If you could only own 3 doubles, which would you pick?

If you could only own 3 double-barrel shotguns, which ones would you pick? This isn’t a question I want to face, but if I had to, my answer would be:

PURDEY - BAR IN WOOD 12 GAUGE
PURDEY – BAR IN WOOD 12 GAUGE

A 12-gauge hammergun like this JAMES PURDEY & SON BAR IN WOOD. I’ve always been fascinated by old school SxS shotguns. I’ve shot these SxSs, and every time I pull back the hammers I feel like I’m traveling back in time. I love how hammerguns do this and link you to a style of gunmaking and to a sporting world that’s long gone now.

LEBEAU COURALLY 12 1932 SIDELOCK EJECT 30" WHITWORTH CHOPPER LUMP Bbls. TOTALLY ORIG. AFTER 86 YEARS VERY NICE WOOD BUILT as a PIGEON GUN.
LEBEAU COURALLY 12 1932 SIDELOCK EJECT 30″ WHITWORTH CHOPPER LUMP Bbls. TOTALLY ORIG. AFTER 86 YEARS VERY NICE WOOD BUILT as a PIGEON GUN.

A true pigeon gun like this LEBEAU COURALLY 12 1932 SIDELOCK EJECT 30″ WHITWORTH CHOPPER LUMP Bbls. TOTALLY ORIG. AFTER 86 YEARS VERY NICE WOOD BUILT as a PIGEON GUN. Pigeon guns were built for competitive live pigeon shoots. These shoots were — and are — serious business. Up until around WW1, they were as popular as today’s professional sports and newspapers reported on them the same way they cover NFL games are today. Top competitors won thousands of dollars and demanded that their guns were built to withstand thousands and thousands of shots without fail.

LINSEY BROTHERS, LEEDS ENGLAND - CASED for sale.
LINSEY BROTHERS, LEEDS ENGLAND – CASED for sale.

A lightweight, 12g game gun like this LINSEY BROTHERS, LEEDS ENGLAND – CASED for sale. As an upland hunter, I carry my gun far more than I shoot it. So I like to hunt grouse and woodcock with a gun that weighs around 6 1/4 pounds. But I also like the proportions of a 12 gauge (most of the time, anything smaller than a 16 feels too small). Twelve-gauge ammo is also easy to come by, and it comes in all sorts of loads. So with one gun, I can hunt quail on Monday, pheasants on Tuesday, and grouse the rest of the week (in theory, anyway), and I can always use ammo that’s just the day’s game.

A ton of double for the money: a 12 gauge Miller & Val. Griess O/U Shotgun…

Miller Val. Greiss O/U German Game Gun 12 Gauge
Miller Val. Greiss O/U German Game Gun 12 Gauge

German-style over-under shotguns are some of the most under rated shotguns out there – and also one of the best buys you’ll find. I own the 16g Heym O/U you can see in this pic. It beautifully made – far nicer than a Browning Superposed – and it handles as well as my 20g Beretta 686.

I’m sure the 12 gauge Miller & Val. Greiss you see here is just as well made and handy. And at $2199, it looks like bargain.

Miller Val. Greiss O/U German Game Gun 12 Gauge
Miller Val. Greiss O/U German Game Gun 12 Gauge

Miller & Val. Greiss O/U Shotgun German Game Gun 12 Gauge: Price: $2,199.99

Made in Munich (Germany) with 30″ barrels, choked I.M. (.028) & Full (.039), has a tapered, matted solid rib with front and intermediate ivory bead sights, 2 3/4” chambers, ejectors, double triggers and a manual operating thumb safety. The barrels are of Bohler Special steel and the action features the Greener style cross bolt locking mechanism. The action is extensively engraved in a fine floral pattern. The bottom of the receiver is engraved with the initials MGM, and the top barrel on the left side is stamped with the name Frederic R. Sherman.

Miller Val. Greiss O/U German Game Gun 12 Gauge
Miller Val. Greiss O/U German Game Gun 12 Gauge
Manufactured: 1927
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 2 3/4
Barrels: 30″, solid rib
Triggers: Double
Stock: Pistol Grip
Stock Dimensions: LOP: 14″; DAC: 1 9/16″ & DAC: 2 1/16
Fore End: 3 Piece
Butt Pad: Pachmayr Decelerator with modified toe.
Weight: ????
Sights: Ivory beads.
Chokes: I.M. (.028) & Full (.039)

 

Good gun alert: a 12 gauge Russell Hillsdon side-by-side with case…

12 gauge Russell Hillsdon Double Barrel Boxlock Side by Side shotgun
12 gauge Russell Hillsdon Double Barrel Boxlock Side by Side shotgun

If you had to buy one shotgun for everything from pheasants and grouse to sporting clays, this 12 gauge Russell Hillsdon boxlock would be an excellent choice. It’s an Anson & Deeley boxlock – one of the most dependable actions ever made. It’s also a non ejector, so you never have to worry about those things going out of time or breaking.

12 gauge Russell Hillsdon Double Barrel Boxlock Side by Side shotgun
12 gauge Russell Hillsdon Double Barrel Boxlock Side by Side shotgun

Overall, it looks pretty original. The chokes are a bit open, but I wouldn’t let that bother me. Unless you’re shooting late-season wild pheasants, it shouldn’t be a problem. The best part of it is the price – $2,399.99. Not a steal, but still a very good price.

Here’s more about it from the seller:

12 gauge Russell Hillsdon Double Barrel Boxlock Side by Side shotgun
12 gauge Russell Hillsdon Double Barrel Boxlock Side by Side shotgun

12 gauge Russell Hillsdon boxlock: 28″ bbls, 2 1/2″ chambers, Cylinder and IC, 15″ LOP with 7/8″ wood extension, 1 3/8″ DAC, 2 1/4″ DAH. 6 LBS 7 OZ, Comes with a very nice hard takedown case. Wood cleaning rod. Snap caps. A gold color oil bottle. A horn decocker. And makers labels.

12 gauge Russell Hillsdon Double Barrel Boxlock Side by Side shotgun
12 gauge Russell Hillsdon Double Barrel Boxlock Side by Side shotgun

Auction alert: a 28 gauge Griffin & Howe round body game gun…

28 gauge Griffin & Howe Round Body Game Gun
28 gauge Griffin & Howe Round Body Game Gun

This nearly new 28 gauge Griffin & Howe Round Body side by side is coming up to auction on Sunday,   Jan 26, 2013 at the Daniel Auction Company in Sylvester, GA.

Griffin & Howe has been importing these spanish-made side-by-sides for a while now. I’m pretty sure they’re made by Arrieta. Brand new at G&H, this is a $9,500 shotgun. If this one auctions off for $5,000, or less, it will be a steal.

Here’s the info on it, as provided by the auctioneer: Griffine & Howe 28 gauge double barrel shotgun with case hardened receiver, beautiful floral engraving. English stock and hand carved buttplate. Condition: new in original carrying case. Estimate: $6,000 – $10,000.

28 gauge Griffin & Howe Round Body Game Gun
28 gauge Griffin & Howe Round Body Game Gun
28 gauge Griffin & Howe Round Body Game Gun
28 gauge Griffin & Howe Round Body Game Gun

Getting the drop on your stock…

To go along with post about gun fitting, I thought I would add this quick video about drop on a double-barrel shotgun. If you’ve ever wondered why drop matters and how to measure it, check it out. Very helpful.

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