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#609145 01/09/2022 5:16 AM
by Ted Schefelbein
Ted Schefelbein
Traded into another Darne last week:

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Mid 1970s vintage V19 20 gauge. Straight stock, swamped rib. I’m thinking the butt plate might be one of the urethane reproductions, as it is a little too perfect, and has not shrunk. That would be exactly one Darne plastic butt plate I’ve seen, in forty years, that hasn’t shrunk.

Interesting wood:

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Not too much to lug around. It is actually lighter in weight than my 28 gauge V19:

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Porky 28 gauge on the scale:

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Maintenance consisted of moving all the screws back into north/south alignment, expected after 45 or so years, clean and light lube. Someone decided to remove about .010” from each barrel, not sure if forcing cones or chamber length have been altered, and, mostly don’t care. Chokes come in about .008 and .027, call it IC and Full, I suppose. Stock does not appear to be cast either way, and LOP is an honest 14 3/4”. I would say it has been well cared for. Triggers both break well under the weight of the gun, my usual trigger test since my trigger scale died.

I have looked for a long time for a straight stocked, swamped rib 20 gauge Darne, to replace the gun pictured in The Double Gun Journal, a gun that I sold in a silly moment. Had a very hard time missing with that gun, and didn’t really know just what a gift that was.

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#609151 Jan 9th a 12:36 PM
by ClapperZapper
That’s great Ted!

Hopefully as you switch shooting sides, the lack of cast will be easy to adapt to.
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#609155 Jan 9th a 02:23 PM
by Argo44
smile - Les Francais sourient.
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#609160 Jan 9th a 03:38 PM
by canvasback
Looks good Ted
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#609149 Jan 9th a 12:19 PM
by L. Brown
L. Brown
Very nice gun, Ted. Congratulations! I keep looking at the pair of Vouzelaud 20's Hallowell has had for some time. I can live with the short LOP and probably the cast, but I'm not sure I can live with the drop. I remain a big fan of French guns, although I've given up on Darnes. Along with pretty much any other guns that aren't break action with a tang safety.
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#609153 Jan 9th a 01:41 PM
by 16 Shooter
16 Shooter
Good for you Ted. I have made a deal on a 20 gauge Darne as well that I should have in my possession in a few days. I will take some pictures of that one as well when it comes and have you post them to here to the board for me. Enjoy that straight English stock. I have a soft spot in my heart for those English stocks. That new stock of yours is a beauty.
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#609184 Jan 9th a 05:07 PM
by DaveB
Congratulations Ted, very nice!

I can’t tell, but does the gun have sling swivels or does it have the Darne detachable sling?
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#609230 Jan 9th a 08:41 PM
by Lloyd3
Cool unit Ted! have 9-months to get good with it. Those chokes are about perfect for the North Country.
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