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Francotte Sideplate, 12 Gauge, Side by Side, 2 5/8" Chambers: Price: $1,999.99

Francotte Sideplate, 12 Gauge, Side by Side, 2 5/8″ Chambers: Price: $1,999.99

In the 20+ years I’ve been paying close attention to fine shotguns, I’ve seen three things happen to prices: Up until about 2010, they went up, up, and up. Then they hit a plateau that lasted a few seasons. Finally, they went down.

Right now, prices for most doubles are still falling. Unless a side-by-side checks all the boxes–famous maker, super rare, small gauge, very original (like this 20g Parker A1 Special that sold for $253,000) — demand is sluggish. That means you can find some great deals.

This Francotte is one of them. I think it’s 20E or 25E. Regardless of the grade, it’s a bargain–and a great grouse gun.

Francotte Sideplate, 12 Gauge, Side by Side, 2 5/8" Chambers: Price: $1,999.99

Francotte Sideplate, 12 Gauge, Side by Side, 2 5/8″ Chambers: Price: $1,999.99

In their day, Francottes cost for more than most American shotguns. Why? Because they were better. This one is built on an Anson & Deeley boxlock action, one of the finest SxS designs ever built. It also features sideplates and reliable ejectors (unlike Parkers).

Overall, it’s a ton of classy shotgun priced in the same ballpark as a new, soul less Benelli.

Francotte Sideplate, 12 Gauge, Side by Side, 2 5/8″ ChambersPrice: $1,999.99 

SN: 87836
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 2 5/8″ With ejectors
Metal Condition: Excellent.
Wood Condition: Excellent.
Bore Condition: Bright And Shiny.
Barrels: 26″
Triggers: Double Trigger
Stock: Checkered Pistol Grip With Right Hand Palm Swell

Francotte Sideplate, 12 Gauge, Side by Side, 2 5/8" Chambers: Price: $1,999.99

Francotte Sideplate, 12 Gauge, Side by Side, 2 5/8″ Chambers: Price: $1,999.99

Stock Dimensions:
Front 14 1/8 . Back 13 1/8″ LOP
Fore End: Checkered Beavertail

Butt Pad: Orange Recoil Pad
Weight: 6 lbs. 2 ozs.
Sights: Front Bead
Chokes: IC/IM

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