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Side By Sides

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by Questor, Dec 14, 2007.

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  1. Questor

    Questor TS Member

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    I really like O/Us. It's my favorite kind of shotgun. What do you think of the latest rage for side-by-sides? I'm personally glad to have the option for those shooters who favor them. But I don't really care for them myself. Do you think they will catch on and become main stream guns?

    Related to this, my good friend gave me a stack of recent "Shooting Sportsman" magazines. These are mostly about truly fine side by sides, and about wingshooting. They are beautiful magazines and I enjoy looking at them and reading them, even though I don't covet fancy side by sides.
     
  2. halfmile

    halfmile Well-Known Member

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    Snobbery.

    HM
     
  3. Hipshot 3

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    There can be no doubt that a fine sideby is a beautiful thing to behold! I don't think it will replace the O/U for clay sports however. Its better suited to wing shooting!
     
  4. Hap MecTweaks

    Hap MecTweaks Well-Known Member

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    Some sideXsides are good hunting shotguns and some happen to be quality trap guns, like many other types of shotguns are. They certainly won't be replacing the over/under for competition guns though! As for snobbery, sure there are some of those guys in that mix. Then again, I've also seen a tad of that with a few Mossberg guys too. Guess I'm bound to feel that way since I like several different types of good shotguns myself, no snobbery here for sure. Hap
     
  5. Tom Strunk

    Tom Strunk Well-Known Member

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    The high grades are beautiful to look at but their days as a trap gun have passed, the Winchester Model 21 was one of the best as a target gun. The recoil on a side by side is more than I can handle, and have just this past year sold my last one. Remember - they recoil-recoil-recoil-hard.

    The guns you see in "Shooting Sportsman" are almost all very high grades, and sell for $5,000.00 to $125,000.00. These guns are "bird guns" not target guns.
    A bird gun weighs around 5 1/2 to 6 1/2 lbs and my target over and under weighs 10 1/4 lb. I have just stopped subscribing to this magazine as I have no need of a gun in this price range to carry on the hills of Arizona for Quail hunting. Reason being you WILL FALL sometime each season and cratching your gun will happen.

    I still like the Merkel 147L in 28 guage and is hard to resist buying one.

    Tom
     
  6. Shooting Coach

    Shooting Coach Well-Known Member

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    A moderately priced TRUE field double with double triggers and extractors, preferably a 16, is hard to beat as an upland or all around hunting shotgun.

    Something was said about scratching up a field gun. Such things happen to field guns, and one should be prepared. Having a gun costing a grand or less makes this easier to bear.

    I used to hunt with an older K-80, and I found myself watching the gun more than the game. It went away. Now I have an old 870 20 ga on the 12 frame with a 26" VR IC. It does what it needs to do, but that 16 double is on my mind when I get out the hunting gear.

    I might go with the 20. I have a bunch of brass and wads for this gauge, but prefer the 16 for the field.
     
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