Up in Maine, no one hunts “ruffed grouse”. From the rednecks who ride the roads to the guys who get into the woods, everyone hunts pa’tridge. Same bird, different way of seeing things.
If you’re a genuine New England pa’tridge hunter with a romantic streak in you, your shotgun is a probably a Parker. If you don’t have one yet, this 16g VHE is worth considering. From what I can see, it’s pretty much the perfect Parker for a New England pa’tridge hunting. It’s a later gun, so it has all the refinements the company made to its doubles, and the stock appears to have pretty decent dimensions. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends Sunday, 8/17/2014, @ 3:57:15 PM ET.
PARKER VHE 16 GA. #1 FRAME 28″BARRELS W/EJECTORS: Extra nice Parker VHE, 16 Ga. #1 Frame, 28” Barrels with ejectors, I believe choked F/IC. Double triggers, Pistol grip stock capped with Parker Bros/Meriden Conn. SN # 237XX5, Manufactured in 1935 – 1936, the first or second year after Remington purchased Parker Brothers, (June 15, 1934). This gun is all original with original dog head butt plate. Measurements: (as close as possible) Front trigger: LOP 14” To Heel 14-18” To Toe 14-/2” Rear Trigger: LOP 13-/8” To Heel 13-14” To Toe 13-3/4” This gun is in overall Very Good to Excellent Condition, Barrels very good condition bluing estimated at 80% no scratches but several very light pit marks. Forend in very good condition very few scratches and very light digs. Stock is beautiful wood wood with light scratches and quite a few very small digs. Butt plate has a very small chip on left side center. Gun locks up tight, good ejectors, bores are very bright and clean, excellent condition. Scale weight 7Lbs.