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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Originally Posted by Blueguns
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.