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They don't say much but give me a funny look............


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I'm using a hammered SxS, some will ask what it is or look at it sitting in it's case in between rounds of skeet. Mostly the gun get curious looks and appreciation.


I have become addicted to English hammered shotguns to the detriment of my wallet.
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I was 20 years old and newly married, going to college in the daytime and working full time at night when my boss invited me to join his Saturday dove hunting group. I didn't own a shotgun and couldn't afford to buy one. I'd always borrowed one from my Dad (usually a 16ga M37) or from one of my grandfathers when we went hunting. When I thanked my boss for the invitation and told him why I couldn't accept he said he didn't have an extra gun but let him "work on it". When the next weekend rolled around he said, "Buy some 20ga shells. I've borrowed a gun for you." When we got to the dove fields, he opened the trunk, and handed me a SxS (a 311 as best I remember). I'd never had a double in my hands but as soon as I loaded it I looked up to a dove screaming straight in. Without thinking, I swung up through the bird and dropped him right in front of the group. I certainly didn't say a word and neither did they but they looked at each other and I looked at the double. "What is this magic gun?"

There have been a lot of doubles that have come into this happy home since that fine day and the "magic" hasn't dimmed. Momma still doesn't understand the attraction but "humors" me. In fact, I rolled the roadster out this morning and took her to her favorite restaurant to celebrate our 53rd anniversary.

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Originally Posted by FallCreekFan
I was 20 years old and newly married...

Nice little story, sir, and well-told. And may you and your Lady dine ad infinitum.

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Happy 53rd, FCF. Well done.

Most of the guys I hunt with are used to seeing me with S X Ss. Generally, before a dove shoot starts, they will walk up and ask what I'm shooting today. I hand them the double, tell them what it is, and they will usually ask how old it is. When I tell them the year some of them were built they look incredulous.

In a duck blind they will ask, sooner or later, "Is that 'Bo Whoop' ?", in reference to my big Super Fox.


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I pretty much shoot sxs shotguns, primarily hammer guns, almost all the time, including casual skeet and sporting clays, except on the trap field (most of my sxs are choked C or I/C and Mod). It's cause for comment at my club when I show up with something other than a sxs. I do have a handful of O/U guns and one lonely pump (a much worn Winchester Model 12 16 gauge with a Weaver choke system), but could happily live without any of them as long as I have the sxs.

As an aside, the Weaver choke system is so ugly it makes a Cutts look attractive.

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My eyes are SXS not one over the other!


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typical comment for me is....which is older, you or the shotgun?

best regards,

tom


"it's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards."
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