I checked out one of the Reserve O/U in 20 ga. this weekend and it looks very good for a $500 o/u. Good wood to metal fit. I am asking Santa to leave one under the tree this year.
Santa already came to my son. He bought a Silver Reserve O/U at Gander Mt. for $525.It's his first gun and he shoots it beautifully. Fits him nice, and it's a great looking piece. Also, fit is pretty good..He doesn't like pumps,or sxs..
There's no shotgun faster to the shoulder than a side by side; it just took about thirty years for American gun manufactures to remember that. In the early 90s I could have had a like new A.H. Fox with German Krupp steel F/M 28" or 30" barrels made in 1938 (before the Germans found other uses for Krupp steel) for just $650.00. I passed on that opportunity because I had my eye on a Garand for about half the price. Life's missed opportunities ...
I thought this thread was abandoned; sorry about that. Side by sides are just better balanced and stocked. In the old says of L.C. Smith, Parker, A.H. Fox, Ithaca, Lefever, etc., the sighting plane was a grooved or concave surface milled in the metal between the barrels which had an effect on the eye(s) like a ghost ring does for a rifle, making fast sighting and shooting of flying and running game better. Also, due to their design, it was possible to mill away unnecessary steel around the breech ends of the barrels, and around the receiver, and get by with a lighter hinge assembly, making the weapon lighter. That may or may not be case with newer side by sides due to implied increased safety of more steel and modern shooters who like to look down a flat vs. concave sighting plane.
I'm not saying that an over & under is not fast; just not quite as fast with all other things being equal. The difference between good shooters might be so miniscule as to not matter; but some of us might need all the help we can get.
Last edited by SightNSqueeze; 10-15-2008 at 04:13 PM.