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 Post subject: Re: Budget doubles
PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:56 am 
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freak007 wrote:

What am I looking for?

Reliable
New or used.
Under 1k, preferably closer to 600
26 or 28" barrels.
Single trigger (not a deal breaker)
Removable chokes
OU or SxS
12 or 16ga (if on a 16ga frame)

I would love a straight grip 16ga SxS with removable chokes, but I'm not sure such an animal exists within my budget...


The following comments are primarily concerning side-by-sides . . .

If you get past your removable choke requirement, your search will be MUCH easier. Removable chokes are overrated. Just figure out what you're going to use the gun for 70 percent of the time and have your chokes opened up to be appropriate for that. Heck, IC/MOD would likely cover 90 percent-plus of conceivable needs just fine.

There are lots of good field grade side by sides out there that can be bought for less than $1,000.

BTW, I bet once you start using double triggers on a side-by-side you won't want anything else.




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 Post subject: Re: Budget doubles
PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:19 am 
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Bladeswitcher, what have you got in stock?


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 Post subject: Re: Budget doubles
PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:55 pm 
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Rudolph31 wrote:
Bladeswitcher, what have you got in stock?


Nothing right now that fits the OP's want list. In fact, the only double gun I personally have for sale right now is an LC Smith (it's in the classifieds).


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 Post subject: Re: Budget doubles
PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:51 pm 
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Hear me out, I advise STRONGLY against a new double. For the money, you literally can not do better than a Ithaca made Lefever Nitro Special. In my opinion, they are the last true gem in affordable side by sides before things begun to be cheapened. That said, I know more than a few folks who swear on a Savage 311. Those run about half of what you quoted but do not think they are cheap guns. Just inexpensive. If you can get past brand new in the box guns you will likely be rewarded with many more years of trouble free service than with new guns.


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