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Renato Telo 28 ga. O/U, ejectors, 28 " barrels
Renato Telo 28 ga. O/U, ejectors, 28 ” barrels

Renato Telo 28 ga. O/U, ejectors, 28 ” barrels: Feature a machine checkered solid rib, 2-3/4″ chambers, choked strong modified and improved modified (.017/.025). This little gun was sent to Ken Eyster, who is the master of chokes and patterns, for a complete efficiency treatment. Extensive testing and patterning have made this 28 extremely effective at all distances. The true to scale coin finished action with gold line borders, accents of English scroll and a beautifully executed woodcock in flight on the bottom. The sideplates are inscribed Renato Telo and New England Arms. This is one of a special series imported by New England Arms that feature the finest exhibition Circassian walnut money could buy, and this 28 is a stunning example. Extraordinary black and gold figure with flame feather crotch measures 1-3/8′ comb, 2″ heel, 14-3/4″ from the single trigger to the checkered butt. At true 28 ga. at 5lbs, 5oz! Feels alive in your hands! As new condition. Price: $10,250

PETER MARHOLT OVER/UNDER DOUBLE RIFLE, SHOTGUN SET
PETER MARHOLT OVER/UNDER DOUBLE RIFLE, SHOTGUN SET

PETER MARHOLT OVER/UNDER DOUBLE RIFLE, SHOTGUN SET. MATCHING NUMBERS.30-06 AND 12 GA. BARRELS, DOUBLE KERSTEN BLITZ ACTION WITH EJECTORS AND BUSHED STRIKERS.FULLY ENGRAVED WITH GAME SCENES AND SCROLL.24″ 30-06 BARRELS WITH EXCELLENT BORES, QUARTER RIB AND CLAW MOUNTS WITH HENDSOLDT 4X32 SCOPE.12GA,28″ BARRELS WITH EXCELLENT BORES,CHOKED FULL AND MODIFIED WITH 98% BLUE & OVERALL EXCELLENT CONDITION THRUOUT,CIRCA 1951,RIFLE WEIGHT WITH SCOPE IS 8 LBS 9 OZ.WITH SHOT GUN BARRELS 6 LBS 10 OZS.L.O.P. IS 14 7/16″ D.O.C. 1 3/8″ AND D.O.H. 2 1/4″ES WITH LEATHER CASE. Price: $8,995.00

CHARLES DALY PRUSSIAN DIAMOND QUALITY SXS 12 GAUGE
CHARLES DALY PRUSSIAN DIAMOND QUALITY SXS 12 GAUGE

CHARLES DALY PRUSSIAN DIAMOND QUALITY SXS 12 GAUGE: 30″ FULL AND FULL 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTOR SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT CONDITION 7LBS 3 OZ X 2 1/2 X 1 5/8 X 14 3/8. Price: $6,950.00

Mode of Paris 12 Gauge SxS Boxlock Ejector Pair : A true pair and the measurements are the same for both. These are very well balanced with a case and leather covered pads. The actions are both tight on the face with 40% case colour remaining on both. The guns have a hidden third fastener with side clips and arcade d fences reminiscent of a Woodward. The barrels are  29 1/2″ with clean bores That measure: .727/.727 and chokes: .009/.020. The stocks are straight grip / splinter with good chequering/ finish and dimensions. The dah is 2 1/4″, dac 1 1/2″, 0 cast, 14 1/2″ lop. 6lbs 12oz. Price: $4,850.00

Pair of Mode of Paris Double Barrel, SxS12 Gauge Ejectors
Pair of Mode of Paris Double Barrel, SxS12 Gauge Ejectors
ITHACA NID FIELD MAGNUM Double Barrel Shotgun, 3 1/2" 10 GAUGE
ITHACA NID FIELD MAGNUM Double Barrel Shotgun, 3 1/2″ 10 GAUGE

ITHACA NID FIELD MAGNUM Double Barrel Shotgun, 3 1/2″ 10 GAUGE: #500XXX 32″ FULL AND FULL 3 1/2″ CHAMBERS DOUBLE TRIGGER EXTRACTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH LIGHT HANDLING MARKS 10LBS 14 OZ X 2 1/4 X 1 1/2 X 15 LOP. Price: $3,500.00

Charles Daly Diamond Grade VS. a Westley Richards Deluxe…

12g Charles Daly Diamond Grade Side-by-Side Shotgun
12g Charles Daly Diamond Grade Side-by-Side Shotgun

If you following this blog, you know how much I like Prussian-Lindner-made Charles Daly Side-by-Sides.  The Brits invented the Anson & Deeley boxlock shotgun, but in a lot of ways I think the Prussians and Belgians perfected it. To see what I mean, compare this Charles Daly Diamond Grade and Westley Richards Deluxe droplock.

Both side-by-sides are beautifully made and finished. But aesthetically, the 12 gauge Charles Daly Diamond is hard to beat. Just look at how rounded and sculpted the action is. The Daly also has a removable hinge pin and intercepting safety sears — features missing on the Westley.

12 gauge Westley Richards Deluxe Droplock Side-by-Side Shotgun
12 gauge Westley Richards Deluxe Droplock Side-by-Side Shotgun

Of course, the Westley is made on the famous Droplock action. A lot of people consider the droplock to be the apex of boxlocks. I agree that it’s a great design. I would love to have one, but it sure comes at a cost.

What do you think – Westley or Daly? Let me know…

You can see more nice Charles Dalys that I’ve written about here and here.

This is the reason I keep looking…

20 gauge Charles Daly Diamond Grade
20 gauge Charles Daly Diamond Grade

Searching for bargains on the internet is like panning for gold. You sift through listings for hours, days, weeks, and months and find nothing. Then one day –BAM!–the nugget that you’ve been searching for materliazes and you can barely believe your eyes.

That’s how I felt when this 20 gauge Charles Daly Diamond Grade double barrel popped up on online last week. I saw it soon after it showed and pounced right away (probably within hours of it appearing on the web). Unfortunately, I was too late.

20 gauge Charles Daly Diamond Grade
20 gauge Charles Daly Diamond Grade

That’s not surprising, really. The seller wanted just $4500 for it, and anyone who knows Charles Daly side-by-sides knows that that’s a crazy low price. Charles Daly’s Diamond Grades were one of the finest side-by-sides of their day (and the most expensive) Today, they’re still fantastic guns and they’re extremely collectible. A decent one in 12 gauge is easily a $5-7,500+ shotgun. A 20 gauge is whole different. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen one for sale.

So when I found this one on Gunbroker.com I rubbed my eyes and took a much closer look. Then I realized what I was seeing: the same 20 gauge Diamond Grade from the other day (check out that horrible leather covered pad on both guns). So that’s where it ended up. It’ll be interesting to see what it brings this time around.

20 gauge Charles Daly Daimond Grade Double Barrel Shotgun
20 gauge Charles Daly Daimond Grade Double Barrel Shotgun
20 gauge Charles Daly Daimond Grade Double Barrel Shotgun
20 gauge Charles Daly Daimond Grade Double Barrel Shotgun
20 gauge Charles Daly Daimond Grade Double Barrel Shotgun
20 gauge Charles Daly Daimond Grade Double Barrel Shotgun
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