There she is basking in the evening sun, thinking about things.
So… First the negatives. I am nitpicking, so I thought I’d get this out of the way first.
Bolt does not lock back on the 230T model (as far as I can tell). It does on 220 (tube magazine), but not on 230 (box magazine). In general, it’s not a big deal. The annoying bit is when I wanted to run a bore sneak through it. Held the bolt open to feed the rope through and then pushed the bolt open with my foot (like a monkey), as I was pulling it through. That’s a minor inconvenience.
Fitting the barrel. Not a negative per se, but there’s a trick to it. This video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YETzwXMCsKQ) at 1 min 44 sec - note how the guy works the bolt handle to seat the barrel… That’s the trick. Figured it out with trial and error, before I found the video. Force won’t work, or it will, but once.
That’s about it for the negative, really. Handles very well. Feels tight and dare I say, as good, but probably better than Dickinson T1000 shotgun.
Bolt handle feels very well and smooth. Seems to eat all sorts of loads and hull types. No feeding, extraction or ejection issues, fired around 50 shells.
Sights, as expected - nylon/plastic sight, but work very well.
I knew I was going to pop a red dot on it, so not really a concern. However, really nice ghost ring and front sight and very easy to align, points very well. The red dot that I have has high and low mount options. I opted for high, because I quite like the sights and wanted to keep them.
High mount (above).
View through the ring with red dot front-above the rear sight.
Rest of the photos…
I have a feeling that Remington 7615 adapted will suit the gun, to install after market retractable/collapsible butt. However, I am told the trigger guard shape on 230 is a little different and may not accept the grip. I have both, so I will experiment when I get a moment, unless Lucky13 gets there before me and I can just buy it! However, this is a purely ‘the looks’. In terms of usage, I found the furniture to be very comfortable and pretty good fit for length of pull.
Recoil pad - pretty good. Felt like I could just keep shooting with it.
What else… Comes with 3 chokes, IC went in straight away.
Yeah, really impressed.
Nothing bad to say about it.
If I were to pick this vs Dickinson, I’d go this, feels a little smaller (although 220 model I would imagine is very similar).
If I had to pick this vs SHS (any model) - I’d go Adler any day. Fit, finish, assembly and quality (never thought I’d say that about Adler) is heaps better.
Bolt handle. This is for anyone who has SHS. Bolt handle here slides into a cut-out slot on either side and retained. SHS needs a pin and somewhat time consuming fitting. Again, would pick this over SHS any day.
Yep, pretty bland, but I am really impressed. Now I need to sight in the red dot and load a few hundred slugs