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Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by BDodd, Dec 22, 2007.

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  1. BDodd

    BDodd TS Member

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    Have an acquaintance that thinks I'm an expert but I don't have a clue about currently available SXS guns. He'd like a nice, reliable, SXS 12 GA. with "nice" wood, decent appearance, but, of course, not too expensive. This came to me through my bride so I don't know what price range he would consider but lets think maybe 1 to 2K for now. I don't have a clue what might be out there maybe from Spain or?? Any clues will help. Thanks in advance....breakemall....Bob Dodd
     
  2. Shooting Coach

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    Go to CDNN on the net and look at their field doubles. Nice selection, good price. Other good guns out there. For the price you want to pay, you will not be getting a tournament gun, but you will get a gun suitable for years in the field. Also, check out DeHaan (sp?) shotguns.
     
  3. phirel

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    Browning made a nice field SXS a few years ago. I shot one in the field for a few years and was satisfied with the gun.

    Pat Ireland
     
  4. algebra1

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    SKB made quality side by sides.I've owned afew myself.Models to look at are 100,200E,280,385 and 485.Some models were made for sporting clays and had a raised rib.Check out Cabelas fora nice 485 with raised rib.
     
  5. WarEagle2017

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    I have a nice Browning BSS ( side X side ) 12 Ga. IC and Mod. 26" Barrels Bevertail forearm, single trigger auto ejectors $800
     
  6. AveragEd

    AveragEd Well-Known Member

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    Bob, I did a gun test a year or so ago on the L.C. Smith SxS being made in Italy and imported and distributed by Marlin. It was a very nice gun - tight and solid with color-casehardened real sideplates. I forget what Marlin's MSRP was on it but I did call a local dealer and found that his price was about $1,300 for either a 12-gauge or 20-gauge gun. Shoot me an email (drop the "x") if you'd like the text and photos from the article.

    Ed
     
  7. nukinfuts

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    I have a very old Parker SXS.It was handed down to me threw the family. The thing was very old looking.I had the bright idea to have the gun redone. I had the reciever done in satin,Damascus barrels reblued,stock refinished.Well later I found out that I lost thousands of $ doing this stupid trick...If I only Knew then what I know now...Nuc
     
  8. birdogs

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    I have several SxSs which I use in the field; 12, 20 and 28 Ga. Each of them is of European manufacture. To replace any of them today with a newly manufactured gun would cost as much as 15 times more than I paid for them. For this and other reasons such as inherent quality, balance, fit and finish, etc., I would recomment that he look at used guns. I believe that very few of the modern SxSs compare favorably with their predecessors in the price range you quote.

    Finally, there seems to be a further price distinction between single and double trigger guns.
     
  9. KEYBEAR

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    drhuner shoot me an e-mail . I,m interested in a Browning S&S .

    Thank You
     
  10. shot410ga

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    I shot a model 21 SXS in 20 ga on the 16 a while back. Very nice shooting gun.
     
  11. BDodd

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    Thanks to all, in contact with Ed for info on the Marlin he tested and the rest have provided ideas I can impart to the acquaintance without looking too silly. Not need for further comments unless someone has a miraculous deal. Thanks again....breakemall....Bob Dodd
     
  12. OldPshtr

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    For functioning and field work, can't beat a Stevens 311A. Built
    like a tank - lot better than some of the imports and also lot
    cheaper. Pheasant hunted with 20 ga this fall and it worked
    perfect. Not too afraid to get scratched.

    Doyal
     
  13. esetter

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    Get a Browning BSS or an SKB 200 or 280. They will all last a long time and be pretty much trouble free.
     
  14. Shooting Coach

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    As one who worked for Browning years ago, one of the DUMBEST things they have done lately is to drop the BSS. Although I prefer double triggers and extractors on a true field double, they are fabulous field guns.
     
  15. kelly andersen

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    Smith and Wesson makes a beautiful S x S, theyre about 2k. I have'nt shot one but they have beautiful wood and a extremely nice finish and bluing. Shooting sportsman did a test on one a few moths ago and gave it the thumbs up.
     
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