 1100TA from the adheasive strips used with these.
 

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I have rarely used them, but agree with Claydust on all counts. In addition to using that wiring insulation, that liquid rubber you can dip tools in to coat the handles works great, too. When you need more two sided tape the 3M automotive trim type is definitely the way to go. Interior two sided tape won't last two rounds.
 

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I use the T&S. If a shell ends up in the receiver, I simply take the catcher off, turn the gun upside down and roll it so the port is downward and the shell falls out. Takes less time to do than describe.

Dan
 
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