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Monthly Archive for December, 2011

I’m really liking these short videos produced by Midway USA. This next one is about how to lubricate a break open shotgun. Even though the double barrel shown is an over-and-under (a Pigeon-grade Browning, I think), the same guidelines should apply to any side-by-side, too. Like this:Like Loading…

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To go along with post about gun fitting, I thought I would add this quick video about drop on a double-barrel shotgun. If you’ve ever wondered why drop matters and how to measure it, check it out. Very helpful. Like this:Like Loading…

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Merry Christmas to all…

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to everyone out there. I hope you’re having a good time and the cheer is spreading.  I wish great health and even better luck in 2012. Here at Dogs & Doubles were getting ready to do some upland hunting. I should be in central Maine for the next few days, […]

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Why fit matters…

I never used to worry about how my shotguns fit.  I shot basic, American shotguns most my life — mostly Remington pumps, plus a double-barrel Savage/Fox Model B. These were off-the-rack guns with standard dimensions – a 14″ length-of-pull with 2 1/2″ – 2 3/4″ of drop. It was until I became serious about side-by-sides […]

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Any hammerless 8g double barrel is hard to come by, and when you throw in “rifle” you have a side by side that is almost unheard of. That’s what makes this 8 gauge Westley Richards double rifle so amazing. Factor in it’s condition and you have an incredible rare double – probably one of a […]

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A grouse was here…

Here’s an anthill I came across a couple of weeks ago that looks like it’s pretty popular with grouse. I don’t know if they roost on it, dust themselves on it, or do both.   Like this:Like Loading…

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A quick trip to Scotland…

I don’t know if I would like European-style driven shooting. Standing in place while someone pushes birds towards me doesn’t sound like too much fun. Rough shooting sounds like it would be much more enjoyable. Check out this quick video taken in Scotland to see what I mean. BTW: check out how they’re using ferrets […]

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The first thing most guys look at when they pick up a double barrel is the wood. Some guys will pay attention to the make and the engraving. The guys who collect will inspect the condition. Very few guys ever glance at the shotgun’s fences. Like toplevers and triggers, a side-by-side’s fences are often overlooked. […]

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What’s her tail telling me?

My dog’s tail says a lot. A couple of weeks ago Puck and I were hunting in Maine and we got into a bunch of grouse. Over almost 2 hours Puck had 6-7 solid points (not including follow ups). I snapped a few pics of her and later as I was thinking back on things I […]

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The little things…

The difference between a true, best-quality double barrel barrel and real nice shotgun is  small.  It doesn’t take much to lift a gun to the top level — a few more passes with a file, a bit more attention to detail, a little more refined eye for aesthetics. But it’s these extras that add up […]

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