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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-19-2013, 08:54 PM Thread Starter
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Opinions on "vintage" SxS's

So I'm now getting back into clays shooting after a 10 year break. Will most likely be shooting mostly trap with a round or two of sporting clays every month. My old reliable trap gun, my grandpaps Win Mod 12, won't cut it any more. I injured one of my non-dominant fingers and after about 20 rounds out of this gun my hand is killing me. I'm looking to save up for a gun over the next few months and was looking at O/U's. I'm not the best shot with them so it makes me leery to plunk down that kind of cash on something I might not be able to shoot. I've been looking at Browning & Beretta in the <$1500 range.

Here's where you can chime in. I have been looking at some older SxS's, AH Fox, Parker, Ithaca. I kind of like them, and I can shoot a SxS(I own 3 already). My only concern was if they would hold up to that kind of pounding. Part of me says there's no problem, they were good quality back then(like my 80 year old Mod 12 that still functions great). Any thoughts?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-19-2013, 11:13 PM
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Re: Opinions on "vintage" SxS's

You won't shoot a lot of trap with an old s/s that is not a trap gun, it will pound the stuffing out of you. A round or two is fine, more than that will have you black and blue. They made some of the best s/s ever in trap configuration, but they are a might bit more than $1500. If you are not sure of the investment, pick up a used Browning BT99. They are an excellent value, and if you don't like it, you can sell it and get your money back anytime. Unless you plan on getting into competitive doubles, two barrels are not necessary.

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Re: Opinions on "vintage" SxS's

Trapjaw, I have a browning sporting clays o/u. Bought new about 17-18 years back. Shot heavily for 6-7 years. 300-500 rounds a week,was part owner in clays course so could shoot for free. Have never had problem period. Look at some guns at some sporting clay courses, try them if you can. Clay shooting is different than skeet or trap as to gun fit. Had my gun fit pro by well worth money. But not that hard to come really close on your own if you want. have Fox side by side love them, they will hold up to the shooting but many people abuse them by slamming shut ect. But I don't think you would have problem with that. You can p.m. me if you think I can help, Thanks Blacksmith

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-20-2013, 10:27 AM
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Re: Opinions on "vintage" SxS's

Them holding up should be no problem.Even A lot of todays entry sporting clays guns are the same actions as field guns with longer barrels and different stocks etc to make them heavier to reduce recoil' but the actions are the same..
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Look at the german sxs like simson suhl, jp sauer, merkel. I've seen some VERY nice ones in your price range and those, you will give your grand kids. I don't know if anyone eve makes guns like this anymore. The Krupps fluid steel barrels are the strongest anywhere and light. Look on gunbroker or 757 arms.com read up on them, good luck
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Re: Opinions on "vintage" SxS's

TrapJaw,
Pick up an L.C. Smith Pigeon Grade in 20, 16 or 12 and shoot till your hearts content. Get ready to break out your check book however.
Happy Gunning.
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