View Full Version : Whats a good beginner double barrel shotgun?

March 9, 2008, 11:09 PM
Interested in trying out a double barrel 12 gauge for laughs. But want something affordable. Anyone know of anything that will fit the bill?

March 9, 2008, 11:25 PM
Check these out (assuming you are looking for side-by-side doubles)




March 10, 2008, 12:07 AM
Yeah i am looking for a side by side. I was debating on a steven's savage 311D but no nothing about them like if they are good guns or not. I have a 320B pump action made by Steven's savage and i really like it a lot. But no experiences with their double barrel guns.

J F Cooper
March 10, 2008, 05:32 AM
The Stevens, especially an earlier model is a better choice than any of the cheap imports.. The Imports lack quality control and you have a good chance of buying trouble..JFC

March 10, 2008, 11:09 AM
Pick up a used Winchester. Might be called the model 21 or 42. Anyhow, it is a decent made cheap weapons

If you don't like used then buy some cheap import company, Stoger or something like that.


J F Cooper
March 10, 2008, 03:20 PM
Yukon: The Winchester 21 is hardly a cheap gun, used ones usually starting about $5,000. The Model 42 is a Slide Action, Starting about $900.. JFC

March 10, 2008, 05:49 PM
The Stevens 311 is a fine gun. Not fancy but well made and IMHO looks better than a Stoeger.

March 10, 2008, 08:46 PM
I have a pair of SKB 12-gauge SxS doubles (model 100 and model 200E, both discontinued now), and they've been working well for 30 years.

Just be aware that a "cheap double" is an oxymoron. A decent one will probably set you back at least a grand. I've seen Winchester 21 Grand Americans going for as much as $40K.

A good double-gun is something of a commitment, not something that you "want to try just for laughs".

If that's your quest, the Savage-Stevens or Stoeger are your best bet. Neither one is particularly good, IMHO, but they are cheap. It's unlikely that they'll ever go up in value.

Just remember, you get what you pay for. Caveat emptor.

March 11, 2008, 12:20 AM
Dang, maybe it is the 442. I know there is a cheap Winchester double out there that is a nice package used.

eh, i dont know. I guess since i cannot think right now i would recommend going to a gun show and digging about till you find something you like. If it a big enough show there will be a good selection of cheap doubles there.


March 11, 2008, 12:40 AM
We have a Stoeger Upland long 20g SxS and a 12g Coach Gun cut down model. They aren't really fancy but shoot well and are durable. I'd go with a new cheap Stoeger.