A Surfeit Of Side By Sides!


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ACP230
June 19, 2005, 12:11 AM
When I close my eyes tonight I think I'll see side by side shotguns.
Not just any old side by sides either, ones that sell for from $2500 to $39,000 (and the odd eight-bore double rifle, "...suitable for elephant, old chap,")

I finally got to the Upper Peninsula Side By Side Classic. It's a three-day side by side shoot that's been going on 100 miles from me for several years.
There are various shooting stages for those who pay the fee and register, and, I found out belatedly, side shoots for those who just wander in and feel like burning powder.

I spent most of my time checking out the shotguns that dealers had on display. Twelve, 16, 20 and 28 gauges were represented. The guns were high quality and priced accordingly. Great wood, engraving, and designs that could make me forget my 16 gauge Marlin 90 and 20 gauge FIAS OUs. (There were a few over and unders and some pumps. I tried not to look at them, but some engraved Winchester Model 12s, and a .410 Marlin 90 did draw my eye.)

This was all accompanied by a steady bass line of shots fired in the various events. People taking it easy in the shade of a tent were discussing bird hunting and dogs. One of the dealers was going over the fine points of making Damascus-barreled Purdey's woods-ready again. Sleeving was mentioned and for $6,000 I could have had four neat old Purdeys to try it on.

Work schedules and sloth kept me from going to the U.P. Side by Side Classic before. They won't again.

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kudu
June 19, 2005, 09:11 AM
I wasn't there and I'm already drooling. Thanks for the run down on the show, but where was it at?

ACP230
June 19, 2005, 09:51 AM
The U.P. Side by Side Classic is held at the Sagola Township Sportsmen's Club near Channing, MI.
The nearest larger town is Iron Mountain.
More info at www.stsportsmen.com.

There are other side by side shoots too. One was held at Northbrook Sports Club in Hainesville, IL back in May.

Dave McCracken
June 19, 2005, 05:39 PM
Sounds like good fun, ACP. And seeing nice shotguns with eyes wide shut is not a bad thing....

I'm rather promiscious when it comes to shotguns. I like most of them. And that certainly includes SxS ones. If finances afforded, I'd add a few to the battery.

The Vintager events are pure D fun. Everyone should go see a few. Maybe even shoot in some......

BigG
June 20, 2005, 10:15 AM
Thanks for the report. I grew up in the LP. I think a SxS is truly the king of shotguns. Even a superposed takes a back seat to a finely balanced double, imho. There's just something about them that's - - right. YMMV JMTC ETC :)

ACP230
June 20, 2005, 11:21 AM
I'm mostly an over and under guy, but the side by sides I saw Saturday could convince me otherwise.

There was this little Hatfield two barreled set in 20 and 28 gauge...

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