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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.