What a bird dog’s nose really knows…

Pointing a Spring Woodcock
Pointing a Spring Woodcock

If you spent much time with hunting dogs, you’ve probably wondered about their noses. A recent piece called  BIRD DOGS, SCENT AND FINDING BIRDS from the Pheasants Forever blog gave some insights into scent and into how dogs process it. It’s short, but talks about:

  • The Scent Cloud
  • Temperature & Moisture
  • Hot Spots
  • Dog’s Health
  • Bird Identity
  • Hunting Dead Birds
  • Up Wind, Down Wind, Cross Wind
“I spent a number of days this spring running my German shorthaired pointer, Trammell, through woods I know hold timberdoodle on their migration north. It was interesting to watch Trammell navigate the scent determining when to point and when to press. It got me thinking about the incredible ability of a dog’s nose, so I reached out to Bob West of Purina Dog Foods and a professional trainer with 50 years of experience to teach me more about bird dogs and scent…”

Bargain bird gun: a 12g Miroku Model M SxS…

BC Miroku Model M SXS Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge 2 3/4"
BC Miroku Model M SXS Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge 2 3/4″

Even though Miroku is one of the world’s oldest and largest gunmakers, we don’t hear much about them here in the States. For years, they’ve made side-by-sides and O/Us for other companies, including Charles Daly and Browning. At the same time, Miroku was also making shotguns under their own name. The double you see here is one of those guns. This looks like a Japanese version of a Webley & Scott M700 — and a heck of deal.

BC Miroku Model M SXS 12 Gauge 2 3/4″: BC Miroku side by side double shotgun. Very Good condition with minimal wear on the stock and barrel. Color case hardening is 80-85% as seen in the photos. Barrels are smooth and bright with some very light marks on the outside finish. Action locks up tight as a tick. Price: $650

-English Stock
-Double Triggers
-Caliper measures end of barrel diameters at .680 for left and .710 for right. Patterning it seems to be true full and modified.
-Miroku plastic butt plate
-Splinter forearm

A very clean, straight shooting gun.

BC Miroku Model M SXS Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge 2 3/4"
BC Miroku Model M SXS Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge 2 3/4″
BC Miroku Model M SXS Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge 2 3/4"
BC Miroku Model M SXS Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge 2 3/4″
BC Miroku Model M SXS Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge 2 3/4"
BC Miroku Model M SXS Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge 2 3/4″
BC Miroku Model M SXS Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge 2 3/4"
BC Miroku Model M SXS Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge 2 3/4″

Found: a double that’s hard to find…

Here’s a  challenge: Find a 6.5-6.75lb vintage double barrel shotgun with shootable dimensions, 28″+  barrels, two triggers,  2 3/4″ chambers, and a price tag that’s under $1000.

Franz Sodia 12 gauge Boxlock Ejector Double Barrel Shotgun
Franz Sodia 12 gauge Boxlock Ejector Double Barrel Shotgun

It’s hard to do. That’s why this Franz Sodia on Griffin & Howe’s used gun list caught my eye. It has it all: light weight, long barrels, a straight stock, a quality name, and, best of all, a low price. Basically, it looks like a great bird gun. And even though it looks like it has a few issues (the pitting in the left bbl), it looks like it’s also a great deal.

(But if you buy it, make sure you have your own gunsmith go over it closely before you OK the deal.)

Here’s G&H’s info about the gun:

Franz Sodia 12 gauge Boxlock Ejector Double Barrel Shotgun
Franz Sodia 12 gauge Boxlock Ejector Double Barrel Shotgun

Franz Sodia – Scalloped BLE – 12 ga – $850.00

Trigger: Double
Grip: Straight Grip
Forend: Splinter
Lop: 15 1/8 ”
Pad thickness: 1 ”
Type of butt: Pachmayr Vent Pad
Drop @ comb: 1 3/8 ”
Drop @ heel: 2 1/2 ”
Cast amount: 0 ”
Cast: 
Weight: 6 lbs, 4 oz

Comments : Inside left barrel has some pits. Right barrel okay inside. Outside of barrels has some surface rust & minor pitting. Finish wear on outside surfaces. Gun sound and tight. Mars and handling marks on wood.

Franz Sodia 12 gauge Boxlock Ejector Double Barrel Shotgun
Franz Sodia 12 gauge Boxlock Ejector Double Barrel Shotgun

Nothing beats an English Pointer…

Bruce Minard’s HiFive Kennels has been around since 1996. In that time, it has gained a reputation for quality bird dogs. I’ve seen Bruce’s dogs on the trial circuit and they’re always impressive.

This video shows an 11-month old English Pointer named HiFive Unlisted. Watch how nice and easy this dog handles. Also, check out how dynamic and snappy he is on the ground. That athleticism is what makes English Pointers such impressive dogs. Once you get used to all that drama and grace in a dog, it’s hard to hunt behind another breed.

Taking another look at Irish Setters…

Irish Setters are beautiful dogs with sad stories. At one time, they were hunting dogs, and they were bred for the field. But over time, they lost their hunting backgrounds and were turned into overbred show dogs.

But today that’s changing. A dedicated group of people are breeding Red Setters – a variant of the Irish Setter that’s is reclaiming some this dog’s hunting heritage. You can read more about Irish and Red Setters here. I found this video of online of an Irish Setter in UK. It looks like a pretty decent hunting dog to me.

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