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Are 1950’s era Webley & Scott 700 single triggers reliable?

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Percy Stanbury had a 700 with a single trigger, but, he also had Roland Bloomer to tune it.

I haven’t found a selective single trigger that was something I warned to own. English, or, otherwise. Non selective single triggers seem to have been less problematic in my orbit. But, less useful, in theory.

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Originally Posted by Ted Schefelbein
Percy Stanbury had a 700 with a single trigger, but, he also had Roland Bloomer to tune it.

I haven’t found a selective single trigger that was something I warned to own. English, or, otherwise. Non selective single triggers seem to have been less problematic in my orbit. But, less useful, in theory.

Good luck.

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Percy Stanbury’s gun was made in the 1920s long before the first 700 came out in 1949. It was most likely a 400 series shotgun.

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Originally Posted by Ted Schefelbein
Percy Stanbury had a 700 with a single trigger, but, he also had Roland Bloomer to tune it.

I haven’t found a selective single trigger that was something I warned to own. English, or, otherwise. Non selective single triggers seem to have been less problematic in my orbit. But, less useful, in theory.

Good luck.

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Have you had the opportunity to try a Miller SST, Ted? I have a Fox A Grade that's fitted with one. Needed a bit of adjustment after I first acquired the gun, but no problems since then. Safe is in the middle. Forward selects the R barrel, back the left. It's about as instantly selective as an SST can get.

I've owned a bunch of Ithaca imported SKBs over the years and have found their triggers to be quite reliable.

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Percy Stanbury’s gun was made in the 1920s long before the first 700 came out in 1949. It was most likely a 400 series shotgun.[/quote]


It was indeed a Model 400. From Crawford and Whatley's book on Scott guns: "Percy Stanbury, one of the most famous British shooting coaches, used his Model 400 Proprietary to claim 47 championships between 1926 and 1953."

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I recall seeing a W&S sxs at Holt's with double triggers : could be set to fire as ST R&L, or ST L&R, OR DT but cannot remember if trigger sequence was changeable on the DT setting. Kind of regret not going for it , but then again maybe not.

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Originally Posted by Konor3inch
Originally Posted by Ted Schefelbein
Percy Stanbury had a 700 with a single trigger, but, he also had Roland Bloomer to tune it.

I haven’t found a selective single trigger that was something I warned to own. English, or, otherwise. Non selective single triggers seem to have been less problematic in my orbit. But, less useful, in theory.

Good luck.

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Percy Stanbury’s gun was made in the 1920s long before the first 700 came out in 1949. It was most likely a 400 series shotgun.

I stand corrected. I wonder how much difference there would be from the single trigger installed in a 400, to the version used in the 700?

I haven’t heard great praise out of England for W & S single triggers. Just the opposite, actually.

Larry, after seeing the carnage inflicted on good English sidelocks to install the Miller, the removal of the intercepting sears being part of that, I lost interest in the Miller. I question why anyone would do that, to a great gun. I also learned to use double triggers so long ago that I have caught myself trying to grab the second trigger, on a single trigger gun, in a warm corner. And I despise the version in the Ruger, Browning, and Beretta, that uses the safety to choose the trigger. The Ruger version literally cost me birds a few times.

Just not recently.

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Ted,
I totally agree, after acquiring a number of double triggered guns, I've never gone back and wonder why a single trigger would be someone's first choice. I can understand the cold weather/heavy glove scenario, but for all other occasions not. The double trigger setup seems so intuitive to me.
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I have a single double with a single trigger, Karl. You nailed why I keep it around, cold weather with gloves. Well, that, and it was my Dad’s. Non selective, a compromise of sorts, but, after I refinished the wood, and cleaned, serviced, and lubed the action, it has been reliable.

Knock on wood.

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I have short fingers and when i was younger i could shoot double trigger guns well, but now at 81 fingers are not working so well and sst triggers are better for me. Bobby

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