A "Poor Man's" Double Rifle
A fine double is the absolute pinnacle of the firearms world in my opinion. Everything about them reminds us of those hunters of old.
That being said let's make something absolutely clear, I can't justify spending 15-50K on a classic big bore double. I may not be home much, but I'd like to keep the wife somewhat happy since she is such a tolerant woman when it comes to dealing with this old soldier’s hunting addiction and other bad habits.
There are alternatives, I own a pair of $900.00 Remington Spartan doubles one in 30-06 and the other in 45-70. Granted they don't hold a candle to the fine doubles we all wish for...but. I have pretty much replaced my drive hunt gun with the lighter 30-06 double. It's utilitarian for sure and not regulated in the classic means, but it does provide two quick shots from separate trigger groups just like the big names. Mounted with a good long eye relief red dot site it is just the ticket here in Europe for driven game hunts. My other "double" is a custom job I inherited from my father. It started out as a side by side Ithaca action. Pop paid a little over $3000 USD for it back in the 70s so it wouldn't count as cheap today. An old time gun maker in Ohio did the custom work as a favor. He fitted it with side by side barrel sets in 12/20 gauge, 270 Win, 300 Weatherby Mag, and 375 HH. It was my father's "one gun" solution. I've always loved it but frankly I don't hunt it much because of the LOP and general size not being suitable to my larger frame. Plus I would hate to damage it.
So, yes you can own a double, even a "fine" double. Gun makers willing to take on the job are few and far between, trust me I've looked for years. If you just want to try one out, I do recommend the Remington, for all it's ugliness it is a double rifle in every sense of the term. I always chuckle when a client or fellow hunter wants to try out one of my Remingtons. Face it, doubles are just plain fun!