AyA Express R Monoblock

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  1. Saul

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    Does anyone have any knowledge about this gun? I love AyA shotguns and so I was looking at their double rifles too. I contacted them and they said they could make one in .303 British which has always been a dream double rifle for me. I think it would be perfect for boar.
     
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    A 303 double would be excellent!
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  3. Saul

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    You, sir, have a problem!
     

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    A .303 double is a beautiful thing. And Aya is a very good traditional shotgun maker. Would make a lovely plains game rifle . But make sure to tell them what load (s) you want it regulated for. Double rifles have a habit of both barrels shooting to the point of impact with one brand of ammo , but shooting inconsistently with other loads .
     
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    I have heard nothing about their double rifles and I have seen none for sale used. If they are anything like their shotguns, then I know I will love it, but I really do not want to put down the money for one without at least some feedback about the guns. They do seem to be the only ones making a double in .303 anymore.
     

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    Purdey in England and Westley Richards also makes them . Also Anderson Wheeler
     
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    Correction: makes them at a price point I can afford.
     
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    What do they want for the mono block?
     

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    Starting price is 28K
     

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    As a many times over AyA owner, why would you want a $28000 AyA? It won’t be THAT good and used a 303 would be worth $6000 on a good day.

    Hell, for $12,000-$15,000 you could buy the finest British 303 made in the golden era. Best grade smallbore double rifles are “cheap”, go get a magnificent one/
     
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  11. Saul

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    I love the AyAs and for a full custom build +20K is not unreasonable to me.

    I have scoured the internet for a quality .303 double that is in hunting condition with modern ammo and I have yet to find one for under 25K. At that price, I would want one custom built with modern materials.
     

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    Actually, I was wrong. There are a good amount of .303 British and other small bore doubles online, though most are at a pretty high price. This is what I was able to find currently available for sale online:

    Webley & Scott .280 Nitro -- $11950
    Joseph Lang .300 H&H -- $42500
    I. Hollis & Sons .303 British -- $29500
    Holland & Holland Royal .303 British -- $39750
    Beesley .303 British -- $12950
    Holland & Holland Royal .303 British -- $35000
    Alexander Henry .303 British -- $17900
    Jeffrey .303 British -- $7500

    I do think the .280 Flanged and .30R Blaser are cool rounds but it is really hard to beat the .303 British for old school British cool.

    I am also looking at Anderson Wheeler as they currently make .303 British doubles, although I doubt they will do it for the price of the AyA.

    In my mind, the benefit of buying new is getting a gun with proper stock fit, modern materials, and desired barrel length. While I have heard that there is no velocity gain for the .303 above say 25", I do think that a 28" version would be really cool.
     

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    Saul , last time l was in London in 2018 , Anderson Wheeler still had two double .303 rifles available second hand at the shop . It's worth asking them via email.
     
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    I sent an email to AW yesterday and I am waiting to hear back. While I think that AyA would make a great double, I have heard literally no opinions on it and owning an AW would be just that much cooler.
     

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    And one more thing. Tell them , that if possible , you want the one regulated for 200 gr loads . When l was last there , they had one regulated for 180 gr and one regulated for 200 gr .
     
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