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Old 09-15-2012, 04:31 PM   #1
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Other than the shorter barreled coach guns, it seems like you don't see many new side by sides these days. Why is that?


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Old 09-15-2012, 04:40 PM   #2
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i don't know for sure, other than they have fallen in popularity due to semi auto's and O/U's, maybe? most of the ones available are kind of pricey though.


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They are making a comeback.
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The pump and semi-auto shotgun have supplanted the double in most arenas except high end target and wing shooting. Technology got the best of them (for the most part) kind of like the demise of the flat head V-8 engine. OHV's became possible/viable with increases in technology. There will always be a market for nostalgic shotguns, just not much of a market share until the Feds ban the repeaters and we are forced into the gun control dark ages like England.
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I find my side by side is difficult to shoot. It's like looking down multiple planes. My eyes have a hard time choosing which line to follow. I plan on replacing it with an O/U.
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Thanks for the replies, I've always had a thing for side by sides, and was wondering if they were ever coming back. I'm glad to hear they are.
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Thanks for the replies, I've always had a thing for side by sides, and was wondering if they were ever coming back. I'm glad to hear they are.
i don't think they will totally die out, because there are still those that enjoy hunting and shooting with them. but due to other shotgun designs, i think that they will just become more expensive due to lack of them being made.
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The reason you don't see many new ones made in this country is really good ones are expensive to make. Regulating the barrels is time consuming and expensive. There is a lot of hand work that needs to be done on them and that is not cheap. Craftsmen to do this work are getting scarce. Also it seems like more people would rather have a lower quality gun that fires 3 shots than a quality one that fires two.
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Yep, same reason you do see a lot of 870s and 500s, money. A good side by side isn't cheap. But, they are a joy to shoot for some of us.
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I hope to own one someday, but I don't think it will be a new one. The Ithaca side by side that's in the "What do you guys think" thread is pretty awesome. Thats a shotgun I'd like to have.


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