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O/U 40 46.51%
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Old June 3, 2010, 09:49 PM   #1
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O/U vs. SXS

What is your pick and why?

I just think a SXS looks much better, but wish I had both...
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Old June 3, 2010, 10:41 PM   #2
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I think O/U shotguns are some of the best looking guns out there.
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Old June 3, 2010, 11:18 PM   #3
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SXS but only because I cut my teeth on one.
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Old June 4, 2010, 12:01 AM   #4
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Gotta be a classic SxS, with double triggers, if I'm invited to shoot with the nobility, otherwise it's gotta be an O/U.
Why?… Because I can shoot higher scores with an O/U.
The wider SxS blocks my view of rising targets, and I prefer the narrower grip of a O/U's beavertail. On the technical side, an O/U is vertically regulated opposed to a SxS's horizontal. And, the O/U is free of the SxS's lateral eccentricity while resolving recoil.
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Old June 4, 2010, 02:27 AM   #5
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"....if I'm invited to shoot with nobility....."

Zippy, that's a good one....you crack me up.
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Old June 4, 2010, 02:37 AM   #6
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Both...

I like shooting a side by side because they are generally an oddity at most ranges and in the field...
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Old June 4, 2010, 04:47 AM   #7
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Waterengineer,
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Old June 4, 2010, 06:12 AM   #8
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Gotta go with Zippy for the same reasons, even though I just picked up a SxS with DT.....

if it's nobility, then something from the likes of DMB, Purdey, H&H, even lowly AyA would get the nod
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Old June 4, 2010, 08:45 AM   #9
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I shoot trap better with the SXS which goes against the odds. For me the swing of the SXS is more even.
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Old June 4, 2010, 12:27 PM   #10
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SxS, with double triggers, and exposed hammers.. Because all the critters I've ever seen had eyes like this..

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Old June 4, 2010, 12:54 PM   #11
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I'm still chuckling at Zippy's comment ...

but for me its an O/U ...and I'm not likely to wear a kilt and visit the lads in the old country anytime soon on a grouse hunt - but I would still take an O/U. For me, its the single sight plane that an O/U gives me and I sure don't want any double triggers on a gun .... / I like the single triggers.

I'm only 60 ( not nearly as old as Zippy ...) so I was never around any SXS's when I was a young fella ...(nobody in my family had that kind of money) ...so I've never developed an affinity for a SXS.
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Old June 4, 2010, 01:59 PM   #12
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SxS w/Double triggers for me - no other gun balances as well .
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Old June 4, 2010, 02:17 PM   #13
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I shoot both. O/u for clays, sxs for upland hunting.

If I had to choose only one it would be o/u but it would be a greatly diminished existence.
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Old June 4, 2010, 02:58 PM   #14
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I shoot both. O/u for clays, sxs for upland hunting.

If I had to choose only one it would be o/u but it would be a greatly diminished existence.
Same preference here. Having had the opportunities to be allowed to handle, fondle, and shoot some very nice SxS guns, my Savage/Fox BSE is probably going to be sold. (Similar to getting rid of the original old stogy wife for a newer model!.....)
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Old June 4, 2010, 03:11 PM   #15
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Ding, ding ding.....we have a weiner! Give that man a "C"-gar!

Agreed, the right answer is vertical barrels for stupid clay and horizontal for pheasants or chukar.

Although I do use a 28 ga O/U for those measly quail in GA nd FL.
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Old June 4, 2010, 03:18 PM   #16
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Although I do use a 28 ga O/U for those measly quail in GA nd FL.
If those are the "Plantation" or "Preserve" type of quail, a slingshot should be more than adequate with a 410 being overkill............
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Old June 4, 2010, 04:04 PM   #17
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now that's just mean ...picking on plantation hunters ...

(where else will the guys from NYC go to hunt and drink heavily / or drink heavily and hunt - without their wives hanging around for a few days ) ..??
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Old June 5, 2010, 07:44 AM   #18
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I shoot an O/u better, but a SxS is sexier. Its a sad fact, but there arent enough wild quail left to hunt in the SE. If it wasnt for pen raised birds there would be no quail hunting anymore. I have a few coveys on my property but, they dont get hunted. Theyre just too valuable. Most of the farms I grew up hunting, are now subdivisions full of northern transplants taking up valuable space while waiting to die.
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Old June 5, 2010, 08:12 AM   #19
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In a perfect world, O/U for clays, SxS for birds.
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Old June 6, 2010, 08:30 AM   #20
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Poll

Oh, you guys. Another poll asking me to do the impossible.
I voted sxs because that's what I hunt grouse with
but, y'know, with this trap shooting stuff, my next gun is probably going to be an O/U.
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Old June 9, 2010, 06:28 PM   #21
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O/U for games; SXS for game

Although this statement has been rare in my life: "I agree with the majority opinion." (Maybe it's because this majority is made up of hunters and shooters.)

I shoot O/U for games, SXS for game. I stole that phrase from Stephen Bodio but I don't think he'll mind.

I used to shoot most of my game with a 20 ga., but in the past few years I've gravitated to the 12 and the 28. I mostly hunt over my dog and friends' dogs. I prefer to hunt with a SXS 28 when I can. What doesn't feel ethical to hunt with the 28 (like wild flushing Kansas roosters on a windy day) I hunt with a SXS 12.

There are still a few places with good populations of wild bobwhite most years. Very few places left, I know. I'm lucky enough to have a standing invitation to one of them. The 28 is made for them; them, and my local grouse.
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Old June 9, 2010, 06:39 PM   #22
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I like both of them the same. both great shooters its just what you like..
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Old June 9, 2010, 07:49 PM   #23
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I used to shoot most of my game with a 20 ga., but in the past few years I've gravitated to the 12 and the 28. I mostly hunt over my dog and friends' dogs. I prefer to hunt with a SXS 28 when I can. What doesn't feel ethical to hunt with the 28 (like wild flushing Kansas roosters on a windy day) I hunt with a SXS 12.
Awesome! You can always share pics of those SxS guns for our old sore eyes
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Old June 10, 2010, 09:09 AM   #24
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The SXS guns . . .

Oneounce,

My SXS guns are nothing fancy. Both CZs--a Bobwhite in 12 and a Ringneck in 28. But I do enjoy them, and they have both shot well for me and been reliable.

Here are a few pics.

My wonderful setter, Freckles, with the 12 ga. Bobwhite and a pair of grouse we took up on the ridge above our house. Freckles passed away last December and we miss him. This fall we'll hunt with his kid brother, Buddy:




The actions of the two guns. For those not familiar with CZ guns, both are boxlocks. The sideplates on the 28 are decorative.



The breech of the 28:

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Old June 10, 2010, 09:38 AM   #25
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I picked O/U. Reasons:

1. That's what I learned to shoot clays with.
2. That's what I own.
3. I don't know much about SxS/s, so I stick to what I know.

Pretty lame reasons?
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