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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-04-2010, 03:48 PM Thread Starter
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side by sides

I would like to get a 12 ga double barrel side by side for hunting, sporting clays and possibly cowboy action shooting.

Right now, I can only afford about $300.

Can I get a decent side by side for that price? I stopped at dicks and saw a Stoeger for about $300 new.

I don;t plan on putting more that 5-600 rounds thru it per year.

Can I get a decent gun used for under $300?

I'd like to get into the sporting clays and do some upland hunting with it this year if possible. But If I have to spend closer to $500, it will be next year for sure. On a very limited income.

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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-04-2010, 03:57 PM
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Re: side by sides

"Can I get a decent gun used for under $300?"

I doubt it (although you may get lucky). Maybe a low end Stevens 311...but even "cheap" used (Savage Fox B Models) are going for $500+ from what I've seen. I can understand your situation. The Stoeger may be your best bet for $300. Good luck.

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Re: side by sides

get a used 311, better gun than the stoeger
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post #4 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-04-2010, 06:11 PM
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Re: side by sides

Do some research before you buy anything?

That is all the advice I can give you. $300 is on the very very very low end in the world of side by sides.

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Re: side by sides

I got a used Remington Spartan for around $300. I traded a Stoeger on it and after shooting the two I think the Stoeger is a nicer gun to shoot.

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Re: side by sides

I have a Baikal in 20 ga. Not the prettiest but a lot of pheasants have fallen to it.

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Re: side by sides

Same here and I don't have any concerns about its looks or how I treat it in the woods. It's a rough gun and rough treatment is not an issue. However, I have heard that it's not easy to find a gunsmith to make repairs.

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Re: side by sides

Thanks for the advice, Guys!
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Re: side by sides

I recently got a Ithica/SKB for $500. They are sweet doubles for sure. Very light weight and a pleasure to carry.
I had the Spartan and hated it. It had the double triggers and often fired both barrels at the same time with a pull of the front trigger.

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It had the double triggers and often fired both barrels at the same time with a pull of the front trigger.
WoW! My old O/U has double triggers and it never did that!

It says something about quality of the spartan when a 72 yr old, well used, US made shotgun still functions like a new gun.

I've had the opportunity to shoot clays w/ a selective trigger O/U and could not get used to it after all the years of feeling which trigger I wanted to use...my rear trigger is the top barrel w/ the tighter choke...

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