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Alderfer Auction & Appraisal in Hatfield, PA, is holding a firearms sale tomorrow, November 19, 2013. It starts at 12:00 PM EST. Here are a few lots I liked.

12g Pietro Beretta Silver Snipe over/under double barrel shotgun

12g Pietro Beretta Silver Snipe over/under double barrel shotgun

12 gauge Pietro Beretta Silver Snipe over/under double barrel shotgun: 28″ vent rib bbls. 2-3/4″ chambers. Full & IM chokes. SN A26407. Blued finish on metal, silver receiver, excellent bores, red bead front sight, checkered walnut stock and forend show light handling marks, after market rubber buttplate. Excellent. Estimate: $200 – $400

12 gauge Browning Lightning Grade 1 over/under double barrel shotgun

12 gauge Browning Lightning Grade 1 over/under double barrel shotgun

12 gauge Browning Lightning Grade 1 over/under double barrel shotgun: 28″ vent rib bbls. 2-3/4″ chambers. Full & IM chokes. SN 84079S8. Blued finish on metal, lightly engraved receiver, excellent bores, checkered walnut stock and forend show no handling marks, after market rubber buttplate. Barrel stamped “Made in Belgium”. Excellent. Estimate: $500 – $900

20 gauge LC Smith Hunter Arms Company Ideal Grade side by side double barrel shotgun

20 gauge LC Smith Hunter Arms Company Ideal Grade side by side double barrel shotgun

20 gauge LC Smith Hunter Arms Company Ideal Grade side by side double barrel shotgun: 26″ bbls. 2-3/4″ chambers. IM chokes. SN FW23494. Blued finish on metal, bluing is very thin from middle sight back to receiver, bores are dirty possibly lightly pitted, front and middle white bead sights, little to no case color remains on receiver, double triggers, checkered walnut stock and forend show handling marks, forend shows a crack and previous repair. Serial number on barrel, forend and receiver match. Good. Estimate: $500 – $700

16 gauge  LC Smith Hunter Arms Company Field Grade side by side double barrel shotgun

16 gauge LC Smith Hunter Arms Company Field Grade side by side double barrel shotgun

16 gauge  LC Smith Hunter Arms Company Field Grade side by side double barrel shotgun: 28″ bbls. 2-3/4″ chambers. Full chokes. SN FW151023. Blued finish on barrels, case colored receiver, bores are slightly dirty but look good, single bead front sight, checkered walnut stock and forend show multiple handling marks and scratches, underside of stock where it meets receiver just forward of trigger guard shows several chips to wood, black pistol-grip cap is chipped, black plastic buttplate is intact. Serial number on receiver, barrel and forend match. Very good. Estimate: $400 – $600

An ethanol plant

An ethanol plant

It seems crazy, but one of our nation’s biggest green-energy initiatives is destroying wildlife habitat, ruining farmland, and polluting waterways throughout the North America. Check out this piece from the AP to learn more about what’s behind this environmental disaster.

The secret, dirty cost of Obama’s green power push

By DINA CAPPIELLO and MATT APUZZO

“CORYDON, Iowa (AP) – The hills of southern Iowa bear the scars of America’s push for green energy: The brown gashes where rain has washed away the soil. The polluted streams that dump fertilizer into the water supply.

Even the cemetery that disappeared like an apparition into a cornfield.

It wasn’t supposed to be this way.

With the Iowa political caucuses on the horizon in 2007, presidential candidate Barack Obama made homegrown corn a centerpiece of his plan to slow global warming. And when President George W. Bush signed a law that year requiring oil companies to add billions of gallons of ethanol to their gasoline each year, Bush predicted it would make the country “stronger, cleaner and more secure.”

But the ethanol era has proven far more damaging to the environment than politicians promised and much worse than the government admits today.

As farmers rushed to find new places to plant corn, they wiped out millions of acres of conservation land, destroyed habitat and polluted water supplies, an Associated Press investigation found….”

Read the whole piece now and discover how ethanol policies are destroying farmland and wildlife habitat across the country.

Leather Von Lengerke & Detmold Deluxe Leather Side-by-Side Shotgun Case

Leather Von Lengerke & Detmold Deluxe Leather Side-by-Side Shotgun Case

A great shotgun deserves great gun case. Here are three great gun cases on Ebay now. If you’re looking for the perfect vintage case for your favorite double, one of these may be it. All three were made in the UK for American sporting good companies.

This leather Von Lengerke & Detmold Deluxe Leather Side-by-Side Shotgun Case is from around World War 1. Back then and through the 1920s, Von Lengerke & Detmold was one of the top sporting goods store in NYC. They would have supplied leather cases like this with best fine shotguns like a Charles Daly Diamond or Regent Diamond or a J.P. Sauer Deluxe.

12 gauge Abercrombie & Fitch Leather Side-by-Side Shotgun Case + Original Accessories

12 gauge Abercrombie & Fitch Leather Side-by-Side Shotgun Case + Original Accessories

12 gauge Abercrombie & Fitch Leather Side-by-Side Shotgun Case + Original Accessories

12 gauge Abercrombie & Fitch Leather Side-by-Side Shotgun Case + Original Accessories

20 gauge Abercrombie & Fitch Leather Side-by-Side Shotgun Case + Original Accessories

20 gauge Abercrombie & Fitch Leather Side-by-Side Shotgun Case + Original Accessories

20 gauge Abercrombie & Fitch Leather Side-by-Side Shotgun Case + Original Accessories

20 gauge Abercrombie & Fitch Leather Side-by-Side Shotgun Case + Original Accessories

Abercrombie & Fitch bought V, L & D in 1929, and then went on to be one of the world’s most famous outdoors store until they closed in 1976.

-12 gauge Abercrombie & Fitch Leather Side-by-Side Shotgun Case + Accessories

-20 gauge Abercrombie & Fitch Leather Side-by-Side Shotgun Case + Accessories

These Abercrombie & Fitch cases are from the 1950s, and they were best-quality lightweight leather models in their day. These two are especially nice because they come with their original A & F snaps caps, two-piece cleaning rods and cleaning accessories.

20 gauge Browning BSS Sporter SxS, 28" barrels

20 gauge Browning BSS Sporter SxS, 28″ barrels

Here’s a nice, all around birds gun that just popped up on the market. The 28″ barrels make it hard to find, and a far more desirable gun all around.

20 gauge Browning BSS Sporter SxS, 28″ barrels

Price: $2,299.99

Manufacturer: 1978
Caliber: 20 gauge
Chambers: 3″
Metal Condition: Retains nearly all of its original factory blue with minimal marking if any at all
Wood Condition: A few minor compression marks, none through the ginish with one deeper mark on the right side of the fore end.
Bore Condition: Bright and shiny.
Barrels: 28″
Triggers: Single selective
Stock: Straight-hand
Stock Dimensions: 14 1/4″ LOP. 1 1/2″ DAC. 2 1/2″ DAH.
Fore End: Beavertail
Butt Pad: Browning buttplate
Weight: 6 1/2 lbs
Chokes: Mod/Full
Item Location: Sidney, NE

Combines working wheat.

Combines working wheat.

While the decline of gamebird habitat in South Dakota and across the midwest is a tragic, there is another side of the story: The pinch many farmers are feeling today, and how this pinch drives them to plant crops on more and more of their land.

Gunnar Rundgren is an organic farmer with an interesting perspective on where this pinch comes from and where it’s leading America’s agricultural community. Here’s an excerpt from a piece he published on the website Postgrowth.org.

Check it out, and click through to learn more what else is going on across America’s farmland.

Unlimited Competition Is Not Sustainable

By Gunnar Rundgren on 1st November 2013

Large farms now dominate crop production in the United States. Although most cropland was operated by farms with less than 600 crop acres in the early 1980s, today most cropland is on farms with at least 1,100 acres, and many farms are 5 and 10 times that size. Meanwhile, in 1987, the average dairy herd size was 80 cows; by 2007, it was 570 cows. The change in hogs was even more striking, from 1,200 hogs removed in a year to 30,000. These long-term shifts in farm size have been accompanied by greater specialization—beginning with a separation of livestock farming from crop farming in the latter half of the 20th century. For instance in 1900, there were dairy cows and hogs on three-fourth of the farms, while in 2005 only one farm in twenty had either hogs or dairy cows. This allowed crop farmers to devote more time to crop production, invest in crop production and gradually increase yields and acreage…

Read the entire piece now to learn more about how farming in America has changed, and how it needs to change to be sustainable into the future.

 

Great grouse guns don’t have to cost a fortune. In the case of the Beretta you see here, they definitely don’t. This BL-4 is lightweight, reliable, and practically new. And I bet it sell at a very reasonable price.

I think Beretta introduced their BL boxlock O/Us in the 1960s. They came in grades from the BL-1 to the BL-5, and today guy’s like them because they handle like doubles costing many, many times more. This one is coming up as part of Little John’s Auction Services Fall Sale, Session IV, on Monday, 11/18/13/.

Beretta Model BL-4 O/U shotgun, 20 gauge, 28" barrels

Beretta Model BL-4 O/U shotgun, 20 gauge, 28″ barrels

Beretta Model BL-4 O/U shotgun, 20 gauge, 28″ barrels: Auto ejectors, 3” chambers, 28” ventilated rib barrels, F over M choked, blue finish, checkered wood stocks, black plastic butt plate, single gold trigger, length of pull is 14-3/8”, #X10511. This gun is in overall excellent condition showing little use or handling; fine bores, crisp action, beautiful wood stocks, 99%+ original finish. Est: $600-$1,200.

16 gauge Parker Bros. VH SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 28"

16 gauge Parker Bros. VH SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″

16 gauge Parker Bros. VH SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 28"

16 gauge Parker Bros. VH SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″

Take a good look at the 16g Parker double you see here. I bet it will be gone soon – and for good reason. As a 16 gauge on a O frame, it’s hard to find and one of the best grouse guns ever made in America. It also has excellent dimensions, with just 2″ D@C.

Here’s more about it from the seller.

16 gauge Parker Bros. VH SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″: A splendid high condition Parker VH 16 ga. on the small O frame. The 28″ full choke barrels were 3#3ounce pre strike. The frame has 80-90& original case color on the exterior and near 100% in protected and interior locations. The blue is 90% or better with some rub marks. The wood has a few very minor handling marks. The screws appear unturned. The gun was made in 1910 and exists in exceptional condition. Original hard rubber butt plate, (1 small spilt near upper screw hole. Bore are mint. Capped pistol grip 14″ LOP, 1 1/14″ DAC 2″ DAH. A spectacular find and very collectable. Price: $3,600

16 gauge Parker Bros. VH SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 28"

16 gauge Parker Bros. VH SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″

16 gauge Parker Bros. VH SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 28"

16 gauge Parker Bros. VH SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″

 

Little John’s Auction Service’s big fall sale starts on Sunday, 11/17, and runs through Tuesday, 11/19. Here are few item coming up on Sunday that caught my eye.

Parker Brothers VH grade SxS Shotgun, 12 gauge:

Parker Brothers VH grade SxS Shotgun, 12 gauge:

Parker Brothers VH grade SxS Shotgun, 12 gauge: IM/IM choked, 30” Vulcan steel barrels, blue and case hardened finish, double triggers, 14-1/8” length of pull, checkered wood stocks, checkered hard rubber Parker Brothers hunting dog butt plate, #144175. This gun is in overall fair to good condition showing an old cleaning to metal surfaces with scattered areas of erosion and pinprick pitting, near fine bores, action is not working, wood stocks are overall very good with scattered minor mars and scratches from storage and good butt plate and semi-pistol grip hard rubber cap; a great candidate for proper restoration. From an old estate. Est: $1,000-$1,500.

Winchester Model 23 28g Classic SxS hammerless shotgun

Winchester Model 23 28g Classic SxS hammerless shotgun

Winchester Model 23 .410 Classic SxS hammerless shotgun: Engraved with gold bird on bottom of receiver, .410 gauge, 2-3/4” and 3” chambers, Full choke (L), Modified choke (R), single gold trigger, auto ejectors, 26” ventilated rib barrels, deluxe finely grained checkered wood stocks, Winchester hard rubber butt pad, length of pull is 14-3/4”, #CL410-799E. This gun is in like new condition showing little use or handling. Est: $3,500-$4,500

Outstanding W.W. Greener Grade G 125 SxS 16 gauge Shotgun

Outstanding W.W. Greener Grade G 125 SxS 16 gauge Shotgun

Outstanding W.W. Greener Grade G 125 SxS 16 gauge Shotgun: #61892.28” Nitro proofed barrels with fine engraving at the breech, British proofed, Elephant Trade Marks, Full (L) & Improved Cylinder (R) choked, blue and case hardened finish, finely engraved receiver with no less than 8 game panel scenes and a gold crown inlaid in the barrel release lever, left side mounted safety cocking button, single trigger marked “Miller”, beaver tail deluxe checkered fore end with ebony tip and engraved release and connector; deluxe checkered butt stock with beautiful graining, ebony inlays on either side of the butt stock slightly ahead of the checkering at the wrist, hard rubber butt pad and gold plaque on underside with engraved intertwined initials “rZS”; length of pull to end of butt pad is 14-5/8”. In fine overall condition showing a deep blue finish to the barrels, the majority of its vivid case colors on the receiver with high point wear on the recoil shields, fine bores, crisp actions and fine wood stocks showing only a couple of minor mars from handling or storage. One of the nicest Greeners this cataloger has seen in many years. Est: $4,000-$8,000.

L. C. Smith Special Grade hammerless SxS shotgun, 20 gauge, 32” factory barrels with ventilated rib

L. C. Smith Special Grade hammerless SxS shotgun, 20 gauge, 32” factory barrels with ventilated rib

L. C. Smith Special Grade hammerless SxS shotgun, 20 gauge, 32” factory barrels with ventilated rib: Barrels full and extra full choked, single trigger, auto ejectors, blue and case hardened finish, checkered wood stocks with beaver tail fore end, White Line hard rubber butt pad, length of pull 14” to end of wood, 15-1/4” to end of pad, #FME 91327. Overall very good to fine condition showing the majority of its original blue finish and considerable original case colors on the receiver; very good bores that may clean to fine, crisp actions, fine engraving and very good wood stocks. Est: $1,500-$3,000.

Belgian-made Browning Diana grade O/U shotgun, 12 gauge

Belgian-made Browning Diana grade O/U shotgun, 12 gauge

Belgian-made Browning Diana grade O/U shotgun, 12 gauge: 2-3/4” chambers, 28” ventilated rib barrels, Full over Improved Modified choked, blue finish, engraved receiver, single gold trigger, checkered wood stocks, Browning hard rubber butt plate, length of pull to end of plate is 14-1/2”, #35026 S74 in overall excellent condition showing the majority of its original blue finish, fine engraving and markings, fine bores, crisp actions, fine wood stocks with beautiful graining. Est: $2,500-$5,000.

Parker Bros. DHE SxS hammerless shotgun, 16 gauge, 32” barrels

Parker Bros. DHE SxS hammerless shotgun, 16 gauge, 32” barrels

Parker Bros. DHE SxS hammerless shotgun, 16 gauge, 32” barrels: #216364. Blue and case hardened finish, checkered wood stocks with Jostam hard rubber butt pad, double triggers, length of pull is 14-5/8” to end of pad. This gun is in overall very good to near fine condition showing the majority of its muted blue finish on the barrels and an even grey patina to the receiver, bores are very good and should clean to near fine; crisp actions, sharp engraving and markings, very good wood stocks with beautiful flame graining to butt stock. Est: $1,000-$2,000.

Browning SxS BSS shotgun, 12 gauge, for 2-3/4” and 3” shells

Browning SxS BSS shotgun, 12 gauge, for 2-3/4” and 3” shells

Browning SxS BSS  shotgun, 12 gauge, for 2-3/4” and 3” shells: 30” barrels, blue finish, checkered wood stocks, #4393A47 in overall fine condition showing the majority of its original finish, fine bores, crisp actions, sharp markings and fine wood stocks; accompanied by a Browning lined suitcase-style carry case and instructions manual. Est: $375-$750

Sky Dance Kennels in Dousman, WI, turns out some great looking bird dogs. They also make some nice videos. Here’s one the pulled together of the 2013 Region 19 Amateur Shooting Dog Championship.

The ribs on a side-by-side don’t look like they could cause you much trouble. But if they’re loose, you could spend hundreds of dollars fixing them. Check out this quick video for some insights into how to spot loose ribs on a side-by-side shotgun.

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