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Location: Southern Virginia
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Why I like side-by-side doubles

I don't see alot of deer or turkey hunters using doubles anymore. But, most of my hunting is done in the woods up a tree stand. I like the double, because I usually keep my #1's in the gun(for deer). If I see turkeys coming my way, I can quietly ease the double open, and insert the 4's or 6's and "change up" without spooking the turkey's. I don't like to shoot turkeys with buckshot, because it sometimes shoots through them and they fly off before dying. Anyway, you can't change shells in an auto or pump without making some noise.

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Location: austin and amarillo texas
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Why I like side-by-side doubles

I agree with using a double on all bird hunting, but I generally prefer shot if I'm using a shotgun on turkey. I really like using my double rifles on deer etc. If they don't have extractors, they can be very quiet.

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Why I like side-by-side doubles

I don't have a double rifle, and was referring to the shotgun. Wish I could afford one of those double-rifles, but.............

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Location: Somewhere Up There
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Why I like side-by-side doubles

I just discovered the joy of a good double shotgun this year as well - don't know if I'd ever go back now. I'd never been real serious about shotgun hunting until this year and I'm glad that I chose the double when I did get serious.

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Why I like side-by-side doubles

I have four double-barrel shotguns, all 12 guage. Have an Ithaca 30"(antique), an old Hunter Fulton, a Savage Fox mod. B, and just bought an old Stevens 311. Another thing that I like about these old doubles is that if you need to clean them, due to being out in rainy weather, they are easy to take down and clean or oil. You can break one down alot faster than an auto or pump. But that's just my opinion.

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Location: austin and amarillo texas
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Why I like side-by-side doubles

tesoronut-

Yeah, I got that you were alluding to shotguns, thus the reason I mentioned that I prefer using shot on turkey when using a shotgun. I just threw in the double rifle comment as your topic is hunting with doubles.

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Location: USA
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Why I like side-by-side doubles

All my shotguns are doubles, or cape guns, and four are S/S, and three are O/Us. They are 12 ga, 16 ga, 20 ga, 410ga.

When hunting with the S/S shotguns I keep a pair of Brenneke slugs in a two shot shell holder on my belt, and the gun loaded with the shot shells. It is easier to re-load with the slugs without spooking a deer, than it is to re-load with a shot shell without spooking a turkey. Easier is the use of the S/S cape guns, which are side by side, with a shot barrel on the left, and a rifle barrel on the right barrel. I have two of these, and my favorite is a little side lock , exposed hammer, H. Berella, 16 ga/8X57JR . I have another that has a 20 ga barrel on the left, and a 58 Berdan Carbine barrel on the right. It is a sidelock,back action, exposed hammer gun, with a Jones underlever lock-up.
These are the handiest fire arms ever invented for a mixed bag hunt! I also have an over /under combination .22LR/20 GA, and in many states you can shoot turkeys with a .22 LR, or shotgun. Thumbs up

Like MaddenWH, I too have several double rifles, and unless hunting birds at the same time as DEER,ELK, MOOSE, BLACK BEAR,or HOGS, I simply use the double rifles! However when useing a shotgun for deer, or any big game animal I use Brenneke slugs. Buckshot is the devel's own invention, and IMO wound more deer every year than any other ammo, whether rifle or shotgun.

The problem with a double barrel shotgun, is they will rarely regulate slugs from both barrels on the same hill side! SO, what I do is carry a slug in the barrel that shoots them the best, and shot in the other, when walking up game. All my S/S doubles have two triggers, so I simply shoot the barrel I want, without having to SELECT. On a stand, especially a tree stand, it is easy to change ammo, if need be! Thumbs up

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Location: Southern Virginia
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Why I like side-by-side doubles

Well, all I can say is that I have KILLED every deer and turkey that I have shot at with my "simple" double barrel shotguns in the past few years. My point is that they're easy to change shells quietly in the woods.

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