I already have a very nice Ferlach built combination gun in 16bore over a 7x65R. It looks as if I am going to get an increasing amount of wild boar shooting over the next few years both driven and from highseat. I am already very impressed by the 7x65R and with the right cartridge it delivers a real thump. To date when overseas I have loaded a 16 bore slug in the top barrel, but have't yet used one in anger.
For between €800 and €1,100 (depending on from where and what brand) I can fit a removable 7x65R barrel into the shot barrel and turn it into a double rifle. The gun fits me well and I shoot well with it. This would give me a double rifle for use on driven game. A quick flick of the wrist and the empties are out and its reloaded. A double gets shot number two away very quickly. Yes with a bolt action or straight pull, numbers 3 and 4 or 5 are there, but then you need to reload. It is also very portable and packs down into a small case. I have recently used it on running bore targets and to kill my first running pig - a 70yard shot as it came charging out of a field of rape that was being cut. Running fast and one shot with a 177gn RWS bullet and it tumbled like a rabbit. So I am confident that I can shoot well with it.
I have thought about getting a 222 level of Einstecklauf, but actually see little utility. Doesn't provide a useful second shot on bigger game, and on foxes and Roe, I have found the 139gn load I have very effective.
Alternatively I could put the funds towards a left handed bolt action in 30-06 or 7x64, but I then also have to add in cost of scopes etc, its not as portable and to be honest decent left hand rifles are like hens teeth. Realistically I need the thick end of £2,000 for another left hand rifle. Also are the fun and games of getting a variation for another rifle, rather than just a spare barrel for an existing gun.
I know that a lot are moving towards using straight pull Blaser R8s etc, but I don't want one. As far as I am concerned, polymers, torx screws etc are fine for use on military weapons, or for stocks, but not on fine firearms.
Before I press the button on this, am I being vaguely sensible - probably not but.....