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I have never owned or even shot a double side by side. I would like to some day own a nice one like a Beretta or Conn. arms. Any the question I have is why are they quite a bit more in price. They seem to be more expensive than a over under of the same quality. I could be wrong about the price difference, but it just seems that way. Is it more expensive to build or make a side by side.?Also how different than a ou do they shoot?
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Mfgs don"t move a lot of them, so production and inventory costs are high.SxS shotguns are a niche item, with probably less than 1 in 100 shooters interested in buying one. At my club I"ve seen less than a half dozen side by sides shot over the past couple decades, mostly lower end models, whereas we"ve seen dozens and dozens of high end Kolars, Krieghoffs, and Perazzis.
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They are niche guns, bird hunters love them (those who hunt quail, woodcock, and grouse) You can find SXS"s that cost more than the K & P trap guns, and also nice ones that fall into the same price range...I"m looking a nice AYA in 20ga right now, sort of an itch I need to scratch.
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A SxS shotgun set up for trap shooting in the hands of a good shot will leave no doubt in your mind concerning the guns abilities!Most of the top SxS manufacturers do take extra pains to regulate both barrels to print the same patterns at 40 yards, more than can be said of O/U manufacturers! Of course there are exceptions to all of this too. Monday guns can come from anywhere.I once owned a Winchester SxS model 24, mod and full. I added material to the comb in order to shoot trap with it. I won the toughest windiest 100 bird event I"ve EVER shot in with that old gun! Only 2 scores were in the 80s that day, I broke an 87!Don"t sell a SxS short, you may have to dine on some crow when it"s all said and done.HAP
The most REASONABLY priced SxS"s with all the bells & whistles come fromSpain. There are 4 or 5 brands that offer entry level ALL the way to BEST grade.Truly the SxS is excellent for bird hunting. They are easier to reload as they onlyBreak about half as far as the o/u. I prefer the straight or "English" stock withdouble triggers (if it has screw chokes so I can fire the left barrel first). The Britts invented the foweling piece......their birds were driven toward theshooter....so....they shoot tight choke (left barrel ,straight recoil for a right handshooter) then open choke. Here in America it is usually open then tight.You will love the feel & balance of a good sxs.
as above, not everyone makes them, so to get a higher end quality gun, you will probably pay more.I had one for a little while, its interesting to shoot, and what a sight picture, there"s a lot of barrel out there at the end.
I"m pushing 70 yrs. old. I have shot SxS exclusively for over 25 yrs. for hunting and shot them well over pumps, semi autos and O/U. A well fit SxS will magically move to the target if your focusing on the target. I don"t own a 12 ga. but only 20, 28 and .410. ga.
A Philadelphia made Fox Sterlingworth 12 ga will only set you back a 1000 bucks. Better if you deal well. A Parker in the lower grade can be had for less than 2000. These will make you smile when you shoot them. Esp if you get the stock fitted to you. I have shot Winchester, SKB, Beretta, and a few Spanish guns. None make me smile like my Fox Gun.

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You have a good question on the cost of newly manufactured side by sides. Miroku ("Browning") made the BSS in the 80"s and the price was near but a little higher than the Citori as I remember. Ruger tried hard to make a side by side at a cost close to their O/U and failed. The Turkish side by sides seem more expensive than their equivalent O/Us. Maybe it is just sales volume, but their seems to be more to it than that.
I agree on the Fox guns. Here is a pic of a nice 30" gun choked LM/LM..View attachment 742753View attachment 742769
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