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Pre-war Boss SxS Shotgun 20 ga., 26-1/2" Barrels
Pre-war Boss SxS Shotgun 20 ga., 26-1/2″ Barrels

Pre-war Boss SxS Shotgun 20 ga., 26-1/2″ Barrels: Choked improved cylinder and modified (.007/.010).  Original 2-3/4 1oz. heavy proof. Raised concave game rib marked “Boss & Co. 41 Albermarle Street Picadilly London W”.  Built with the style and grace that these “golden era” Boss guns are famous for.  The petite “easy opening” action gun weighs a mere 5lbs, 5 oz.  Fitted with the Boss patent single trigger.  Well-figured stock measures 1-3/8″ comb, 1-7/8″ heel, 14-1/4″ LOP to a checkered butt.  Balanced directly on the pin, this estate-fresh example retains 97% original blue, 80% vibrant case colors over the jewel-like engraving by the renowned Jack Sumner.  Built in 1930 to the true small bore specs, a unique opportunity to purchase a seldom-seen heavy proof vintage 20.  Cased in original violin case. Price: $59,500

SAUER & SOHN, SUHL DOUBLE BARREL RIFLE: SAUER & SOHN, SUHL DOUBLE BARREL RIFLE, CALIBER 43 MAUSER. CONDITION MINT ALL FACTORY PRE WAR ORIGINAL WOOD AND METAL FINISH.  BARRELS MARKED KRUPP-ESSEN GUSS-STAHL.  WE ALSO HAVE FACTORY AMMO, DIE SET AND EMPTY BRASS ALONG WITH PROPER DIA BULLETS ALL INCLUDED IN PRICE. Price: $14,995

SAUER & SOHN, SUHL DOUBLE BARREL RIFLE
SAUER & SOHN, SUHL DOUBLE BARREL RIFLE

PAIR PARKER REPRODUCTION 28GA/28″ BARRELS CONSECUTIVE SERIAL NUMBERS: MATCHING PAIR, CONSECUTIVE SERIAL NUMBERED WINCHESTER PARKER REPRODUCTION 28GA, 28″ BARRELS, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, PISTOL GRIP, SPLINTER FOREARM.  BOTH CHOKED Q1, & Q2.  COMES WITH ORIGINAL BOXES, DUST COVERS, AND CASE.  Price: $9850

PAIR PARKER REPRODUCTION 28GA/28" BARRELS CONSECUTIVE SERIAL NUMBERS
PAIR PARKER REPRODUCTION 28GA/28″ BARRELS CONSECUTIVE SERIAL NUMBERS
FRANCOTTE KNOCKABOUT ABERCROMBIE & FITCH SXS 28 GAUGE
FRANCOTTE KNOCKABOUT ABERCROMBIE & FITCH SXS 28 GAUGE

FRANCOTTE KNOCKABOUT ABERCROMBIE & FITCH SXS 28 GAUGE: 26″ MOD AND FULL 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS BEAVER TAIL FOREARM PISTOL GRIP MAKERS CASE MINTY ORIGINAL CONDITION 5LBS 8 OZ X 2″ X 1 3/8″ X 14 3/4″. Price: $8,500

VOGEL HAMMER SHOTGUN – MADE IN GERMANY – NITRO PROOF 30 3/8″ STEEL BARRELS – 16 GAUGE: Here is nice condition 16 gauge German hammer shotgun made by Vogel. This gun features 30 3/8″ nitro proofed steel barrels. Barrels are in proof. Right barrel original proof at 16 measures .668 with 18/1000 choke (Mod) while Left barrel original proof at 16/1 measures .676 with 36/1000 choke (Full). Mirror bores. No swivels or cheek piece. Prince of Wales of grip. Steel butt plate. Stock oval. Pre-war quality. Rebounding hammers. Chambers are 3″. Weight of gun is 5 LBS 14 OZ. Price: $1,150

VOGEL HAMMER SHOTGUN - MADE IN GERMANY - NITRO PROOF 30 3/8" STEEL BARRELS - 16 GAUGE
VOGEL HAMMER SHOTGUN – MADE IN GERMANY – NITRO PROOF 30 3/8″ STEEL BARRELS – 16 GAUGE

Best vs. Best: Comparing SxSs by Boss & Co. & J. Woodward & Sons…

12 gauge Boss & Co. SxS shotgun, late 1920s
12 gauge Boss & Co. SxS shotgun, late 1920s

In the world of fine shotguns, a Best-quality double is just that: The very best side-by-side or over-under a company could make (or in some cases, the best one they retailed). Best guns were top-of-the-line, and top gunmakers made their best guns in special ways. This was called the “House Style”, and it was applied to the entire gun, from the engraving pattern and the shaping to the action, metalwork, and stock.

The side-by-sides you see here are Best-guns by Boss & Co. and James Woodward & Sons. The Boss is 12g made the later 1920s. The Woodward is a 16g. I think it’s from the 1930s. Even though these doubles have a lot in common, they are very different guns. Look closely and you’ll see what sets them apart.

16g SXS, James Woodward & Sons
16g SXS, James Woodward & Sons
12 gauge Boss & Co. SxS shotgun, late 1920s
12 gauge Boss & Co. SxS shotgun, late 1920s
16g SXS, James Woodward & Sons
16g SXS, James Woodward & Sons
12 gauge Boss & Co. SxS shotgun, late 1920s
12 gauge Boss & Co. SxS shotgun, late 1920s
16g SXS, James Woodward & Sons
16g SXS, James Woodward & Sons
12 gauge Boss & Co. SxS shotgun, late 1920s
12 gauge Boss & Co. SxS shotgun, late 1920s
16g SXS, James Woodward & Sons
16g SXS, James Woodward & Sons
Top: 12g Boss & Co, Bottom: 16g J. Woodward & Sons
Top: 12g Boss & Co, Bottom: 16g J. Woodward & Sons
Top: 12g Boss & Co, Middle: 16g J. Woodward & Sons, Bottom: 20g Boss & Co.
Top: 12g Boss & Co, Middle: 16g J. Woodward & Sons, Bottom: 20g Boss & Co.

Good gun alert: a nice Lefever EE double barrel shotgun….

12 gauge Lefever EE grade Double Barrel Shotgun. Straight Grip
12 gauge Lefever EE grade Double Barrel Shotgun. Straight Grip

Lefever is one my favorite American shotgun makers. While their lower-grade doubles are too plain for me, the E-grades and up are some of the most beautiful side-by-sides this country has ever built.

Check out this EE grade to see what I mean. And if you know where I can find a nice 16 gauge E grade Lefever, please let me know. I’ve been looking for one for years.

12 gauge Lefever EE grade Double Barrel Shotgun. Straight Grip:  Price: $3,299.99

Serial #: 487XX
Caliber: 12 GA
Chambers: 2 3/4
Metal Condition: Excellent (Minor Pitting)
Wood Condition: Excellent (Various dents and scratches; free of cracks)
Bore Condition: Excellent
Barrels: 30″ Damascus Barrel
Triggers: Double Triggers
Stock: English Checkered Walnut Stock
Stock Dimensions: 13 1/8 LOP, 2 1/2 DAH, 1 1/2 DAC
Fore End: Checkered Walnut
Butt Pad: Rubber Pad
Weight: 8 lbs.
Sights: White Front Bead
Chokes: RT IC,LT IC

 

12 gauge Lefever EE grade Double Barrel Shotgun. Straight Grip
12 gauge Lefever EE grade Double Barrel Shotgun. Straight Grip
12 gauge Lefever EE grade Double Barrel Shotgun. Straight Grip
12 gauge Lefever EE grade Double Barrel Shotgun. Straight Grip
12 gauge Lefever EE grade Double Barrel Shotgun. Straight Grip
12 gauge Lefever EE grade Double Barrel Shotgun. Straight Grip
12 gauge Lefever EE grade Double Barrel Shotgun. Straight Grip
12 gauge Lefever EE grade Double Barrel Shotgun. Straight Grip

Auction alert: The Finest Toy Gun in the World – A.H. Fox’s double barrel play shotgun…

Lot 441: A Vintage AH Fox Gun Co. Toy Double Barrel Shotgun
Lot 441: A Vintage AH Fox Gun Co. Toy Double Barrel Shotgun. Under lever opening

I had all sort of toy guns when I was a kid – from water and cap pistols to a Daisy BB-guns and air rifles. Had I been born in the 1920s, I’m sure I would have loved one of the A.H. Fox toy guns you see here.

I think A.H. Fox introduced these toy doubles around 1926, and the company made them in several configurations — double and single barrel, top lever and under-lever opening, a model that broke down like a real SxS, and even a pump-action repeater version. When new, the toy guns came in a cardboard box with a couple spring-loaded shells and wooden balls. Some even came with targets.

Lot 868: A Vintage AH Fox Gun Co. Toy Double Barrel Shotgun
Lot 868: A Vintage AH Fox Gun Co. Toy Double Barrel Shotgun

I have no idea how many toys guns Fox made, and they do pop up on the market from time to time. It is unusual that 3 of them are coming to auction this month.

These two are coming up this Sunday, Jan 05, 2014, at Brown Auction & Real Estate:

Lot 868: Vintage AH Fox Gun Co. toy double barrel shotgun, 29″ long

Lot 1137: Vintage AH Fox Gun Co. double barrel toy shotgun, 29″ long

Lot 1137: A Vintage AH Fox Gun Co. Toy Double Barrel Shotgun
Lot 1137: A Vintage AH Fox Gun Co. Toy Double Barrel Shotgun

And this one comes up at the Saturday, Jan 25, 2014 at Carol Watson’s Orange Coast Auctions:

Lot 441: Rare Fox Toy SxS Shotgun

The finest James Purdey & Son bar-in-wood SxS shotgun in America?

12 gauge James Purdey & Son Bar-in-Wood Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun
12 gauge James Purdey & Son Bar-in-Wood Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun

Is this the finest Purdey bar-in-wood side-by-side hammergun in America? The seller thinks so, and he might be right.

Many people who collect vintage doubles think Purdey’s bar-in-wood hammerguns are the most elegant side-by-sides ever made. I don’t know about the “most” elegant — I prefer lift-up models by William Powell & Son – but Purdey’s bar-in-woods are right at the top.

The one you see here is #11090, and it was made in 1881, and it looks like it’s in excellent original condition. Purdey built their first centerfire shotgun in 1865, and by 1868 (gun #7744), or maybe even earlier, they were making centerfires with bar-in-wood style locks & actions.

12 gauge James Purdey & Son Bar-in-Wood Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun
12 gauge James Purdey & Son Bar-in-Wood Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun

Many other makers made them, too, including Westley Richards, William Powell & Son, Stephen Grant, Army & Navy. A few companiess even built them with hammerless actions, including Purdey and Edinburgh’s McNaughton.

Here’s more about #11090 from the seller:

12 gauge James Purdey & Son Bar-in-Wood Double Barrel SxS Shotgun: You are looking at the best documented and best preserved 12 bore Purdey Bar in Wood Hammer shotgun available. Built in 1881, This gun is featured in the premier book on Purdey’s by Donald Dallas published in 2000 with three photos and a copy of the “Dimension Book” page with all specifications for Purdey # 11090 ( see photos ). It is almost unbelievable that the gun and the original case is in the pristine condition as found after 133 years.

12 gauge James Purdey & Son Bar-in-Wood Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun
12 gauge James Purdey & Son Bar-in-Wood Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun

This Purdey was made for Paul Fitter and his initials are still in the silver oval in buttstock and on the outside of case. The gun remains in perfect shooting condition and I have used it quite well in Vintage Sporting Clays events with lite Winchester AA target loads. The Damascus barrels are perfect…30″ with original CYL / F chokes, 2 5/8″ chambers , Bores are .735, hidden third bite, and not a rub, scratch or dent to be found. The action is tight as new and at 6lbs 15 oz. the gun balances beautifully.

The dimensions are shown on the work sheet and remain as is. The wood has been freshened a bit to remove old oil, etc. and the original horn buttplate is in excellent condition. The original case colors are strong and the fine Purdey rose and scroll engraving is vivid.

12 gauge James Purdey & Son Bar-in-Wood Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun
12 gauge James Purdey & Son Bar-in-Wood Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun

I am interested in finding a collector / Vintage shooter who is willing to continue to preserve this fantastic piece of Purdey’s history. You will not find a better example anywhere in the U.S.A. Price: POR

Real nice 16g & 20g Webley & Scott double barrel shotguns…

Webley & Scott Model 700 20 bore 28" barrels Made in England
Webley & Scott Model 700 20 bore 28″ barrels Made in England

I’ve written this before, but if  Webley & Scott is the Ford of British gunmaker, the Model 700 is their F150 pickup. Introduced in the 1950’s, the rugged and reliable M700 was the double of choice for thousands of shooters in the UK and Europe.

But almost all those Webleys were 12 gauges. The Brits have never loved the smaller bores, and their gunmakers have never made 16s & 20s in great numbers. That’s one of the things that makes the side-by-sides you see here special. The other thing that makes them unique is their condition. Both of these SxSs look new – pretty impressive when you consider they’re at least 40 years old.

Webley & Scott 700 series 16ga with 30" barrels.
Webley & Scott 700 series 16ga with 30″ barrels.

Webley & Scott Model 700 16 bore 30″ barrels: This is great well balanced bird gun.  I think 16ga Webleys with 2 3/4″ chambers are harder to find than the 28ga guns. 16ga, 30″ barrels, Imp/ Full (.008/.036), 2 3/4″ chambers, semi-pistol grip stock, 14 1/2″x1 1/4″x2 1/8″ and cast off,  6 lbs. Two triggers, ejectors, grooved stock end, excellent codition.  Barrel blue is 99%, case colors 99 %, wood 97 %. Bores are perfect with no dents or bulges. Price: $ 3995

Webley & Scott Model 700 16ga with 30" barrels.
Webley & Scott Model 700 16ga with 30″ barrels.
Webley & Scott Model 700 20 bore 28" barrels Made in England
Webley & Scott Model 700 20 bore 28″ barrels Made in England

Webley & Scott Model 700 20 bore 28″ barrels: High condition W & S Model 700 20 bore with rare 28″ barrels with 3″ chambers. Original Birmingham nitro 3 1/2 ton proof. Gun remains in proof. Little used. Game rib.  Barrels have engine turned breech. 139xxx series made in Birmingham in the ’60s or ’70s. Lacquered original case colors. Original blacking. Slight wear at muzzles and sides of action from case. Shiny bores choked Skeet 1 right and Modified left. Double triggers. Pleasing wood and sharp checkering with a few marks. Blank oval. Checkered butt. Properly balanced gun.  Weight approximately 5 lb 9 oz. Dimensions 14 5/8 x 14 1/2 x 14 3/4. Drop 1 3/8″ x 2″. Cast off 1/4″. Ejectors in time, no buggered screws!  This is a nice, true English built gun. Price: $4795

Rare: a a 12g Sneider side-by-side hammerless shotgun…

12 gauge Sneider Hammerless Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge Sneider Hammerless Double Barrel Shotgun

It seems odd now, but 150 years ago the “hammerless” centerfire shotgun was a novel design. London’s Theophilus Murcott patented one in 1871, followed by Westley Richards in 1875.

Over here in the US, Daniel Myron Lefever patented his lever-cocking, hammerless design in 1878. Soon after him,  Charles Sneider came out with the design you see here.

12 gauge Sneider double barrel hammerless shotgun
12 gauge Sneider double barrel hammerless shotgun

Sneider was a gunmaker in Baltimore. He started out making hammer guns and then later in his career and introduced hammerless models like this one around 1879-1880. I’m not sure how many guns he made in all, but I’m sure the number is number a fewer than a thousand, and I bet the total number of hammerless models is no more than 200.

I’ve seen a couple hammerless Sneiders, and their quality and elegance impressed me. Take a look at the pics posted here to see what I mean.

12 gauge Sneider double barrel hammerless shotgun
12 gauge Sneider double barrel hammerless shotgun

 

A quick post: Rare Browning 12g BSS Sporter, 28″ bbls, straight grip…

Browning BSS Sporter, Staight grip, 12 gauge, 28" barrels
Browning BSS Sporter, Staight grip, 12 gauge, 28″ barrels

OK, so I’m still buried at work. But I saw this Browning pop up and I wanted to get it up for everyone to check out. It’s a 12 gauge Browning BSS Sporter with 28″ barrels.

Browning BSS shotguns were made in that period when every American want short barrels. So 98% of the ones you see out there have 26″ barrels – especially the Sporters (the ones with straight stocks, rather than pistol grips). BSS are modern guns, and they’re made with moderns steel and meant to be used with modern ammo. So this one here is pretty worry free. The only thing you might want to do is open the chokes a bit for steel ammo. Other than that, it’s ready for the field, and just about anything that flies you way.

Browning BSS Sporter, Staight grip, 12 gauge, 28" barrels
Browning BSS Sporter, Staight grip, 12 gauge, 28″ barrels

Browning BSS Sporter, Staight grip: Price: $1,899.99

Manufacturer: 1984
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 3
Metal Condition: Very Good
Wood Condition: Very Good
Bore Condition: Very Good
Barrels: 28
Triggers: Single Selective
Stock Dimensions: 1 5/8″ DAC, 2 1/2″ DAH, 14 1/4″ LOP
Butt Pad: Factory Butt Plate
Weight: 7 lb. 10 oz.
Chokes: Full/Modified
Extras: Box

Good gun alert: 20g Fox Sterlingworth, 28″, ejectors…

20g Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun, 28" barrels, Ejectors
20g Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun, 28″ barrels, Ejectors

Here’s a double a lot of guys are looking for – and for good reason. Fox Sterlingworths are great American doubles. Finding one in 20g with this much condition, 28″ barrels and ejectors is tough to do.

If you like the looks of it, get on it now. It’s online and the auction ends 9/15/13 19:05:0. Here are the spec from the seller:

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth, 20 ga. side by side shotgun. Serial #263097, mfg. 1929. Very good condition. Oh boy, oh boy, we have a Prom Queen here! Go get the crown! Beautiful and elegant 20 ga. Sterlingworth on the small frame with ejectors and CONDITION: 70% fading case colors and 95% blue on the barrels! Yee haw! Nice tight action. 28″ ribbed barrels. Bright bores. Choked M/F. Marked “Savage Arms Corp., Utica, N.Y. USA” on top of left barrel and “Sterlingworth Fluid Compressed Steel” on right top of barrel. Original stock has some hunting marks as expected. Hard buttplate. Ejectors work great! Double triggers. All original and gorgeous!

Good gun alert: 16 gauge A.H. Fox AE, straight grip, 2-barrel set…

Fox AE 16 Gauge Two barrel set with Single Selective Trigger,
Fox AE 16 Gauge Two barrel set with Single Selective Trigger,

Here’s another nice Fox that just hit the market. The price seems a little high, but as sellers always say: Go find another one for less. If you try, I bet you’ll be looking for a long time.

Fox AE 16 Gauge Two barrel set with Single Selective Trigger, Straight grip stock: Very nice Fox AE grade 16 Gauge Fox Two barrel set with Kautzky single selective trigger and one set of 28″ barrels and another 30″ set. TWO forends! Straight grip English style stock with 14″ Length of Pull to one inch leather covered pad. Stock is original to the gun, and so serial numbered. Splinter forends. Gun was sent back to Fox after it was built to have the second set of barrels and forend fitted. Both sets of barrels and both forends carry the gun’s serial number. Gun is very well balanced, and I have used it to hunt pheasants the last two seasons. Serial number is 303xxx. Gun weighs 6lbs 13 ounces with the 30″ barrels and 6 lbs 7 ozs. with the 28″ barrels. 28″ barrels are choked IC / MOD and 30″ barrels are choked Full / IMP Mod. Price: $8,995.00

Fox AE 16 Gauge Two barrel set with Single Selective Trigger,
Fox AE 16 Gauge Two barrel set with Single Selective Trigger,
Fox AE 16 Gauge Two barrel set with Single Selective Trigger,
Fox AE 16 Gauge Two barrel set with Single Selective Trigger,
Fox AE 16 Gauge Two barrel set with Single Selective Trigger,
Fox AE 16 Gauge Two barrel set with Single Selective Trigger,
Fox AE 16 Gauge Two barrel set with Single Selective Trigger,
Fox AE 16 Gauge Two barrel set with Single Selective Trigger,

 

Buying a shotgun? Here’s the word that matters most…

Holland & Holland Royal Express Double Rifle in 375 Ex
Holland & Holland Royal Express Double Rifle in 375 Ex. Is that finish original?

I was raised on gunshops and gunshows – rows of beat up guns, surly guys, rusty junk, and every now and then an OK double.  Today, most of my firearms shopping happens online, and it’s amazing how many nice shotguns I can see.

To date, I’m sure I’ve read over a million listings for side-by-side, double rifles, and over unders. (I need a more productive hobby) One of the thing I’ve learned: What a listing doesn’t say is more important than what it does say. A lot of sellers leave out important stuff. Sometimes these omissions are subtle, but significant.

These listings are a good examples of this phenomenon. Even though they say a lot, there’s one word  they don’t mention (even though one of them bounces all around it). Can you guess the word?

Holland & Holland Royal Express Rifle in .375EX: Barrel finish slightly faded and some wear; case color has some wear at edges; scope finish has handling marks. Wood has some minor dings and marks; overall very good. 26″ bbls, 2 1/2″ chambers. Bright; strong rifling. Oil finished walnut stock with raised cheek piece and checkered pistol grip; case colored engraved grip cap with trapdoor. 9 lbs 13 ozs with scope. Changeable front blade with 3 leaf express rear/ Voigtlander scope on quick disconnect. Factory leather bound case and accessories; compartment in pistol grip contains 2 extra firing pins and extra front sight and screw. 15 1/2 LOP. Price: $29,999.00

Boss Best 16g: #65XX: 27″ 003 AND 009. Self opener, Double trigger, Splinter forearm, English grip, Excellent condition in maker’s case. 5lbs 15oz. 2 3/8 X 14 1/4 overall including 1/2″ pad and 1/2″ spacer. Price: $65,000

A.H. Fox A Grade, 16ga:  28” barrels choked M/IM.  Chromox Barrels, Philadelphia PA gun, 100% new and unfired.  Large bold engraving. Capped pistol grip, butt plate, splinter forend. 100% case color, 100% barrel blue and 100% wood finish. A perfect example. Price: $6,995

The word’s ORIGINAL Is its omission a big deal? Probably not, especially if the seller is willing to confirm it in writing. But if the seller balks…well, that would make me worry.

Good gun alert: a solid 12 gauge Webley & Scott 700…

12 gauge Webley & Scott Model 700 double barrel shotgun on Gunbroker.com
12 gauge Webley & Scott Model 700 double barrel shotgun on Gunbroker.com

If there’s a side-by-side that you could call the perfect starter double, Webley & Scott’s 700 is the gun. A basic boxlock built on the tried and trued Anson & Deeley action, 700s were made for decades.

They’ve always been great guns, and if you’re looking for a solid, reliable English shotgun that’s on the affordable side, it’s a great choice.

The one you see here, looks like it can be bought for $3,000 – a great price for a solid Birmingham boxlock in nearly-new condition. If this shotgun looks good to you, get on it now. The auction ends Wednesday, 6/12/2013 @ 12:07:43 PM ET.

12 gauge Webley & Scott Model 700 double barrel shotgun on Gunbroker.com
12 gauge Webley & Scott Model 700 double barrel shotgun on Gunbroker.com

Here’s more about it from the seller:

Webley & Scott 700 series 12ga 28″ barrels mod/full: in about 93% condition with a small area of freckling on right barrel. LOP is 15″ to front trigger w/ original Silvers pad. Case colors are strong.

Good gun alert: a 28 gauge Parker Reproduction DHE 2-bbl set…

Parker Reproductions Parker DHE 28 Ga 2-barrel Set, on Gunbroker.com now
Parker Reproductions Parker DHE 28 Ga 2-barrel Set, on Gunbroker.com now

Since their introduction in 1984, the price on Parker/Winchester Reproduction shotguns has only gone one way: UP. If you’re looking for a chance to get a deal on a nice one, this may be it. This 28 gauge DHE 2-bbl set is on Gunbroker.com now. I’m not sure what the reserve is, but cross your fingers, bit what you think is fair, and hope that it’s low. But hurry this online auction end on 6/2/2013 @ 9:41:59 PM ET.

Here’s more about the shotgun from the seller:

Parker DHE 28 ga., 26 and 28 in. barrels factory numbered to receiver, boxlock action, ejectors, single selective trigger, splinter forend, pistol grip stock, skeleton steel butt plate, engraved in DH style, case hardened frame, rust blue barrels, original paperwork, leather trunk case w/keys and snap caps. Case has some wear marks. Condition is like new.

Parker Reproductions Parker DHE 28 Ga 2-barrel Set, on Gunbroker.com now
Parker Reproductions Parker DHE 28 Ga 2-barrel Set, on Gunbroker.com now.

Great duck gun alert: a 12 gauge Browning BSS with 28″ barrels…

12 gauge Browning BSS, Double Barrel Shotgun, 28" barrels
12 gauge Browning BSS, Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ barrels

When it comes to duck hunting, pumps and autoloaders are the shotguns you’re most likely to share space with in a blind. If you do see a double, it’s probably an O/U working. So if you prefer side-bys-sides, you may think you don’t have any options.

Fortunately you do, and  this Browning BSS is one of them. It’s also about as good a duck gun as you’ll ever find. With 28″ barrels, a reliable single trigger, and enough beef to soak up heavy rounds, it can deliver the medicine to just about anything you can decoy in.

12 gauge Browning BSS, Double Barrel Shotgun, 28" barrels
12 gauge Browning BSS, Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ barrels

Wondering about steel shot? Don’t worry. From what I’ve been told, the barrels on a Browning BSS should be fine with steel loads in the smaller shot sizes. Just be sure the chokes are open enough to handle it (I’ve been told that Modified is as tight as you should go).

Here’s more about this shotgun from the seller:

12 gauge Browning BSS Side-by-Side Double-Barrel Shotgun: 28″ Mod & Full 3″ chambers, single select trigger, ejectors, Beavertail, Pistol Grip, Excellent Condition with Light Blue Wear, Light Handling Marks. 7lb 10oz X 2 3/8 X 1 1/2 X 14 1/4. Price: $1,295.00

12 gauge Browning BSS, Double Barrel Shotgun, 28" barrels
12 gauge Browning BSS, Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″ barrels

Bargain bird guns: This nice double doesn’t cost a fortune…

20 gauge B.C. Miroku / Charles Daly Double Barrel O/U Shotgun
20 gauge B.C. Miroku / Charles Daly Double Barrel O/U Shotgun

I like shotguns (obviously, right?) and it’s easy for me to get caught up in the stuff that I can’t afford. Even though I appreciate their quality, and the skill that goes into making them, I know my chances of  owning a pristine Purdey side-by-side or Boss over-under are pretty slim.

Fortunately, I don’t have to spend huge amounts of money to get a nice double. Neither do you.

Just check out the 20 gauge Miroku/Charles Daly O/U that you see here. It’s a good looking, well made shotgun, and it costs less than one of those ugly Benelli Super Eagle things.

People have called these O/Us the poor-man’s Citori. But I would call them the wise-man’s bargain. They’re basically the same gun at 1/2 the price. There’s nothing “poor” about making a smart deal like that.

20 gauge B.C. Miroku / Charles Daly Double Barrel O/U Shotgun
20 gauge B.C. Miroku / Charles Daly Double Barrel O/U Shotgun

Good gun alert: 12 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland game…

12 gauge Savage - Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge Savage – Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game Double Barrel Shotgun

Here’s another 12 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game that just hit the market.  Fox added the Skeet & Upland Game Gun to their line in 1935 to “…meet the demand for a moderately priced skeet and upland game double gun”. They were offered in 12, 16 & 20 gauge, and with 26″ & 28″ barrels.

This was delivered in 1935, so it’s one of the first Skeet & Upland Game Guns that Fox/Savage Arms made. It looks pretty used, and the price seems high. But I bet it will be done in a few days.  Guys really want these doubles, and there aren’t that many of them out there.

Here are the details on it from the seller:

12 gauge Savage - Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge Savage – Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game Double Barrel Shotgun

FOX STERLINGWORTH RARE SKEET AND UPLAND GAME 12GA:  26″ SKEET AMD 1/4 CHOKE, STRAIGHT GRIP. THIS GUN MODEL WAS ONLY MADE 1935 – 1945. THIS ONE WAS MADE IN 1935. 95+% BARREL BLUE WITH SOME FRECKLING, TRACES OF CASE IN PROTECTED AREAS, TIGHT ACTION WITH LEVER TO THE RIGHT, EXC. BORES, NICE WOOD SHOWING SOME HUNTING USE, RARE STERLINGWORTH WITH LETTER. Price: $3,250.00

12 gauge Savage - Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge Savage – Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game Double Barrel Shotgun

You have to check out this awesome J.P. Sauer Deluxe side by side…

12 gauge J.P. Sauer Deluxe Grade Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge J.P. Sauer Deluxe Grade Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

If you’re into nice shotguns, James D. Julia’s firearms auctions are a big deal. Held in the spring and fall, these sales bring some of the world’s finest shotguns and rifles to market.

This J.P Sauer Deluxe side-by-side is one of those great shotguns. Doubles like this rarely hit the open market. If you’re a gun nut like I am, just seeing something this exceptional is a thrill. Here are all the details on it from the auctioneerL

12 gauge J.P. Sauer Deluxe Grade Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge J.P. Sauer Deluxe Grade Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

Lot 2206: AN EXCEPTIONAL DEEP RELIEF CARVED AND GOLD INLAID J. P. SAUER DELUXE GAME GUN: SN 122896. Cal. 12 ga. This wonderful top of the line Sauer gun has 29-3/4″ chopper lump bbls with raised, concave, matted rib, engraved “J. P. Sauer & Son” in milled out portion. Tops of bbls are engraved with Krupp steel information and 3-ring logos. Bbl flats are stamped with German imperial proofs, caveman logos, and are engraved “Prussia”. There are 2-1/2″ triangles of exquisitely detailed and beautifully carved, high relief, large, scrolled, open, shaded acanthus at breech ends; muzzles with more scroll and geometric bands. Scallop-backed boxlock action features non-automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), side clips, hidden crossbolt third fasteners, and double triggers. It is engraved with the same classic scroll as found on bbls, except acanthus leaves are more pronounced.

12 gauge J.P. Sauer Deluxe Grade Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge J.P. Sauer Deluxe Grade Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

This exceptional scroll frames wonderfully detailed vignettes of feathered game; with relief gold inlaid trio of partridge on left; pair of flying geese over marsh on right; and family group of black grouse, one cock, lyre tail spread, standing on rock; with two onlooking hens. Blued top lever has pierced acanthus carved thumbpiece. Trigger guard, with matching scroll, has gold inlaid retriever on bow, and SN at grip. Dark, nicely streaked, and full fiddle figured European walnut steel capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/4″ over matching scroll engraved skeleton steel buttplate. A gold shield is on toe line engraved “G. P.” Side panels are nicely carved with relief scrolled acanthus. Checkering is of standard point pattern. Matching splinter ejector forend has Anson release.

12 gauge J.P. Sauer Deluxe Grade Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge J.P. Sauer Deluxe Grade Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

Bore diameter: left-.727, right -.722. Bore restrictions: left -.035 (Full), right -.026 (Mod). Wall thickness: left -.028, right -.036. Drop at heel: 2-1/4″, drop at comb: 1-5/8″. Weight: 7 lbs. 4 oz. LOP: 14-1/4″. Included with gun is Abercrombie & Fitch hang tag giving specifications, with a price of $500.00.

Skeleton Buttplate on the 12 gauge J.P. Sauer Deluxe Grade Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
Skeleton Buttplate on the 12 gauge J.P. Sauer Deluxe Grade Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

PROVENANCE: Letter from Griffin & Howe with specifications for gun, as taken on consignment in 1953. It was sold in 1953 for $500.00. Hang tag.

CONDITION: Excellent. Bbls retain essentially all of a factory quality re-blue, with minimal polishing and loss to engraving. Action retains a considerable amount of its orig case hardening color, vivid where protected. High edges and tops of engraving have wonderful hand worn brilliant silver patina, to very fine effect. Top lever is silvered at thumbpiece. Stocks retain what appears to be their orig finish with a few minor marks. Checkering is slightly worn. Bores are excellent, bright and shiny throughout with evidence of a dent being removed from left bbl, 9″ back from muzzle. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are perfectly timed. Close inspection of this fine shotgun leaves no doubt as to why these are often referred to as “Masterpiece” guns. Tag is fine.

ESTIMATE: $20,000 – $30,000

Gripcap on the 12 gauge J.P. Sauer Deluxe Grade Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
Gripcap on the 12 gauge J.P. Sauer Deluxe Grade Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

Good gun alert: 12 gauge Beretta/ Cole Custom 686 Onyx O/U…

12 gauge Beretta/ Cole Custom 686 Onyx O/U shotgun
12 gauge Beretta/ Cole Custom 686 Onyx O/U shotgun

If I had to pick one double for all my bird hunting, it would this 12 gauge Beretta/ Cole Custom 686 Onyx Over Under. With 28″ barrels, screw-in choke tubes, and double triggers, it could do it all from grouse in Maine to pheasants in the Dakotas.

12 gauge Beretta/ Cole Custom 686 Onyx O/U shotgun
12 gauge Beretta/ Cole Custom 686 Onyx O/U shotgun

Cole Gunsmithing in Harpswell, ME, has been turning out custom Beretta O/Us for a while now. If you went to them and ordered one like this today, it would probably run you $3,500- $4,000. That means this one is a pretty good deal at
$2,795.

12 gauge Beretta/ Cole Custom 686 Onyx O/U shotgun
12 gauge Beretta/ Cole Custom 686 Onyx O/U shotgun
12 gauge Beretta/ Cole Custom 686 Onyx O/U shotgun
12 gauge Beretta/ Cole Custom 686 Onyx O/U shotgun

 

Can a butt-pad cost $1220?

20 gauge Browning Superposed Lightning O/U Shotgun, 1961
20 gauge Browning Superposed Lightning O/U Shotgun, 1961
20 gauge Browning Superposed Lightning O/U Shotgun, 1962
20 gauge Browning Superposed Lightning O/U Shotgun, 1962
20 gauge Browning Superposed Lightning O/U Shotgun, 1962
20 gauge Browning Superposed Lightning O/U Shotgun, 1962

When it comes to vintage shotguns, original condition is king. The more original condition a double has, the more people want it — 100% of the time. OK, but how much more are they really willing to pay for it?

Check out these two 20 gauge Browning Superposed Lightnings that just sold over at GunRunnerAuctions.com.

This first one was made in 1961. It has 26 1/2″ barrels and it’s is in excellent, all original condition. The selling price: $2520.

Now take a look at this one. Even though it was made in 1962, and its essentially the same shotgun, it sold for $1300. It even has 28″ bbls, something guys really want today.

So why did it sell for so much less? Because someone messed with the stock. Cutting it and then adding that spacer and pad chopped off $1220 of the shotgun’s value.

 

 

Auction alert: lightweight 12 gauge Prussian Lindner Charles Daly side by side

Prussian. Lindner-made Charles Daly Empire Grade Double Barrel, Side by Side, Boxlock ejector, Shotgun
Prussian. Lindner-made Charles Daly Empire Grade Double Barrel, Side by Side, Boxlock ejector, Shotgun

Here’s another Charles Daly side-by-side that’s selling at auction tomorrow. This is a Prussian/Lindner-made Daly, and if you follow this blog at all you know how much I like these shotguns. If you don’t follow it, you can read more about these Prussian/Lindner-made Dalys here.

Prussian Charles Daly Empire Grade Double Ejector shotgun: Serial #1051, 12 ga., 28″ matted rib Krupp steel barrels choked skeet and improved modified with bright excellent bores. The barrels retain 98% original blue having scattered scratches, particularly around the breech end and some fading at the muzzles. The scalloped frame is embellished with a panel of scroll and the Charles Daly name on both sides and it exhibits 80% vibrant case colors with some fading around the balls of the fences and on the bottom plate. The triggerguard also exhibits good color but showing a silver tang.

Prussian Charles Daly Empire Grade Double Ejectorgun, 12 gauge, Lightweight
Prussian Charles Daly Empire Grade Double Ejectorgun, 12 gauge, Lightweight

The nicely figured round knob pistol grip stock rates very good to excellent having a few handling marks over a gentle refinishing and very fine checkering with some rounded diamonds. The splinter forearm has a lever release which still exhibits some fading color and an ebony tip, and also rates very good to excellent as lightly refinished with fine crisp checkering.

The stock has a gold monogram plate in the toeline and an expertly added leather covered recoil pad providing a length of 14 1/4″ and drops of 1 5/8″ at the comb and 2 1/2″ at the heel with no cast. The gun features double triggers, ejectors, and automatic safety, and weighs 6 lbs. 3 ozs. This is a beautiful Lindner Daly built with the precision and craftsmanship that is the hallmark of these early Prussian doubles, and would make a wonderful lightweight upland double. (Estimate $3000/$4000)

Good gun alert: a 20 gauge Charles Daly side by side…

20 gauge Charles Daly double barrel shotgun
20 gauge Charles Daly double barrel shotgun

Charles Daly “made” some of my favorite double-barrel shotguns. I say “made” because Charles Daly was an importer and a marketer, not an actual gunmaker. Starting around 1875, he formed a partnership with August Shoverling and together they imported firearms under name “Charles Daly”.

Most of these side-by-sides were made in the Suhl region of Prussia, the most famous ones by the Lindner family of gunmakers. Charles Schilling also made shotguns under the Charles Daly name and I think this little 20 gauge is one. It’s up for auction now, so you could get a deal on it. But hurry, the auction ends in less than 24 hours.

Even though the Schilling-made Dalys differ a bit from the Lindners, they’re still very well made shotguns. If you’re looking for a lightweight 20g for upland hunting, this would be a good way to go.

20 gauge Charles Daly double barrel shotgun
20 gauge Charles Daly double barrel shotgun
20 gauge Charles Daly double barrel shotgun
20 gauge Charles Daly double barrel shotgun
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