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SKB, The Gibbs is indeed tops for elegance. One rifle I wish I'd never sold is a Gibbs 500 3" mint in the original case. Oh well. As for the side hammers, when young, I lusted for a Sharps. I couldn't afford a good one, and so I ended up buying an Alex Henry. It was an eye-opening experience. The Henry handled like a rifle you could actually carry and hunt with. You didn't need a mule-drawn wagon to haul it. I'd rate the 1885 Winchesters up there among the all-time top tier.


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Not having had any experience with any of the great English single shots, but having admired them from afar, I would have to bow to other's opinions therein.

As for American mass produced stuff suitable for an astonishing range of cartridges I have to nominate the Winchester High Wall, vintage or modern MVA. (An MVA action is headed in my direction as we speak, to be mated to a Ron Long .32-40 barrel.) For shear American elegance I love the Marlin Ballard, but they're becoming difficult for an old fart on a fixed income to own!

All that said, my go-to hunting rifles have been Ruger #1's.

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Not sure how anyone can resist a Ballard?

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You got me Vall, just send me one of those (it's only a few weeks past my birthday but I'll forgive your tardiness).

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Originally Posted by HalfaDouble
You got me Vall, just send me one of those (it's only a few weeks past my birthday but I'll forgive your tardiness).

They might get lonely away from their brethren!

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But with so many at home they probably wouldn't even notice if one was gone;-)

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Originally Posted by HalfaDouble
But with so many at home they probably wouldn't even notice if one was gone;-)


You're probably right. But I would notice! wink

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Originally Posted by rocky mtn bill
SKB, The Gibbs is indeed tops for elegance. One rifle I wish I'd never sold is a Gibbs 500 3" mint in the original case. Oh well. As for the side hammers, when young, I lusted for a Sharps. I couldn't afford a good one, and so I ended up buying an Alex Henry. It was an eye-opening experience. The Henry handled like a rifle you could actually carry and hunt with. You didn't need a mule-drawn wagon to haul it. I'd rate the 1885 Winchesters up there among the all-time top tier.

Cased Gibbs sporting rifles are extremely rare, I have only encountered a handful. I do have a best quality Gibbs action laying on the bench that will become a .303 sporter along with a spectacular stick of thin shell.


Hard to beat a nice Henry single. I do not own one at the moment but I will....


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Late to the party, but are you familiar with Soroka Rfiles of New Zealand?


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If you look for Soroka rifles on the web you will want to raise a mortgage on your house to buy one.

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