Side by Sides

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by Blueguns, Sep 15, 2012.

  1. Blueguns

    Blueguns New Member

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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?
     
  2. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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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.
     

  3. LandMonster

    LandMonster New Member

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    They are making a comeback.
     
  4. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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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.
     
  5. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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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.
     
  6. Blueguns

    Blueguns New Member

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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.
     
  7. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    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.
     
  8. cottontop

    cottontop Guest

    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.
    cottontop
     
  9. Virginian

    Virginian Active Member

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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.
     
  10. Blueguns

    Blueguns New Member

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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.
     
  11. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    It's a matter of personal taste. Back when I did some shotgun hunting, I preferred a SXS to an O/U by a mile. I lost interest in birds a long time ago, but I still have my 16 ga Winchester 24 and my little 18 inch barrel Savage 311A.

    The little Savage, loaded with 00 buck, still takes a lot of rides with me in my truck.:p