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SxS Doubles tough to shoot well

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by Steve Milbocker, Dec 18, 2020.

  1. MacAR

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    That's actually a Silver's red pad. My poor photography makes it look yellow. I had it put on at the same time I had the chokes opened up, shortly after I bought the gun. Originally it was full/full; useless for quail and dove. But after I had the work done, it became (and still is) blue murder on any flying critter. You might say its the center of my collection.

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  2. DM~

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    Here's the Remington 1900 (made in 1905) that I grew up with,

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    My dad bought it in the 40's for 10 bucks... The last four pheasants I shot with it, my dog put up two roosters, and I made a right then a left. I no more than picked them up, when my dog was on another track, and put up two more roosters! I made another right and left, double. To this day, that was my best pheasant day ever! lol

    These days I don't shoot it much at all, because I have a Krieghoff that's been stocked to fit me "perfectly", (proofed in 1935)

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    And I have another double, that I use for pest control,

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    It's just a fun gun to use!

    Anyway, I guess you can say, I LOVE doubles!!

    DM
     
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  3. Kingcreek

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    I shot enough pheasants and other small game years ago to fill a truck with a browning side by side. 12g BSS with 26" tubes. They are heavy for gauge and single trigger but it fits me and I shot it well. My dad found a 20g just like it and I have it now also. Both are miroku.
     
  4. Pete D.

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    4F481338-3BFA-43D7-A899-5E250B08CC7F.jpeg 85879BDC-81B7-4996-90EB-7389AB6A2F73.jpeg Nothing points like a SXS. Ye olde Parker.
     
  5. tachelberry

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    Practice shouldering the shotgun. Once you get the feel for it additional practice busting clays will likely improve your ability to shoot your double. Once you hone your skills I'm sure you will have a new found appreciation for doubles. A quality double is a very elegant and effective firearm.
     
  6. PapaG

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    My favorite bird gun is an Ithaca 100 20 ga, ic and mod. Can't hit a trap or skeet bird with it (and I'm a 94% shooter) but on dove, quail and (long ago) pheasant, wow.
     
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  7. George P

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    I can do just fine with my 20 SxS on a skeet field, but then I also shoot it low gun; and I'm using 3/4oz reloads in that 20 gauge
     
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  8. entropy

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    I'm more like Papa G; not so good on clays with a SxS, though better at Sporting Clays, because like George P, I start SC gun down-sometimes after leagues are over, I'll start practicee Trap rounds gun down, too, to get ready for pheasant season. But on live birds, the only thing I shoot better with is an 1100.
     
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  9. Bob Meyer

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    When I shoot a pump or O/U my eye is naturally sighting down the barrel. When I shoot a double my eye wsnts to sight down the left hand barrel (I'm left handed). However, I usually use the more open tube, I.e., the right hand tube. Doesn't work very well. When I switch to a double from something else it takes me a while to get used to sighting down the rib again.When I started shotgunning the only gun I had was my father's 28 gauge Ithaca double, and I had no trouble with doubles. It's the switching that causes me trouble.
     
  10. George P

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    Sounds like potential eye dominance issues (like your eyes switching) or the gun has the wrong cast (very likely)
     
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  11. Riomouse911

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    For me, almost all SxS shotguns that I’ve fired rise up under recoil and punch me in the beak with every shot. Because I don’t like shooting them I only have one, an older Lefever 16 ga cut down from 28” to 20” because the end of the barrels were badly pitted. I’ll break it out on occasion... but after a few shots I remember why I don’t shoot them much and put it away.

    I haven’t ever had a custom fitted SxS, so I’ll guess I just don’t fit them in standard trim very well. Your inability to shoot them well may be something that you can overcome with a fitted SxS.

    For whatever reason my O/U, pumps and autos don’t do this to me. :thumbup:

    Stay safe.
     
  12. George P

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    Older shotguns, as in from the 20s through the 50s, had a LOT of drop and do not generally tend to fit most folks today very well resulting in cheek slap. Why some of us keep preaching how important gun fit is to a shotgun (and rifles and handguns to some extent as well). Even a heavy gun with light loads will bruise a cheek or a shoulder if the fit sucks.
     
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  13. gnappi

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    SxS are all about fit, choke and bore patterning

    What are its chokes? Have you patterned it? if you patterned it did you find one barrel shoots better to POA than the other? Look up SxS shotgun point of aim and there are many discussions in Shotgunworld dot com about it.
     
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  14. tlf65

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    I have two doubles an Ithica 12ga made in 1922 that I've used for about 53 years, and a Steven's 16ga that was my FIL's.
     
  15. magyars4

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    Nice drilling what gauge/caliber?
    I remember now. We talked before..16 over ,6.5 or 7 rimmed?
     
  16. DM~

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    The Krieghoff is 16-16 8x57jrs for the rifle bbl...

    The hammer drilling is 16-16 9.3x72R.

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