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If you were going to shoot 100 clays every week always using light 7/8 oz loads in a older 12 ga gun, which would you choose between Dickson Round Action, Purdey, English boxlock? All comparable condition, fit etc. Do you think they would hold up equally well?


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It is one of those how long is a piece of string questions! Though if I was pressed I would say the box lock on the grounds of fewer moving parts to give mechanical problems.


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None of the above.
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I shoot my sxs boxlock duck guns often in the summer for clays.


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Mean time between failure analysis does not apply to any one individual unit.

The information you seek is not available, and any opinions are just that.

If you have a way to get such guns fixed when they break (and all guns break) then you can afford to play the game.

Personally, I don't.


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Boxlock.

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one would think the purdy, based upon the hype...

but, one should have a pair and ah loader don ja no...

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Frequency of repair, and cost of repair, aren’t the same thing.

Having ruined more than a dozen basic shooter class shotguns shooting clay sports over the last 25 years, I would say, a decent box lock with longer barrels like maybe a BSS, it’s about as good as you can do.

Myself, I have grown tired of sending guns off to be repaired.

Here in the United States, having a gun re-jointed is many times more expensive than it is in the UK, so, it’s a much bigger deal when your gun starts to get loose.

The browning side-by-side’s, truly are a great shotgun for the clay sports.

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No different here in UK tbh,any repairs will take an inordinate time to be done and money will not alter that timescale.Sad to say that it is simpler to buy a Spanish b/l and treat it as a disposable item when it fails .Best guns are for high days & holidays,so to speak.
If you want to shoot volume it really is best to go the o/u claybuster route imho.

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