I’m a fanatic for old shotguns. That being said, I do realize modern SxSs and OUs have benefits: Perfected designs, suitability with modern ammo, easier to fix, etc.
Of the modern stuff out there, I’ve always liked Ithaca/SKB side by sides. SKB is another of Japan’s famous gunmakers and Ithaca imported SxSs and OUs made by them from 1966-1977 or so. Well made and rugged, these guns are great deals when you find them today.
The one you see here is a 280. Introduced in ’71 as an English Field model, it was Ithaca/SKB’s “…excitingly new deluxe field gun…in the classic English style.” It’s built on a Anson& Deeley style boxlock action and features ejectors, chrome-lined barrels and hand checkering.
Priced at $249.95 when it first hit the market, it cost far less than Browning’s Superposeds, which started at $465.
RE: It’s the Ithaca/SKB/s 25″ barrels? Don’t fear ’em. For upland shooting, most your shots are quick pokes rather. So the short tubes won’t make a difference.
ITHACA SKB 280 20GA SIDE-BY-SIDE EXCELLENT: A very lightly used 20ga Ithaca/SKB. Very few hunting marks keep this gun from being 100%. It’s getting harder to find these guns in this kind of shape. Good to go, no issues, close to new. Price:$1850
PARKER DHE 20 GAUGE SxS: O FRAME, #235XXX, 30″ MODIFIED AND FULL 2 3/4, SINGLE SELECT TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP WITH SKELETON BUTT. EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION. THE BEST TO COME TO MARKET IN SOME TIME. 6LBS 14OZ X 2 1/4″ X 1 1/2″ X 14″. Price:$22,500
PERAZZI DHO SIDELOCK SXS – TWO BARREL SET – LUSSO GRADE: Here is a Perazzi DHO 12 GAUGE – hand made by Daniel Perazzi. This gun was made in 1963 in period where Perazzi and Fabbri were making guns together and has been referred to as a Perazzi/Fabbri. Most of the production of this Perazzi/Fabbri partnership was OU guns, a bar action sidelock SXS would be fairly rare for this tiime period. This is a Lusso grade with ornate deep engraving featuring vines, ribbons and leaves.
Two barrel set with original 27 1/2″ chopper lump barrels choked IC and Full. Right barrel measures .730 with 16/1000 choke while the left is .733 with 42/1000 choke. A second set of 29 1/2″ chopper lump barrels was added in 2002 by Armi R. Luterotti. These barrels have the exact same engraving pattern at the standing breech area and same hand filing of the rib. The weight of these barrels is stamped 1.420. The barrels are choked Improved Mod and Full. The right barrel measures .727 with 26/1000 choke, while the left is also .727 with 40/1000 choke. All barrels are 2 3/4″ chambers. The weight of the gun with the 27 1/2″ barrels is 7LBS 2 5/8 OZ. The weight with the 29 1/2″ barrel is 7 LBS 7 OZ. Single non-selective trigger Negrini case as shown Stock dimensions: LOP – 14 9/16″ Drop at Comb – 1 3/8″ Drop at Heel – 2 1/8″. Cast Off. Price:$18,500
W W Greener FH25 20 Bore SxS Shotgun: Delightful lightweight gun. Definitely a pleasure to carry all day. Ready for the fall opener! Price $3950
Barrels: 26″ with 2 1/2″ Chambers
Chokes: Mod & IM
Engraving: Fine English Scroll
Action: Greener BLE
Stock: English Walnut
Weight: 5 lbs. 2.8 oz.
Stock Dimensions: 1 3/8 x 2 5/8 x 14 5/8 with neutral cast
BERETTA SILVERHAWK 12GA MAGNUM SIDE-BY-SIDE 32″ EXCELLENT: A hard to find 32 in magnum 12ga with even harder to find condition. Hidden Greener crossbolt. Articulating trigger. No issues! Good to go! You would have a hard time finding a nicer one. Price:$1750
Chambers: 3 IN
Metal Condition: EXCELLENT
Wood Condition: EXCELLENT
Bore Condition: EXCELLENT
Triggers: ARTICULATING FRONT
Stock Comb: 1 1/2IN
Stock Heel: 2 3/8 IN
Weight: 7LBS 12OZ
Manufacture Date: 1965
Choke Left: EX FULL
Choke Right: FULL
Ithaca SKB 20ga. SxS Model 280 “English”: Built by SKB for Ithaca in the 1970s,this gun has 28″ barrels choked modified (.012″) and full (.028″).The bores are mint with no rust,dents,or pits.It has a straight grip stock,a single selective trigger,ejectors,and a slim beavertail forend. The gun is in excellent all original condition retaining 98% of the original blue and wood finish.The stock dimensions are 141/4″LOP, 1 1/2″ at comb, and 2 1/2″ at heel.This is a great handling gun that would make a fine dove,pheasant,or clays gun.The model 280 was only built for a short time so they are relatively scarce. Price:$1695