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After much searching, I settled on a SX405s, just picked it up at Gander Mountain in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for $279. Took them a while to find it but the computer said it was there so they kept looking. Odd thing is 405 slugs guns are $399, combos $450, the sales guys thought it seems a little too low priced but what ever the computer says. He first found a sx801? $479 is what the computer said for it, seem like a great price for it too, but only does 2 3/4" shells and too pretty for my use/misuse.

I'll have a shooting report next week.

David

Just opened it up to show the guys at work, noticed that you need to reposition the piston to change from Magnum to standard loads, seems to come set in the Magnum position, should I try it there or switch to standard position, will just be shooting pheasants until spring so no magnums are instore for it for a while. The owners manual states the "M" should be towards the muzzle, mine is labeled somewhat different. Anyone have a recommendation before I shoot it tomorrow.
 

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Just got back from about 150 round 1 oz to 1 1/4 oz loads, after a first few miss feeds, I don't think I shoved the shells into the mag far enough it work perfectly. More recoil than the Moss 500 it replaced, but at 1 to 1 1/2 lbs lighter its worth it. Still not sure about adjusting piston assembly for shooting 3" loads, do I rotate the complete piston assembly? Not a concern for now.

Only negative, some of the empties must have hit the front of the ejection port and dinged it up allittle.

This being my first gas auto it amazes me how short the gas cylinder is, I expected it to be much longer. Tomorrow first field try for pheasants.

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I would not mess with the flipping of the ring for 3" shells just yet. Get a good 300 + rounds in her before switching.

Still not sure about adjusting piston assembly for shooting 3" loads, do I rotate the complete piston assembly?
NO, NO............. Thereis a ring at the end (muzzle end) of the piston/forearm. If memory serves me, it is actually marked with a "M". Look thru your manual, it will show you. Very easy adjustment.
 

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My manual doesn't say much about changing to 3" other than rotating "M" and not pictures. I'll take a picture of the piston and see if you can understand it. It doesn't make sense to rotate the complete piston assembly because the sealing ring that kind of floats on the piston assembly is held in with a snap ring and I would thank that the ring needs to be towards the muzzle at all times, but there is not groove for it to fit in on the other end of the piston assembly. Picked up (75) 7/8 oz loads to try out next weekend.

No pheasants, had one good opportunity, but it was kind of flying towards the guy I was hunting with so I passed and let him have a chance.

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The ring with the "M" is all that gets moved!!!!! Take the "M" ring, slide it off the muzzle end of the piston. Then flip it and slide it back onin the same spot. Thats it, JUST the ring itself. All this is supposed to do is help reduce the recoil more. You dont HAVE to do it at all.
 
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