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Old ad for Beretta's BL-grade over-under shotguns

Old ad for Beretta’s BL-grade over-under shotguns

Thanks to the folks at Beretta, upland hunters don’t have to spend a ton of money to get a nice double. This BL-4 is all the shotgun you need for grouse or woodcock, and even though it shares some similarities with the world’s most expensive O/U, it’s a heck a lock cheaper.

Beretta introduced their BL boxlock O/Us in the 1960s. They came in BL-1 to BL-5s, and they were priced to be values – not cheap guns, but well made guns at reasonable prices. Today, they’re pretty much steals. I know some guys will sniff at this one because of it’s 26″ bbls. They want 28″ or 30″ tubes. But I don’t see how 2″ or 4″ of pipe makes much of differences in  upland covers. If you’re missing, it’s probably more you than the gun that’s the problem.

Here’s more about this shotgun. It’s on Gunbroker.com now, and the listing ends Monday @ 6:30:22 PM ET. If you like what you see, get on it now.

Beretta BL-4 .20 Gauge Shotgun, 26″ barrels: This has Modified Choke and Improved cylinder Choke. This gun is in very good shape. There is some light fading of the bluing on the end of the barrel. There is also some small handling marks on the butt of the gun. The Fore grip is in excellent condition with no handling marks.

20 gauge Beretta BL-4 Over Under Double Barrel Shotgun

20 gauge Beretta BL-4 Over Under Double Barrel Shotgun

20 gauge Beretta BL-4 Over Under Double Barrel Shotgun

20 gauge Beretta BL-4 Over Under Double Barrel Shotgun

20 gauge Beretta BL-4 Over Under Double Barrel Shotgun

20 gauge Beretta BL-4 Over Under Double Barrel Shotgun

20 gauge Beretta BL-4 Over Under Double Barrel Shotgun

20 gauge Beretta BL-4 Over Under Double Barrel Shotgun

Introducing Lexi…

I’m finally back from my fishing trip and some other travels. This past week has been especially busy: I started a new job on Monday and on Thursday this little bundle arrived.

Her name is Lexi. She’s out of Superior Pointers in Bayfield, WI. She’s a fantastic pup, and my wife and I are thrilled with her. As you can see in this video, she’s as wild and mischievous as you would expect a 9-week old pup to be: Lexi, English Pointer, Superior Pointers

Lexi, English Pointer, Superior Pointers

Lexi, English Pointer, Superior Pointers

Lexi, English Pointer, Superior Pointers

Lexi, English Pointer, Superior Pointers

Lexi, English Pointer, Superior Pointers

Lexi, English Pointer, Superior Pointers

Going fishing…

Be back on 6/30

Be back on 6/30

I’ll be away fishing until 6/30. Wish me luck – I’m hoping to break by record for a brook trout. Pics will follow. Any new pup arrives 7/3!

Here’s a great deal on a great grouse gun. You can spend a lot more on an O/U and get a lot less gun.

Beretta 686 Onyx 20ga/28″ Multichoke (USED)-- Factory original and in good condition overall with only light handling. This gun has a satin blue finish and satin finished walnut stock with factory installed choke tubes. Price: $1,395

Beretta 686 Onyx 20ga/28" Multichoke

Beretta 686 Onyx 20ga/28″ Multichoke

Beretta 686 Onyx 20ga/28" Multichoke

Beretta 686 Onyx 20ga/28″ Multichoke

Beretta 686 Onyx 20ga/28" Multichoke

Beretta 686 Onyx 20ga/28″ Multichoke

Beretta 686 Onyx 20ga/28" Multichoke

Beretta 686 Onyx 20ga/28″ Multichoke

Even though the doubles you see here don’t look related, they share a feature that makes them cousins, or maybe even step brothers.

This feature is the rotary-fastening top bolt. The rotary-fastening top bolt was invented by Alexander T. Brown in 1883. A year later it found its first use on the side-by-side shotguns made built by a company owned by Lyman Cornelius Smith. The guns built by A.H Fox used a similar rotary-fastening top bolt, although the rest of Ansley’s shotguns are much different.

I’ve always like L.C. Smiths. I think they’re  just as nice as Foxes — especially LCs like the 16 gauge below.

LC Smith 16 GA, grade 2E SxS Shotgun

LC Smith 16 GA, grade 2E SxS Shotgun

LC Smith 16 GA, grade 2E SxS Shotgun: 28″ barrels that are choked full right and full left. Both bores are .661. Barrels are 80-85% original blue. Checkering is sharp and un-damaged. Engraving is sharp and clear, original case color remains at about 20% or so. The gun has great ejectors. Capped pistol grip stock with splinter fore-end. LOP is 14 1/2″ to a 1-1/4″ Whiteline pad. DAC 1 3/4, DAH 2 1/2. It has a 3 position safety. Manufactured in 1906. Price: $2,950

This 20g Fox CE is a hard gun to find. Fox made just 413 C-grades in 20 gauge. The first one (CE #200,011) left the factory on September 17, 1912 . This one was built 11 years later in 1923. While its price seems high, it’s not crazy. A minty, original one  like this is worth $18,000+.

A.H. Fox CE Grade 20ga Double Barrel Shotgun

A.H. Fox CE Grade 20ga Double Barrel Shotgun

A.H. Fox CE Grade 20ga Double Barrel Shotgun: 26″ barrels with Improved Cylinder & Modified chokes. Ejectors, single trigger, 14-3/8″ LOP, 5-3/4 pounds. Serial number 202010, 85% original barrel blue, outstanding wood & receiver with crisp engraving. Tight action, mint bores, a very nice high grade Fox 20ga. Price $11,950

Lefever HE 16E gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun

Lefever HE 16E gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun

I used to be hot for Lefevers – especially ones in 16 gauge.  I owned three F-grades 16s at one point, including one that was practically new.

These days, my passion for Uncle Dan’s doubles has cooled a bit. But I have to say, the Lefever you see here does get my heart pumping. Its sleek looks reminds me why I fell in love with these guns. If the stock was a bit longer, I’d be on the phone right now trying to cut a deal.

Lefever HE 16E gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun: Fine condition LOP: 13-3/4″ Drop: 2-1/4″ – 1-1/2″ Cast: 1/4″on Barrel length: 28″ Choke: rt:IC/lt:F (light) Weight: 6lb, 13oz 1913 HE in fine condition, side plates have 99% original case color, frame 70% color, very nice Damascus pattern with very good bores, very minor pitting, barrel wall thickness .040+ both barrels, 2-1/2″ chambers, ser#677–. Price: $3,000

Lefever HE 16E gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun

Lefever HE 16E gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun

Lefever HE 16E gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun

Lefever HE 16E gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun

New pics of the pups…

Here are the latest pics of the pups. These were taking on June 8th. These pups are from Superior Pointers in Bayfield, WI, and they’re just about over 5 weeks old. We’re going with the orange one. Her name will be Lexey.

Superior Pointer Pups from Rex X Haley, Spring 2014

Superior Pointer Pups from Rex X Haley, Spring 2014

Superior Pointer Pups from Rex X Haley, Spring 2014

Superior Pointer Pups from Rex X Haley, Spring 2014

Superior Pointer Pups from Rex X Haley, Spring 2014

Superior Pointer Pups from Rex X Haley, Spring 2014

Superior Pointer Pups from Rex X Haley, Spring 2014

Superior Pointer Pups from Rex X Haley, Spring 2014

Browning BSS Sidelock, 12 ga. Side by Side Shotgun:

Browning BSS Sidelock, 12 ga. Side by Side Shotgun

Here’s your chance to get a deal on a great double. This 12 gauge Browning BSS sidelock is on Gunrunnerauctions.com now. The listing ends tomorrow, 06/12/14 @ 19:00.

Browning had these sidelock BSSs made for them by Miroku from 1983-1987. Even though they were well made, they weren’t big sellers. Today, they have a bit of following among some very knowledgeable people like gunsmith James Flynn (find out why). Twelve-gauges with 28″ barrels usually sell for around $4500-$5000, (this one is $4999). So if  you can get this one for $3500 or less, you’ll get a good deal.

Browning BSS Sidelock, 12 ga. Side by Side Shotgun:  Serial #01001PW918, mfg. 1984 in Japan by Miroku. Excellent, like new condition. Perhaps test-fired – action is very tight and no apparent wear. Super nice and clean! Hard to find item that was only produced for a few years by Browning. Long discontinued (since 1988) and long mourned, these Sidelocks represented the best Browning side by sides and were a whole different upgraded animal when compared to the Grade One box-lock BSS’s as they had a straight grip English walnut upgraded stock with hand checkering, coin-finished engraved sideplates/all metal frame areas, checkered butts, double triggers and ejectors. This specimen is a dandy deluxe with nicely figured wood (one tiny impression on right side), 28″ solid rib barrel, M/F fixed chokes and steel front bead. Profusely scroll engraved on all three receiver sides, triggerguard, top lever and top tang – very pleasing looking. Splinter forearm with hand checkering. All matching iron. 2 3/4″ chambers. Bright bores. Fitted in a Browning brown hard case with brown interior – just one small tear on the top lid for wear.

Browning BSS Sidelock, 12 ga. Side by Side Shotgun:

Browning BSS Sidelock, 12 ga. Side by Side Shotgun

28 gauge Ruger Red Label Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun

28 gauge Ruger Red Label Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun

Here’s one of the nicest upland guns America has ever produced. The 28 gauge Ruger Red Label is light enough to lug around all day and handy enough to get the job done when a woodcock or grouse finally flies. And it’s not so expensive that you’ll cringe as you bash your way through an alder thicket or scrape the stock against a poplar tree

This one is one Gunbroker.com now, and the auction ends today, 6/10/2014, @ 9:00:00 PM ET. Here’s all the info about the gun from the seller:
28 gauge Ruger Red Label Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun: You are looking at a ruger red label 28 gauge 28 inch with 5 chokes full,mod,imp cyl,skeet,skeet. In box with choke tube wrench and has a kick-eez butt plus original pad.gun has been shot less than 100 rounds ,there is 2 marks on the wood one on the stock that is very faint and one on the forearm that is a good dimple will try to show on the pics . Still has factory grease on the action.

28 gauge Ruger Red Label Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun

28 gauge Ruger Red Label Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun

28 gauge Ruger Red Label Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun

28 gauge Ruger Red Label Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun

ALEXANDER HENRY HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE .500 BPE

ALEXANDER HENRY HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE .500 BPE

ALEX HENRY HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE 500 BPE: 28″  DAMASCUS BARRELS WITH 3 LEAF EXPRESS SIGHT AND PERFECT BORES DOUBLE TRIGGER EXTRACTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH LIGHT WEAR AND MAKERS CASE 8LBS 7 OZ X 14 1/4. Price: $12,500

L.C. SMITH HUNTER ARMS SPECIALTY GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 20 GAUGE:  30″ BARRELS, FULL & FULL, VERY GOOD BLUE, MIRROR BORES.  AUTOMATIC EJECTORS, HUNTER SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER.  FEATHERWEIGHT FRAME, UNTURNED SCREWS, LIGHT CASE COLOR, TYPICAL ENGRAVING WITH GAME BIRDS AND SCROLLWORK.  PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM, NICELY FIGURED WOOD, EXCELLENT WOOD AND CHECKERING.  ORIGINAL GRIP CAP AND BUTTPLATE.  GREAT DIMENSIONS 1 1/2″ X 2 5/8″ X 14″, 6 POUNDS 2 OUNCES.  L C SMITH RECORDS, LETTER INCLUDED.  MADE IN 1925, 100% ORIGINAL CONDITION.  SCARCE GUN. Price: $5,800

L.C. SMITH HUNTER ARMS SPECIALTY GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 20 GAUGE

L.C. SMITH HUNTER ARMS SPECIALTY GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 20 GAUGE

PARKER GHE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN

PARKER GHE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN

PARKER GHE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN: 32″ damascus steel barrels choked full & full. Auto ejector’s, double triggers, and deluxe checkered wood. LOP: 14 3/8″ to a dogs head buttplate. COMB: 1 1/2″ HEEL: 2 1/2″ Weight: 8lbs 6oz. Retaining 97% plus original barrel finish and pattern. The frame showing 95-97% original case colors. Triggerguard bow and tang 97% plus original bright blue. Super wood and checkering. Bores are mint. Price: $4950

Francotte model 14E 20ga Boxlock Ejector: 26″ barrels choked modified(.017″) and full(.027″).Semi pistol grip stock,double triggers,ejectors.Imported in the 1930s by V,L,&D.Weighs 6-4.2 3/4″ chambers.Stock dimensions are 143/8″ LOP,1 5/8″ at comb, and 2 3/4″ at heel.Nicely engraved.A fine little upland bird gun. Price: $4,000

Francotte model 14E 20ga Boxlock Ejector

Francotte model 14E 20ga Boxlock Ejector

 

 

 

 

 

B. Rizzini Aurum Classic O/U 20 gauge: 28″ barrels,10 choke tubes. English grip, field forend. DAC 1 1/2″ DAH 2 1/4″ CAST 1/8″ off LOP 14 5-8″ to checkered butt. 6lbs 4oz. Gun is in excellent condition. Price $2,400

B. Rizzini Aurum Classic O/U 20 gauge

B. Rizzini Aurum Classic O/U 20 gauge

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