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Thread: Which Double Barrel Rifle

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    Which Double Barrel Rifle

    My mate has a slot for a Deer/Boar calibre and wants to shoot Driven Boar and Deer and occasional Stalk here in Uk,which make Double Barrel(o/u) would you have and why?BTW,he likes nice wood!!!



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    How deep are his pockets??

    You could pick up a useable Italian rifle for under 2000, on the upper end the sky is the limit.

    I'd be thinking Browning.

    Just because you are paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you......

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    Like the man says "How deep are his pockets". There are dozens of manufacturers of double rifles and the prices range from the reasonable to the incredible.
    I have two myself a Chapuis side by side and a Unifrance (Zoli) over and under but the choice is immense. If you simply want good timber look seriously at the Chapuis.
    It's the calibre of the shooter that counts not the calibre of the rifle.

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    Very pleased with my Chapuis double, for good advice speak to Ivor at Old Mill Guns.

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    I think his budget is 5k max and is currently looking at a Fausti although he likes the look a of a Browning,what are they like,any good??

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    I would suggest he goes along to the forthcoming Holt's Auction viewing days and spend some time having a good look and play with a number of different doubles - there are plenty to choose from in good Wildboar calibres. Many, prticularly the Ferlach or German are built but small craftsmen type gunmakers, rather than big factories. Their quality is wonderful, but a smaller maker you may not have to pay too higher a price. I have had a good look at the new built over and under and side by side doubles coming out of Italy and France built on CNC machines etc. They are definately good value, but not on a par with a handbuilt rifle from a generation ago.

    I have a lovely 7x65R / 16 bore combination gun built in Ferlach that I paid just over 1,000 for in a Holts auction three years ago. The rifle is very accurate, yet it handles like a fine shotgun. When (not if) I take it after boar, I will use a 173gn bullet in the rifle barrel and a slug in the top. If I was shooting running boar regularly I might spend a further few hundred Euro's on an Einstecklauf liner barrel in 7x65r to go into the shot barrel, but from what I have read a 16bore slug would be sufficient both in terms of punch and accuracy for the ranges required.

    There are a few like it in the current Holts auction.

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