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Old 02-08-2014, 03:41 PM
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An inexpensive SxS option could be an older Savage 311. I've had a plain jane 311 in 20 ga since 1969 and it's still the only shotgun I own that I any good with on birds. It was my 16th birthday present from my dad and grandfather.
They each gave me one barrel.

I believe you could grab one for under $400.00 in decent shape. Maybe considerably under $400.00 is you don't mind a few honest wear marks.

They weren't the prettiest, and maybe not the finest stock fit, but they were and are servicable SxS's.
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Old 02-16-2014, 09:47 PM
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Originally Posted by emtrescue6
What specifically do you want to do with it? Older shotguns can be great investments...

Thanks for all the replies. Sorry I have not been on here lately. It will mainly be an addition to my collection but I also want it functional to hunt with. I would like to get my hands on a 12 gauge but that would not be a show stopper.
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Old 06-08-2014, 08:25 AM
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I have been a double gun shooter since I was in my early teens. I have a 16 ga Stevens 311. After that gun I got a weatherby O/U 12 ga when I was in my 30's. I love that gun and when it came time for my kids to shoot a shotgun I got them a Weatheryby O/U 20 ga. When they are not shooting it I am.
Then one day I was in a local sporting goods store and I saw a Browning BSS 20 ga. I asked about it and found out it was owned by an older guy that used to take me hunting when I was a kid. He had traded it off on a new gun. I found out that the gun was for sale but it would not shoot the second barrel. I told everyone I knew to buy it because I knew it was a great gun. My wife went in a bought it and talked them down to 200 dollars. I took the gun apart and the trigger was gummed up. All I did was clean it with break cleaner and it has been working for the last 20 years.
My BSS is my go to gun when pheasants and Chukar are in the latter season and are getting up way out there. I love that old gun. Rom
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Old 06-09-2014, 03:01 AM
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My brother bought a Itchia/skb SxS in the early 1970's in 12ga. I've shot it and didn't care for the view, told him was like looking across a pair of culverts. He used it for years and was happy with it except early Partridge season. Leaves still on and you need a very quick shot gun to do well on them. He bought a Stevens 311 in 20ga. then had the chokes opened up on it. He loves the thing.

My self I am a OU guy. I own a pair of Beretta siver snipes one a 20GA mod and inporv cylinder and a 12ga. full and mod. I got into sporting clays heavy for a while and used my wife's Charles daily 12ga for a while with fair results . Finally broke down and bought my self a SKB with Hastings changeable chokes. Like it quite well.

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Old 06-10-2014, 04:09 AM
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The Citori is a great shotgun. I love the o/u in a shotgun. I find that the side by sides are kind of like pointing a fist at a bird.
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