Lets talk about Benelli Montefeltro

January is one of my favorite months for dove hunting. Birds fly in abundance in the area of the hills –the tuna roosts- due to a quite rainy summer. Luckily, the weather was awesome when our guests Gary, John, Dale and Carder came.

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Our daily program is very organized: at 7:30 am every guests are woke up, breakfast is served at 8 and departure is at 8.30 am. We shoot until 12.30 when our star chef Federico awaits us with a tasty tacos of pigeons and, as always, the great Argentine barbecue. After lunch, we hang some hammocks for the nap and at 14:30 we are rested and ready to start shooting again.

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Pigeons are monogamous, that is to say they have a stable partner. Once rigged, the female lays one or two eggs after 12 days. At 4-6 days, the young leave the nest. Pigeons reproduce based on the amount of food, the more food there is, the more number of hatches per year. In Cordoba we have between 3 and 5 reproductions every year. And only in North of Cordoba we can speak of 100,000 pigeons, declared by the authorities as plague.

In the spring and fall it is when they have more reproductive capacity. In the wild they can live about 15 years but in the cities they rarely live more than 5 years.

Pigeons build nests with any material from their own dung, twigs, clips, wires or even other skeletons of dead pigeons.

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Our customers were pleased to use ours new Benelli shotguns montefeltro 20 cal. They are our workhorses and the only weapons that carry on like no other the pressure of Cordoba’s high volume hunting. Million of shells a year!!!

Our customers were surprised by its comfort when shooting over 2000 thousand rounds a day. They Have Been shooting 20 gauge ammunition 7, which is one of the best ammunition for the sport of shooting doves. We also use regular ammunition ½ or 7 and 8 and loads of gunpowder in our cartridges are of 25 grams.

We are known to satisfy the special requests of each hunter who chooses our company.

We have a wide variety of shotguns: Let us talk about the Benelli Montefeltro.

Benelli’s Montefeltro shotgun features a slim, graceful forend, which, combined with an anodized, lightweight receiver, keeps the weight minimal and the swing quick.

It has an Ultra-reliable Inertia Driven® system. An Inertia-Driven® System shotgun is clean, reliable, and adjustment-free.We have them avialable in 12- and 20-gauge, we do not have any with Left hand configurations. We like it a lot the Low-profile rib.

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Notes about this shotgun

The bolt-lock lever performs 3 important functions: 1) It locks the bolt back on an empty chamber. 2) It releases a shell from the magazine. 3) It indicates a cocked hammer, making it obvious by both sight and feel. The bolt-lock lever is conveniently located on the front of the trigger guard.

Chamber pressure is contained by the massive, 2-lug rotary locking head, which locks into the steel barrel extension.

The trigger guard and safety are ergonomically designed, blending style and function.

Our Mercedes Benz vans help our customers to move to the shooting area with the best comfort and relaxation when starting the activity .

We also have great activities for non-shooters. For example, you can organize a day trip to Cordoba or a horse riding in the picturesque hills of Cordoba, or you can even take a shooting lesson.IMG_GR_testimonials1454078393

Our customers decided to stay in our lodge Plaza Real Lodge and to enjoy the spacious private suite rooms, the fire pit and also the pool in these wonderful days of summer, where our manager Silvia and Juan were waiting for them with delicious welcome drinks and an outstanding dinner with the guests.

Thanks to all of you. We hope to see you soon!

Martin Andrada

Head Guide

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Thank you and your team for an excellent time of fellowship and shooting. Special thanks to Sylvia and David for taking us shopping.

Can you send me information on the child sponsorship program I read about in your table book?

Thanks again Pablo

Dale Williams

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Beretta A400 Xcel: the Fastest, Lowest-Recoil Clay Buster

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The A400 Xcel is a 12-gauge competition shotgun that is faster-cycling, softer-shooting and better balanced than anything else on the market.
Built on the revolutionary A400 action, it delivers follow-up shots 36% faster than any other brand, while its advanced recoil-reducing systems make it absolutely pleasant to shoot, even on demanding all-day competitions. Its sleek lines and superior ergonomics are designed with one goal in mind: letting the A400 naturally follow your eye to the target. This is why it has quickly become a favorite among serious competitive shooters the world over.

Built on Today’s Most Advanced Semi-Automatic Action
The A400 action is the culmination of Beretta’s centuries-old experience and passion for shotguns. It feeds reliably all types of shells from 2 ¾” to 3,” with loads ranging from target-light to hard hitting–making it also suited for the occasional upland or waterfowl hunt. Also, it features the unique Blink technology, a gas-operating system that is capable of delivering two shots in less than half a second, while also integrating an easy-maintenance self-cleaning piston. Furthermore, the action has sleek lines and a low profile, meaning that the vertical distance between the dominant eye and the supporting hand is reduced to a minimum. The result? A gun that follows your swing like an extension of your body and eyesight–and many more broken clays.

Extremely Low-Recoil
There are no two ways about it: felt recoil is only a liability and the less of it, the better. TheExtremely-Low-Recoil A400 Xcel incorporates several recoil-reducing systems operating simultaneously to make recoil virtually negligible (70% overall reduction). One is a hydraulic shock absorber that softens the rearward energy from the action’s moving parts, which minimizes felt recoil while reducing wear within the receiver. Another is a Micro-Core buttpad that all but neutralizes the recoil generated by the power of the cartridge. Also, the A400 is designed to recoil parallel to the comb, meaning no thump to the cheek and minimal muzzle rise.

Durable, Easy and Quick to Clean
The A400 Xcel’s cold-hammer forged barrel is made of nickel-chromium-molybdenum steel (Beretta’s “Steelium”), a proprietary formula engineered for consistency, toughness Easy-and-Quick-to-Cleanand durability. The bore is chrome-plated to facilitate cleaning and minimize wear and corrosion. And the new Optimabore HP choke tubes are particularly easy to remove–even after several thousands of rounds. Lastly, the new, improved gas piston makes assembly and disassembly a matter of seconds. All these are reasons why when your competitors see you approaching with the A400 Xcel’s telltale bright-blue receiver, they will know you have the absolute best–and they will know who the winner is.
For a complete list of features, please visit the Hotspots Tab.

A400_XCEL_GP_3QT_R_BOTTOMIf you are a die-hard trap or sporting-clays competition shooter, check out the A400 Xcel Parallel Target, a version of the X400 Xcel optimized for these two disciplines.

Pointer invites you to prove this amazing innovative gun.

You should be the next one!

Pablo Aguiló.
Pointer Outfitters.

Traveling outside of the U.S. – Temporarily taking a firearm, rifle, gun, shotgun or ammunition abroad for hunting purposes

What is the process for a traveler temporarily taking a firearm, rifle, gun, shotgun or descargaammunition abroad for hunting or sports-related purposes?

Current export regulations issued by the Department of State require travelers to file electronic export information (EEI) for temporary export of personally owned firearms via the Automated Export System (AES) prior to departure from the United States. CBP is aware of issues that travelers are having with the implementation of this regulation and is working to ensure that no traveler attempting to legally take their firearm out of the country experiences significant delays or incurs additional cost. Because of these issues, we are temporarily suspending implementation of the regulation as we work with our government partners to modify the AES system to make it more user-friendly for individual travelers. In the interim, CBP will continue to follow their long standing practice of issuing and certifying a Certificate of Registration (CBP Form 4457). During this time, when a traveler contacts CBP to register their firearm for export and reentry, CBP will:

  • Complete a CBP Form 4457 to ensure a problem-free return to the U.S., and Provide a fact sheet about the regulation and how to comply in the interim.

If you need to complete a form 4457in the course of your travel, please give yourself enough time to do so, 2-3 hours is a good estimate. You also have the option of registering in advance at a CBP Port of Entry. Once the CBP 4457 is completed, it can be used repeatedly for that particular firearm.

CBP advises travelers to become familiar with the import requirements of the foreign country(s) that they may be traveling through or visiting. Those countries may have more restrictive laws and regulations regarding the use of firearms within their countries. For many countries that do allow the temporary importation of firearms, the CBP Form 4457 is required for entry of a U.S. owned firearm into their country. (Canada does not require it, but it does facilitate the temporary importation. Be sure to become familiar with Canada’s import requirements.)

Please note, if you are taking ammunition, and there is a possibility you will not use it all and would like to re-import it, your 4457 should reflect the kind of ammunition you are departing with.

Upon returning to the United States, the traveler will make a regular declaration regarding the personal effects and goods that they are carrying and ensure that they declare any firearms and ammunition. To satisfy the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives requirements for the re-importation of a firearm please refer to 27 CFR 478.115(a). The ATF regulations allow for the use of the CF 4457 upon re-importation, and does not require an approved import permit (ATF-6), provided that CBP is satisfied that the firearm was previously exported from the United States and is now being returned. To establish such proof, a bill of sale, receipt, copy of ATF Form 4473, household effects inventory, packing list, or registration on Customs Forms 4457 or 4455 may be used, if the registration form is completed prior to departure from the U.S. For military personnel, a properly executed Department of Defense Form 12521 signed by either the serviceman’s commanding officer or an authorized Customs officer may be used. The acceptability of such proof is within the purview of the Customs officials at the port of entry.

Responsible Firearm Ownership

 Gun-SafetyAs a gun owner, it is important to be responsible and safe in the storage, transportation, and use of your firearms. There are many variables that affect the safety needs of gun owners such as lifestyle, environment, legal requirements, financial limitations and personal preference. These provides an overview of ways to safely store and handle your firearms, and can help you determine the best products to suit your needs as a safe and responsible gun owner.

Some things to consider when prioritizing your needs:

  • Preventing unauthorized access by minors
  • Keeping firearms safe from theft
  • Accessibility for home and self-defense
  • Safe transportation of firearms
  • Protecting firearms from fires and natural disasters
  • Proper equipment for safe use in the field
  • Preserving your firearm’s condition for safe operation
  • Local laws regarding firearm storage and transportation

Preventive Measures When Handling a Firearm: 

1)   Always Keep The Muzzle Pointed In A Safe Direction. Never point your gun at anything you do not intend to shoot. This is particularly important when loading or unloading a firearm. In the event of an accidental discharge, no injury can occur as long as the muzzle is pointing in a safe direction.

2)   Firearms Should Be Unloaded When Not Actually In Use. Unload your gun as soon as you have finished. A loaded gun has no place in or near a car, truck or building. Unload your gun immediately when you have finished shooting, well before you bring it into a car, camp or home.

3)  Don’t Rely On Your Gun’s “Safety”. The “safety” on any gun is a mechanical device, which, like any such device, can become inoperable at the worst possible time. You should never handle a gun carelessly and assume that the gun won’t fire just because the “safety is on.”

4)   Be Sure Of Your Target And What’s Beyond It. Don’t shoot unless you know exactly what your shot is going to strike. Be sure that your bullet will not injure anyone or anything beyond your target. Firing at a movement or a noise without being absolutely certain of what you are shooting at constitutes disregard for the safety of others.

5)   Use Correct Ammunition. Dove Hunt (71)Using improper or incorrect ammunition can destroy a gun and cause serious personal injury. It only takes one cartridge of improper caliber or gauge to wreck your gun, and only a second to check each one as you load it. Be absolutely certain that the ammunition you are using matches the specifications that are contained within the gun’s instructions manual and the manufacturer’s markings on the firearm. Be aware not to use smaller ammunition in the gun you are using, this could cause a big accident.

6)   If Your Gun Fails To Fire When The Trigger Is Pulled, Handle With Care! Occasionally, a cartridge may not fire when the trigger is pulled. If this occurs, keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. Keep your face away from the breech. Then, carefully open the action, unload the firearm and dispose of the cartridge in a safe way. In case the cartridge is not going off wait for a minute with the barrels in a safe direction before you open.

7)   Always Wear Eye And Ear Protection When Shooting. All shooters should wear protective Dove Hunt (44)shooting glasses and some form of hearing protectors while shooting. Exposure to shooting noise can damage hearing, and adequate vision protection is essential. Shooting glasses guard against twigs, falling shot, clay target chips and the rare ruptured case or firearm malfunction.

8)   Be Sure The Barrel Is Clear Of Obstructions Before Shooting. Before you load your firearm, open the action and be certain that no ammunition is in the chamber or magazine. Be sure the barrel is clear of any obstruction. Even a small bit of mud, snow, excess lubricating oil or grease in the bore can cause dangerously increased pressures, causing the barrel to bulge or even burst on firing, which can cause injury to the shooter and bystanders.

9)   Don’t Alter Or Modify Your Gun, And Have Guns Serviced Regularly. Firearms are complicated mechanisms that are designed by experts to function properly in their original condition. Any alteration or change made to a firearm after manufacture can make the gun dangerous and will usually void any factory warranties.

10)  Learn The Mechanical And Handling Characteristics Of The Firearm You Are Using. Not all firearms are the same. The method of carrying and handling firearms varies in accordance with the mechanical characteristics of each gun. Since guns can be so different, never handle any firearm without first having thoroughly familiarized yourself with the particular type of firearm you are using, the safe gun handling rules for loading, unloading, carrying and handling that firearm, and the rules of safe gun handling in general.

Remember: Gun safety rules and recommendations are intended to avoid accidental discharge or negligent discharge, or the consequences of firearm malfunctions. Their purpose is to eliminate or minimize the risks of unintentional injuries or damage caused by improper possession, storage, or handling of firearms. Let’s be responsible.

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Sport Dog Collar

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At San Javier lodge we do great perdiz hunting, that it is one of the most amazing upland birds to hunt. We have been trying the Sport DOG Collar with some of our new dogs and so far we have excellent results.

When the collar senses a dog’s bark, it delivers a short, harmless, electronic stimulation. If the dog continues barking, the collar delivers another stimulation. A barking dog quickly discovers that the only way to avoid the correction is to be quiet. This way, the dog is focused on the hunt and not on barking.

The SportDog 10R is one of the best shock bark collar. It has dual sensors: a sound sensor and a vibration sensor to avoid false noises. A smart control detects needed level of correctionto stop dog from barking.  The SportDog Bark Collar 10R has a longevous rechargeable battery.

Dual sensors help to detect a bark ignoring external sounds. A vibration sensor is integrated into one of the prongs and detects a vibration in the dog’s throat. Vibration sensors are effective because they avoid false sounds as barks of other dogs or other sounds. The device also has a sound sensor to detect the dog barking noises. Superposing the vibration sensor and the sound sensor correctly control barking, when only both of sensors detect a vibration and a sound of a bark then it sends off a static shock.

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Duck Hunting List by Josh Graham

If you are planning a duck hunting trip to Argentina, this is a very helpful list of gear and equipment you may need during your trip.

1- Duck Calls

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Duck calls are essential items in a duck hunting supply box. At a minimum, you need a good, all-purpose reed call that does the most basic duck sounds. In Argentina we sometimes use electronic calls; either way you do not need to worry about this since our field assistants take care of duck calling.

2- Blinds

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In order to shoot ducks, you need them to fly much closer than other birds. The trick is to hide yourself as much as you can. There are many kinds of blinds: permanent, portable, for lakes or rivers, for flooded grain fields, etc. Depending on where are you going to hunt, is the blind you need. At Pointer Wingshooting, our field assistants set the blinds early in the morning and have everything ready for you.

3- Decoys

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These man-made objects resembling a real duck are very useful for duck hunting. Fake ducks usually floated on bodies of water to encourage real ducks to land. When ducks see the decoy, they decide that the body of water is safe, and land on it. This is something you do not need to think of, we will have all the decoys set for you. 

4- Camo Clothing

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Camouflage is a very important factor to succeed in duck hunting. A camo wader and a camo jacket or sweater are enough. You can either bring them or rent them here; he have great camo waders.

5- Waders

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Ducks are waterfowl birds, which mean that in order to hunt them, you probably have to be near or in the water. So, waders are very useful if you do not want to end up soaking wet.

6- Guns and Shells

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For duck hunting, we recommend a 12-gague shotgun. The Benelli’s Performance Shop Cordoba could be a really good option. If you want to come to Argentina, you can bring your own guns or rent them here. We offer you 12 and 20 gauge Benelli Montefeltro and Beretta Urika 390 and 391.

7- Retriever

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If you are a duck hunter you probably know that you need a retriever of some kind to go into the water and get the ducks. The most common retriever is a dog – spaniel, labrador and weimaraner are some options. In Argentina, retriever dogs are not commonly used; instead, your field assistant will colect all the ducks when the shooting is finished. 

Can you think of more supplies for duck hunting? These are all I could think of. 

Best,

Josh Graham – josh@pointerwingshooting.com

Gear and Equipment

There are a couple of things to have in mind when it comes to safety in hunting. These are just a couple of items that all hunters should have when shooting.

GLASSES

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Protective eyewear worn while hunting can not only prevent eye injury, it can also increase a hunter’s shooting accuracy. When hunters choose safety glasses, they must consider first the safety features for ultimate protection and then look to options that can help increase their chances of making an accurate shot.

All shooting activities take place outdoors, where dust, wind, sun, and other factors can affect your accuracy. For all these reasons, it makes sense that hunters use a proper eye protection. Choosing the correct safety glasses can improve your shooting skills as well as protect your vision.

EAR PROTECTION

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It’s really important to use ear protection every time you shoot a gun; this way you avoid posiible ear damage.The noise from gunfire is one of the most hazardous non-occupational noises that people are exposed to.

Sometimes our customers ask where to buy this item. We always recommend SportEar, which in my opinion are the best in the market.

SHOULDER PADS

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A shoulder pad can save you a lot of grief if you shoot more than a few rounds. Another benefit is that it helps ensure that the bottom is positioned properly and will not slide. All the staff of Pointer Wingshooting and most of our clients use “PAST Recoil Protection“.

GLOVES

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This is another thing all shooters need: a pir of quality gloves. Although they are not as crucial as other gun safety gears, gloves are also necessary for your shooting practices because they will protect your hands from cuts and bruises. You need to consider the material (most shooters prefer leather because of their comfort) and fit (they must suit you perfectly). If you want a good pair of gloves, you should try with “Sitkagear“, they have good pricing and are the best I’ve tried.

Although there are more items in “Gear and Equipment” section, all these are, in my opinion, the most important.

What gear and equipment do you take with you when you go hunting?!

My best, Pablo Aguilo