Last weekend there was the 6th annual Southern SxS shoot at Deep River Sporting Clays in Sanford NC ( http://www.withersravenel.com/deepriver ... fault.aspx
). This was a big event with many vendors from all over the US. Many old SxS with high price tags. I was surprised to not find any guns like Dehaan. Perhaps it was the highbrow crowd there that just does not look at the Dehaan and sticks with old Mod 21 Winchesters, Parkers, LC Smith, Berretta, and other "traditional " SxS (many of high end English guns as well, Purdeys, H&H and the like). I do not think a saw a single gun for sale under $1500.00, with many in the $5000.00+ range. Several in the $40,000 range!
I'm I missing something?? Why would I pay $1700.00 for a heavy used old LC Smith or Parker that needs complete restoration? Little or no blueing left, stocks in poor condition and some broken. Yes these are classic guns but most of these guns were in rough shape for the prices being asked. Not junk (no pitted bores) but not near new. Yes it is hard to beat the quality of a fully respored old SxS but with some of the imported new guns like DeHaan out there, why would I want to drop $1500.00 on an old gun to have to spend another $2000-$3000 to have it brought back to life? Prices have at least gone up by 50% on these guns in the last year if not more. The Mod 21s I saw were all in good to great shape with "normal" pricing on them for a Mod 21 ($4000 and up).
I guess what I'nm asking from the SXS shooters and owners out there, is there really such a quality difference in these old SXS to warrent the high $$ for them. Since most folks are not out there burning up a clays course every weekend with a SXS , would a person not be better off with a new gun from a good Mfg? Something like a Dehaan? I do not own a Dehaan, but have seen and handled one and the guns look great for the price. Tight good wood to metal fit. Sure they are not up to the quality of a Mod 21 out of the custom shop but they are one tenth the cost or less.
I'm a firm believer in quality and paying a little more for a better product , but I'm hard pressed to see paying 2 , 3, 4, or 5 times for an old beat up SxS when I can get a new yet over seas made new gun.
Maybe next year we can get Dehaan down there to show off their stuff?