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#615763 06/13/2022 9:44 PM
by Parabola
Just bought one at auction, not seen it yet.

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Bottom gun, top is a Valmet Skeet.

Johnny at ProofhouseTGS/TGS Outdoors on YouTube is at least partly to blame.

I know I have read an article on SKB in DGJ in recent years.

Can anyone remember year or issue?

Or why I thought I needed it?

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#615766 Jun 13th a 10:09 PM
by LeFusil
Bought my first new one at G.U. in Omaha, Nebraska in 99’. A field 505. Great gun. My full time waterfowling piece nowadays is a old SKB built Weatherby Orion. Pretty damn tough guns…built to last that’s for sure. The Orion has been fed a lot of stout 1 1/4 Oz steel loads in its lifetime….and I just sent it back to SKB in Omaha to get a new top lever spring, an ejector spring and the locking bolt replaced. Not too bad for a 30+ year old gun that has seen a lot of legit use in its lifetime.

Parts are still available, factory maintenance is reasonably priced and do it yourself maintenance is pretty straightforward. Stout, simple, very well built guns.
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#615765 Jun 13th a 09:52 PM
by mc
I had one a long time ago always worked not bad looking. do you really need an excuse to buy one
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#615768 Jun 13th a 10:39 PM
by LeFusil
Originally Posted by Parabola
Thanks, that’s comforting.

Just hoping this one hasn’t been “rid hard and put away wet”.

If it has…’re in luck. Most all of the important parts are readily available….even new stock sets. If everything checks out and is on the up and up…..I’d go ahead and order a couple of mainsprings, a top lever spring, and a locking bolt. With those basic parts and minimal fitting….you’ll basically have a new gun if any of those parts happen to wear out on you. If the trigger hasn’t been monkeyed with too bad and works as it should….you’re in business.
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#615769 Jun 13th a 11:41 PM
by Entropy
Enjoy! Carried one as a grouse gun for many years. 20ga. Choked SK/SK. Wonderful gun. About to gift it to my son. It’s always been a favorite of his. Now he’ll have zero reasons not to join me this fall.
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#615782 Jun 14th a 12:06 PM
by eeb
Johnny must have had one to sell.
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#615786 Jun 14th a 01:28 PM
by Parabola
At least mine is not the BSA SKB 500 one he was showing with the “why bother if that is all you are going to do?” few lines of engraving.

He did suggest looking for SKB instead of a BSA SKB.
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#615802 Jun 14th a 06:11 PM
I would say late 70's for the SKB. They were all great guns
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#616998 Jul 24th a 01:41 PM
by Parabola
Collected it now. It has clearly seen a lot of use, but not “rid hard and put away wet” as I had feared.

Not had a chance to shoot it yet, but it goes “click” and “ping” at the right times.

Bores on both the the SKB, and the Valmet Skeet lotted up with it, are very clean and I suspect both were made with hard chromed bores.

Only remains to see if I can miss as many clays as usual?
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#617265 Jul 29th a 01:18 PM
by HistoricBore
So is this japanese-made SKB as good as my Nikko over-under, made in 1974?
This is a Browning style copy but without the holes in the bottom of the receiver. I believe that it was widely sold as the Winchester 101.

Now that I have opened out the full choke barrel to Skeet I am ready for standard steel cartridges here in (bone-dry) southern England!

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#617268 Jul 29th a 02:23 PM
by tut
Your Nikko was made by the same folks who built all the Winchester 101s made in Japan. I like the looks of them more then the SKB over unders. That said I really prefer the barrel selector on the SKB to the Winchester. The SKBs you can still get parts for. The Nikko made guns are really hit or miss on parts.
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#617269 Jul 29th a 02:30 PM
by Parabola
Both very well engineered to high Japanese standards (I wonder what the Japanese equivalent of “Who do you think you are working for - Cogswell and F****** Harrison” is?).

The SKB is copied from the Merkel over and under design. Mine is 1/4 and 1/2 choke so should cope with steel within reason.
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#617294 Jul 30th a 10:30 AM
by L. Brown
L. Brown
Late 70's would have been too late for Ithaca SKB.

Concerning Japanese proofs being recognized in Europe . . . they're not part of CIP.

When I first started shooting skeet, my mentor had a Model 500 20ga. Tire weights taped to the barrels. That gun had been shot a LOT!

For those looking for something a little different in an SKB OU, look around for a 680. That's the OU with straight grip vs PG. While the 280s (straight grip sxs) are relatively common, you don't see a lot of 680s.

If you've saved old issues of Shooting Sportsman, I did two articles on SKB doubles back in 2003: March/April and May/June.
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