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Modern 8 gauge side by side, Made in Italy, 39" bbls

Modern 8 gauge side by side, Made in Italy, 39″ bbls

Here’s a side-by-side shotgun that won’t be around for long: an Italian 8 Gauge SxS, Made in 1962.

In 1918, the US Federal Government made it illegal for anyone to use an eight gauge shotgun to hunt waterfowl and other federally-listed migratory game birds. Later, many states restricted hunting shotguns to 10 gauge and smaller.

Modern 8 gauge side by side, Made in Italy, 39" bbls

Modern 8 gauge side by side, Made in Italy, 39″ bbls

Of course, these laws didn’t apply in Europe, and it’s still legal in many areas there to hunt ducks, geese, and other waterfowl with the really big bores.

This 8-gauge shotgun was made for that kind of shooting. Judging by the looks of it, it looks like wasn’t used much at all. Here are the specs on it:

Price: $1,999.99
Manufacturer: 1962
Caliber: 8 Gauge.
Chambers: Side X Side.

Modern 8 gauge side by side, Made in Italy, 39" bbls

Modern 8 gauge side by side, Made in Italy, 39″ bbls

Metal Condition: Strong blue and case color.
Wood Condition: Excellent with crazing and flaking in the finish.
Bore Condition: Bright and shiny.
Barrels: 39+” Blue Acier steel.
Triggers: Double.
Stock: Mid grade walnut with a checkered pistol grip.
Fore End: Semi splinter checkered walnut.
Butt Pad: Red rubber vent butt pad.
Weight: 13 Lbs 12 Oz.

13 Responses to “Wow – a modern 8 gauge side by side…”

  1. That’s nuts. I couldn’t imagine wielding that thing.
    How’s your December been? Getting into any birds?

  2. Russell Hooper says:

    in the late 1960 and early 1970s navy arms co co sold 8 ga Italian Doubles i bought one cost around 250.00 at the time.

  3. thayne says:

    Is this Italian 8 gauge shotgun for sale? I am looking to buy an 8 gauge.

    thanks,

    Thayne

  4. Russell Hooper says:

    8Ga shotgund are available a company in Deluth Minn usuall has several for sale.and if your welthy the english gun makers build them.H&H and Westly Richards.some years backRalph Grant and Elderkin gun makers,were boring out 10 ga guns to 8 for sale.

  5. Bill says:

    Very interested in a modern 8 gauge side by side hammer back shotgun like the one pictured …

  6. Gregg says:

    That one was pretty unusual. It’s the only one like it I’ve seen, and I don’t know if I’ll see another.

    Older 8 gauges are out there…pricey, though.

    Do you have ammo?

    Thanks for the comment.

    Gregg

  7. Jack says:

    Did this gun ever sell? Any idea how I could get my hands on it?

  8. Gregg says:

    Yeah, it sold. No idea where it went. I wished I had bought it.

    Gregg

  9. Llewelyn chapman says:

    I have no website but I have an 8 bore greylag and it is a 32″ superb nitro proved hammer less goose gun it works well ,but don’t be frightened to get out in front at height use about 55gms of blue dot and 2and a quater ounce of heavieshot, start lower at first to see what you are comfortable at. Mine cost about 650 and I would pass it on at that cos I,m getting on a bit and it is a young mans gun

  10. Bill says:

    Is this gun still available and will they take an offer or is this price firm ??

  11. Gregg says:

    Cabela’s had the gun. It’s long gone. That’s why it’s no longer listed on their website.

    Thanks

    Gregg

  12. Gregg says:

    LLewelyn-

    Sounds like a nice gun. Please drop a me an email and we’ll discuss.

    gregg@dogsanddoubles.com

    Thanks

    Gregg

  13. Thayne DeLange says:

    Llewelyn,

    Please give me the details of your 8 gauge hammer less gun for sale.

    Thanks,

    Thayne

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