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Southern SxS Spring Classic 2015

Southern SxS Spring Classic 2015

I’m going to be at the Southern SxS Spring Classic all day today. If you’re into doubles, it’s the place to be. There’s sure be stacks of great guns on hand, I’m looking forward to checking them out.

I’ll be at this event all day today. Look for me. I’ll be the guy drooling over all the great guns. Hope to see you there.I’ll post pics soon, so check back to see a few of them.

RUGER RED LABEL 28GA

RUGER RED LABEL 28GA

People have all sorts of opinions of Ruger’s Red Label O/Us shotguns. But while the 12 gauge & 20 gauge models have their quirks (OK, problems), the 28g is the one Ruger hit a home run with. It’s a fantastic double and one of the best birds gun America has ever made. If you’re a grouse, quail, woodcock hunter, it’s all the gun you need to get the job done.

This 28g Ruger Red Label is on Gunbroker.com. It’s a NO RESERVE auction and it ends 4/27/2015 @ 10:30:00 PM ET. While it does have a few dings, I don’t see anything to worry about. All I see is a great gun — and the chance to get a great deal.

RUGER RED LABEL 28GA: 26″ BBL, SINGLE SELECT TRIGGER, AUTO EJECT, W/ ONLY 2 FACTORY CHOKE TUBES, 1-IC, 1-MOD. 99% BBL BLUE, WOOD 95% SOME LIGHT SCRATCHES HERE AND THERE. METAL RECEIVER SOME LIGHT HANDLING MARKS. BORES EXCELLENT. ALL ORIGINAL FINISHES, W/ BOX AND MANUAL.

RUGER RED LABEL 28GA

RUGER RED LABEL 28GA

RUGER RED LABEL 28GA

RUGER RED LABEL 28GA

Beretta BL4 BL 4 20 GA 28" NEW RARE MINT COLLECTOR

Beretta BL4 BL 4 20 GA 28″ NEW RARE MINT COLLECTOR

Here’s a great upland shotgun that looks brand new. Beretta introduced their BL boxlock O/Us in the 1960s. These over-unders came in five grades: BL-1 to BL-5s. Each one featured a shallow, low profile action scaled to match the gauge. They were priced to be values – not cheap, but well made guns at fair prices.

Today, the Beretta BLs are pretty much steals, especially when they’re in this kind of condition. This double is on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends 4/26/2015 @ 8:49:00 PM ET.

Beretta BL4 BL 4 20 GA 28″ NEW RARE MINT COLLECTOR: 28″ barrels, Mod & Full. 6lbs. This came from a collector. It was never assembled or fired. Gun is in premo condition. Comes with box and other papers too. I bought for my own collection and Im selling to get something else. Don’t miss this chance, you wont find another like this.

Beretta BL4 BL 4 20 GA 28" NEW RARE MINT COLLECTOR

Beretta BL4 BL 4 20 GA 28″ NEW RARE MINT COLLECTOR

Beretta BL4 BL 4 20 GA 28" NEW RARE MINT COLLECTOR

Beretta BL4 BL 4 20 GA 28″ NEW RARE MINT COLLECTOR

Winchester Model 21 SxS 12 Gaube Double Barrel Shotgun

Winchester Model 21 SxS 12 Gaube Double Barrel Shotgun

The Winchester Model 21 is one of America’s classic shotguns. Here’s a good deal on a nice, early one.

Normally, I’m not a big fan of these guns. Most of them are way overpriced. But this is just $3,799.99 – a lot of money, but not much when it comes to 21s. It also has 30″ barrels and double triggers. In my book, those are two more reasons to like it.

Winchester Model 21 SxS 12 Gaube Double Barrel Shotgun:

Price: $3,799.99
Manufacturer: 1931
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Metal Condition: Good
Wood Condition: Good
Bore Condition: Good
Barrels: 30″
Triggers: Double
Stock Dimensions: 1 5/8″ DAC, 2 3/4″ DAH, 14″ LOP
Butt Pad: Factory Butt Plate
Weight: 7 lb. 10 oz.
Chokes: Full/Modified

Winchester Model 21 SxS 12 Gaube Double Barrel Shotgun

Winchester Model 21 SxS 12 Gaube Double Barrel Shotgun

Browning 16-gauge Citori with a 28 in bbl and 2¾ inch chamber

Browning 16-gauge Citori with a 28 in bbl and 2¾ inch chamber

Here’s a nice looking over-under that you may be able to get a deal on. It’s on Gunbroker.com and the listing ends 4/18/2015 @ 11:54:33 AM ET.

Browning 16-gauge Citori with a 28 in bbl and 2¾ inch chamber: Made in Japan in 1987, according to serial number search. All stock dimensions, length-of-pull, etc. are factory set and no modifications have been made. It has the factory plastic butt pad. Browning choke tube wrench and nine (9) chokes included: (6) Browning invector – 2 full, 2 mod, 2 improved cylinder. Three (3) Briley flush fit chokes – 1 light mod, 1 skeet, 1 improved mod. Has a red fiber-optic sight, with a steel mid-bead. I bought this gun used in 2007. The previous owner had stored the gun in a wet case and caused damage to the surface – rust and light pitting on barrels, and oil stains in the wood – all was cosmetic with no effect on the performance. I refinished the stock with Birchwood Casey stock refinish. I also removed the rust and polished the pitted spots out, touching up with Brownell’s Oxpho blue. If you are buying this gun as a showpiece, please reconsider – this gun is meant to be hunted with and any bird hunter wanting a practical 16 gauge over/under would be happy with this shotgun. The action locks up tight and the bores are perfect. Functionally, this gun is in 95%+ condition, cosmetically, it is about 85%. No box or papers.

Browning 16-gauge Citori with a 28 in bbl and 2¾ inch chamber

Browning 16-gauge Citori with a 28 in bbl and 2¾ inch chamber

Is one of your favorite places in jeopardy? Perhaps.

Is one of your favorite places in jeopardy? Perhaps.

If you care about the outdoors, this is a big deal. For generations now, massive tracts of the United States — especially in the west — have been wide open to you and me. This tradition of public access has guaranteed all of us a way to enjoy the wonders and of our great country.

Unfortunately, certain politicians are trying to sell us out by betraying this tradition and putting our access to millions of acres in jeopardy.

Unless you’re a corporate fat cat or billionaire with the dough to buy up huge chunks of ground, you could be cut out of what many  of us consider to be a birthright. All it takes is some opportunistic politicians — and there are plenty of those around — and electorate that’s not paying attention.

To read more about what’s happening, check out the links and stories below.

Discussion on UplandJournal.com about this.

This is our land: From the blog Red Legged Devils.

Hunters and Anglers Organize Against Land Transfers byAlex Carr Johnson. From the Jan. 30, 2015 edition of the High Country News.

Just a few years ago, bills to transfer federal lands to state and private ownership seemed like little more than symbolic protests from restless right-wing lawmakers. But as proponents of land transfers in Utah, Arizona, Montana, Idaho and other Western states gained political momentum and public support, hunting and fishing groups that oppose transfers began to take the proposals more seriously. And now, they are launching a remarkably unified PR-counterattack…

Read all of Hunters and Anglers Organize Against Land Transfers now.

Our Land, Up for Grabs, By

San FRANCISCO — A BATTLE is looming over America’s public lands.

It’s difficult to understand why, given decades of consistent, strong support from voters of both parties for protecting land, water and the thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic benefits these resources make possible.

Last week, the United States Senate voted 51 to 49 to support an amendment to a nonbinding budget resolution to sell or give away all federal lands other than the national parks and monuments.

If the measure is ever implemented, hundreds of millions of acres of national forests, rangelands, wildlife refuges, wilderness areas and historic sites will revert to the states or local governments or be auctioned off. These lands constitute much of what’s left of the nation’s natural and historical heritage.

This was bad enough. But it followed a 228-to-119 vote in the House of Representatives approving another nonbinding resolution that said “the federal estate is far too large” and voiced support for reducing it and “giving states and localities more control over the resources within their boundaries.” Doing so, the resolution added, “will lead to increased resource production and allow states and localities to take advantage of the benefits of increased economic activity.”

The measures, supported only by the Republicans who control both houses, were symbolic. But they laid down a marker that America’s public lands, long held in trust by the government for its people, may soon be up for grabs.

We’ll get a better sense of Congress’s commitment to conservation this year when it decides whether to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund, created in 1965 and financed by fees paid by oil companies for offshore drilling. The program underwrites state and local park and recreation projects, conservation easements for ranches and farms, plus national parks, forests and wildlife refuges.

Nearly $17 billion has gone to those purposes over the years, including 41,000 state and local park and recreation projects, some of which my organization has helped put together. (Another $19 billion was diverted by Congress to other purposes.) The program expires Sept. 30 unless Congress keeps it alive.

Land protection has long been an issue for which voters of both parties have found common cause. Since 1988, some $71.7 billion has been authorized to conserve land in more than 1,800 state and local elections in 43 states. Last year, $13.2 billion was approved by voters in 35 initiatives around the country — the most in a single year in the 27 years my organization has tracked these initiatives and, in some cases, led them.

But this consensus is being ignored, and not just in the nation’s capital.

In November, for instance, 4.2 million Florida voters approved a state constitutional amendment to provide $22 billion over the next 20 years for land and water protection. But some legislative leaders want to use the money mostly for programs other than the land protections voters expected.

New Jersey voters also approved a constitutional amendment in November to dedicate corporate business tax revenue to preserve open space, farmland and historic places in the nation’s most densely populated state. Again, support was lopsided, with 65 percent of voters in favor. But Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, is now proposing to divert a quarter of the funds to purposes other than land acquisition and preservation.

And in Maine, money approved by voters for a popular state program called Land for Maine’s Future is now caught up in a political tussle. The program was founded in 1987 to conserve land and has protected 560,000 acres. It has enjoyed wide support; in 2012, new bond financing was approved by 60 percent of voters casting a ballot. But Gov. Paul R. LePage, a Republican, is refusing to spend about $11 million unless his plan to increase timber harvesting on state-owned lands is approved.

What’s often lost in these debates is that these public lands provide enormous economic benefits.

In 2013, the country’s national parks, wildlife refuges, monuments and other public lands had an estimated 407 million visits, which contributed $41 billion to the economy and helped to support 355,000 jobs, according to a report by the Department of the Interior last year.

It is difficult to understand the hostility of some elected officials these days to public lands, given the historical, bipartisan commitment to protecting our land and heritage. This summer, millions of Americans will get outdoors and enjoy these wise investments.

The writer Wallace Stegner saw “geographies of hope” in our remaining wild places, and wrote that visiting them is “good for us when we are young, because of the incomparable sanity it can bring, as vacation, and rest, into our insane lives.” And, he added, “it is important to us when we are old because it is there — important, that is, simply as an idea.”

Rather than selling off the lands we all own, or looking for other uses for the money approved at the ballot box for conservation, our leaders should listen to voters and find ways to protect more of the places that make America special.

Will Rogers is the president of the Trust for Public Land.

Ruger Gold Label, 12 ga. side by side shotgun

Ruger Gold Label, 12 ga. side by side shotgun

Here’s your chance to a Ruger Gold Label Side-by-Side shotgun. I saw one of these when they first came out and I thought it was a nice shotgun. It impressed many people, including Phil Bourjaily (Is the Ruger Gold Label a Failed Classicand Jim Carmichael (A Ruger Classic, Outdoor Life).

But even though the Ruger Gold Label had many fans, the company killed it. Why? I’m not sure. While I think it sold well, the numbers may not have been high enough to make building it worth Ruger’s trouble. Gunrunner online auction has this one and the listing ends tomorrow, 04/14/15 @ 19:50:00. If you like what you see, bid on it now.

Ruger Gold Label, 12 ga. side by side shotgun

Ruger Gold Label, 12 ga. side by side shotgun

Ruger Gold Label, 12 ga. side by side shotgun: Serial #460-02882, mfg. 2005. Excellent condition! The highly sought-after Gold Label – now discontinued – that was highly awaited by Ruger fans. This specimen is 99% and wonderful with no visible wear and has been shot very little – perhaps test-fired. 28″ solid rib barrels have bright bores. Tight action. Stainless receiver with gold Ruger “Eagle” symbol. Straight grip English stock has excellent figure with pretty satin finish. Ruger marked hard butt. Hand-checkered. Checkered splinter forearm with gold Ruger “Eagle” symbol inlaid in wood. Brass front bead. Single selective trigger. Ejectors. Tang safety. Includes five chokes and choke tube wrench. Nice lockable (combination) hard case with leather/green vinyl and green crushed velvet interior. Two snap caps. Both shotgun and case are in excellent, like new condition!

Browning BSS Sidelock SxS 12 Ga

Browning BSS Sidelock SxS 12 Ga

Nice side-by-side shotguns can cost a small fortune. But you have to pay one to get a quality double. For example, check out the Browning sidelock BSS you see here. It’s on Gunbroker.com now, and the listing ends 4/19/2015 @ 5:14:32 PM ET. Even though the opening bid is high ($3,700), you’ll get a great deal if you can buy this gun for that much.

Browning BSS Sidelock SxS 12 Ga

Browning BSS Sidelock SxS 12 Ga

Browning starting offering boxlock side-by-side shotguns in 1971 and in 1983 the company introduced the sidelock model. All of these shotguns were made in Japan by Miroku, and they have a reputation for being solid, reliable guns.

Browning BSS Sidelock 12 Ga: Excellent (and rare) used Browning BSS sidelock SxS 12 gauge. 2 3/4in chambers. 28 inch barrels choked Mod and Full. Metal finish near new and action is still tight as new. Few small marks on wood as shown. Previous use of a slip on recoil pad has left faint line on buttstock as shown.

Browning BSS Sidelock SxS 12 Ga

Browning BSS Sidelock SxS 12 Ga

Flli Piotti 20 gauge sidelock with fabulous engraving

Flli Piotti 20 gauge sidelock with fabulous engraving

Flli Piotti 20 gauge sidelock with fabulous engraving: This gun was imported to America by our friends at William Larkin & Moore. They record this as a KING 1 model. This little 20 is of the highest quality. While it is known that I prefer pre WWII guns I find as I handle this gun it is hard to put down. Built like a Swiss watch and feels so wonderful between the hands. Excellent stock work and metal work I cannot fault but only find praise. Serial Number: 7684. Ejectors: Yes. Barrels: 26″,2 3/4″. Stock Comb: 1 1/2″. Stock Heel: 2 1/8″. Stock Cast: 1/8″. LOP: 14 3/4″ over Leather. Weight: 5 lbs. 11 oz. Choke Left: 018 Mod. Right: 008 IC. Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .029, Right: .034 Price: $22,000

A.H.FOX XE 12 GAUGE SxS SHOTGUN: #24XXX 32″ 005 AND 013 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH LOTS OF ORIGINAL CASE COLORS 6LBS 15 OZ X 2 3/4 X 1 1/2 X 14 1/2 TO ORIGINAL HAWKINS PAD. Price: $16,500

A.H.FOX XE 12 GAUGE SxS SHOTGUN:

A.H.FOX XE 12 GAUGE SxS SHOTGUN:

Connecticut Shotgun Mfg. A-10 American 20 GA. O/U Sidelock Shotgun:

Connecticut Shotgun Mfg. A-10 American 20 GA. O/U Sidelock Shotgun:

Connecticut Shotgun Mfg. A-10 American 20 GA. O/U Sidelock Shotgun: Chambers: 2 3/4″. Metal Condition: Excellent. Wood Condition: Very Good, a few small impressions on the stock. Bore Condition: Bright and Shiny. Barrels:28″. Triggers:4 Lbs. Stock:Straight, checkered. Stock Dimensions: LOP 14 1/2″. Weight:6 Lbs 4 Ozs. Sights:Vented rib, front red bead. Chokes:Interchangeable. Extras:Hard case, extra chokes, papers. Price: $7,399.99

Winchester M21 16 gauge SXS, Double Triggers, Ejectors: Nice old 16 gauge M21 hunting gun, DT Ejector, splinter forend, good dimensions, great chokes, light weight. Originally mod/full first barrel opened to IC, bores 10 and 28 thou. 26″ barrels. Nice wood 1 1/2″ DAC, 2 1/2″ DAH, 14″ LOP from front trigger. Believe blue to be original. Thinning on bottom of receiver. I suspect an extra coat of varnish on wood which has better than average grain — a little fiddle back. A few hunting knocks here and there — not bad. Weight 6 lb 10 oz; light for a 16 gauge M21. SN 6000 (Yeah 6K even). Price: $7,000.

Winchester M21 16 gauge SXS, Double Triggers, Ejectors

Winchester M21 16 gauge SXS, Double Triggers, Ejectors

Beretta BL4 Over-Under 20GA & 28GA factory two barrel set

Beretta BL4 Over-Under 20GA & 28GA factory two barrel set

Beretta BL4 Over-Under 20GA & 28GA factory two barrel set: 20GA has 28″ barrels M&F. 28GA has 26″ barrels IC&M. Mint condition, 97% blue barrels and action. Straight grip single select trigger ejectors. Weight: 6lb with 20GA, 6lb 1 oz with 28GA. LOP 14 3/8″ x 14 7/8″ to the toe. Dimensions: 1 3/8 x 2 3/8. Both barrels have same serial number. Price: $2,950

ARRIETA MODEL 871 16GA SIDE-BY-SIDE DOUBLE SHOTGUN

ARRIETA MODEL 871 16GA SIDE-BY-SIDE DOUBLE SHOTGUN

Arrieta is one of Spain’s best known gunmakers, and they’ve been making quality side-by-sides for decades. The 871 is there version of a Boss Round Body, and it features a sleek-looking rounded action and stock. William Larkin Moore lists a new 871 at $10,500, and I doubt it would be as nice as the one you see here.

ARRIETA MODEL 871 16GA SIDE-BY-SIDE DOUBLE SHOTGUN, 28 IN BBLS. MOD/IC CHOKES: Mod/Imp. Cyl. Chokes, Double Triggers   Beautiful Wood, Straight English-style Checkered Walnut Stock, Checkered Walnut Splinter Forend. Intracately-engraved Receiver, Tang, Trigger Guard and Forend Metal. Truly Beautiful Shotgun in Excellent Condition. Price: $3,995

ARRIETA MODEL 871 16GA SIDE-BY-SIDE DOUBLE SHOTGUN

ARRIETA MODEL 871 16GA SIDE-BY-SIDE DOUBLE SHOTGUN

Model: 871
Serial Number: 57-03-191-00
Condition: Excellent
Barrels: 28 in
Barrel Type: side by side
Action: Sidelock
Triggers: Double
Gauge: 16 GA
Stock: Straight English checkered walnut
Stock Drop: 1 1/2 in. at Comb, 2 1/2 in at Heel
Stock Cast: Off
Fore End: Checkered Walnut Splinter
Butt Pad: Checkered walnut
LOP: 14 1/16 in.
Finish: Blued/Case-Colored
Weight: 6.2 lbs.
Sights: Metal Front Bead
Choke Left: Modified
Choke Right: Improved Cylinder
Engraving: On Receiver, Trigger Guard, Tang, Forend Metal
ARRIETA MODEL 871 16GA SIDE-BY-SIDE DOUBLE SHOTGUN

ARRIETA MODEL 871 16GA SIDE-BY-SIDE DOUBLE SHOTGUN

ARRIETA MODEL 871 16GA SIDE-BY-SIDE DOUBLE SHOTGUN

ARRIETA MODEL 871 16GA SIDE-BY-SIDE DOUBLE SHOTGUN

ARRIETA MODEL 871 16GA SIDE-BY-SIDE DOUBLE SHOTGUN

ARRIETA MODEL 871 16GA SIDE-BY-SIDE DOUBLE SHOTGUN

ARRIETA MODEL 871 16GA SIDE-BY-SIDE DOUBLE SHOTGUN

ARRIETA MODEL 871 16GA SIDE-BY-SIDE DOUBLE SHOTGUN

ARRIETA MODEL 871 16GA SIDE-BY-SIDE DOUBLE SHOTGUN

ARRIETA MODEL 871 16GA SIDE-BY-SIDE DOUBLE SHOTGUN

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