Looking to buy a sxs the Ruger looks good and so does the Weatherby. I am not sure of the two. Asking for some opinions. I am shooting a o/u right now. If any body his any other suggestion. Thanks
???acechanley said:Look around for a Miroku, Browning BSS, or SKB. Saw a beautiful SKB at the range a few months ago 20 bore 28" barrels great wood and nice engraving you can find them for around $1000 or less. Some of the older Spanish guns are heavy and tend to fall apart, I have shot them and they just seem awkward to me.
This all makes sense.Shotgunguru said:I have not seen the Ruger in the "flesh" but from the photos it is clear that Ruger wanted to offer the good looks of the Dickson Round Action in a modern package. It is sad to see in the posts above that it is problematic because it is a pretty gun.
The Beretta Silver Hawk is a fine gun. It has its own type of action, not an adaptation of the Anson Deeley. It has all coil springs and cylindrical recesses in the receiver, so it is much stronger than the Anson actions with their square cuts.
All parts of the Silver Hawk are hardened throughout and it can be repaired without the need for hand fitting of parts, although it is doubtful it would ever need repair.
The Silver Hawk is identical mecahnically to the older 626 model, so it may pay to look for a used 626 and thereby save some money.
Looking at other guns, the Spanish makers, like Ugartechea, AYA and others make decent guns based on the Anson action. The AYA Iberia is a stout gun, with monoblock barrels at the low end of the scale. If you are talking more expensive look at the AYA boxlocks.
In these days of outsourcing make sure you look at the proof marks which show if the gun was proof tested, at what pressure and in which country. Most European countries belong to the Inernational Proof Committee and their guns must be proof tested before sale.
Avoid cheap sidelocks. The sidelock has 19 parts per lock which require hand fitting, it is unlikely a cheap one will be properly built.